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Our Weekly’s choices for June 5 election

Merdies Hayes Editor In Chief | 6/1/2018, midnight
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Gavin Newsom’s background and tact are vital qualities for a leader to possess and apply to the role of governor. California has a golden opportunity to shine with balanced, tenacious and focused leadership. It is a leadership that will bring all of the state’s residents opportunity for prosperity. It is a leadership that’s one-of-a-kind in the race for governor.

Among the individuals and organizations who have endorsed Newsom for governor are Sen. Kamala Harris, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member George McKenna, Oakland City Council President Lynette Gipson-McElhaney, California Professional Firefighters, California School Employees Association, and California Teachers Association.

United States Senator

Diane Feinstein is California’s senior senator and for nearly three decades on Capitol Hill has built a reputation as an independent voice in working to find solutions to the problems facing the state and the nation.

One of Feinstein’s most notable accomplishments was leading a six-year review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. The effort culminated in the 2014 release of the report’s executive summary and passage of legislation banning the use or torture.

Feinstein was the first woman to chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and, as chairperson, oversaw the passage of six consecutive intelligence authorization bills and the release of a key bipartisan report on the Benghazi attacks.

Feinstein is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she serves as ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. In that role during California’s drought, Feinstein secured billions of dollars for state communities including critical transportation, water supply and federal building projects.

As well, Feinstein serves on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee—which she chaired during the 110th Congress—and in that capacity was the first woman to chair the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and presided over the 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.

Attorney General

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the first Latino to hold that office in California history.

Appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in January, Becerra brought decades of experience to defend the rights of nearly 40 million Californians. Becerra has consistently fought against the policies of President Donald Trump and has gone to court to defend the Affordable Care Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) act, and has been a vocal opponent of offshore drilling along the California coast.

Becerra has announced multi-million-dollar settlements on behalf of Californians harmed by bad over-the-counter medications, wire fraud scams, and compromised credit card information. He has secured tens of millions of dollars in debt relief for students who were taken advantage of by predatory for-profit colleges. As well, Becerra has prevented “Big Oil” giant Valero from taking over a petroleum distributor which could have resulted in even higher gas prices than we are witnessing presently.

In the House of Representatives, Becerra was chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and was elected chairman of House Democrats. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Becerra was the first Latino to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee and fought for a more fair tax code, was instrumental in securing better trade laws, and worked to help protect Social Security and Medicare.