California’s Climate Slate 2022

EnviroVoters endorsed 18 climate champion candidates in priority races for the 2022 general election, with the goal of securing a climate majority in the State Legislature and protecting the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Learn more about these climate champions and explore their election results below:

WonLost 2022 Election (1)

Paula Villescaz

Senate District 6
WonLost 2022 Election (2)

Dave Jones

Senate District 8
WonLost 2022 Election (6)

Aisha Wahab

Senate District 10
WonLost 2022 Election (7)

Caroline Menjivar

Senate District 20
WonLost 2022 Election (8)

Lola Smallwood-Cuevas

Senate District 28
WonLost 2022 Election (9)

Catherine Blakespear

Senate District 38
WonLost 2022 Election

Sara Aminzadeh

Assembly District 12
WonLost 2022 Election (10)

Liz Ortega-Toro 

Assembly District 20
WonLost 2022 Election (20)

Pilar Schiavo

Assembly District 40
WonLost 2022 Election (18)

Christy Holstege

Assembly District 47
WonLost 2022 Election (11)

Rick Chavez Zbur

Assembly District 51
WonLost 2022 Election (12)

Corey Jackson

Assembly District 60
WonLost 2022 Election (13)

Josh Lowenthal

Assembly District 69
WonLost 2022 Election (3)

Kermit Jones

Congressional District 3
WonLost 2022 Election (4)

Christy Smith

Congressional District 27
WonLost 2022 Election (5)

Will Rollins

Congressional District 41
WonLost 2022 Election (14)

Katie Porter

Congressional District 47
WonLost 2022 Election (15)

Mike Levin

Congressional District 49
WonLost 2022 Election (1)

Paula Villescaz

Senate District 6 (Placer/Sacramento County)

Paula has served as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services and has been a tireless advocate for public health and healthy communities.

WonLost 2022 Election (2)

Dave Jones

Senate District 8 (Sacramento County)
Dave doesn’t just understand the global climate crisis; he spent over two decades fighting to solve it. As City Councilmember, State Assemblymember, and State Insurance Commissioner, Dave leveraged all the tools at his disposal to protect the environment and advance climate justice. But the oil industry knows all this, so they funneled HUGE amounts of money into the district to stop Dave from winning.
WonLost 2022 Election (6)

Aisha Wahab

Senate District 10 (East Bay/Silicon Valley)
Aisha Wahab is the first Afghan-American woman to be elected to public office in the U.S. As Mayor Pro Tem and City Councilmember of Hayward, she has declared a climate emergency to push forward a net zero future, opposed offshore oil drilling, and been a champion for renewable energy. Her opponent was a climate delayer supported by Big Oil who wanted to put business interests ahead of the environment and the health of her community.
WonLost 2022 Election (7)

Caroline Menjivar

Senate District 20 (San Fernando Valley)
Caroline is a social worker, nonprofit director, and marine veteran. Her life has been in public service, and she has been focused on uplifting the most vulnerable people in her community, which is why she wants to be a champion for clean air and public transportation in the Senate. Caroline has the experience and commitment needed to be a strong voice for her community in the capitol.
WonLost 2022 Election (8)

Lola Smallwood-Cuevas

Senate District 28 (Palm Springs/Temecula)

As a researcher at UCLA’s Advancement of Racial Equity, Lola sees herself as an organizer at the intersection of racial capitalism and fighting for vulnerable communities. She wants to hold corporations accountable and fight for environmental justice if elected. She will be a valuable voice in the Senate!  

WonLost 2022 Election (9)

Catherine Blakespear

Senate District 38 (Southern Orange/San Diego County)

As Encinitas Mayor, Catherine made the city the first in San Diego County to deliver 100% renewable power and passed a tough climate action plan to reduce emissions and passed the first ordinance in San Diego County to require new buildings to be all electric. Catherine’s track record of environmental stewardship both as mayor and as a former City Council member will make her a valuable climate champion in the Senate.

WonLost 2022 Election

Sara Aminzadeh

Assembly District 12 (Marin)

California Coastal Commissioner Sara Aminzadeh is a nationally recognized, award-winning climate change leader. She served as Senior Advisor and Vice President of Partnerships of the US Water Alliance, advancing water access for all. She is a true environmentalist.

WonLost 2022 Election (10)

Liz Ortega-Toro

Assembly District 20 (Bay Area)

As a labor leader in Alameda, Liz has worked to propel forward both good jobs and climate action. She wants to help the state build an equitable transition into a clean energy economy, and now we will have her leadership in the Assembly to make that happen.

WonLost 2022 Election (20)

Pilar Schiavo

Assembly District 40 (Chatsworth/Santa Clarita)

As a union and political organizer, Pilar has been a champion for working people, justice, and public health. Her work of organizing with nurses in the State stopped Chevron refinery expansion, and we know that she will continue to organize against Big Oil in the Assembly.

WonLost 2022 Election (16)

Christy Holstege

Assembly District 47 (Palm Springs)

As the Mayor of Palm Springs, Christy has worked to build new green spaces and stop bad development. She has also championed extreme heat resilience for the city and will be a strong champion for clean energy in the legislature. She was in one of the most competitive Assembly races in California.

WonLost 2022 Election (11)

Rick Chavez-Zbur

Assembly District 51 (West L.A. County)

Not only does Rick have a background as an environmental lawyer, but he has also served as President of the California Environmental Voters Board. He has been a board member for 20-plus years and ushered in an intersectional and climate justice lens to EnviroVoters. Now it’s time for his leadership in California’s legislature to push a bold climate justice agenda.

WonLost 2022 Election (12)

Corey Jackson

Assembly District 60 (Moreno Valley)

Corey has been a school board member in Riverside County and a longtime advocate for clean air and environmental justice. He will go to the Assembly to make big change happen and stand up for the communities in the Inland Empire. We’re excited to have helped Corey get elected.

WonLost 2022 Election (13)

Josh Lowenthal

Assembly District 69 (Santa Ana/Anaheim)

Josh is a businessman, surfer, and advocate for coastal protection, including ending offshore oil drilling and opposing bad water projects like Poseidon Desalination. In the Assembly he’ll continue championing coastal protection and a clean energy transition.

WonLost 2022 Election (3)

Kermit Jones

Congressional District 3 (East California)

Dr. Kermit Jones is a family doctor and Navy veteran who was running to represent California’s 3rd Congressional District. Dr. Jones’s commitment to wildfire preparedness and land stewardship are crucial to protecting California’s Sierra Region from heat and drought.

WonLost 2022 Election (4)

Christy Smith

Congressional District 27 (North L.A. County)
As an Assemblymember Christy had 100% environmental score. She has always been there with us when we needed her. Her seat was the top climate pick-up seat in the country.
WonLost 2022 Election (5)

Will Rollins

Congressional District 41 (Palm Springs/Corona)

Will is a former Federal Prosecutor with a green vision for Palm Springs and Riverside. Will is committed to increase incentives to expand clean energy and create good jobs in the process. His opponent was a climate denier.

WonLost 2022 Election (14)

Katie Porter

Congressional District 47 (Irvine/Huntington Beach)

Congresswoman Katie Porter has crafted several pieces of legislation that protect our planet for our kids and grandkids. She’s led efforts to increase the cleanup of harmful PFAS chemicals in Orange County and has been holding oil companies accountable to save consumers money.

WonLost 2022 Election (15)

Mike Levin

Congressional District 49 (San Clemente/Carlsbad)

Congressman Mike Levin is a top leader in climate action and clean energyHe holds critical position on the House Natural Resources Committee and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and was instrumental in keeping key climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act.

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