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Sierra Forward’s mission is to address the needs of our Foothill and Mountain communities by encouraging and supporting causes, campaigns and candidates that will lead to mainstream solutions and fact-based decision-making in public policy. We will focus on the many things that unite us while also speaking honestly and with respect about those that divide.

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STATE & FEDERAL CANDIDATES WE ARE SUPPORTING

Dr. Kermit Jones

Dr. Kermit Jones

3rd District U.S. Congress

Dr. Kermit Jones emerged from the June 7 primary as one of the two top vote recipients in California’s newly redrawn Third Congressional District, coming within one percentage point of far-right Trump acolyte, Kevin Kiley.

The showdown in the November general election will be fierce. And the fight will be for the swing voters — especially the No Party Preference registrants (who make up one fifth of the electorate); those are voters to whom we — Sierra Forward — direct much of our attention.

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National pundits peg the race as leaning Republican, but they also think an upset is quite possible. Voter turnout will be key.

Our decision was an easy one to make.

Dr. Kermit Jones is a family doctor and a Navy veteran — having served as a flight surgeon during two tours in Iraq. After the war, he was a White House Fellow assigned to Health and Human Services. Given that background, it is no surprise that Dr. Jones is focusing his campaign on improving access to quality health care, controlling costs, and using the government’s power to leverage down the price of prescription prices.

Meanwhile, Kiley is aiming to solidify his base among the most extreme elements of the Republican Party — the hardline Trumpsters. For example, Kiley still refuses to acknowledge that Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election; Kiley was also involved in the effort to waste $276 million of taxpayer money on the doomed-from-the-start recall election of Gavin Newsom last year. Difficult as it might be to imagine, Kiley will be further to the right than Tom McClintock — and therefore even less representative of the needs and aspirations of the people in the district.

Rebecca Chenoweth

Rebecca Chenoweth

5th District State Assembly

 

Not all political arguments have to be shouting matches, and policy debates should not be “won” by the folks who simply scream the loudest.

That pretty well sums up one of the key reasons why Sierra Forward is happy to be supporting Rebecca Chenoweth in State Assembly District 5 (Lincoln, Roseville, Auburn, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Placerville). She is reserved, but firm. Dedicated and determined. Just what we need in Sacramento.

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Rebecca’s fights have been ones often fought behind closed doors. Or in courtrooms. They don’t tend to get the attention they deserve. They are important fights, and tough ones. Protecting kids from abuse. Aiding survivors of domestic violence. Working to combat sexual assault and human trafficking. Topics that aren’t easy to talk about, let alone do something about.

They are the fights that have defined Rebecca Chenoweth’s career. And they will be some of the issues she’ll be pursuing in the State Assembly.

Along with:

  • Access to affordable and quality health care
  • Excellence in education
  • Safety in our schools — for all children
  • Jobs for those who seek one
  • Air we can breathe
  • Water we can drink
  • Homes and insurance we can afford
  • Fundamental rights that cannot be taken away

Meanwhile her opponent is playing with a dangerous kind of politics. He has been a leader in the movement denying the lethal impact of the Covid pandemic. He seems to think his personal “liberty” should prevail over his community’s health and well-being.

What kind of a leader is that?

Sierra Forward is working to find and support candidates for office—local, state, and federal—who are reasonable, responsible, accessible. People who do not put partisan advantage at the top of their campaign wish list. We are sort of biased in favor of the quiet, effective ones. The listeners, not the shouters. That’s why we like Rebecca Chenoweth in the Fifth Assembly District this November.

Join us in supporting Rebecca Chenoweth by contributing to her campaign—and to Sierra Forward. And volunteer. Each and every one of us can make a difference.

Max Steiner

Max Steiner

1st District U.S. Congress

 

The effort to defeat Rep. Doug LaMalfa isn’t easy, but it is right and it is necessary. Here’s why:

Alt-right Republican Doug LaMalfa is an election denier.

On January 7, 2021, following the storming of the U.S. Capitol building by Trump supporters, LaMalfa and six other California representatives voted to reject the certification of Arizona’s and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.

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LaMalfa is also a climate denier.

Almost unbelievably, he is quoted as having said, “The climate of the globe has been fluctuating since God created it.” He thinks that the Book of Genesis disproves the scientific consensus on climate change.

And LaMalfa is a hypocrite.

He votes against the school lunch program but accepts huge farm subsidies for himself.

Max Steiner is everything LaMalfa isn’t. He is an Iraq War veteran and hero. He survived firefights and IEDs, so Doug LaMalfa, the national Republican machine and alt-right radicals don’t scare him. As Max puts it, “It’s time for us to clear Doug LaMalfa out of office and rebuild Congress to solve problems for all Americans.”

