Our June primary election Bike the Vote efforts proved vital to advancing our statewide bike agenda. Several of our endorsed bike champions will move on to the November general election. Despite the fact that we experienced perhaps California’s lowest ever turnout.
Low turnout could have negatively affected some relative newcomers to the political scene, who unfortunately did not move past the primary. Rising stars like Jennifer Esteen in the East Bay and Andrea Rosenthal in the Los Angeles High Desert were not successful, but we’re certain their passion and steadfast commitment for active transportation will remain a priority for them in their other pursuits.
“We look forward to November and the opportunity to mobilize to elect bold bike champions”
However slim the voters, voters still picked some of our biggest bike champions. In Northern California, Dave Jones prevailed in his State Senate race. In Southern California, Laura Friedman, Tasha Boerner-Horvath, and Steve Bennett all were successful in their Assembly re-election campaigns. Along with Central Coast elected official Dawn Addis running for Assembly District 30, all five will be on the ballot for the November election.
We look forward to November and the opportunity to mobilize to elect bold bike champions who will stand up to special interests for cars and freeway building and fight for Californians. Stay tuned for our general election endorsements in the months ahead.