CSA Champions Win Key Races in Midterm Elections
Good news for the future of children's savings account (CSA) programs: state and local CSA champions won during the midterm elections. For example, Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who recently announced the statewide expansion of SeedMA, easily won her re-election campaign.
Other champions who won election or re-election include:
- Gavin Newsom, who helped launch Kindergarten to College as mayor of San Francisco, will be the next governor of California. His platform featured a cradle-to-career education system, including CSAs for all California kindergarteners.
- JB Pritzker, who announced his support for a statewide CSA program in Illinois during his campaign, will be the state's next governor.
- Kate Marshall, who created Nevada College Kick Start in 2013 as state treasurer, won election as lieutenant governor of Nevada.
- Mayor Libby Schaaf (Oakland, CA), the driving force behind Oakland Promise, won a second term.
- Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (West Sacramento, CA), who created a cradle-to-career program called "West Sacramento Kids' Home Run," won re-election.
Unfortunately, a proposed property tax adjustment to help fund Oakland Promise failed to achieve the two-thirds supermajority to pass. The initiative fell just short, with about 62.5% of Oakland residents voting in its favor.