On Wednesday, August 12, Ann Ravel, candidate for California State Senate, made the following statement:
I want to be clear: I support affirmative action, I support Proposition 16 and unequivocally opposed 209 when it passed and still do today. I worked to protect affirmative action before the US Supreme Court and had the privilege of benefiting from these policies myself. I stand with communities of color, with women, with LGBTQ+ people and with every Californian in working to create a better, fairer state. I deeply apologize for any hurt that my words, taken out of context, have caused our community.