A couple of weeks ago, I announced my endorsements. I have added a few more, including one for president. Consider my reasons, then decide for yourself on June 7.
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.
I am also proud to support state Senator Isadore Hall, III in his bid for Congress. He has served the 35th District—which includes Inglewood—since he was elected in December 2014. Having worked diligently to create jobs, reduce childhood obesity and diabetes, and improve public safety, Hall wants to take his experience to Washington D.C. He is running for the 44th Congressional District, replacing Janice Hahn, who is running to replace L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe.
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.
The fact that Assembly member Autumn Burke, L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas are running unopposed speaks volumes about their leadership and ability to get things done. I highly respect each of these individuals and would vote for them even if there were candidates running against them.
Hillary Clinton gets my vote for president for a couple of reasons. She has shown consistent, reliable leadership, and she is the one I believe most capable of beating Donald Trump in November. America needs someone stable, with proven leadership ability, one who will not be divisive, who understands the economy and will protect the hard work President Obama has done to get this country back on track. Her foreign affairs experience is another huge plus.
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.
Make sure you get to the polls on June 7 or use an absentee ballot.