The Times editorial board endorsed candidates in three local congressional district constituencies ahead of the June primary. The voters agreed with our recommendations and the three candidates ran in the general elections on November 8th. Nothing has persuaded us to change our support over the past several months, and indeed the case for each of them has only grown stronger.
So we believe these three would represent Southern California and its values well in Congress.
27th congressional district: Christy Smith
This race for representation of the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys in Congress is one of the most competitive in the nation and will likely play a role in whether Democrats or Republicans control the House of Representatives over the next two years. Every vote will have consequences.
we urges voters to vote for Democrat Christy Smith, a longtime Santa Clarita resident who has represented the area in the state assembly and served on the board of directors for the Newhall School District. She is a level-headed centrist with years of relevant experience, having worked as a policy analyst for the US Department of Education and serving on a state environmental council. In Congress, she wants to increase voting rights, make colleges and trade schools more affordable, and push through legislation to put a social worker in every school that serves low-income children.
Smith has a top rating from Planned Parenthood for her strong support for abortion rights. Her belief that Americans deserve the freedom to choose when they are ready to have children is a big reason for voters to back Smith. If elected, she will replace an incumbent who has been shown to have attempted to restrict reproductive rights. Republican Rep. Mike Garcia co-sponsored legislation that would ban all abortions, and he voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would have enshrined abortion rights in federal law, which was lost when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Garcia even voted against a law protecting the right to birth control, a position so backward it’s difficult to understand. The bill came after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in an opinion supporting the decision to overturn abortion rights, said the court should also reconsider the decision giving constitutional protections to access to contraception.
Those aren’t the only inexcusable votes Garcia has cast. He showed he does not respect the will of American voters by attempting to kick out and vote the votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania against the certification Joe Biden’s election 2020. He voted against charge former President Trump for inciting the violent mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
In just one term in Congress, Garcia has demonstrated an unprecedented pattern of attempting to take away Americans’ freedoms – both to maintain autonomy over their bodies and to elect their president of choice. Voters should depose Garcia and send Smith to Washington.
37th congressional district: Sydney Kamlager
Because Rep. Karen Bass is leaving the US House of Representatives in hopes of becoming one next mayor of Los Angelesvoters must select a new member of Congress to represent the Culver City, Leimert Park, Baldwin Hills and South Los Angeles areas.
Two Democrats are up for election in the November 8 vote: State Senator Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) and Jan Perry, a former member of the Los Angeles City Council. We believe Kamlager is the better choice. Her experience passing legislation, analyzing state budgets, and navigating Sacramento’s political maze prepared her for the rigors of Washington, DC
Kamlager championed criminal justice reform efforts, including a law on it Limit the use of Gait Enhancements. Other reforms she pushed for didn’t end up becoming law, but demonstrated her values: She wrote a constitutional amendment to end the use of cheap products prison work, which some see as a holdover from slavery (it didn’t pass the legislature). And she implemented legislation aimed at helping people safely return to society after serving time in prison increase in the money supply They get their release, which Gov. Gavin Newsom recently vetoed.
One of their major achievements in the legislature was the creation of a new regional government plan to create more affordable housing in Los Angeles that Newsom signed the law into law. Another came after the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade as Kamlager successfully pushed through legislation and funding Expansion of reproductive health care Services in Los Angeles to allow the clinics to accommodate the expected influx of people from out of state seeking care.
In Congress, Kamlager hopes to expand voting rights, restore abortion rights and continue working on criminal justice reform. With solid political skills and a sense of political finesse, she is prepared to represent her district well.
42nd congressional district: Robert Garcia
It’s a generational year for the California delegation in Congress. Several members of the House of Representatives are retiring, including longtime Democrats Alan Lowenthal and Lucille Roybal-Allard, whose Long Beach and Southeast LA County districts were largely merged to form the new 42nd congressional district. It includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Avalon, Downey, Huntington Park, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Bell, Maywood, Cudahy, Commerce and Vernon.
Voters have an excellent candidate in Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. A Democrat who combines hard-line progressive values with an inspirational expression of optimism, Garcia wants his party to reclaim the mantle of patriotism by embracing it as a value based on helping people, rather than defending a value that… based on the defense of individualism.
Garcia has proven to be a trailblazer in the eight years since he became Long Beach’s youngest and first openly gay Mayor. He has worked with the Biden administration provide shelter at the Long Beach Convention Center for children who had crossed the US-Mexico border without their parents and helped set up a “guaranteed income” pilot program. Giving $500 a month for single mothers earning less than $20,000 a year.
Garcia’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly impressive. To losing his mother and stepfather of the disease, he led an aggressive vaccination campaign praised as a role model for the state. Garcia says preparing the nation for future pandemics and emergencies will be one of his priorities in Congress.
Garcia embodies the American dream and came to the United States from Peru at the age of 5. He originally registered as a Republican because his family revered President Reagan after he received citizenship under his amnesty law. However, over time, Garcia said he realized his values were more aligned with Democrats and switched parties. His experience as an immigrant shaped his desire to work in Congress to expand citizenship avenues for undocumented residents.
Garcia’s opponent, Republican John Briscoe, lost to Lowenthal by landslides 2018 and 2020. He’s sitting on the School district with ocean views Board of Directors (which is located in Orange County, outside of the congressional district for which he is running) and supports Larry Elder, host of the far-right radio station, during last year’s gubernatorial election. He did strange, insulting public statements about abortion.
Vote for Garcia. He is a thoughtful and accomplished leader who has earned voters’ support.
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-10-03/endorsement-smith-kamlager-garcia-congress Endorsement: Send Christy Smith, Sydney Kamlager and Robert Garcia to Washington