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Los Angeles Progressives Tapped Into Voters' Hunger For Change To Win Big

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Progressive candidates such as Holly Mitchell, Nithya Raman and George Gascón took home big wins in Los Angeles in the 2020 election. Voters also adopted Measure J, the ballot measure to amend the county charter and require more spending on alternatives to incarceration.

“I’m cautiously optimistic,” said Pete White, founder of L.A. Community Action Network, which campaigned for Measure J.

“Implementation is more of the battle than the actual campaign,” White said.

Progressive activists flexed their political muscle to oust Democratic incumbents and defeat more center-left candidates. How will the growing power of the left wing play out when these elected leaders take office?

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