PREVIEW: Bonta, Hochman race for attorney general in 2022 midterms

Incumbent Democrat Rob Bonta and Republican Nathan Hochman will contest for California attorney general in the 2022 midterms. 

Coast Report attempted to contact both attorney general candidates, but did not receive a response by deadline. Reporters reached out via email from both candidates’ websites.

Attorney General 

Rob Bonta

Why are you running for this office?

Bonta’s family experience growing up inspired him to become an attorney to help those who are less wealthy and powerful.

“The son of leaders in the farmworkers’ movement, Rob saw firsthand how those without access to power and wealth are too often cheated and taken advantage of by those with both,” Bonta’s website said. “Rob’s parents taught him that harm done to any one person is a crime against all of us, and he decided to become a public attorney so he could win justice for the people like the farmworker families he knew as a kid.”

What qualifies you for this office?

Bonta has been California’s attorney general since April 2021. During his time in office, he has focused on prosecuting criminals as well as supporting victims impacted by these incidents.

“Bonta launched an initiative to help cities and counties reduce local backlogs in processing rape kits to more quickly get justice for victims and announced a new effort that increases the Department’s capacity to assist local law enforcement with toxicology needs,” said Bonta’s website. 

Bonta has also been endorsed by Vice President Kamala Harris and California Governor Gavin Newsom.

What is your stance on the accessibility of reproductive health care?

Bonta is pro-choice, and believes women should have reproductive autonomy. 

“At a moment when our reproductive health care is under attack, Attorney General Bonta is defending California’s laws that ensure every woman has access to reproductive health care,” Bonta’s website said.

How do you plan on combating climate change?

Climate change’s impact on impoverished people is an issue Bonta aims to combat. 

“Attorney General Bonta seeking justice for these communities and ensuring California remains a global leader in the fight against climate change,” Bonta’s website said. “He is expanding the Department of Justice’s capacity to prosecute polluters and get justice for communities and families who have been harmed.”

What steps will you take to alleviate the effects of inflation on college students?

According to a press release from the California Department of Justice, Bonta believes affordable access to education is essential. 

“Equitable access to education is critical for the well-being of our students and our communities,” Bonta said. “We can’t allow the legacy of historical discrimination to perpetuate a two-tiered society of the haves and have-nots. Education is the gateway to the American Dream.”

Why would an OCC student vote for you?

An OCC student might vote for Bonta because he values students’ ability to get an education without their financial class holding them back from opportunities. 

How can I find more information about your candidacy?

More information about Bonta’s candidacy can be found on his website. 

Attorney General

Nathan Hochman

Why are you running for this office?

Hochman is running for Attorney General because he was raised in California, where he adapted family values from his parents who also aimed to make a difference in the community. 

“Public service is in Nathan’s DNA,” Hochman’s website said. “His father served as an Air Force Captain before serving as a federal prosecutor and leader of charitable organizations. His mother was a trailblazer her whole life, running community and non-profit groups.”

His goal, if elected as attorney general, is to reduce crime in California.

“As attorney general, Nathan will be a leader in keeping our families, businesses and communities safe. He will put politics aside and public safety first,” Hochman’s website said. 

What qualifies you for this office?

Hochman graduated from Brown University, and then attended Stanford Law School

He also has experience clerking for a federal judge, and as an Assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California in the Criminal Division, where he prosecuted more than 100 cases. 

In 2008, President George W. Bush nominated Hochman for assistant U.S. attorney general, overseeing the Department of Justice’s Tax Division and was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate.

What is your stance on the accessibility of reproductive health care?

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Hochman said he is “pro-choice” and would “fully enforce all the laws on the books protecting a woman’s reproductive rights.”

How do you plan on combating climate change?

Hochman believes in climate change, according to ABC10, but there is no information available for how he plans to combat climate change. 

What steps will you take to alleviate the effects of inflation on college students?

There is no information available about Hochman alleviating the effects of inflation on college students. 

Why would an OCC student vote for you?

An OCC student might vote for Hochman if they resonate with his messages about family values and keeping the community safe. 

How can I find more information about your candidacy?

More information about Hochman’s candidacy can be found on his website.

 

Editor’s Note: Coast Report is covering 2022 election races and proposition issues that are expected to have a meaningful impact on our audience, change the balance of power in government and/or be particularly compelling and competitive. Coast Report’s election coverage is intended to inform voters – specifically OCC student voters – and promote the democratic process of free and fair elections.  

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