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Courage California Endorses Progressive Candidates In Key Statewide Races



Los Angeles —  Courage California has announced the endorsement of four equity-focused State Legislative candidates. 

  • David Campos, AD17, San Francisco County (Special Election
  • Pilar Schiavo, AD40 (formerly AD38), Santa Clarita
  • Dave Jones, SD8 (formerly SD6), Sacramento County 
  • Aisha Wahab, SD10, Santa Clara/Alameda

“With much at stake in 2022, Courage California is proud to endorse progressive champions who will work closely with their communities to pass the bold policies we all need to ensure our safety, health, and security,” said Irene Kao, Executive Director of Courage California. “For too long, important environmental, economic justice, housing, and similar bills have been blocked by legislators who listen to special interests more than they do their own constituents. Californians need legislative leaders who embody our collective values of equity, justice, and accountability – and are willing to fight hard for the policies we are demanding now. Courage California’s endorsements of David Campos, Pilar Schiavo, Dave Jones, and Aisha Wahab underscore our confidence in them as the leaders all Californains deserve.” 

Irene Kao, Executive Director of Courage California

Courage California works with local and statewide partners to identify priority races, screens candidates based on their top issues, approach to passing progressive policies, and record of governance and leadership. 

David Campos, AD17, San Francisco County (Special Election)

David Campos is a longtime public servant who will bring trusted community partnerships, proven governance experience, and strong values to be an effective and progressive legislator. Campos has already delivered on key policies and programs in the Bay Area and will bring invaluable insights to the legislature as an openly gay and a formerly undocumented Latinx man. 

Pilar Schiavo, AD40, Santa Clarita

Pilar Schiavo brings decades of experience organizing communities around a solution to effectively address and fix urgent problems. Schiavo understands local and statewide issues, has the aptitude to see the bigger systems at play, and has the experience and skills to successfully navigate relationships and policies to make long-term changes. 

Dave Jones, SD8, Sacramento County

Dave Jones has long served California’s diverse communities, fighting for the people in numerous roles and across the issues we all care about. Jones brings a precise vision for how to pass and implement important legislation based on his strong relationships and governing and advocacy experience.

Aisha Wahab, SD10, Santa Clara/Alameda

Aisha Wahab will build on her established track record as a champion for working families in the Bay Area to lead California in keeping its promises to the people. Wahab has a clear understanding of what our diverse communities need to be strong and thrive, and she knows how to keep people at the table to find bold and effective solutions.

Courage California is dedicated to supporting and electing candidates who will actively champion our issues and communities, especially in the face of corporations and special interests and the inertia of a political system that doesn’t always serve our people well. 

David Campos, Pilar Schiavo, Dave Jones, and Aisha Wahab are leaders who will serve all Californians, effectively and equitably. 

Voters can learn more about the candidates in Courage California’s 2022 Voter Guide,, starting late January. The AD17 special election primary is on February 15, with a run-off on April 19 if no candidate receives a majority of the vote on February 15. All four races will be part of the regular primary elections on June 7 and general election on November 8.

Courage California, formerly Courage Campaign, works to unite communities organizing for progressive change, fight the forces of corruption, and hold our representatives to account in order to ensure that California’s elected officials act with courage. Our community of members envision California as a model of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy that sets the standard for our country.


Angela Chavez