2018 Election Results – Fresno County

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seiu521-debbie-acosta-580px“As a long-time active member of my union, I have seen the difference it makes having a School Board that works with union members and one that doesn’t. It is so important that we helped the right individuals get elected because they make major decisions that affect our lives and those of our children. It is not only important for me to stand up for my own worker’s rights but I also want to stand with seniors, the working class, and labor; this is why I became involved with canvassing and phone banking during election time.”
– Debbie Acosta, FUSD Swimming Operator

seiu521-Brian-Murrillo“Although we may have come a little short in electing Andrew Janz to Congress, as union members, we have a lot to be proud of in this election. We were able to help elect TJ Cox for Congress. As Central Valley residents, we came together to put the challenges impacting working families at the forefront and protected vital funding for education, roads, and infrastructure by shutting down efforts to pass Prop 5. This election granted us a tremendous opportunity to see new union members engaged in the political process while also contributing to our governor’s race by electing Gavin Newsom who supports our rights to organize in our union. I am poised and committed to standing up for my union, my family, and my community as I continue to hold those elected accountable.”
– Brian Murillo, Fresno County Social Program Supervisor

Veva IslasFresno Unified School Board Trustee Area 4: Veva Islas – WIN
 Joaquin ArambulaCA State Assembly District 31: Dr. Joaquin Arambula – WIN

caballero-membersCA State Senate District 12: Anna Caballero – WIN

Anna Caballero began her career advocating for farmworkers and working people in Salinas and the Central Valley. She believes everyone should be treated with dignity and respect at work and has fought for families and our children as an elected official. 

TJ CoxU.S. Congress District 21: TJ Cox – WIN

TJ is an engineer and small businessman whose passion is community development. Being a native Californian and the son of immigrants, he understands the struggle of working-class families.

Unfortunately, the following endorsed candidates were not successful. We appreciate your efforts on behalf of working families and our communities.

  • Fresno Unified School Board Trustee Area 1: Robert Fuentes
  • Fresno Unified School Board Trustee Area 7: Nasreen Johnson
  • U.S. Congress District 22: Andrew Janz

Constitutional Offices*

  • California Governor: Gavin Newsom – WIN
  • California Lt. Governor: Ed Hernandez – LOSS
  • California Attorney General: Xavier Becerra – WIN
  • California Secretary of State: Alex Padilla – WIN
  • California Treasurer: Fiona Ma – WIN
  • California Controller: Betty Yee – WIN
  • California Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara – Close; waiting for final results
  • California Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond – WIN

State Ballot Measures*

  • Proposition 1 (YES): Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 – WIN
  • Proposition 2 (YES): No Place Like Home Act of 2018 – WIN
  • Proposition 4 (YES): Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018 – WIN
  • Proposition 5 (NO): Higher Housing Costs. Cuts to Schools – WIN
  • Proposition 6 (NO): Stop the Attack on Bridge and Road Safety – WIN
  • Proposition 8 (YES): Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act. Limits Charges – LOSS
  • Proposition 10 (YES): Affordable Housing Act (Repeals Costa Hawkins, Expands Locals’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Property) – LOSS
  • Proposition 11 (NO): Emergency Ambulance Employee Safety and Preparedness (Requires Private Ambulance Workers to Remain On-Call During Breaks) – LOSS
  • Proposition 12 (YES): Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals – WIN

U.S. Senate*

  • U.S. Senate: Kevin de León – LOSS


* SEIU California Endorsed. Local 521 members participated in the SEIU California One Voice process that led to these endorsements. SEIU members across California gathered at regional town halls and our statewide convention to hear from candidates for district office, statewide office, and Congress. Members have exercised their voice and endorsed candidates who they believe will fight for our communities, support fair compensation, and the right to a union.

** Labor endorsed. Local 521 members participated in Central Labor Council candidates endorsement interviews and voted as delegates on these positions.

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