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Progressive Working Families Party lands in California, and is targeting moderate Democrats

Jane Kim speaks with Bernie Sanders supporters during the June 2, 2019, California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco

Joe Garofoli | San Francisco Chronicle | January 13, 2022

Kim and Christina Livingston, a state officer in the Working Families Party, declined to name a “corporate” Democrat legislator whom the organization would be targeting this year. Instead, they pointed to the kind of progressive whom the party has endorsed, Assembly Member Alex Lee, D-San Jose, who backs a single-payer health plan.

The party, through its seven regional chapters in California, will endorse and support candidates in local elections with the goal of building a bench of like-minded candidates. Organizers are building the party by tapping into the membership of more than 40 progressive community, labor and grassroots organizations who are affiliating with them. Among them are Courage California, AFSCME 3299, CHIRLA Action Fund and SEIU 1021.

Instead, for now, the Working Families Party is hoping to appeal to voters frustrated with Democrats. The Working Families Party expects to have a seven-figure budget for the year, which is modest in a state where it costs millions to air TV advertising for a week in one of California’s major media markets.