In response to a query, Chris Kelly, a candidate for California attorney general, issued the following statement regarding Proposition 209:
Chris believes that it will be his duty to vigorously prosecute civil rights violators and those who discriminate in matters of employment, access to services, housing, and other arenas. Affirmative action is a powerful tool in school admissions, hiring and recruiting as a means to break down institutionalized discrimination and cultivate diversity in the workplace. Attorney General Brown filed a brief in April challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 209 and my office will continue to provide legal support in the effort to defend affirmative action in California.
Throughout his years in public service, Chris has worked to improve the lives of those who are less fortunate and further the cause of civil rights, diversity, and equality. As a clerk for federal Judge Barry Moskowitz in San Diego and for the Clinton Domestic Policy Council and the Department of Education, Chris has had the honor to participate actively in public service. Among the many senior officials he worked with during my time in the Clinton Administration was Public Liaison Director Doris Matsui, now a Member of Congress. Together they worked on a number of executive orders by President Clinton aiming to promote educational achievements among diverse communities, including special efforts targeted at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and educational efforts in the Latino community. His history of community involvement
While in the private sector includes sitting on the board of the San Francisco 49ers Academy, a public middle school in East Palo Alto. Nearly 50% of residents in the school district are immigrants and 80% of students qualify for free or reduced meals. For children who have had trouble succeeding in other school settings, the Academy provides a safe space to learn and grow by fostering self-discipline, respect and individualized academic attention from caring adults and community members. As Attorney General, Chris will ensure that protecting civil rights is top priority of the California Department of Justice.