“Voters will have a choice this November between two diametrically contrasting visions. One that will protect reproductive rights or one that is eager to gut them,” Smith said in a statement from her campaign. “One that understands that gun safety is paramount to safe communities or one that’s in lockstep with the NRA. And one who will fight to support Americans who work hard….” (Los Angeles Daily News, 6/26/22)
BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Smith served as a California Assemblywoman from 2018 to 2020. She ran unsuccessful campaigns for House District 25 against incumbent Mike Garcia losing by 333 votes in the general election of 2020 – one of the closet elections in the country. As the result of redistricting, she will oppose Garcia for the third time in the new CA 27. Smith graduated from UCLA majoring in political science. Her professional experience includes working as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Education and founding the Valencia Valley Technological Education Foundation.
As a legislator, Smith authored bills focusing on education reform, homeowner protections, college affordability, and good governance- all signed into law by Governor Newsom. In addition, she help shepherd investments in emergency management, secured significant funding for the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, the Santa Clarita Senior Center, and the College of the Canyons.
ON THE ISSUES
“I'm running for Congress to fight for the issues that matter most to the people of the 27th District. I'm committed to advancing educational, social, economic, and environmental equity and fighting for a better future for all Californians.” (Campaign website)
Issues that Smith is fighting for include:
Expanding access to quality, affordable health care
Improving public education & ensuring success for every student
Defending reproductive rights
Taking on climate change & fighting for environmental justice
Creating jobs & an equitable economy that works for everyone
Keeping our communities safe
Fighting to protect our democracy and everyone’s right to vote
POLITICS IN CALIFORNIA
Following redistricting, CA 27 went from Biden+10 to Biden +12. The race is a prime opportunity to flip a California seat from red to blue. In the California primary system, the top two vote getters proceed to the general election. As the Los Angeles Daily News noted in June, “The newly redrawn 27th has become a highly watched contest in a district with deep conservative roots not averse to electing GOP House members, despite its majority Democratic population of registered voters.”