California plays a key role in taking back Congress in November because 7 of the 24 projected flippable districts are located here. With the assistance of Congressman Mike Thompson and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), we selected these three exceptional candidates who have an opportunity to win against Republican opponents in the midterm elections.
Katie Hill - 25th District
Katie is the Executive Director of PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), which develops affordable and supportive places for people to live. Under her stewardship, PATH has grown to the largest provider of housing for the homeless in the State of California with an annual operating budget of over $50million. At 30 years old, she is the youngest candidate in the race.
“Our District is at the forefront of progress, and it desperately needs a new generation of leaders. My primary issues are centered around three main areas: the health and safety of our communities and the people who live in them, rebuilding and protecting the middle class, and ensuring that we have a truly representative government that is accountable to real people, not partisan politics, corporate donors, or special interest groups.”
In 2016, Hillary Clinton won District 25 by 6 points, and registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans. Republican Steve Knight has held this seat for two terms, but is now vulnerable and this race is a toss-up, considered one of the most competitive U.S. House of Representative races nationally.
For more information go to katiehillforcongress.com.
Harley Rouda - 48th District
Harley practiced law before joining his family’s real estate business and building it into one of the country’s largest firms. He went on to develop cutting edge tech companies that make products to make people’s lives better such as Stuffter, which helps people resell belongings to put more money in their pocket and less trash in landfills and Grayl, an easy-to-use portable water filter.
“I firmly believe that we’re at a real watershed moment in our nation’s history. Plagued by partisan bickering, extremism and a politics first mentality, Washington is desperate for real, meaningful, and lasting change. It’s time for bold, progressive leadership to take on Trump and Rohrabacher. I’m running to bring common sense, fiscal responsibility, and the social pragmatism our 48th District and our country deserves.”
Republican Dana Rohrabacher has represented the district for 28 years, but in the last election he won by only 1.7%. He has been a big defender of Russia, but now he's tied to an indicted Russian intelligence agent, Mariia Butina, whose goal was to infiltrate American political organizations and make contact with potentially willing American politicians. The district is still mostly Republican and the race is rated as a Toss Up at this point in time.
For more information go to harleyforcongress.com.
Mike Levin - 49th District
Mike is an attorney with a passionate belief in clean energy. He has helped to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable power generation and transportation options by holding executive positions in cutting-edge, clean-energy technology companies. Early in his career he served as the Executive Director of the Democratic Party in Orange County where he developed his life-long commitment to grass-roots activism and social change
“As a Congress Member, I will protect the Affordable Care Act and work for universal health care. I will support a transition to a clean energy economy and help make our region the center for investment in 21st century sustainable technology. I will stand up to the NRA and demand action on gun violence, including a ban on military-style assault weapons. And I will fight to protect the Dreamers and advocate for a path to citizenship.”
Republican Darrell Issa, who won by a margin of less than 1 percentage point in 2016, has announced that he will not seek reelection. Diane Harkey is making her first run on the national stage. She is a staunch Republican with an anti-immigration stance. In the 2018 election, this district is considered to be a major battleground that could determine control of the U.S. House of Representative.
For more information go to mikelevin.org.