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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election
United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 27

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Christy Smith

California Environmental Councilmember
91,892 votes (46.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Extend the Child Tax Credit and make it permanent.
  • Lead on expanding voting rights and unrestricted access to the ballot box, including passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
  • Ensure our economic recovery from COVID is equitable, including lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drug prices.

Experience

Biography

I have a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Political Theory from UCLA. My classroom training provided a fundamental understanding of our governance structures and how they evolve, or fail to evolve over time. I have extensively studied political theory and I assess political dynamics with a filtered “state of nature” lens. During my time in our nation’s capital and subsequently, I have rounded out my public policy expertise with leadership and statistical analysis and budget coursework. My education has given me the tools to be an effective and thoughtful leader.

 

At 24, as a student worker and unit president for my California School Employees Association chapter, I negotiated my first contract, with wage and benefit increases for over 400 employees. This experience was foundational to my dedication to workers’ rights and justice, especially as a legislator.

 

I started my career in public advocacy as a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, where I worked on key national education initiatives such as; Safe and Drug Free Schools, School to Work, Parent Involvement in Education, and education research for the Department through the Asia Pacific Economic Consortium.

 

I served as the Legislative Vice President of the Santa Clarita Valley Trustees Association and as a delegate to the California School Boards Association; ensuring local programs received proper support from regional bodies. I also served as the chair of the successful Measure E Prop 39 bond campaign for the Newhall District, which has provided $60 million in resources for facility and technology upgrades.

 

In the State Assembly, I authored nine bills focusing on education reform, homeowner protections, college affordability and good governance, which were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. This legislative package also included a landmark measure, now law, that removes barriers for survivors of human trafficking to access victims’ compensation. I also led a charter school reform education package that updated the California Charter Schools Act for the first time since 1992 and held private interests accountable. I was able to shepherd historic investments in emergency management and also secured $700,000 for the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, $450,000 for the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and $397,000 for College of the Canyons. These accomplishments not only mark my understanding of effective lawmaking but also how to bring critical resources back to my district.

 

I currently serve on the Delta Stewardship Council, where I am building upon my dedication to leading on climate action.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $1,159,267

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Elect Democratic Women
$10,000
1
International Association of Fire Fighters
$10,000
1
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
$10,000
1
National Union of Healthcare Workers
$10,000
1
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
$10,000
1
Women's Political Committee
$10,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 75.33%
District of Columbia 9.37%
New York 4.09%
Maryland 3.22%
Other 7.99%
75.33%9.37%

By Size:

Large contributions (85.27%)
Small contributions (14.73%)
85.27%14.73%

By Type:

From organizations (18.37%)
From individuals (81.63%)
18.37%81.63%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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