How Do You Know Who to Vote For?

dont-voteDon’t Vote? — Don’t Complain! We’ve all heard this sentiment — some of us have used it ourselves. I was going to write a story about the upcoming May 19 election and how important it is that we get out there and yada yada yada. . . .

Click here for a list of recommended progressive candidates for the June 2014 election

My plan started falling apart when I went to the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder site to download the election media kit. It took some time to download the package but when it was finally on my computer, I opened it to find that the kit contained information on the November 2008 election.

I found endorsements on the Los Angeles County Democratic Party website for local candidates and the iniatives. There also recommendations for the initiatives on the California Democratic Party’s website and at the Courage Campaign.

Then, a Facebook friend emailed me saying that he would be voting for Judy Chu for the 32nd CD — the seat vacated by Hilda Solis who was recently confirmed as Obama’s Secretary of Labor.

That’s when I decided that I’d ask you.

Who is your candidate? Which initiatives do you feel strongly about?

We can all find out who the Party endorses. How about letting everyone know who you endorse.

Below is a list of recommendations. The LA Progressive is getting between 35,000 – 50,000 pageviews a month. We give you the opportunity to let others know why they should vote for your candidate!

Add your own recommendations in the comments section below.

Sharon Kyle
Publisher, LAProgressive


  1. David Colcord Anderson says

    “This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering… And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”

    “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat, in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds…”
    Thomas Jefferson

  2. Emil Lawton says

    I’m with Kevin Lyn on these. Judy Chu has been proven under fire and has come through on liberal and environmental issues and is very knowledgable on Education issues. My tendency is to support someone who has set a record to one that promises to do better with no record to base it on.

  3. Ed Henson says

    Gil Cedillo Peoples college of Law graduate, strong supporter of the school. Former labor organizer, supports immigrants rights stood up when no else would [Drivers licences]More legislative experience than any other candidate running. Vote for Gil Cedillo for congress 32nd district.

  4. Beth Woods says

    While he might be in Kentucky, it is time we topple to neo-con empire here in the Fourth District. There is a viable progressive minded leader ready to take over and his name is John Waltz. Besides his progressive stance on issues he is a disabled veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations. He provides a critical insight on many issues and can counter the war mongering message being shoved down our throats here. Check him out at

  5. Isabella says

    My family and I will be voting for Gil Cedillo. Although he has a worthy opponent in Judy Chu, he is much more progressive and willing to take risks for the well being of working class families.

    With nearly 80 legislations signed into law, Mr. Cedillo has strived to save jobs, garnered public transportation funding for our district, and decreased crime.

    Our state and nation are living a severe economic crisis. Three weeks ago a factory shut down in our district and over 1200 employees lost their job. With Gil Cedillo, we know he’ll always stand for us. This past Friday another warehouse was closing down, he stood there making negotiations with the business owner and saved over 500 jobs. He has a clear plan to get us out of this rut.

  6. Kevin Lynn says

    I am for Judy Chu in the 32nd Congressional District race largely because I believe her experience as a member of the State Board of Equalization, member of the Assembly, Mayor of the Monterey City Council, and as an educator at a local college has better prepared her for the Congress of the United States than any of her challengers. She is bright, fiscally responsible, socially progressive and tested. In closing, given that one of her challengers does not even live in the District and another hails from for Goldman Sachs, I see her as the clear choice.

    P.S. Like many Progs, I am voting no on the initiatives 1a – 1f or is it g or h or something like that . . .:-)

  7. Nick says

    My vote and my heart is with Emanuel Pleitez.

    I recently met Emanuel at a house meeting in Monterey Park, after hearing as well from Judy Chu and Gil Cedillo. Mr. Pleitez had a far better grasp of this economic crisis and what needs to be done to get us back on track.

    For the most part all three major candidates have similar policy positions. But what makes the difference to me is that Emanuel already has national experience working with this economic crisis and is taking no money from lobbyists or corporations. This means he will not have his hands tied when he gets to Washington DC to represent us.

    Thanks for the article above. This one is also what helped form my opinion:

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  9. Nate says

    I’m definitely supporting Emanuel Pleitez for CA’s 32nd CD. We need more young progressive leaders in politics today. Emanuel has an extremely inspiring story, worked on Obama’s Treasury Department Transition Team, and is the only one of the major candidates who hasn’t taken any campaign contributions from corporations. I don’t understand how Judy gets labor’s endorsement while taking $5,000 from Coca-Cola.

    There was also a really good article about his campaign :–a-mi_b_175733.html

  10. LindaSutton says

    What I would like to see is an ONGOING blog about who voted which way. We get to each election and the candidates pick and choose which of their votes to highlight and hide. Also, there are all of the various parliamentary moves that are made BEFORE votes that can effectively KILL legislation we want.

    I realize this is a monumental task. To SORT through the votes each time something of strong interest is shot down. But, until someone is willing to take this on, we will have the same problem each election time — voting on emotion and advertising.

    As the Co-Chair of PDLA, our group has said NO to all the initiatives.

    One of the major issues is the INITIATIVES themselves and their placement on a special election when few voters will be turning out. We need to have a complete reform of the initiative process and consider their placement ONLY on the state or federal election dates. MANY other recommendations are in various reports (I wrote another piece on this last fall).


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