On February 6, California Assemblyman Sandre Swanson (D-Alameda), speaking at a campaign rally, criticized California’s Proposition 14, the “top-two open primary”. Swanson, who is the only black state legislator from northern California, is in his second term. He said the measure would vastly increase the cost of campaigns, because it would require major party members to run two separate election campaigns in front of the entire electorate.
The rally was in Oakland, and was a fundraiser for Proposition 15, a measure that Swanson supports. Proposition 15 provides for public funding for campaigns for Secretary of State.