Attorney General Bonta Endorses Hicks for Assembly District 2

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Letter to the Editor[On February 13] the Rusty Hicks for State Assembly Campaign (AD-2) announced an endorsement from California Attorney General Rob Bonta.

“As an experienced labor leader, educator and veteran, Rusty has a proven track record of bringing people together to make real change,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta. “I look forward to working alongside Rusty Hicks to champion the rights and well-being of working families and to create a more equitable and just California.”

Rusty Hicks is a labor leader and organizer who was raised by a single mother who struggled to put food on the table. Growing up, Rusty learned firsthand the values of hard work, service and sacrifice – working class values that inform his work today. For more than a decade, Rusty served as both President and Political Director of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor – one of the Nation’s most vibrant and diverse Labor Movements representing 300 local unions and 800,000 hardworking women and men.

Rusty helped lead a successful campaign to raise the wages of nearly one million workers and pass a progressive ballot measure to build more affordable housing and create good jobs for local workers. Rusty also currently serves as an Associate Professor at College of the Redwoods and teaches American Government to incarcerated students at Pelican Bay State Prison. Rusty is committed to supporting local workers and ensuring a quality education for all.

Here is a complete endorsement list for Rusty Hicks for State Assembly.

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Alf
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Alf
1 month ago

Of course he does. Corruption only wants corruption. Anyone with integrity is unwelcome in California government.

Bozo
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Bozo
1 month ago

>”Rusty also currently serves as an Associate Professor at College of the Redwoods and teaches American Government to incarcerated students at Pelican Bay State Prison.”

Rusty is current Chairman of the Democratic party. Was pressed by other candidates to resign that job… and didn’t.

— from the Press Democrat

But his dual roles as candidate and party chairman have also drawn criticism from opponents as well as from within the party, where a small group of delegates is trying to force Hicks to step down.

The party itself has not made an endorsement or spent any money in the race. But to his critics, Hicks is still wielding the power of the party to propel himself into the statehouse, muscling out candidates who have put in years of public service in the district.

Most of Hicks’ donors are statewide labor organizations, which have also poured money into a political action committee to back him independently. Hicks has a long history with labor — as chair of the Democratic Party, he was head of the powerful Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Other donations come from political consultants, strategists and lobbyists, many clustered in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

This month, Hicks reported raising around $590,000 for his campaign. A political action committee supporting him, however, has reported almost $400,000, with six-figure donations coming from the California Dental Association and the California Apartment Association, which represents rental property owners and operators. Three statewide labor unions also gave considerably to the PAC.

Go figure.

Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
1 month ago

I dont want an assemblyman all cozy and schmoozy with the enforcement wing or the judicial wing of the state government. Its called checks and balances. Without that we have a dictatorship…..like now.

So no go Rusty.

D'Tucker Jebs
Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

That’s not actually what the terms “checks and balances”, or “dictatorship” mean.

Paul Modic
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Paul Modic
1 month ago

When did he move up here, like yesterday?
He has a great personal story (as he told the lunch-eaters at the local senior center the other day) but the fix is in, he’s the establishment’s candidate, and so I’m thinking no…
(Vote Ariel?)

Farce
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Farce
1 month ago

There is obviously more at stake here than just a representative position from a large and mostly rural backwater district. And it should make us suspicious of Rusty’s moving here ( “Oh I just love it up here”!). This was a planned arrangement for him to take this seat. The DEMs have a plan or two for our area which they have not yet released and he is their guy to get it through. Water transfers? Ocean development? Something much more than just having a blue seat that would remain blue anyways…..and Rusty will do the job for the state DEMs- not so much for us.

Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
1 month ago
Reply to  Farce

It’s called the windmill people. Bird shredding whale killing yahoos who pose as ocean warriors and wildlife saviors but are actually just sea lice infesting the local ecosystem. The unions of the Bay Area and SoCal see big money jobs only for them just offshore . Don’t let the Democrat Hicks tell you otherwise when they claim hundreds of local jobs will be created. No local jobs going to locals will be created, hence this Hick and his Union chums.

D'Tucker Jebs
Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Al L Ivesmatr

Is your computer really able to interpret and post your dreams,
or did you actually take the time to sit down and type out that nonsense?

DHW
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DHW
1 month ago

I’m voting for Frankie Myers becasue I like the way he doen’t pussy foot around. I like hearing him ask the hard questions of the other candidates.
I understand his style might be off putting to some but I’m ready for a representive to shake things up.
Vote for Frankie Myers! A real North Coast candidate. Born and raised here.

Last edited 1 month ago
Michael M
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Michael M
1 month ago
Reply to  DHW

I second that!