The race for California’s U.S. Senate seat in 2018 will be a defining moment in the resistance to Donald Trump and our fight for racial and economic justice.
That is why Democracy for America is proud to endorse a proven progressive leader, State Senator Kevin de León, for U.S. Senate.
This seat is currently held by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and she’s running for re-election. She has done great work on many issues, including gun violence and public infrastructure, during her time in office.
But she no longer reflects the lived experiences or core values of Californians here in 2017. And she isn’t willing to step up and lead on resisting Trump or in fighting for the issues that matter to this country in this vital moment.
Sen. Feinstein voted for the Iraq War. She was a leader in passing and then expanding the Patriot Act and other surveillance programs. As one of the most Wall Street-friendly Democrats in Congress, Sen. Feinstein has always stood with corporate power. She doesn’t support Medicare for All or free college. We haven’t seen her show up for racial justice.
Most shocking of all, Sen. Feinstein is reluctant to challenge Trump. She even recently called on progressives to have “patience” with Trump and hoped he’d become a “good president.”
That’s not the leadership we need in the Senate right now. We need a proven progressive champion who will fight for California and the American people against Trump — someone whose life experiences have made them a perfect leader in this moment.
That’s Kevin de León.
This campaign will be a major turning point for California, the Democratic Party, and the country. Will you chip in $3 or more now to help DFA elect Kevin de León as the next U.S. Senator from California?
We can’t imagine a better candidate to take on Sen. Feinstein and lead progressives in Congress than Kevin de León.
You may not have heard of him until now — but Kevin de León is one of the most successful progressive legislators anywhere in the country.
As President pro tem and thus leader of the California State Senate, he has been a progressive champion in fighting against Trump and fighting for racial and economic justice.
Kevin de León led the California State Senate in passing a single-payer health care bill this past spring.
He ensured passage of landmark legislation to fight climate change, to make housing more affordable, and to reduce sexual assault on campus. And he has done great work on passing gun safety legislation. He led the way in making California a sanctuary state.
Kevin de León brings a perspective to the U.S. Senate that is clearly lacking — and a life story that reflects the experiences of millions of his fellow Californians. The son of immigrants, he grew up in a working class family on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. He put himself through college teaching ESL. He got his start in politics fighting against the anti-immigrant Proposition 187.
California has never elected a Latino to the U.S. Senate. In a state where Latinos are now the largest population group, it’s long past time for this to change — and for a progressive champion to lead the resistance in Congress.
Will you chip in $3 or more now to help DFA elect Kevin de León as the next U.S. Senator from California?
This is not just a battle for a U.S. Senate seat. It’s a battle for the future of the Democratic Party and the country as a whole.
Sen. Feinstein represents the corporate wing of the Democratic Party. Kevin de León represents the working people who are the true base of the Democratic Party.
When Trump became president, de León didn’t ask people to sit back and wait hoping maybe Trump would someday turn out OK. He immediately began working to pass policies that would help the people most immediately affected by Trump’s bigoted, greedy policies and lead California in resistance to Trump.
We won’t defeat Trump and his Republican Party with corporate Democrats pushing Republican-lite policies and weak leadership. We win when candidates offer a progressive vision for America and fight to make it happen. Kevin de León has proven he will do both. He will lead progressives in Congress against Trump and to fight for racial and economic justice.
This campaign won’t be easy. Sen. Feinstein will have a lot of money on her side. But Kevin de León will have grassroots support. He can win this race by driving the progressive base to the polls — but he needs our help now.
Help transform the Democratic Party and send a progressive hero to Washington to fight the Trump administration: Chip in $3 or more now to help DFA elect Kevin de León as the next U.S. Senator from California.
Thank you for helping send a transformative leader to the U.S. Senate.
Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America