- As the state's chief executive officer, oversees most state departments and agencies and appoints judges.
- Proposes new laws and approves or vetoes legislation.
- Prepares and submits the annual state budget.
- Mobilizes and directs state resources during emergencies.
I am a longtime trade unionist (having been a slaughterhouse worker—member of the United Food & Commercial Workers union and a refinery worker—member of the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers). I serve on the National Committee of the Socialist Workers Party and am its Southern California organizer. I have actively opposed U.S. military interventions against the peoples of Vietnam, Cuba, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, joining millions around the world demanding "U.S. Hands Off! Bring the GIs home now!" I have backed efforts to unite working people to fight for "Jobs for all! Cut the workweek with no cut in pay! Raise the minimum wage!"; "Stop INS raids and deportations—end 'no match' firings!"; "Fight police brutality—Abolish the death penalty!"; "Defend women's access to abortion!"; "Debt relief for working farmers! Stop foreclosures!"; "Defend affirmative action!"; "Stop Washington's economic war against Cuba! Normalize relations now!" I have opposed Democratic and Republican moves to put the economic crisis of capitalism on the backs of working people. I'm for a workers' and farmers' government, which will abolish capitalism in the U.S. and join in the worldwide struggle for socialism.
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