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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Race Forward

2006 Positions on Racial Justice

State Office District Name Party Rating
Richard Alarcón 100
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 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
Debra Bowen 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
Joseph Dunn 100
Martha Escutia 100
Noreen Evans 100
Liz Figueroa 100
Dario Frommer 100
Jackie Goldberg 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic 100
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Sheila Kuehl 100
John Laird 100
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 100
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100
Cindy Montañez 100
Eugene Mullin 100
Pedro Nava 100
Gloria Negrete McLeod 100
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 100
Deborah Ortiz 100
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100
Gloria Romero 100
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100
Alberto Torrico 100
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100
Edward Vincent 100
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100
Leland Yee 100
Rebecca Cohn 95
Denise Ducheny 95
Mervyn Dymally 95
Betty Karnette 95
Christine Kehoe 95
Johan Klehs 95
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 95
Carole Migden 95
Joseph Nation 95
Nicole Parra 95
Jack Scott 95
Nell Soto 95
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 95
Thomas Umberg 95
Ron Calderon 90
Dean Florez 90
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 90
Barbara Matthews 90
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 85
Kevin Murray 85
Joseph Canciamilla 80
Michael Machado 75
Don Perata 70
Lynn Daucher 55
Bonnie Garcia 53
Shirley Horton 45
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 40
Van Tran 40
Abel Maldonado 37
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 30
Keith Stuart Richman 30
Gregory Aghazarian 26
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 26
Sam Blakeslee 25
Bill Emmerson 25
Tom Harman 21
Russell Bogh 20
Charles DeVore 20
Guy Houston 20
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 20
Richard Keene 20
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 20
Bob Margett 20
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 20
Roger Niello 20
George Plescia 20
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 20
Audra Strickland 20
Mike Villines 20
Mark Wyland 20
Samuel Aanestad 15
James Battin 15
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 15
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 15
Dave Cox 15
Robert Dutton 15
Robert Leslie 15
Bill Maze 15
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 15
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 11
Richard Ackerman 10
Roy Ashburn 10
Dennis Hollingsworth 10
Jay La Suer 10
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 10
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 10
Ray Haynes, Jr. 6
William Phillip Morrow 5
Charles Poochigian 5

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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