WE FELL SHORT ON ELECTION DAY: Supervisor Bill Horn has never had to sweat this much in his 20 years as a politician. When the first mail ballots were counted last night, he was losing by 130 votes. But as the evening wore on, it appeared as though our campaign fell short. We want to make sure every vote is counted, but the current count is 51% to 49% in favor of Horn and the math isn’t in our favor.

Although the results aren’t looking good, we have a lot to be proud of.  SEIU members knocked on thousands of doors and made thousands of phone calls to identify supporters and get out the vote.  Win or lose, we led an aggressive and strategic campaign with unprecedented participation that will make any elected official think twice before crossing SEIU 221 members.

Overall this was a mixed election result for SEIU endorsed candidates. Here are the results of a few key races:

In San Diego, Carol Kim (Council District 6) advanced to the November election but Sarah Boot (Council District 2) has fallen short.

  • In San Diego, Carol Kim (Council District 6) advanced to the November election but Sarah Boot (Council District 2) has fallen short.
  • In Chula Vista, Mary Salas (Mayor), Pat Aguilar (Council) and Steve Padilla (City Council) all advanced to the November election.
  • Bob Brewer (District Attorney) did not advance to the November election.
  • Alex Padilla (Secretary of State) and Tom Torlakson (State Superintendent) advanced to the November election.
  • In San Diego, Prop B & C (Protect Children’s Health in San Diego) was defeated by the well-funded opposition.

Congratulations to all of the members that gave time to support our endorsed candidates. Remember, our political power comes from the strength of member participation, so get involved! If you are interested in donating to COPE (Committee on Political Education) and would like to get involved in the Member Political Organizer Committee please contact me at David.Lagstein@seiu221.org.

We don’t win every race, but we always keep organizing for our families and our community! Stay tuned for our plans for the November election.

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