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California’s top 3 Senate candidates seek edge in race for Feinstein’s old seat

Cynthia Dizikes | Oct. 8, 2023 | San Francisco Chronicle

The top three California Democrats running for U.S. Senate vied Sunday for the endorsement of a major health care union during a forum that underscored the similarities of their policy positions over their differences.

Reps. Barbara Lee of Oakland, Katie Porter of Irvine and Adam Schiff of Burbank fielded questions for 90 minutes from a panel of reporters and moderator Lisa Matthews, a veteran journalist and top editor at the Associated Press, on a range of topics crucial to California voters, including health care, housing, minimum wage, gas prices and term limits for appointed and elected officials.

The forum was hosted by the Oakland-based National Union of Healthcare Workers, which has more than 16,000 California members and will announce Wednesday which candidate it is endorsing, plus Roll Call and the progressive grassroots advocacy organization Courage California

“When we come together in 2024 to vote for our next U.S. senator, we will be making a courageous action for change by electing a person who will serve as the backbone of our democracy, ” said Shay Franco-Clausen, board chair of Courage California.