Yesterday we took some defeats at the ballot box, but also celebrated some victories as well. Over the last several weeks, Local 221 members knocked on doors, made phone calls and rallied behind candidates that will stand up for us. We weren’t able to get everyone across the finish line, but we are proud of the hard work of everyone that worked on the election.
Here are the highlights, which won’t be final until provisional and absentee ballots are counted:
- In Chula Vista, Mary Salas became the first Latina mayor in San Diego County and Pat Aguilar won re-election. Our third endorsed candidate Steve Padilla seems unlikely to overcome an election night deficit.
- In Poway, Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff and Charles Sellers knocked off two incumbents (!!) and now represent two of the three pro-labor board members on the Poway Unified School Board.
- In National City, SEIU Local 221 Member Mona Rios won reelection for city council but Ken Seaton-Msemaji seems to have fallen short. However, Prop D (1% sales tax), which will stabilize the city budget, passed with the overwhelming support of National City voters.
- In Imperial Beach, Council Members Ed Spriggs and Lorie Bragg look to have won reelection.
- Congressman Scott Peters was down on Election Night, but we believe he has a good chance to prevail once the final votes are counted.
- Our endorsed candidates swept the state races, including State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Alex Padilla for Secretary of State and Betty Yee for Controller.
The most encouraging result on election day was that voters throughout the country showed they want an economy that works for all of us. We celebrated Minimum Wage and/or Earned Sick Days victories in San Francisco, Oakland, Massachusetts and even Nebraska and South Dakota.
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 Political Director, Dave Lagstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.