June 2014 Endorsement Results
The endorsements on this page are for Bay Chapter (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco Counties) elections only. For information on other chapters' endorsements, follow this link.
For a list of November 2014 endorsements, click here.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Secretary of State
House of Representatives
Mike Honda (District 17) – Moving on to November general election (1st place with 48.8% of vote)
Barbara Lee (District 13) – Moving on to November general election (1st place with 81.4% of vote)
Mike Thompson (District 5) – Moving on to November general election (1st place with 80.6% of vote)
Tim Sbranti (District 16) – Moving on to November general election (2nd place with 29.7% of vote)
Kansen Chu (District 25) – Moving on to November general election (1st place with 30.4% of vote)
Alameda County Board of Supervisors
Richard Valle (District 2) – WON with 97.86% of vote
Wilma Chan (District 3) – WON with 97.57% of vote
Alameda County District Attorney
Nancy O’Malley – WON with 98.17% of vote
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
John Gioia (District 1) – WON with 97.5% of vote
Barbara Halliday (Mayor) – WON with 38.9% of vote
Rocky Fernandez (City Council) – Lost (3rd place with 18.93% of vote)
Sara Lamnin (City Council) – WON (2nd place with 22.02% of vote)
Zone 7 Water Agency BoardMatt Morrison – Lost (7th place with 6.94% of vote)
House of Representatives
Jared Huffman (District 2) – Moving on to November general election (1st place with 67.4% of vote)
Board of Supervisors
Ross Valley Sanitation District Board
House of Representatives
Nancy Pelosi (District 12) – Moving on to November general election (1st place with 73.6% of vote)
Superior Court Judge
Daniel Flores – WON (1st place with 45.76% of vote)
Vote YES on Proposition A
Earthquake Bonds – WON with 78.95% of vote
Vote YES on Proposition B
Let the Voters Protect the Waterfront – WON with 59.08% of vote
More information about some of the above endorsements
Betty Yee for controller
The race for state controller is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and hotly contested this June. While the office can tend to fly under the radar, there are several key reasons that environmentalists should be excited to have the opportunity to elect a true environmental champion to this position.
Betty Yee, currently a member of the State Board of Equalization, is prepared from day one to tackle climate Change. Yee understands that climate change is the overarching environmental problem to tackle, and will, for instance, promote clean- and renewable-energy standards for public works projects throughout California. She will use her office to alert public officials around the state that climate disruption is not only an environmental disaster, but is going to cost taxpayers a lot of money.
Beyond climate change, Ms. Yee will use her office to address uncontrolled fracking, water conservation, landfill waste and recycling, and income inequality.
The Sierra Club strongly supports Yee’s campaign for controller and urges you to vote for the only candidate who has promised not to accept campaign contributions from oil companies.
John Chiang for treasurer
Sierra Club California endorses John Chiang for treasurer because of his record on environmental issues as Controller, and his continuing personal commitment to combat climate disruption. As treasurer he will promote investment in distributed generation and support other environmentally beneficial activities. He is sponsor of AB 2045 (Rendon) to create a statewide “Building the Economy through Energy Retrofits” (BETER). The treasurer sits on a variety of state boards and commissions including the California Pollution Control Financing Authority and the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority. The treasurer influences a wide range of public and private investment and policy decisions that affect environmental concerns. John Chiang is the Club’s choice for treasurer.
Dave Jones for insurance commissioner
The Sierra Club endorses Dave Jones for re-election as state insurance commissioner based on his environmental record during his first term. Jones has promoted assessment of the impacts of climate change on insurance risks, and encouraged insurance companies to provide lower automobile insurance rates to people who drive less. Before his election as insurance commissioner, Jones compiled an outstanding environmental record as a member of the California Assembly, including authorship of the Green Insurance Act of 2010.
Tom Torlakson for superintendent of public instruction
The Sierra Club endorses Tom Torlakson for re-election as state superintendent of public instruction.
As superintendent Torlakson has promoted California schools in the National Green Ribbon Program honoring "schools and districts that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways." He has established an Environmental Education Interagency Network and Environmental Literacy Task Force to help guide California's implementation of Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum. He uses his position to promote green school building design, recycling programs, and environmental literacy for California students.
Torlakson was endorsed by the Club when he ran for the legislature. In the Sierra Club he served as chair of our Mount Diablo Group from 1973 - 1975. He became an ecology teacher in 1970—during the year of the first Earth Day. An avid outdoorsperson, he began backpacking in his youth on Club outings.
McGuire for State Senate (District 2)
Vote for Mike McGuire for state Senate in District 2.
Not only is Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire’s environmental knowledge and record outstanding, his responsiveness to Sierra Club concerns has surpassed “anything we’ve ever seen before”, says Sonoma Group conservation chair Suzanne Doyle. McGuire's election to the State Senate in District 2 will give the North Bay and North Coast another truly exceptional representative, who promises to become a legislative leader in Sacramento from the beginning. We endorse him proudly and urge all to vote for him on June 3. To find out more and to join in his campaign, visit www.mikemcguireforsenate.com.
Vote David Campos for Assembly District 17
At a time when the state legislature is weakening laws and defeating environmental protection, the Assembly needs people who will fight for the environment when big business is putting on the pressure.
This is why the Sierra Club is supporting David Campos for Assembly. Many San Francisco supervisors vote for the environment when it is easy, but Campos is one of the few who fight for the environment when it is hard.
David Campos is the clear environmental leader on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He opposed weakening the San Francisco implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act, which is under assault in Sacramento by the Chamber of Commerce. Campos' opponent, David Chiu, supported weakening. Chiu has received over $200,000 in campaign contributions from Chamber of Commerce interests, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
At the Board of Supervisors, David Campos has been the leader on fighting climate change and an outspoken fighter for implementing CleanPowerSF to offer San Franciscans an option for renewable electricity. Campos has stood up to developers in fighting to prevent development in Candlestick State Park, which his opponent supported. In his position on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Campos worked for environmental-justice issues in regionwide transportation decisions.
With recent California legislative defeats in fracking, clearcut logging, and coastal protection, the state legislature needs someone with a record of standing up to corporate interests to protect the environment.
This is why the Sierra Club supports Campos to succeed Tom Ammiano in the Assembly.
Alex Padilla has helped advance environmental policy to reduce waste, fight air pollution, protect water quality and the human right to clean water, and protect wildlife. To continue ensuring all Californians have access to clean water and breathable air, Californians need to be engaged in the political process and exercise their right to vote. As Secretary of State, Alex Padilla will protect voting rights for all and work to encourage more people to register to vote. Sierra Club California is proud to endorse Alex Padilla for Secretary of State.