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Courage California Endorses Six Legislative Candidates

Courage California Expands 2022 Progressive Legislative Slate 

Los Angeles —   A month ahead of the June 7, 2022 primary elections, Courage California fills its Legislative Slate by announcing the endorsements of six equity-focused state Legislative candidates, expanding the slate to 14 endorsements. 

The six newly announced candidates include: 

  • Bryan Osorio: SD16, Central Valley
  • Lola Smallwood-Cuevas: SD28, South Los Angeles
  • Alex Lee: AD25, Silicon Valley
  • Rick Chavez Zbur: AD51, Los Angeles 
  • Elizabeth Alcantar: AD64, Orange and Los Angeles Counties
  • Fatima Iqbal-Zubair: AD65, Los Angeles

“Courage California is excited to endorse Bryan Osorio, Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Alex Lee, Rick Chavez Zbur, Elizabeth Alcantar, and Fatima Iqbal-Zubair as the progressive champions our communities deserve,” said Irene Kao, Executive Director of Courage California. “We need courageous leaders who will fight for bold changes that keep our families and communities safe, healthy, and secure. Courage California is confident that Bryan Osorio, Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Alex Lee, Rick Chavez Zbur, Elizabeth Alcantar, and Fatima Iqbal-Zubair will work closely with our communities to strive for equity, justice, and accountability that will meaningfully impact our day-to-day lives.” 

Courage California works with local and statewide partners to identify priority races, screens candidates based on their top issues, approach to passing progressive policies, and record of governance and leadership. 

Bryan Osorio: SD16, Central Valley

Bryan Osorio is an effective leader with a clear vision for investing in Central Valley communities – across the board. He understands how families and small businesses communities are struggling and are in need of stronger leadership in Sacramento to advocate for better wages, an expanded safety net, guaranteed and affordable healthcare, and higher-quality education opportunities. Osorio is the one candidate in the SD16 race who will always put communities first and champion Central Valley families statewide. 

Lola Smallwood-Cuevas: SD28, Los Angeles County

Lola Smallwood-Cuevas fights for working families and has the experience and relationships to move policies in Sacramento, as she has done for many years as an organizer. She knows the needs of the SD28 well and is ready to lead on worker rights, community safety, affordable housing, and universal healthcare, and with the full engagement of our communities.

Alex Lee: AD24, Silicon Valley

Since day one in office, Assemblymember Alex Lee has worked to level the playing field for families and communities by fighting for stronger tenant protections, affordable housing, universal health care, investments in education, public transportation, and ending corporate influence in our elections. Re-electing Lee to represent AD24 would keep the state on a pathway to delivering on solutions to address the many crises we face on economic inequality, housing, and our environment. 

Rick Chavez Zbur: AD51, Los Angeles County 

Rick Chavez Zbur is a lifelong leader on equality and justice who has worked for decades to get real results for all Californians. He is a fierce advocate for good jobs, affordable housing, civil rights, a stronger safety net, and urgent action on climate change, and is the candidate best suited to represent AD51 and continue to push Sacramento leaders to do more for our communities. 

Elizabeth Alcantar: AD64, Los Angeles County

Elizabeth Alcantar knows how to deliver for her communities, as an organizer and advocate, and as a City Councilmember and Mayor of Cudahy. She also has the experience and trusted relationships to move important policies in Sacramento. Alcantar understands, firsthand, what people in Southeast Los Angeles are facing and is the only candidate in the AD64 race who will champion affordable housing, universal healthcare, workers rights, and climate action directly with the people most impacted in our communities. 

Fatima Iqbal-Zubair: AD65, Orange County

Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is a long-time activist and educator who will always put communities first and fight for bold policies that improve the quality of life for all Californians. Residents of AD65 deserve a leader like Iqbal-Zubair who is uncompromised by special interests and is passionate about guaranteed housing, quality, free education, and safe communities with clean air, water, and food. 

Bryan Osorio, Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Alex Lee, Rick Chavez Zbur, Elizabeth Alcantar, and Fatima Iqbal-Zubair join Courage California’s 2022 State Legislative Slate, which includes: Dave Jones, Aisha Wahab, Caroline Menjivar, Jennifer Esteen, Liz Ortega-Toro, Pilar Schiavo, Tina McKinnor, and Bulmaro “Boomer” Vicente – all leaders who will serve all Californians, effectively and equitably. 

Courage California is dedicated to supporting and electing candidates who will actively champion our issues and communities, especially in the face of corporations and special interests and the inertia of a political system that doesn’t always serve our people well. 

Voters can learn more about the candidates in Courage California’s 2022 Voter Guide,

Courage California, formerly Courage Campaign, works to unite communities organizing for progressive change, fight the forces of corruption, and hold our representatives to account in order to ensure that California’s elected officials act with courage. Our community of members envision California as a model of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy that sets the standard for our country.


Angela Chavez