May 16, 2022


The Santa Clarita Valley Democrats Executive Board is deeply disappointed to learn that State Assembly candidate Annie Cho has accepted contributions from a Chevron-affiliated PAC and that Cho’s campaign is spending donors’ hard-earned money on attacking fellow Democratic candidate Pilar Schiavo.

Assembly District 40 has faced numerous environmental disasters and challenges, including the devastating Aliso Canyon gas leak and continuous pollution from the Chiquita Canyon landfill. It is because of this history and our concern for our community’s future that we are especially worried about Cho’s campaign accepting donations from a Chevron-affliated PAC, especially after she signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge to not to take contributions over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists and PACs.

We are also concerned that Cho would spend critical campaign funds attacking a fellow Democrat in the Assembly District 40 race. Instead of using those contributions to help ensure voters make it to the polls or inform voters about the Republican incumbent’s failure to adequately represent constituents’ values in Sacramento, Cho’s campaign has demonstrated that her priorities lie not with empowering voters, but rather with tearing down her Democratic opponent.

These disappointing choices made by Cho’s campaign reaffirm our members’ vote to endorse Pilar Schiavo in this race. Schiavo has always been an independent voice for the issues she’s spent her career working on, including ensuring all Californians receive the healthcare they need. She’s not afraid to stand up to politicians of both parties and defend our most vulnerable neighbors. That’s how we know that we can trust Schiavo to  unapologetically, boldly fight for Santa Clarita’s working families in Sacramento.

Democratically yours,

Andrew Taban, Chair
Jackie Thomas, Vice Chair
Mai Nguyen Do, Board Member
Brett Haddock, Board Member

Gina Kaufman, Board Member
Rachelle Lyman, Board Member
Kat Walker, Board Member

The Santa Clarita Valley Democrats (SCVD) is a Democratic organization chartered with the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. SCVD is dedicated to connecting neighbors, supporting Democratic leadership, and serving the communities of the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas. 

Statement: SCVD Condemns Annie Cho for Violating Pledge to Decline Fossil Fuel Money, Attacking Fellow Democratic Candidate
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