2024 BIPOC Climate Candidates

Diversify the California legislature and local governments by giving to environmental and climate justice candidates who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) 

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Committed to protecting our environment by holding polluters accountable and tackling climate change by fighting for more investments in clean energy like wind and solar to reduce emissions and create good-paying local jobs

While working in Attorney General’s Office, cracked down on big oil companies and other corporate polluters, and installed air quality monitors in our communities to reduce pollution

As City Commissioner, oversaw infrastructure projects, including solar installations, water conservation, and recycling

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Jessica Caloza

Assembly (D-52)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Opportunity to pick up climate champion seat in Los Angeles

Former Compton City Councilmember where she championed affordable housing development

Fighting to eliminate environmental justice in community

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Michelle Chambers

Senate (D-35)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Has spent 12+ years developing next generation of social justice movement at Community Coalition

Youth Engagement Campaign Manager on Karen Bass’ LA mayoral campaign

Helped create Fremont High School Wellness Center to address health disparities in local neighborhoods

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Sade Elhawary

Assembly (D-57)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

First Black woman elected as Rohnert Park Mayor and City Councilmember

Focused on affordable housing and making public investments in transportation, sustainable agriculture, and clean energy

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Jackie Elward

Senate (D-3)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Lifetime 99% score on California Environmental Scorecard

Author of two critical 2023 bills for clean transportation and pollution reduction

Invested in public health and fighting impact of warehouse crisis

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Eloise Gómez Reyes

Senate (D-29)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Helped pass legislation providing justice for Vernon and other communities poisoned by toxic contamination at Exide Technologies as District Director to Assemblymember Miguel Santiago

Organized new citizen voter registration drives as Chair of LA County Democratic Party

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Mark Gonzalez

Assembly (D-54)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Executive Director of Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice since 2015

Lifetime advocate for underrepresented communities in Inland Empire

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Javier Hernandez

Assembly (D-53)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Alhambra Vice Mayor, lifelong Democrat, educator, and equal rights advocate

Honored as a 2022 Congressional Woman of the Year for spearheading creation of Alhambra’s sustainability plan

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Sasha Renée Pérez

Senate (D-25)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Committed to fighting to upgrade aging water facilities, promote water conservation, invest in innovative technologies to optimize water usage, and advocate for equitable access to clean drinking water

Understands need to invest in modern, efficient, and resilient systems that meet needs of communities while preserving environment for future generations

Former Tracy City Councilwoman and Planning Commissioner

 

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Rhodesia Ransom

Assembly (D-13)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Has stood up to Big Oil for polluting our communities and will work fiercely to reduce carbon pollution causing climate change

Committed to ending our reliance on fossil fuels and create good paying, green jobs

Four-term Antioch City Councilmember who champions police reform, safe neighborhoods, solutions to homelessness, and expansion of mental health response teams

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Monica Wilson

Assembly (D-15)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Established nonprofit that leverages electric vehicles for social service transportation

Will fight for effective long term transportation plan, technologically advanced infrastructure, participatory budgeting that focuses on community input, and more accountability when it comes to special interests that are shaping Fresno’s future

Matthew Gillian

Local (Fresno City Council)

Contribution limit for this race is $1,800 per election

Committed to helping rural communities in the valley build water and wastewater infrastructure for access to safe drinking water

Believes in building more water storage, doing what we can to keep water in Tulare County, and working with farmers to come up with voluntary conservation solutions

Currently works for Public Utilities Commission advocating for ratepayers in our rural areas

Benny Corona

Local (Tulare County Board of Supervisors)

Contribution limit for this race is $1,800 per election

Will fight for clean water and air, and ensure vulnerable populations have resources they need to prosper

Committed to delivering accountability and transparency as a blue collar voice sits on the Board of Supervisors

Former librarian and teacher who currently works in transportation industry

 

Joe Soría

Local (Tulare County Board of Supervisors)

