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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Race Forward

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 90%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 10%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Sheila Kuehl 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 10%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 20%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 50%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 20%
CA Council Member 10 Herb Wesson, Jr. 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 90%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 36 Pat Bates Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 46 Lou Correa Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 20%
CA Mayor At-Large Darrell Steinberg Democratic 90%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
Samuel Aanestad 10%
Richard Ackerman 0%
Gregory Aghazarian 10%
Richard Alarcón 100%
Roy Ashburn 0%
James Battin 10%
John Benoit 10%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 100%
Russell Bogh 10%
Debra Bowen 100%
James Brulte 20%
John Burton 100%
Ron Calderon 89%
John Campbell III 0%
Joseph Canciamilla 90%
Edward Chavez 100%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
David Cogdill 0%
Rebecca Cohn 90%
Ellen Corbett 100%
Dave Cox 10%
Lynn Daucher 20%
Manny Diaz 90%
Denise Ducheny 80%
Joe Dunn 89%
John Anthony Dutra 100%
Robert Dutton 10%
Mervyn Dymally 100%
Martha Escutia 90%
Liz Figueroa 100%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 100%
Dean Florez 70%
Dario Frommer 90%
Bonnie Garcia 40%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
Loni Hancock 100%
Tom Harman 10%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 10%
Dennis Hollingsworth 10%
Jerome Horton 100%
Shirley Horton 60%
Guy Houston 10%
Ross Johnson 10%
Betty Karnette 90%
Richard Keene 10%
Christine Kehoe 100%
John Laird 100%
Jay La Suer 0%
Mark Leno 100%
Robert Leslie 20%
Lloyd Levine 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
Carol Liu 100%
Michael Machado 80%
Ken Maddox 10%
Abel Maldonado 40%
Bob Margett 20%
Barbara Matthews 70%
Bill Maze 10%
Cindy Montañez 100%
William Phillip Morrow 0%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 0%
Eugene Mullin 100%
Kevin Murray 90%
Joseph Nation 90%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 100%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Thomas Oller 10%
Jenny Oropeza 100%
Deborah Ortiz 100%
Robert Pacheco 10%
Nicole Parra 80%
Fran Pavley 90%
Don Perata 90%
George Plescia 10%
Charles Poochigian 0%
Sarah Reyes 100%
Keith Stuart Richman 50%
Gloria Romero 100%
Sharon Runner 10%
Simón Salinas 100%
Steve Samuelian 10%
Jack Scott 80%
Byron Sher 100%
Nell Soto 100%
Tony Strickland 20%
John Vasconcellos 90%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
Lois Wolk 90%
Mark Wyland 10%
Leland Yee 100%

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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