  • When enlisting in the Army, Max swore an oath to defend American democracy against all enemies “foreign and domestic.” He continues to adhere to that oath;
  • Max supports passage of a strong Voting Rights Act to ensure that politicians never have the power to change election results to their partisan advantage;
  • Putting an end to legislative and Congressional gerrymandering, whereby politicians pick their voters rather than the other way around, is high on Max Steiner’s to do list;
  • As is protecting the right of women to access safe, legal abortion services until viability, regardless of their state of residence;
  • As a Member of Congress, Max will fight for increased funding for forest management, especially for fuels reduction, prescribed fires, defensible space, stewardship agreements, to hire, train and equip more firefighters, and bring high-tier firefighters into full-time employment;
  • Support for a strong and capable national defense, one that reflects the serious challenges facing America and its allies, is also high on Max’s agenda.

Not every Democrat is comfortable with every one of Max’s positions. But he doesn’t fuzz up his positions to gain votes. He sticks with them, and he’ll stick it to LaMalfa in November.

Sierra Forward likes that about Max Steiner. We hope you will, too.

LOCAL CANDIDATES WE ARE SUPPORTING

Brooke Laine

Brooke Laine

El Dorado County

5th District Supervisor

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Brooke Laine is our preferred candidate in El Dorado County’s 5th supervisorial district, which includes Lake Tahoe down the western slope to Pollock Pines. Brooke has been a city council member and mayor of South Lake Tahoe. Her campaign for the Board is focused on health care, fire and public safety, insurance cancellations, infrastructure improvements, climate change, housing (including short term vacation rentals), tourism and snow removal.

Brooke learned her civic values at the family dinner table, as her mom was herself a highly effective and respected civic leader. And, as Brooke likes to remind voters, “Compromise is challenging…. I work conscientiously with all sides [to arrive] at fair and meaningful solutions.”

Bobby Macaulay

Bobby Macaulay

Madera County

5th District Supervisor

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We are urging voters in the eastern reaches of Madera County, up as far as parts of Yosemite, to vote for 5th district supervisor contender, Bobby Macaulay. This became a contentious, ugly race during the primary when Macaulay’s opponent got desperate by trying to link Macaulay to various left-leaning groups — including the imaginary “Democratic Socialists of America Peace and Freedom Party.” But the kicker was when he said Macaulay’s supporters included “witches and warlocks.” 

Bobby Macaulay has been the chief of staff to longtime and popular Supervisor, Tom Wheeler, and is emphasizing the importance of management of public and private lands, housing and homelessness and public safety.

Scott Alvord

Scott Alvord

Placer County

2nd District Supervisor

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Placer County Supervisor, 2nd District, candidate, Scott Alvord, receives the Sierra Forward endorsement. Alvord is a Roseville City Council member who is known for his ability to work across ideological and partisan lines in order to get things done. He led the revitalization of downtown Roseville. His opponent promises the same old pattern of supporting real estate developers at the expense of the larger community. 

Kody Jaeger

Kody Jaeger

Inyo County

3rd District Supervisor

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Inyo County, refers to itself as “the adventure capital of the world!” The “adventure” comes from its Sierra peaks, including the highest point in the 48 continental U.S—Mt. Whitney —, and the lowest, Bad Water Basin in Death Valley. 

Adventure is also found in this year’s election for Inyo’s District 3 Supervisor, where Kody Jaeger seeks to become the first Native American woman elected to the County Board ever! Kody is Assistant Tribal Administer of the Bishop Paiute Tribe. Named a “Hometown Hero” for her many contributions to the local community on the Paiute Reservation she calls home. 

Economic development, protection and preservation of the land, wildlife, and natural resources, providing essential resources, and training and support for law enforcement are Jody’s central concerns.

Erin Resner, Redding City Councilwoman

Erin Resner, Redding City Councilwoman

Shasta County

1st District Supervisor

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In Shasta County District 1, the more moderate candidate, Dutch Bros franchise co-owner and current Redding City Councilwoman Erin Resner, has a long history of the kind of public service typically expected from those who choose to take part in local politics. On the other hand, her opponent has a has scant history of public service and is running solely on his pledge to never mandate any precautions against COVID-19. Again, a curious definition of either “leadership” or “representation.” 

Baron Browning, Anderson City Councilman

Baron Browning, Anderson City Councilman

Shasta County

5th District Supervisor

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In the primary for the Shasta County District 5 Supervisor, the moderate slate candidate, two-term Anderson City Councilman Baron Browning, bested the less-experienced Liberty Committee candidate and State of Jefferson pitchman by eight points, 44 percent to 36 percent, but that was not enough to prevent a run-off. Browning is a solid conservative who would normally be a shoo-in in Shasta County, but these are not normal times

Lisa Swarthout

Lisa Swarthout

Nevada County

3rd District Supervisor

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In the race for Nevada County Supervisor, 3rd District (Grass Valley), Sierra Forward is endorsing Lisa Swarthout, Former Grass Valley mayor and Grass Valley City Council member. Lisa is also the Past Chair of both the Grass Valley Downtown Association and the Nevada County Economic Resource Council, and she has been a champion of balanced growth in this historic region. Her opponent is a rigid conservative.