RainbowPAC will endorse candidates in a selected number of races for the 2016 General Election. Please click on the links below to review candidate questionnaires:
- Rancho Cordova City Council – Donald Terry
- Roseville City Elementary School District – David Larson
- Washington Unified School District: 3 open seats
- SMUD Board Ward 1:
- Solano County Community College District – Quinten Voyce
RainbowPAC, the non-partisan political action committee of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of commerce, has endorsed two ballot measures in the November 2016 general election: Sacramento County Measure B and California Proposition 55.
Sacramento County Measure B: THE ROAD MAINTENANCE & TRAFFIC RELIEF ACT OF 2016, proposes a 30-year, half-cent sales tax that will be used for road and infrastructure maintenance and upgrades and transportation projects. Measure B is a local, Sacramento County ordinance that specifies in a spending plan approved by all the municipalities in the county how the funds must be spent. Portions are allocated for improving mass transit—and requiring Regional Transit to reach certain goals before receiving funds—road and bridge maintenance and some new projects, including extension of the existing light rail system. Changes to this plan can only be made every 10 years, again with ratification of all municipalities in Sacramento County. The funding allocated in Proposition B also will allow Sacramento to qualify for increased federal transit funding. Infrastructure maintenance and improvement are critical to the economic growth and prosperity of our region.
California Proposition 55 would extend for an additional 12 years an added income tax on the highest earners in the state passed by state legislature four years ago (Proposition 30), with funds allocated to schools, hospitals and healthcare and the state’s Rainy Day Fund. New provisions will provide mandated tracking of the funds spent. The sales tax portion of Prop 30 will not be extended.
In accordance with RainbowPAC endorsement procedures, the PAC board, after careful consideration and research, recommended endorsement of both measures to the Rainbow Chamber Board of Directors. A majority of board members voted to endorse both measures, and an overwhelming majority of Chamber members who participated in an email vote also voted for endorsement.
RainbowPAC, the non-partisan political action committee of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, has endorsed former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg for Sacramento Mayor. The endorsement was made by a vote of Chamber members in attendance at the organization’s endorsement event April 21.
“Darrell Steinberg has supported LGBT equality and inclusion since the earliest days of his political career when he served on the Sacramento City Council. He’s marched in every LGBT Pride Parade; he’s participated in Rainbow Chamber events; and he’s demonstrated leadership in combatting hate crimes and hate speech against any minority,” said Chamber President Paul Weubbe. “But just as importantly, our members believe Darrell possesses the experience, the leadership abilities and the wisdom that are crucial to ushering Sacramento into a new era of prosperity and economic growth.”
“Rainbow Chamber and RainbowPAC are organizations that connect the progressive values of diversity, inclusion and equality with support for small business and economic development,” Steinberg said. “I am honored to receive this endorsement and proud of the confidence Rainbow Chamber members have demonstrated in me to lead our city as Mayor.”
RainbowPAC also endorsed Brian Caples, one of two Democrat running for the District 6 Assembly seat previously held by Republican Beth Gaines, who will be termed out in December. Caples is pitted against two far-right conservative frontrunners, business owner Bill Halldin of Rocklin and Andy Pugno, lead counsel for anti-LGBT organization ProtectMarriage.com and co-author of Proposition 8. Halldin, who is heavily endorsed, leads in fundraising. Pugno and Gaines faced off in the 2012 race for the seat, when Gaines took almost 70% of the vote in the general election. A total of 11 candidates are running in the geographically sprawling district, which includes large swaths of east Sacramento and Placer counties.
Others who received RainbowPAC endorsement are former Assemblymember Mariko Yamada for Senate District 3; incumbent Cathleen Galgiani for Senate District 5; Folsom City Councilmember Kerri Howell for Sacramento County Supervisor District 4; Don Saylor for State Assembly District 4; Brian Caples for Assembly District 6; incumbent Kevin McCarty, who is running unopposed for Assembly District 7; and incumbent Ken Cooley for Assembly District 8. The group also endorsed incumbents Allen Wayne Warren, Steve Hansen, Eric Guerra and Larry Carr for Sacramento City Council; Gary Miller for Roseville School District Board; and Walter Garcia Kawamoto for Twin Rivers School District.
RainbowPAC, the non-partisan political action committee of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, was established in 2012. For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and RainbowPAC, visit www.rainbowchamber.com.
