California Assembly District 30
This fall, California’s lower legislative chamber will again be filling all 80 of its elected member positions.
Working conditions will depend on the partisan breakdown of all new hires. With the current composition of the Assembly—55 Democrats and 25 Republicans—Democrats are holding on to their two-thirds supermajority by only one seat. A supermajority in both the Assembly and Senate would allow Democrats, if united, to raise taxes, override vetoes, place constitutional amendments on the ballot, and largely ignore their Republican colleagues.
Job duties include:
- Spend months drafting, discussing, and haggling over bills that will affect the lives of all Californians
- Retain the option of waiting until the very last week of session before passing or dumping most of said bills in a flurry
- Spend months drafting, discussing, and haggling over resolutions that will affect the lives of virtually no Californians
- Help craft a multi-billion-dollar budget for the state
- Strive to represent the interests of 500,000 constituents, most of them strangers
Neil G. Kitchens
Incumbent Party: Democratic
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 29.5% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 39.4% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 25%
Top Two Primary Applicants, June 2018: Robert Rivas (45.5%), Neil G. Kitchens (30.1%)
Democratic vs Republican Vote Share, June 2018: 39.8% D
The incumbent, Democratic Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, is forced out of the Assembly by term limits, and is now running for state Senate. Democrat Robert Rivas, a San Benito County supervisor, has the backing of several powerful labor unions including the California Teachers Association and SEIU. Neil Kitchens, the only Republican to register in this race, is running as a Trump-supporting conservative who touts his small business credentials and his backing of Proposition 6, the effort to repeal a recent increase in the state gas tax.