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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 42

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DeniAntionette Mazingo

Attorney at Law
37,650 votes (31.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • DeniAntionette is running to represent all of the people in the district, on both sides of the mountain.
  • Deni will be a voice for those who struggle to be heard: for seniors, veterans, and the homeless; for immigrant communities and low-income families.
  • Every person in District 42 deserves affordable housing, healthcare, and education, and a livable environment. Deni will be your advocate in Sacramento.



Profession:Attorney at Law
Commissioner for Women, Riverside County 3rd District — Appointed position (2016–current)


California State University Fullerton Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice
California State University, Fullerton Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Howard University School of Law Juris Doctor, Law
American University Washington College of Law LL.M., Law & Government


DeniAntionette Mazingo always puts the community and those around her first. As Third District Commissioner for Women, Deni established a program to educate young people about the dangers of human trafficking. She tirelessly petitioned the Hemet Valley Medical Center Board to resume operating the Rape Crisis Center, which reopened in May of 2015.

Deni is an active member of Soroptimist International, living out the organization’s mission in aiding women and girls, and developing programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Deni is a member of Rotary International, Hemet Woman’s Club, AAUW, and the immediate past President of Las Amigas, Incorporated.

She initiated the street ministry to serve the homeless by providing meals, clothing, and referring them to benefits that are available.

As a lifetime member of The National Council of Negro Women, she is pushing forward the rights of people of color on all levels.

In recognition of this lifetime of good works, she was named ‘Woman of The Year’ by CA Senator Mike Morrell in 2016. She is an attorney who, prior to moving to California, practiced in the nation’s capital and now provides pro bono services.

Deni always strives to put her faith first through earnest prayer.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

Housing Question

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?

No answer provided.
What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from DeniAntionette Mazingo:

Clean, accessible water is an urgent matter both in my district and state-wide. I think that it’s important to increase water conservation even though we are currently mostly out of drought, and reduce water use for things like residential lawns. I think also that it’s possible to better educate the public about ways to reduce the water they currently use for landscaping, etc., by using it smarter. We also need water agencies to adhere more closely to the existing regulations and be sure that the drinking water provided for our citizens is safe! Lastly, my district includes desert areas that are passionate about smart water use, and not allowing precious aquifers to be destroyed in order to provide corporations with profits. Maintaining and improving the condition of our ecosystems is crucial for not only health of people and the planet, but also for our economy, much of which relies on tourism.

Enforcement is key. We must make sure that water boards and agencies are fulfilling their obligations, and that any entity responsible for providing water is providing only safe, drinkable water. My own district has areas where residents cannot safely drink from their taps. The state should balance enforcement and compliance opportunities such that smaller entities are able to get financial assistance to achieve compliance if needed, while larger entities that can afford it incur financial penalties if they are lax in correcting problems.

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from DeniAntionette Mazingo:

I think California can achieve 100% renewable/zero carbon energy. Increasing mass transit availability (powered by renewables), improving infrastructure for electric vehicles to make them still more attractive to residents, and continuing and improving incentives for residents and utilities to use renewable energy sources will all play a part in achieving this goal.

While there are approximately 90,000 California jobs that are directly in fossil fuels (2019), more than half a million jobs are in the renewables and related sectors. The renewable energy sector and related areas have seen major growth over the past decade, which is expected to continue. California is a leader in the sector. The state can encourage more research, manufacturing, and installation efforts and make sure that job retraining opportunities are available for those in declining industries.

Incarceration Question

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?

No answer provided.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $99,067

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of MHK Strategies
California Nurses Association
Employees of Maya Rodriquez
EMILY's List
Fund Her

More information about contributions

By State:

California 94.56%
District of Columbia 4.87%
Colorado 0.26%
Massachusetts 0.21%
Other 0.10%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.40%)
Small contributions (2.60%)

By Type:

From organizations (24.20%)
From individuals (75.80%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

We need a strong voice in the 42nd District that works for the entire district and will push for every resident on either side of the mountain. As State Assemblywoman, Deni will be the voice for people of color and those without a voice. She will be the voice for seniors living in the streets, for single mothers struggling to care for their children, and for veterans struggling to survive in a country they bravely defended. DeniAntionette is running to bring programs to the most vulnerable among us, to ensure affordable housing, to create competitive jobs, and to ensure a great quality of life for our community.

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