Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Historic US Senate Election In California
Thanks to California's jungle primary system, the top two candidates, regardless of party move on to the general election. After the votes were counted on June 7, two Democratic women ended up in the top two slots for the open California US senate seat.
California voters will get to choose between their current attorney general Kamala Harris or Rep. Loretta Sanchez.
Rep Sanchez is seeking to become the first Latina ever elected to the US Senate, while Attorney General Harris is seeking to become only the second African-American woman and first woman of south Asian heritage to be elected to the US Senate.
It's also a battle of northern Cali vs southern Cali. Harris was born in Oakland, grew up in Berkeley, was a deputy district attorney for Alameda County, the district attorney for the City and County of San Francisco before becoming California's Attorney General in 2011.
And as the child and sibling of AKA's I'm happy to point out she's a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Sanchez was born in Lynwood, and has since 2003 represented the Orange County centered 47th Congressional District.
Whichever one of these women wins, they will inherit by default a national women of color constituency that extends far beyond the borders of the state of California.
May the best US Senate candidate win, and represent the state of California, our communities and the nation as well.