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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Race Forward

2007 Positions on Racial Justice

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

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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