Contribution limit for this race is $1,800 per election

Longtime educator who currently teaches at Oxnard Middle College High School

Committed to putting people over politics and holding government accountable

Will fight for safety and health in improved emergency response, fixing our infrastructure, expanding healthcare access, and protecting our water

Kim Stephenson

Local (Ventura County Board of Supervisors)

Contribution limit for this race is $1,800 per election

Been on frontlines fighting to meet needs of underserved communities as Mayor of City of San Fernando

Committed to advancing environmental justice, particularly for communities disproportionately affected by pollution and climate change

Plans to spearhead initiatives to reduce air pollution, clean up toxic sites, and expand green spaces, especially in urban areas

Celeste Rodriguez

Assembly (D-43)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Committed to standing up to price-increasing corporations and stopping the proliferation of warehouses to protect our environment and ensure our communities are livable

Refusing to take money from Big Oil or Big Pharma

Championed environmental and open space protections as Riverside City Councilmember

Clarissa Cervantes

Assembly (D-58)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Lifetime 100% score on California Environmental Scorecard and member of Hall of Fame

Co-led 2022 effort to pass SB 1137 to end neighborhood drilling

Member of 2021 Scorecard’s Climate Action Caucus for being bold leader on climate justice and equity

Lena Gonzalez

Senate (D-33)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Advocated for policies that advance environmental, racial, and economic justice as Mayor of West Covina

Joined unions and The People’s Collective for Environmental Justice to stop a planned Amazon warehouse project that would have offered only low-paying, non-union jobs while wreaking havoc on local traffic, air, and water quality

Serves as an LA County representative on the League of California Cities Public Safety Commission

Brian Calderón Tabatabai

Assembly (D-48)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Earned 94% on 2023 California Environmental Scorecard

Committed to fighting for clean energy economy and infrastructure

Helped job seekers develop workplace skills and find employment as member of Alameda County Workforce Investment Board

Liz Ortega

Assembly (D-20)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

As Executive Committee Board Member of Sierra Club California and San Francisco Bay Chapter, led several Bay Area environmental groups and the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council in developing policy to help workers transition to green jobs

As San Ramon City Councilmember, brought about first Ad Hoc Climate Action Council

Committed to protecting our cherished open spaces and allocating resources to revitalize our downtowns, transit, and safe streets for all

Marisol Rubio

Senate (D-9)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Lifetime 98% score on California Environmental Scorecard and member of Hall of Fame

Co-led 2022 effort to pass SB 1137 to end neighborhood drilling

Member of 2019 Scorecard’s Climate Action Caucus for taking on Big Oil with bills like AB 1057

Monique Limón

Senate (D-21)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Earned 99% score on 2023 California Environmental Scorecard

Introduced bill to require filters to capture polluting microfibers in new washing machines sold in California

Former President and co-founder of Lawndale Democratic Club

Tina McKinnor

Assembly (D-61)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Authored 2023 priority bill AB 3 to invest in offshore wind energy and good-paying jobs in California

Authored 2023 priority bill AB 1176 that would have ensured local governments are planning for electrification of cars and buildings

Instrumental in getting EnviroVoters’ 2023 sponsored bill for corporate accountability (SB 253) passed

Earned 100% score on 2023 California Environmental Scorecard and member of Climate Action Caucus

Rick Chavez Zbur

Assembly (D-51)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Lifetime 98% score on California Environmental Scorecard and member of 2023 Climate Action Caucus

As Assembly Speaker, helped pass landmark climate legislation for corporate accountability (SB 253)

Advanced over $1 billion of investments into sustainable agriculture

Robert Rivas

Assembly (D-29)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

Lifetime 95% score on California Environmental Scorecard and member of Hall of Fame

Authored critical 2022 bill to codify carbon neutrality by 2045 paired with 85% direct emissions reduction target

Al Muratsuchi

Assembly (D-66)

Contribution limit is $5,500
per election

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