Senator Harris Exit From 2020 Race Opens Up California Local Endorsements

by Robb Korinke

Kamala Harris has exited the Presidential race, and taken with her a number of prized endorsements from local officials here in California. And while Harris wasn’t leading in overall endorsements from City and County officials, she was boosted by backing of five of the “Big 10” Mayors and probably the most impressive list of the contenders -- though all are relatively shorts lists up to now. 

Bernie Sanders, a former Mayor himself, has significant support from the San Francisco Board of Supes, but not far beyond. Mayor Pete, who had West Sac Mayor Christopher Cabaldon host an event for him several months ago, has the next most.

Notably absent is Joe Biden. Though he has backing from Mayors in Atlanta and Detroit, I have seen none from delegate rich California. 

Why does any of this matter? Well for starters, California will apportion its delegates proportionally, meaning every corner of the state has delegates up for grabs. The local networks and earned media that follow a strong local endorsement can boost candidates in those areas and it's surprising the better resourced campaigns haven't done more of this outreach. This could be an opportunity for a candidate like Julian Castro, for example, who could make significant inroads in Latino heavy districts around the state.

We’re going to keep this article updated between now and March, so if you see any missing, please let me know. 

Kamala Harris endorsements (Up for Grabs): 

  • Robert Garcia, Mayor, City of Long Beach 
  • Libby Schaff, Mayor, City of Oakland 
  • London Breed, Mayor, City of San Francisco 
  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San Jose 
  • Darrell Steinberg, Mayor, City of Sacramento 
  • Aja Brown, Mayor, City of Compton
  • Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Councilmember, City of Oakland 

Bernie Sanders endorsements:

  • Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, City of Berkeley
  • Aaron Peskin, San Francisco County Supervisor
  • Gordon Mar, San Francisco County Supervisor
  • Hillary Ronen, San Francisco County Supervisor
  • Jane Kim, Former San Francisco County Supervisor
  • David Campos, Former San Francisco County Supervisor
  • John Avalos, Former San Francisco County Supervisor
  • Jovanka Beckles, Former Councilmember, City of Richmond 

Mayor Pete Buttigieg endorsements:

  • Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, City of West Sacramento 
  • John D'Amico, Councilmember, City of West Hollywood 
  • Rob Moon, Councilmember, City of Palm Springs 
  • Gleam Davis, Councilmember, City of Santa Monica 
  • Gabriel Quinto, Councilmember, City of El Cerrito 
  • John Harabedian, Councilmember, City of Sierra Madre 
  • Daniel Yost, Councilmember, City of Woodside 

Elizabeth Warren endorsements:

  • Nelson Esparza, Councilmember, City of Fresno
  • Chris Rogers, Vice Mayor, City of Santa Rosa 
  • Ray Buenaventura, Mayor, City of Daly City 
  • Hillary Ronen, San Francisco County Supervisor
  • Lauren Meister, Councilmember, City of West Hollywood 
  • Susan Ellenberg, Supervisor, Santa Clara County 

Julian Castro endorsements:

  • Noel Gallo, Councilmember, City of Oakland 
  • Bryan Osorio, Councilmember, City of Delano 


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