Kamala Harris | Danny Tabor | Maxine Waters
Laura Richardson | Karen Bass | Jerome Horton
Curren Price | Steve Bradford | Mike Davis
Isadore Hall | Reginald Jones-Sawyer | Hector de la Torre
Janice Hahn | Anthony de los Reyes
The right to vote is a very sacred and meaningful obligation in a democracy and so too is understanding who and what the people are voting for
By Yussuf J. Simmonds
Sentinel Staff Writer
Despite what many Black people feel, the ‘right’ to vote did not come the Voting Rights of the 1960s; that right is inherent with freedom. However, the Voting Rights did indeed protect that right allowing Black people some semblance when they decided to exercise that right. The history of the Civil Rights Movement was written in the blood and sweat of many and to this day, there is still some hesitancy about the unfettered right to vote.
In California, Kamala Harris, the current district attorney of San Francisco is running to be the next attorney general. She is smart, young and attractive, and is uniquely qualified to serve California in that capacity. She has been on the frontline of the fight against crime and the citizens of San Francisco have elected her twice to be their district attorney. In addition, she has the support of many in the legal and law enforcement communities, and an array of elected officials throughout the state.
For decades, there have been Black women who have served Los Angeles and the surrounding communities in the House of Representatives. They have shown that they have the will and the skill to do what is necessary to protect and fight for their constituents in the Hall of the U.S. Congress. Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson have stood up for Black people and deserve to return to Congress to continue their unfinished work. It is fitting that former Assembly speaker Karen Bass be given the opportunity to join Waters and Richardson, and continue ‘threesome.’
Like Washington, D.C., Sacramento beckons those who have the ability to serve selflessly and it is incumbent on the community who derive the benefit of these elected officials to support them by sending them back to the capital. They include Jerome Horton to the State Board of Equalization; Curren Price, Senator of the 26th district; Steve Bradford, Mike Davis and Isadore Hall of the 51st, 48th and 52nd assembly districts respectively; and to include Reginald Sawyer-Jones in the line-up to serve as the assemblyman of the 47th district.
Coming from a long tradition of service, Janice has accomplished much since she was elected. There is no doubt that she will show unrelenting courage as she continues to be a champion for the people when elected as California’s next Lieutenant Governor.
Inglewood has been rocked by the resignation of its mayor and needs a steady hand on to steer the city out of its current fiscal situation; as Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem, Danny Tabor is ideally suited to carry on the job he is presently doing – that of being Mayor.
Hector De La Torre is a member of the California State Assembly for the 50th Assembly District. He is a Democrat and is supported by an array of African American elected and retired officials who support him for California Insurance Commissioner. He said, “I will fight to make sure insurance companies deliver on the coverage we’ve paid for.”
Anthony de los Reyes said, “Through my litigation practice, as well as my long history of community service, including having heard more than 1000 administrative appeals, both Civil Service and Police Department disciplinary hearings, I believe I have the necessary intellect, judgment, patience and practicality to serve honorably on the bench,” as the candidate for office of Judge107.