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To achieve full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people, Equality California is committed to endorsing and supporting openly LGBTQ+ and pro-equality candidates — up and down the ballot — who will fight for civil rights and social justice.

Our Endorsements

Current Endorsements

Equality California endorses viable candidates running for local, state and federal offices who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBTQ+ Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

Statewide Constitutional Offices:

  • Governor: Gavin Newsom
  • Lieutenant Governor: Eleni Kounalakis
  • Attorney General: Rob Bonta
  • Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
  • Secretary of State: Shirley Weber
  • Controller: Malia Cohen
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond
  • Treasurer: Fiona Ma
  • Board of Equalization, District 2: Sally Lieber

U.S. Senate:

  • Full Term: Alex Padilla
  • Short Term (ending January 3, 2023): Alex Padilla

U.S. House of Representatives:

  • Congressional District 2: Jared Huffman
  • Congressional District 3: Dr. Kermit Jones
  • Congressional District 4: Mike Thompson
  • Congressional District 6: Ami Bera
  • Congressional District 7: Doris Matsui
  • Congressional District 8: John Garamendi
  • Congressional District 9: Josh Harder
  • Congressional District 10: Mark DeSaulnier
  • Congressional District 11: Nancy Pelosi
  • Congressional District 12: Barbara Lee
  • Congressional District 14: Eric Swalwell
  • Congressional District 15: Kevin Mullin
  • Congressional District 16: Anna Eshoo
  • Congressional District 17: Ro Khanna
  • Congressional District 18: Zoe Lofgren
  • Congressional District 19: Jimmy Panetta
  • Congressional District 21: Jim Costa
  • Congressional District 23: Derek Marshall
  • Congressional District 24: Salud Carbajal
  • Congressional District 25: Raul Ruiz
  • Congressional District 26: Julia Brownley
  • Congressional District 27: Christy Smith
  • Congressional District 28: Judy Chu
  • Congressional District 29: Tony Cárdenas
  • Congressional District 30: Adam Schiff
  • Congressional District 31: Grace Napolitano
  • Congressional District 32: Brad Sherman
  • Congressional District 33: Pete Aguilar
  • Congressional District 34: Jimmy Gomez
  • Congressional District 35: Norma Torres
  • Congressional District 36: Ted Lieu
  • Congressional District 37: Sydney Kamlager
  • Congressional District 38: Linda Sánchez
  • Congressional District 39: Mark Takano
  • Congressional District 40: Dr. Asif Mahmood
  • Congressional District 41: Will Rollins
  • Congressional District 42: Robert Garcia
  • Congressional District 43: Maxine Waters
  • Congressional District 44: Nanette Barragán
  • Congressional District 45: Jay Chen
  • Congressional District 46: Lou Correa
  • Congressional District 47: Katie Porter
  • Congressional District 49: Mike Levin
  • Congressional District 50: Scott Peters
  • Congressional District 51: Sara Jacobs
  • Congressional District 52: Juan Vargas

California Senate:

  • Senate District 2: Mike McGuire
  • Senate District 6: Paula Villescaz
  • Senate District 8: Dave Jones
  • Senate District 10: Aisha Wahab
  • Senate District 14: Anna Caballero
  • Senate District 18: Steve Padilla
  • Senate District 20: Daniel Hertzberg and Caroline Menjivar (dual endorsement)
  • Senate District 24: Ben Allen
  • Senate District 26: María Elena Durazo
  • Senate District 28: Lola Smallwood-Cuevas
  • Senate District 34: Tom Umberg
  • Senate District 36: Kim Carr
  • Senate District 38: Catherine Blakespear
  • Senate District 40: Joseph C. Rocha

California Assembly:

