Benicia resident Andrew Smith: Your vote for Christopher Cabaldon will keep California strong

State Senate Candidate Christopher Cabaldon. | Kevin Fiscus /

By Andrew Smith, February 6, 2024

Dear Editor,

Christopher Cabaldon is running to become the next state senator to represent us in District 3 (D3).* He has been endorsed by the Democratic Clubs within this district including the United Democrats of Southern Solano County, Northern Solano Democratic Club, Progressive Democrats of Benicia, Rio Vista Democratic Club, West Sacramento Democrats, Woodland Democratic Club, and Sacramento Stonewall Democrats. Besides this impressive list he has also received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund, Reproductive Freedom for All California, Sierra Club, and Equality California. With the current threats to reproductive freedom, LGBTQ rights and climate change, he is needed to keep California’s laws strong.

But part of what makes Cabaldon an impressive candidate is his history of being the longest serving mayor of West Sacramento. During his long tenure the city received  an award for “America’s most livable small city,” and was cited as “America’s most interesting small city” and  one of the world’s “21 Smart Cities to Watch.”

Under Cabaldon’s leadership many innovative initiatives were started including guaranteed universal access to preschool, urban farms, free college for local students, sustainable land use, and building market and affordable housing at one of the fastest rates in California—while shrinking the housing footprint and protecting even more habitat and agricultural land.

He also served as the chair of the Jobs, Education and Workforce Committee at the US Conference of Mayors. President Obama appointed Cabaldon to the National Advisory Board for America’s College Promise, chaired by Dr. Jill Biden. All this experience makes him a great choice for the next State Senator and worthy of your consideration.

Andrew Smith, Benicia Resident

*Senate District 3 includes the counties of Solano, Napa, and Yolo as well as portions of the counties of Sonoma, Contra Costa and Sacramento.

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