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Watch News Too Real Election Edition, episode 4 now, featuring the Calif. state senator candidates

Two, Black women, Democratic candidates will battle for California's 28th Congressional District seat

By ONME Newswire

In this episode four of News too Real News Too Real Election Edition, producer host, Julia Dudley Najieb reviews the California state senator candidates running for office, and the two Black women, Democrats running for California's 28th Congressional District seat.

The California Senate races are heating up before the November General Election November 8, 2022:

This election year features 20 even-numbered district senate seats in California up for elections; with the recent redistricting, many districts have changed or are newly formed.


The California State senate is the upper house of the bicameral California State legislature. The senate comprises of 40 senators, each of whom represent one district, with an average representative-to-constituent ratio of 1: 931,000 people, which renders California Senators as representatives with the most constituents of anywhere in the US. The senate is led by the Lieutenant Governor, with a majority party elected pro tem president.

Two, Black women, Democratic candidates will battle for California State Senate District 28 seat:

Cheryl Turner is a civil and consumer rights trial lawyer, earning her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). For over 20 years, she’s managed her own legal practice with an emphasis on civil rights, consumer rights, business, tax, real estate, transportation and law. Turner also advises and assists clients with tax and regulatory compliance issues.

Turner is a former Real Estate Broker and currently holds a Public Works Construction Management Certificate. She was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians where she worked to ensure that qualified persons are licensed vocational nurses and psychiatric technicians by enforcing educational requirements, standards of practice, and by educating consumers about their patient rights.

Prior to her appointment, Turner was selected by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve on the Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority as a Commissioner where she eventually rose to the rank of Vice-President.

She is the current President of the 21-member board of directors of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles.

Lola Smallwood-Cuevas is an educator, labor organizer, and community advocate. Raised by a single mother who worked as a home care worker, CNA and then registered nurse, Lola has lived experience of being from a working family who moved to California in search of better education, good union jobs, and a pathway to self-sufficiency.

After graduating from California State University at Hayward, Lola started her career in journalism. Lola’s first union membership was with the Newspaper Guild, where she documented the lives and societal interests of working families.

Lola moved on to serve as a researcher and political and community organizer with SEIU Local 1877.

As a wife and mother of two, Lola worked to change the tangible conditions of working families for both the SEIU membership and her South Los Angeles Community.

The senate has 23 standing committees, which span from agriculture, to human services, to veteran affairs. Primary responsibilities of a senator include: developing budget packages, making taxation decisions, passing legislation, allocating spending, and redistricting in collaboration with other senators and the house of representatives.

Additionally, the senate has the exclusive authority to try officials impeached by the house in addition to authorizing certain executive appointments.


California State Senator Salary:

$119,702 per year for rank-and-file senators,

$128,680 for second-ranking members of each party,

$137,655 for the president pro tem and the minority party leader, plus a per diem of $211, as long the Senate meets once every three days


Register to Vote:

The last day to register to vote for the November 8, 2022, General Election is October 24, 2022. People can register online here.

What registered voters should know:

All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 8, General Election. The County elections office will begin mailing ballots no later than October 10, 2022.

Registered voters can return their vote-by-mail ballot by mail with prepaid postage as long as it's postmarked on or before Election Day and received by November 15, 2022, or in-person to a secure ballot drop box, to a voting location or your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on November 8, 2022.

The General Election ballot will include:

  • 7 Ballot Propositions

  • Statewide candidates for U.S. Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Member of State Board of Equalization, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • U.S. Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Assembly Member

  • Supreme Court Justices, as well as other local candidates and local measures.


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