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Primary Elections: Let's review the Calif. secretary of state and state controller candidates

Producer host Julia Dudley Najieb reviews the California candidates, their key platform issues and fundraising amounts thus far

By ONME Newswire

News Too Real April 14, 2022: In episode 14 of season 4, producer host Julia Dudley Najieb reviews the top 2022 secretary of state and state controller candidates; The ONME Podcast Network sifted through the most probable candidates by evaluating their campaign support and grass-root effort support.

State-office candidates who were able to raise 30K or more made it to the initial list of candidates for ONME's viewing audience, (see lists below.)

Below is a list of all the candidates running in the 2022 June 7 Primary.


•As the state’s chief elections officer, oversees statewide elections and provides public access to campaign and lobbying financial information.

•Maintains certain business flings, authenticates trademarks, regulates notaries public, and enables secured creditors to protect their financial interests.

•Preserves California’s history by acquiring, safeguarding, and sharing the state’s historical treasures.

Here are the 2022 California secretary of state candidates:

($770 K) Shirley N. Weber, Democratic (Incumbent)

•($93 K) Rachel Hamm, Republican

Gary N. Blenner, Green

Raul Rodriguez Jr., Republican

Matthew D. Cinquanta, No Party Preference

James "Jw" Paine, Republican

Rob Bernosky, Republican


•As the state’s chief fiscal officer, serves as the state’s accountant and bookkeeper of all public funds.

•Administers the state payroll system and unclaimed property laws and conducts audits and reviews of state operations.

•Serves on the Board of Equalization, the Board of Control, and other boards and commissions.

Here are the 2022 California state controller candidates:

  1. ·($1.79M+) Yvonne Yiu, Democratic

  2. ·($1.10M+) Malia M. Cohen, Democratic

  3. ·($1.45M+) Lanhee Chen, Republican

  4. ·($661K+) Steve Glazer, Democratic

  5. ·($215K+) Ron Galperin, Democratic

  6. ·Laura Wells, Green

News Headlines Featured 4-14-22


COVID-19 cases in Africa have fallen for the past 16 weeks, and deaths have dropped during the last eight, marking the longest-running decline in infections on the continent since the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Infections have plummeted from over 308,000 cases weekly at the start of the year to less than 20,000 in the week ending 10 April.

Around 18,000 cases and 239 deaths were recorded over the past week, representing respective declines of 29 per cent and 37 per cent when compared to the previous week.

This low level of infection has not been seen since April 2020, WHO said. The previous longest decline was between 1 August and 10 October of last year.

Furthermore, no African country is currently witnessing COVID-19 resurgence, which is when there has been a 20 per cent increase in cases for at least two consecutive weeks, and the week-on-week rise is 30 per cent above the previous highest weekly infection peak.


Since the death of George Floyd in May 2020, a renewed emphasis on building wealth has emerged in African-American communities across the United States. The economic “wealth gap” between African-American and White Communities is now an acknowledged fact and a renewed effort is taking place by individuals in Black communities to build wealth from the ground up.

In a recent report issued by the US Federal Reserve, DMV economist Akila Forde Black stated the wealth gap is unfortunately increasing. “Hispanic or Latino households earn about half as much as the average White household and own only about 15 to 20 percent as much net wealth,” she and co-author Aditya Aladangady state in the report on the Racial Wealth Gap.

Seminars, social media posts and corporate and community resources across the nation are connecting with Black communities to change this picture. Most HBCUs have courses in personal finance and are connecting African Americans from all walks of life with options that weren’t available a generation ago to build wealth and strengthen our communities.

“We tend to publicize dramatic successes and dramatic failures,” said Granville Sawyer, Director of the MBA program at Bowie State University and author of “College in Four Years: Making Every Semester Count.”

“The vast majority of us are in between and need practical tools and support to move forward financially,” Sawyer said.

Sawyer and analysts from McKinsey and Company Public and Social Sector emphasize the need for African Americans to be connected to this nation’s financial wealth-building system.


SAN FRANCISCO — California's first-in-the-nation reparations task force meets in person Wednesday, the first time members have gathered face-to-face since their inaugural meeting nearly a year ago and mere weeks after the group voted to limit restitution to descendants of enslaved Black people.

The two-day event will be held at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco's historic Fillmore district, a neighborhood once thriving with African American night clubs and shops until government redevelopment forced out residents. Its pastor is Rev. Amos Brown, task force vice chair and president of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation creating the two-year reparations task force in 2020, making California the only state to move ahead with a mission to study the institution of slavery, educate the public about its findings and develop remedies. Reparations movement at the federal level has not gone anywhere, but cities and universities across the country are taking up the issue.


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