Josh Becker (Photo courtesy Josh Becker 2020 campaign)

District 13 Senate Candidates Clash on Affirmative Action, Racial Issues


In the race to replace the retiring Jerry Hill in California’s 13th State Senate district, the two candidates are drawing their sharpest contrasts with one another on issues related to race and police reform. Josh Becker — a Democrat from Menlo Park endorsed by Hill, Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sens. Kamala Harris and Ed Markey — is warning that if Proposition 16 — which would restore affirmative action in the state — were to fail in deep-blue California, the no vote would “send a very bad message” in light of a national race reckoning following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Proposition 16 would repeal a…

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