  • Assembly District 2: Jim Wood
  • Assembly District 4: Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
  • Assembly District 6: Kevin McCarty
  • Assembly District 10: Eric Guerra 
  • Assembly District 11: Lori Wilson
  • Assembly District 12: Sara Aminzadeh 
  • Assembly District 14: Buffy Wicks
  • Assembly District 16: Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
  • Assembly District 17: Matt Haney
  • Assembly District 18: Mia Bonta
  • Assembly District 19: Phil Ting
  • Assembly District 20: Shawn Kumagai
  • Assembly District 22: Jessica Self
  • Assembly District 23: Marc Berman
  • Assembly District 24: Alex Lee
  • Assembly District 25: Ash Kalra
  • Assembly District 26: Evan Low
  • Assembly District 27: Esmeralda Soria
  • Assembly District 28: Gail Pellerin
  • Assembly District 29: Robert Rivas
  • Assembly District 30: Dawn Addis
  • Assembly District 35: Leticia Perez
  • Assembly District 37: Gregg Hart
  • Assembly District 38: Steve Bennett
  • Assembly District 39: Juan Carrillo
  • Assembly District 40: Pilar Schiavo
  • Assembly District 41: Chris Holden
  • Assembly District 42: Jacqui Irwin
  • Assembly District 43: Luz Rivas
  • Assembly District 44: Laura Friedman
  • Assembly District 46: Jesse Gabriel
  • Assembly District 47: Christy Holstege
  • Assembly District 49: Mike Fong
  • Assembly District 50: Eloise Gómez Reyes
  • Assembly District 51: Rick Chavez Zbur
  • Assembly District 52: Wendy Carrillo
  • Assembly District 54: Miguel Santiago
  • Assembly District 55: Isaac Bryan
  • Assembly District 56: Lisa Calderon
  • Assembly District 57: Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • Assembly District 58: Sabrina Cervantes
  • Assembly District 60: Corey Jackson
  • Assembly District 61: Tina McKinnor
  • Assembly District 62: Anthony Rendon
  • Assembly District 63: Fauzia Rizvi
  • Assembly District 64: Blanca Pacheco
  • Assembly District 65: Mike Gipson
  • Assembly District 66: Al Muratsuchi
  • Assembly District 68: Avelino Valencia
  • Assembly District 69: Josh Lowenthal
  • Assembly District 70: Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen
  • Assembly District 74: Chris Duncan
  • Assembly District 76: Brian Maienschein
  • Assembly District 78: Chris Ward
  • Assembly District 79: Akilah Weber
  • Assembly District 80: Georgette Gómez

Local:

  • Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 3 : Rebecca Kaplan
  • Alameda County Transit Board Director, At-Large: Alfred Twu
  • Anaheim Union High School District, TA 1: Billie Joe Wright
  • BART Board, District 8: Janice Li
  • Cathedral City Council, District 5: Raymond Gregory
  • College of the Desert Board of Trustees, Area 4: Dr. Joel Kinnamon
  • Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, District 4: Ken Carlson
  • Covina City Clerk: Drew Aleman
  • Culver City Council, At-Large: Freddy Puza
  • El Cerrito City Council: Carolyn Wysinger
  • Fresno City Council, District 1: Annalisa Perea
  • Fullerton City Council, District 5: Ahmad Zahra
  • Hart Union High School District, TA 2: Andrew Taban
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 13: Mitch O’Farrell
  • Monrovia City Council: Sashary Zaroyan 
  • Monterey City Council, District 1: Thomas Wong
  • Palm Springs City Council, District 3: Ron deHarte
  • Pasadena City Council, District 7: Jason Lyon
  • Pasadena Community College Board of Trustees, District 7: Alton Wang
  • San Diego City Council, District 2: Dr. Jen Campbell
  • San Dimas City Council, District 2: Eric Nakano
  • San Francisco County Board of Supervisors, District 8: Rafael Mandelman
  • San Jose City Council, District 3: Omar Torres
  • San Leandro City Council, District 1: Celina Reynes
  • San Leandro Unified School District Board of Trustees, Area 2: James Aguilar
  • San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, District 3: Laura Parmer-Lohan
  • Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, District 4: Jimmy Dutra
  • Seal Beach City Council, District 3: Stephanie Wade
  • Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Amie Carter
  • Sunnyvale City Council, District 5: Richard Mehlinger
  • Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education: John Fox
  • West Basin Municipal Water District Director, Division IV: Scott Houston

Bold indicates an openly LGBTQ+ candidate.

Past Endorsements

Click here for a list of our 2021 election endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2020 general election endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2020 primary election endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2019 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2018 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2017 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2016 endorsements.

Vote By Mail
Voting by mail is SAFE and EASY — and you don’t even need a stamp in California! All active registered California voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for each election. If you live in California, click here to check your voter registration status.

If you are registered to vote in California, your county elections office will begin mailing ballots approximately one month before Election Day. It can take a few days for your ballot to arrive in the mail. Click here to track your ballot or click here to contact your county elections office if you think your ballot may have been lost in the mail. If you aren’t registered to vote in California, click here for more information about how to vote in your state.

