Bera addressed activists gathered in San Jose and contrasted his positions on minimum wage and gun control with his GOP opponent, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. Jones came out early against the trade agreement and has staked out a moderate position on immigration and some social issues.
“This is about what future we want,” Bera said, “and how we give people opportunity.” House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi said Bera’s position on trade, through different than hers, should not be a deciding factor for his reelection, the Bee said.
“We have a great kaleidoscope” of representatives, she said, adding. “We all are a resource to each other at some point.” “He’s a valued member of the Congress. He has a great base of support at the grassroots level and I think he will win.”
Ro Khanna San Jose Rep. Mike Honda won the California Democratic Party’s endorsement for his re-election bid Saturday, despite loud complaints from his challenger, Ro Khanna. During his speech before delegates Khanna, who was beaten by Honda two years ago, predicted he would lose the endorsement battle, saying the voting process was rigged in Honda’s favor. He promised he would reform the process if elected. “This is not democracy,” Khanna said. Kamala Harris State Attorney General Kamala Harris solidified her front-runner status in the race to become California’s next U.S. senator by easily winning party endorsement. Harris, who is running against Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, of Orange County, won 78 percent of the endorsement vote. Both Harris and Sanchez will compete in the June primary along with Republicans Duf Sundheim and Tom Del Beccaro. The top two vote-getters will then square off in November. Vice President Joe Biden, outgoing U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also addressed the convention, as did several potential 2018 candidates: State Treasurer John Chiang, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer.