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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 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%
Loni Hancock 100%
Betty Karnette 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Johan Klehs 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 100%
John Laird 100%
Mark Leno 100%
Lloyd Levine 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
Carol Liu 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Cindy Montañez 100%
Eugene Mullin 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Fran Pavley 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%
Lois Wolk 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%
Robert Huff 28%
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%
Sharon Runner 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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