Shirley Weber is running for the post of Secretary of State for the first time, having served as Political Appointee for the past two years. Governor Gavin Newsom appointed her to office in the chain of events that followed Joe Biden winning the presidency: Kamala Harris resigned from the US Senate to become Vice President, Alex Padilla resigned as Secretary of State to to fill a seat in the U.S. Senate, and Weber, who was a member of the Democratic State Assembly, was named Secretary of State.
Despite being appointed by the governor, Weber has behaved admirably as a bipartisan secretary of state.
Shortly after she was appointed to the post in December 2020, the movement to recall Newsom gained momentum. As the state’s Chief Election Officer, Weber oversaw several steps in the recall process. But when faced with decisions that could have benefited Newsom, she acted by book, without a shred of favoritism – as befits a campaign worker.
Weber didn’t move when Newsom’s attorneys asked them to put him on the ballot as a Democrat after they missed the deadline to do the necessary paperwork. She said she could only accept documents that were submitted on time. news sued Weber to try to put his party affiliation on the ballot paper, but lost.
In another legal tangle related to the recall, Weber did not appeal a judge’s ruling that benefited Newsom’s main challenger. Republican talk radio host Larry Elder has sued Weber over whether candidates for governor must file tax returns in a recall election. Newsom signed legislation in 2019 requiring gubernatorial candidates to file tax returns, and he argued it would apply to the recall as well. Elder argued that was not the case, and a Judge agreed with him. Weber immediately dropped the callback request.
More recently, Weber showed the same no-nonsense approach in response to a campaign aimed at putting a measure to raise the minimum wage on the November vote. weaver left it off the ballot because their signatures were not verified by the June 30 deadline — although she said she knows the people behind the campaign and generally agrees with their mission. (The minimum wage initiative qualified for the 2024 election.)
Personal ideology should not dictate how officials conduct elections, and Weber has proven to be a reliable and fair arbiter. That’s what voters expect from a foreign minister.
Weber is California’s first black woman secretary of state, and her years of public service experience demonstrate a deep commitment to civil rights. Weber was born to sharecropping parents in Arkansas, moved to California as a child and eventually earned his doctorate. She taught Africana studies at San Diego State University for 40 years, served on the San Diego Unified School Board, and established herself as an advocate for education and police reform during four terms in the state assembly.
Weber’s opponent, Robert Bernosky, is a longtime corporate finance executive and Republican Party official. He has led the San Benito County GOP for the past decade and served as presidential endorsement of Donald Trump as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 2016 and 2020.
Not an election denier, Bernosky says he trusts the justice system, which has dismissed multiple lawsuits brought by Trump allies alleging the 2020 election was fraudulent. He attributes Trump’s big lie and doubts about the validity of the American election to “a small group within the Republican Party.” [that] makes a lot of noise.” That’s a jaded response to such a dangerous threat to democracy.
While Bernosky’s manifesto for the post of foreign minister does not lead to Trumpist extremes, it does address doubts about the electoral system. He talks about the need to “clean up” electoral rolls and address issues with non-citizens registering to vote. There was instances This happened in 2018 when the state rushed to introduce a new “motor voter” system that registers people to vote when they visit the Department of Motor Vehicles. But there is no indication of it continued be a problem.
Bernosky is right when he criticizes the Secretary of State’s office for botching a project to improve California’s campaign finance system, known as Cal access. The 20-year-old database contains vital information that allows the public to see who is funding campaigns and hiring lobbyists. But it frequently crashes or is out of date, defeating the goal of creating transparency about money in California politics.
A 2016 state law requires that Cal-Access should be replaced with a modern database system, which should happen in 2019. Then it was pushed back to 2021. Weber recently postponed the start again because the new database was not accurate enough. She sent the project back to the drawing board for a fresh start intended take place around 2025.
Weber must fix the Cal Access disaster in her next term. The voters should give her the chance to do so.
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-09-26/endorsement-shirley-weber-for-secretary-of-state Endorsement: Shirley Weber for secretary of state