2016 Endorsements

Voter guide and volunteer opportunities

1611EndorsementsAs SEIU Local 221 President David Garcias said, “The stakes in this election could not be higher for working people.”

SEIU Local 221 members met face-to-face with many of these candidates to shape these endorsements.  Download this guide and spend some time familiarizing yourself with it. Plan to spend extra time on Nov. 8 to fully complete your ballot. It is a long one, but the issues and names on the bottom will have just as much – or more – importance to our lives as the ones on the top.

Our priority issues include voting Yes on Prop 55 to prevent $4 billion in cuts to school funding and passing San Diego’s Measures K and L to ensure full voter participation.

The work is far from over. We must make sure that we let community members know why we support these candidate and initiatives and why they are the right choice our neighborhoods’ future.

Our Member Political Organizer committee is challenging each member to sign up for at least two shifts phone banking or precinct walking. You will be pleasantly surprised by the warm reception you receive from your friends and neighbors in the community and the passion and dedication of fellow volunteers who you will be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with. Sign up for your preferred shifts for phone banking and/or precinct walking by clicking here.

Election dates: (CHOOSE THE LOCATION CLOSEST TO YOU)

9 am – noon Sat, Nov. 5 Precinct Walking

  • Machinist Union Local 755, 590 Park Way, Chula Vista
  • Applegate for Congress, 380 S. Melrose Drive, Suite 207, Vista

9:30 am – noon Sat, Nov. 5 Precinct Walking

  • Georgette Gomez Council Office, 3717 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego

5– 8 pm Mon, Nov. 7

  • SEIU Local 221, 4004 Kearney Mesa Blvd., San Diego

Noon-8 PM, 2-8 pm or 5-8 pm Election Day Shifts Tuesday, Nov. 8 

  • Machinist Union Local 755, 590 Park Way, Chula Vista or
  • Georgette Gomez Council Office, 3717 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego

Sign up for your preferred shifts for phone banking and/or precinct walking by clicking here. You can also reply to this email with the dates you’d like to sign up.  Remember there is food and fun at each event.

If you have any questions, contact me at (858) 560-0151 ext. 250 or david.lagstein@seiu221.org.

In Solidarity,

David Lagstein
SEIU Local 221 Political Director

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Be part of candidate endorsements

Join the Member Political Organizer Committee for interviews and endorsements of candidates who will support working families throughout San Diego County. You must be a member in good standing to vote on endorsements. These three dates are chances to learn more about local politics while enjoying light refreshments. To RSVP, contact Political Director Dave Lagstein at David.Lagstein@seiu221.org or (858) 560-0151 ext. 250

  • Saturday, Aug. 20: 9 am – 1 pm at SEIU Local 221 – 4004 Kearny Mesa Road
    • Chula Vista, National City, San Diego District Attorney and San Diego Council Districts 1 and 9
  • Monday, Aug. 22: 6-7:30 pm at SEIU Local 221 – 4004 Kearny Mesa Road
    • Doug Applegate California’s 49th Congressional District
    • Patrick Malloy California’s 50th Congressional District
  • Thursday, Sept. 1: 6-9 pm at SEIU Local 221 – 4004 Kearny Mesa Road
    • Encinitas, Fallbrook, Grossmont and Imperial Beach
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SEIU 221 June 7 endorsements

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, June 7
Find your polling place at www.sdvote.com

“Members have shaped these endorsements after looking closely at the record of each candidate. Join me in supporting the candidates that will stand up for working families.”
-David Garcias, SEIU Local 221 President

U.S. SENATE
Kamala Harris for California

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Juan Vargas for 51st District

STATE SENATE
Toni Atkins for 39th District
STATE ASSEMBLY
Todd Gloria for 78th District
Shirley Weber for 79th District
Lorena Gonzalez for 80th District
SAN DIEGO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Greg Cox for District 1
Dianne Jacob for District 2
Dave Roberts for District 3
COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Gregg Robinson for District 1*
Guadalupe Gonzalez for District 2*
Mark Anderson for District 4*
Rick Shea for District 5*
SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Richard Barrera for District D*
Sharon Whitehurst-Payne for District E*
SAN DIEGO MAYOR
Ed Harris for Mayor of San Diego
SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL
Chris Ward for District 3
Sarah Saez for District 9*
CHULA VISTA CITY COUNCIL
Eduardo Reyes for District 4
SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Bernie Rhinerson for District B*
Mary Graham for District D*
PROPOSITION (SAN DIEGO VOTERS)
Yes on Prop I- Because poverty wages and the high cost of living in San Diego are forcing families to make choices no one should face – like whether to pay the rent, keep the lights on, or put food on the table to feed their families. Prop I will provide an immediate raise for more than 170,000 hard-working San Diegans – enough people to fill every seat in Petco Park four times over. Prop I also will help give dignity to thousands of veterans who have been forced to work for poverty wages.

Candidates with an asterisk (­*) by their name have been endorsed through the San Diego And Imperial Counties Labor Council process, all others have been endorsed by the SEIU One Voice Process.

MEMBER ACTION MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

Every vote, phone call and precinct walk helps gain huge wins for all of us. Join SEIU 221 members to volunteer and get out the vote for upcoming races.

  • Precinct walking every Saturday 9 am
  • Phone banking every Monday at the SEIU 221 office 5:30-8 pm

To sign up for member political action, contact Political Director Dave Lagstein at (858) 560-0151 ext. 250 or David.Lagstein@seiu221.org

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Board of Supervisor endorsements

Today, the membership of SEIU 221 announced its endorsement for this year’s County Board of Supervisor races, endorsing incumbents Greg Cox (District 1), Dianne Jacob (District 2) and Dave Roberts (District 3).

“SEIU 221 members and our community partners believe that the County needs to strengthen its commitment to children, seniors and families,” SEIU 221 President David Garcias said. “This investment in clients, services and communities is the path to stimulate the economy and create a San Diego that works for everyone.   The candidates we’ve chosen in each district are the best partners to advance these goals, and we look forward to working with them in their final term.”

SEIU Local 221 is a diverse, member-driven organization working in many occupations to make our counties a safe and healthy place to live, work, and raise our families. SEIU Local 221 represents over 13,000 public sector employees in San Diego and Imperial counties who work for county, superior courts, local city governments and school districts, the Red Cross, Community Health Clinics, as well as Head Start agencies.

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SEIU 221 endorses Ward for District 3

Today, SEIU Local 221 announced its endorsement of Chris Ward for San Diego Council District 3.

“Chris Ward has the vision, commitment and values needed to be a strong voice on the city council for working families and healthy neighborhoods,” SEIU 221 President David Garcias said. “We look forward to helping to get him elected and working with him on the council.”

SEIU Local 221 is a diverse, member-driven organization working in many occupations to make our counties a safe and healthy place to live, work, and raise our families. SEIU Local 221 represents more than 13,000 public sector employees in San Diego and Imperial counties who work for county, local city governments and school districts, courts, as well as Head Start.

Check back for more endorsements as the political season heats up.

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