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March 3, 2020 — Primary Election
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California State SenateCandidate for District 28

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Joy Silver

Businesswoman/Housing Advisor
42,222 votes (20.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Health care: expand health care protections, lower prescription drug prices, defend choice and ensure every Californian has access to affordable, quality health care, including long-term care.
  • Affordable housing: build more good-quality, energy-efficient, lower-cost housing so families and young professionals especially can afford safe homes near where they work.
  • Renewable energy economy: end our dependence on fossil fuels by developing alternative energy sources, while creating good-paying, sustainable jobs, so our young people have compelling career opportunities here at home.



I’m not a career politician. I’m an outsider who puts my business experience to work on local priorities: protecting health care, championing affordable housing, developing the renewable energy economy and fixing the Salton Sea.


I’m a cop’s kid from a working-class family, educated in public schools and a state university. I understand what it means to struggle just to make ends meet. I began my career in health care as a community outreach worker for a medical and mental health clinic serving 40,000 patients annually, working my way up to become an executive there. Later, I built a senior living community from the ground up, became certified in senior care in California, and ran my own consulting firm specializing in aging issues to help seniors retire in dignity. Today, I serve as Regional Director of Southern California for an affordable housing developer that has delivered needed services to thousands of low-income individuals and families since 1984, bringing much needed affordable housing to the Coachella Valley.


My partner and I chose to make California, and specifically this District, our home because we love it. From the mountains to the desert to the wine country of Temecula, earth’s great beauty is especially exhilarating here, ever reminding me that it is my duty to serve and protect the environment and our diverse community, and to better the economy with renewable energy jobs. It would be my greatest honor to represent this District and fight to bring vital resources back here to serve our community’s needs.

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $112,551

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Democratic Party
Joy Silver
California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
Connie M. Leyva for Senate 2022
D&E Land Co., LLC
Fund Her
Re Elect Fiona Ma State Treasurer 2022
Employees of Tara Diab

More information about contributions

By State:

California 74.08%
Massachusetts 15.45%
New Mexico 2.69%
Pennsylvania 2.56%
Other 5.22%

By Size:

Large contributions (86.83%)
Small contributions (13.17%)

By Type:

From organizations (40.44%)
From individuals (59.56%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am running to bring progressive values and practical solutions to the challenges Riverside County communities face. While some at the top may be doing fine, too many families in this District are struggling to make ends meet. I’ll go to Sacramento to fight for them. 


It’s time for a change. The sudden resignation of our former representative presents a great opportunity. Public spending needs to be focused on the things ordinary people rely on: education, career training, public safety, infrastructure and health care. We need to work to refocus the state budget on those priorities and cut subsidies that only benefit corporations and the rich at the expense of the broader public.


As a State Senator, I will work to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, oppose harmful cuts to health care for seniors, tackle the homeless crisis and provide housing for homeless veterans, crack down on corruption, ban lobbyist gifts, and stand up to Washington’s divisive policies when they hurt our people. I’ll advance practical solutions, not extreme ideologies, to make a real difference for the people of State Senate District 28.


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