Lawson is a former board member and past president of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and founded the organization’s RainbowPAC. He was instrumental in helping to pass AB 1960 in 2012, which requires the state Department of General Services to collect and report voluntarily submitted information on LGBT-owned companies who contract with the state.
“I am proud to have built a successful business as an openly gay man, and to have worked with organizations such as the Chamber, the Stonewall Democrats and other institutions to create a diverse, inclusive economic environment in Sacramento where all people can be valued for their contributions rather than excluded for their differences,” Lawson said. “I am honored to receive the Business Leader of the Year recognition.”
“Darrick is an example to all of us of someone who has succeeded in business, in his family and personal relationships, and in his community,” said Chamber President Paul Weubbe. “Despite the demands of running a thriving practice Darrick gives generously of his time and leadership experience. He is an excellent choice for our 2015 Business Leader of the Year.”
The Business Leader of the Year is selected by a panel of Chamber and community leaders and recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership success within his or her business and the business community as well as within the Sacramento LGBT community and who has and will continue to serve as a role model for the Greater Sacramento community.
Lawson received his doctorate from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1991, passed his state exam and joined a Central Valley practice, where he became a partner within one year. In 2000 he relocated to Sacramento, helped build a successful practice in Orangevale, and in 2003 opened his own Midtown Sacramento office, which has grown steadily every year since.
Lawson has served on the Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission for six years and is a former chair of the commission. He was appointed by then Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg to the Capitol Area Committee, which oversees development of state-owned property located near the Capitol. He has served on U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner’s Hate Crimes Task Force.
Lawson is a founding vice president and former president of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento and a co-chair of the LGBT Redistricting Committee, which helped establish Sacramento’s LGBT community as a “community of interest” for city and county redistricting purposes. He is a 2012 recipient of the Stonewall Democrats Founder’s Award.
More than 60 Rainbow Chamber members and supporters and 15 candidates for public office mixed and mingled Saturday, January 25, at the RainbowPAC Kickoff Brunch. The event was held at the Dante Club, which generously sponsored mimosas, sparkling wine and a delicious brunch buffet.
Candidates, who made brief introductions, included Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, candidate for Senate; Maggy Krell, candidate for Sacramento County District Attorney; Cyril Shah, candidate for Sacramento City Council; Patrick Kennedy, candidate for Sacramento County Supervisor; Diana Rodriguez, candidate for State Assembly; Rosalyn Van Buren, candidate for SacramentoCity Council; Bill Slaton, candidate for SMUD Board; Anne Marie Schubert, candidate for Sacramento County District Attorney; Steve Cohn, candidate for State Assembly; Elizabeth Emken, candidate for Congress; Abe Snobar, candidate for Sacramento City Council; Sacramento City Councilmember Darrell Fong, candidate for State Assembly; and Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer, candidate for re-election.
Steve Cohn and Jeffery K. Dorso of Pioneer Law Group gave an update on the status of the proposed Entertainment and Sports Center project. Project developers have worked with area business organizations, including the Black, Hispanic and Asian chambers of commerce, to provide opportunities for small and local businesses.
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce launched RainbowPAC in 2012 as a non-partisan political action committee supporting business-positive candidates who are supportive of diversity and LGBT equality. RainbowPAC will also host informational voter forums and endorse public policy and ballot initiatives that have a positive impact on the Greater Sacramento LGBT community and the business environment of the region. Chamber Board Member Paul Weubbe serves as PAC Committee Chair, and committee members include Carlos Marquez, Joe Klegseth, Scott Patterson, Griselda Barajas, Alan Lofaso, Dennis Mangers, and Dr. Darrick Lawson.
“We believe RainbowPAC provides an important voice for our community,” Weubbe says. “For anyone who embraces the twin goals of equality and a strong business environment, participating in RainbowPAC is a great way to make sure your voice is heard.”
Upcoming PAC events include a mixer on Tuesday, February 25, 6-8 p.m. at Griselda’s Catering. RainbowPAC endorsements for the 2014 primary election will take place on Wednesday, March 26, 6-9 p.m. at UC Davis Extension, Sutter Galleria. Candidate endorsements will be made by a vote of Rainbow Chamber members in good standing.
For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and RainbowPAC, visit rainbowchamber.com.
Click here to view more photos of the RainbowPAC Champagne Brunch.