When you receive your California vote-by-mail ballot, make sure to read and follow the included instructions carefully. After carefully marking your choices on your ballot, simply:

  1. Seal it. Secure your ballot inside the envelope from your county elections office.
  2. Sign it. Make sure the signature on your ballot envelope matches the one on your California driver’s license or state ID, OR the signature you provided when registering. Your county elections office will compare them to protect your vote.
  3. Return it by mail OR in person:
    • By mail: Make sure your ballot is postmarked by Election Day. No stamp required!
    • In person: If you prefer, drop your ballot off at a secure drop box, polling place, vote center or your county elections office by 8:00 PM on Election Day. Click here to find a ballot drop off location near you.
  4. Track it. Click here to track your ballot and sign up for status alerts by text message, email or voice call.

If you lost your ballot or didn’t receive it in the mail, voting locations will offer replacement ballots, voter registration, accessible voting machines and language assistance. Voting locations will be available in all California counties before and on Election Day. Click here to find an early voting location near you.

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Our PACs

Equality California PAC

Equality California PAC works to elect pro-equality candidates running for local, state legislative and statewide offices, who have a proven track record of supporting civil rights and social justice for LGBTQ+ people and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

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Equality California Federal PAC

Equality California Federal PAC works to elect pro-equality candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate or president, who have a proven track record of supporting civil rights and social justice for LGBTQ+ people and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

Equality California Issues PAC

Equality California Issues PAC endorses or opposes select initiative and issue campaigns that come before California’s voters. This PAC endorses or opposes initiatives relevant to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as initiatives that are important to the diverse communities to which LGBTQ+ people belong or that have a substantial impact upon our state.

PAC Committee Members

Equality California’s PACs are overseen by a group of dedicated community leaders and activists:

  • Susan McCabe, Chair*
  • Jane Natoli, Vice Chair*
  • Jerry Bloom*
  • Sue Burnside*
  • Cecilia Cabello*
  • Jason Chan*
  • Bevan Dufty*
  • Shayna Englin
  • Ellen Evans
  • Clarissa Filgioun
  • Joe Goldman
  • Joe Gregorich*
  • Steve Hansen
  • Drexel Heard^
  • Tony Hoang (ex officio)
  • Cheryl Hori
  • Alicia Isaacs*
  • Conor Johnston^
  • Lloyd Levine
  • Thomas Li
  • Richard Poppen^
  • Alex Randolph*
  • Nancy Sutley*
  • Hon. James Williamson*

* Member of Equality California Board of Directors

^ Member of the Equality California Board of Advisors

Endorsement Process and Guidelines
Equality California endorses viable candidates running for local office, statewide offices, the state legislature and Congress who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBTQ+ Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

Except in rare circumstances, Equality California only endorses openly LGBTQ+ candidates in local races, with the goal of supporting the careers of exceptional leaders in our community to build and develop a bench of strong openly LGBTQ+ leaders and candidates for higher office.

In races for California Assembly and Senate, the United States House of Representatives and Senate and California State Constitutional Offices, Equality California considers endorsement of all candidates — those who are openly LGBTQ+ and pro-equality allies — who meet our screening and endorsement criteria.

Endorsement Process

Equality California conducts research to determine candidates’ records on LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice and will extend invitations to participate in the endorsement process based on past record, viability and Equality California priority considerations.

Endorsement by Equality California requires completion of a candidate questionnaire and candidate interviews. Candidates who are interested in our endorsement should contact Mike Ai at mike@eqca.org as early as possible to inform us of your candidacy.

Key Candidate Considerations

  • Candidate must be 100% in support of LGBTQ+ equality to be considered for endorsement.
  • Candidate must be viable and able to run a competitive campaign.
  • Candidate’s prior depth of work in support of full LGBTQ+ equality is a key factor.
  • Is the candidate openly LGBTQ+?
  • Will endorsement diversify and expand support for LGBTQ+ equality and social justice?
  • NOTE: A candidate who is not 100% in support of full LGBTQ+ equality is not eligible for endorsement.

Paid for by Equality California Political Action Committee. Committee major funding from:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Caucus Leadership Fund
PG&E
California Apartment Association
Not authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate.