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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Race Forward

2005 Positions on Racial Justice

State Office District Name Party Rating
Elaine Alquist 100
CA Mayor Pro Tempore At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
Patty Berg 100
Rudy Bermúdez 100
Ron Calderon 100
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan No Party Affiliation 100
Edward Chavez 100
Wesley Chesbro 100
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100
Joe Coto 100
Hector De La Torre 100
Joe Dunn 100
Noreen Evans 100
Jackie Goldberg 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
Betty Karnette 100
Christine Kehoe 100
Johan Klehs 100
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 100
John Laird 100
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100
Cindy Montañez 100
Eugene Mullin 100
Pedro Nava 100
Fabian Núñez 100
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
Jack Scott 100
Nell Soto 100
Alberto Torrico 100
Thomas Umberg 100
Leland Yee 100
Richard Alarcón 97
Mervyn Dymally 97
Dario Frommer 97
Dave Jones 97
Sheila Kuehl 97
Carole Migden 97
Gloria Romero 97
Debra Bowen 94
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 94
Rebecca Cohn 94
Denise Ducheny 94
Martha Escutia 94
Liz Figueroa 94
Jerome Horton 94
Joseph Nation 94
Gloria Negrete McLeod 94
Don Perata 94
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 94
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 94
Deborah Ortiz 92
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 92
Dean Florez 89
Jenny Oropeza 89
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 89
Edward Vincent 88
Juan Arambula 86
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 86
Barbara Matthews 83
Nicole Parra 83
Joseph Canciamilla 72
Michael Machado 72
Bonnie Garcia 58
Shirley Horton 58
Kevin Murray 57
Abel Maldonado 56
Keith Stuart Richman 44
Sam Blakeslee 39
Van Tran 39
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 36
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 36
Lynn Daucher 31
Richard Keene 31
Gregory Aghazarian 28
Russell Bogh 28
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 28
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 25
David Cogdill 25
Tom Harman 25
Guy Houston 25
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 25
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 25
Roger Niello 25
George Plescia 25
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 25
Mark Wyland 25
Bob Margett 24
Charles DeVore 22
Bill Emmerson 22
Jay La Suer 22
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 19
Robert Leslie 19
Mike Villines 19
Dave Cox 17
Charles Poochigian 17
Audra Strickland 17
James Battin 14
Bill Maze 14
George Runner, Jr. 14
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 14
Robert Dutton 12
Richard Ackerman 11
Roy Ashburn 11
Ray Haynes, Jr. 11
William Phillip Morrow 11
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 11
Samuel Aanestad 8
John Campbell III 8
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 6
Dennis Hollingsworth 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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