State Attorney General Kamala Harris is running for the U.S. Senate. She is hoping to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is retiring.
Attorney General Harris gets my vote because she, like Sen. Boxer, is a fighter who has earned the respect of Californians. This was particularly evident after she was elected in 2010. The country was still reeling from the economic crisis. California was one of the hardest hit foreclosure states. She played a pivotal role in negotiating a 2012 nationwide settlement with U.S. banks accused of wrongful foreclosures, and secured more than $18 billion for California homeowners.
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters has been a consistent force in politics for decades. She is known as the representative of the people because of her commitment to helping the underserved. Waters has stood up for economic justice, equality for women, equal access to employment and healthcare. She has tirelessly fought for more oversight and transparency with law enforcement. Whenever there is a crisis in the African American community, she is one of the first on the scene.
I really cannot say enough about her.
Steve Bradford has served in the California Assembly and is a former Gardena City Councilman. As a local leader, raised in Gardena, Bradford understands the needs and cultures of his constituents. He has championed many causes and enacted legislation to reduce disparities between the “haves” and those in underserved communities. He will make a great state senator.
Regardless of who you vote for, it is imperative that you do vote. Don’t underestimate the importance of primary elections because if you skip this one, you may not get a chance to vote again for your candidate in the fall.
As far as the presidential race, this election is just as important as those in 2008 and 2012. Americans are sharply divided on the candidates and you need to make sure your voice is heard. Who you vote for could have a huge impact on your life and those you love for decades to come.
Make sure you get to the polls on June 7 or use an absentee ballot.