Race, Ethnicity Inject Tension into California Campaigns

1/16/2016 - CCEP Director Mindy Romero in The Sacramento Bee.

The racial and ethnic overtones of politics in California, the country’s most diverse state, surfaced again last week. Two Democratic Assembly incumbents, Mike Gipson and Cheryl Brown, both of whom are black, are facing challenges from Latina opponents within their own party.

Both African Americans and Latinos remain underrepresented in positions of power relative to their share of the electorate. But black voters in California are more likely to show up on Election Day, manifesting what Mindy Romero of UC Davis’ California Civic Engagement Project called “a three-decade upward trend of African American turnout.”

Read the full story in The Sacramento Bee.