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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Race Forward

2007 Positions on Racial Justice

State Office District Name Party Rating
Sheila Kuehl 100
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 100
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 96
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 95
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 95
Charles Calderon 95
Amina Carter 95
Mike Eng 95
John Laird 95
Lloyd Levine 95
Sally Lieber 95
Carole Migden 95
Gloria Romero 95
Jose Solorio 95
Sandré Swanson 95
Ellen Corbett 91
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 91
CA State Senate 15 Jim Beall, Jr. Democratic 90
Patty Berg 90
CA State Assembly 30 Anna Caballero Democratic 90
Joe Coto 90
Mike Davis 90
Hector De La Torre 90
CA State Senate 24 Kevin De Leon Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 90
Mervyn Dymally 90
Noreen Evans 90
Mike Feuer 90
Mary Hayashi 90
CA State Senate 22 Ed Hernandez Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 90
Betty Karnette 90
Christine Kehoe 90
Mark Leno 90
Fiona Ma 90
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 90
Fabian Núñez 90
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 90
CA State Senate 25 Anthony Portantino, Jr. Democratic 90
Ira Ruskin 90
CA Mayor At-Large Mary Salas 90
Lori Saldaña 90
Jack Scott 90
Nell Soto 90
Alberto Torrico 90
Lois Wolk 90
Leland Yee 90
CA Mayor At-Large Darrell Steinberg Democratic 88
Elaine Alquist 86
Ron Calderon 86
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 86
Gloria Negrete McLeod 86
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 85
Loni Hancock 85
Dave Jones 85
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 85
Eugene Mullin 85
Nicole Parra 85
Denise Ducheny 82
Patricia Wiggins 82
Juan Arambula 81
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 81
Pedro Nava 81
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 81
Dean Florez 78
Jenny Oropeza 78
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 78
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 76
Michael Machado 74
Don Perata 74
CA U.S. House 46 Lou Correa Democratic 70
Edward Vincent 68
Abel Maldonado 33
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 25
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 24
Bonnie Garcia 24
Shirley Horton 24
Jim Silva 24
Van Tran 24
Roy Ashburn 20
Bob Margett 20
Anthony Adams 19
Sam Blakeslee 19
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 19
Richard Keene 19
Samuel Aanestad 16
Dave Cox 16
Mark Wyland 16
Gregory Aghazarian 14
John Benoit 14
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 14
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 14
Charles DeVore 14
Michael Duvall 14
Bill Emmerson 14
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 14
Guy Houston 14
Robert Huff 14
Bill Maze 14
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 14
Roger Niello 14
George Plescia 14
Sharon Runner 14
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 14
Mike Villines 14
James Battin 13
Richard Ackerman 12
Robert Dutton 12
Tom Harman 12
George Runner, Jr. 12
Cameron Smyth 10
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 9
Martin Garrick 9
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 9
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 9
David Cogdill 8
Dennis Hollingsworth 8
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 8
Audra Strickland 0

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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