2018 Election Results – Santa Clara County

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seiu521-rachel-welch-c“Critical services including medical and children services will not be interrupted in our county thanks to Measure A. I am so proud of the countless hours SEIU 521 members volunteered to preserve the funding for the services we provide every day to the most vulnerable in our community. Our three endorsed candidates for Santa Clara County Board of Education, Claudia Rossi, Kathleen King, and Peter Ortiz have all been elected! This is a win for public schools, our members at the County Office of Education, and our children. These candidates are committed to appropriately funding our public schools and fighting against outsourcing. Thanks to all of our members who volunteered to make this happen. Despite our support and efforts, Don Rocha did not get enough votes for the seat of county supervisor. At a time of increased inequality, we need elected officials committed to making this economy work for working families. We will continue to hold all our elected officials accountable as we strive for justice and income equality for all in our community.”
– Rachel Welch-Grocha, SEIU Local 521 COPE Chair for Region 1 (San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties)

Please see below the details of the election results in Santa Clara County.


Santa Clara Measure AYes on Measure A – WIN

Measure A extends a 1/8th cent sales tax that generates $50 million annually to fund services our communities rely on every day, such as quality medical services, public safety, child care, housing, and continuing critical County services without new taxes.

Santa Clara County Office of Education – WIN

seiu521-scco-schools-cWe won all three seats:Seat 2: Kathleen KingSeat 6: Peter OrtizSeat 7: Claudia Rossi
Santa Clara County Sheriff (dual endorsement): Laurie Smith is re-elected – WIN



Yes-on-O-Logo_v10_Page_1-768x472Yes on Measure O – WIN

Measure O authorizes Campbell to issue up to $50 million in general obligation bonds for constructing a new police building and fully renovated library. All funds will be dedicated to Campbell for Police and Library facility improvements, providing a safer and stronger community.

Mountain View City Council (three seats; multiple endorsements)

Lucas Ramirez, MVCC candidateLucas Ramirez – Close; waiting for final results


Ellen Kamei, MVCC candidateEllen Kamei – WIN
Pat Showalter, MVCC candidate Pat Showalter – Close; waiting for final results
Gustav Larrson, SunCC candidateSunnyvale City Council, Seat 1: Gustav Larsson** – WIN
Mason Fong, SunCC CandidateSunnyvale City Council, Seat 3: Mason Fong – WIN

Election 2018 - Maya EsparzaSan Jose City Council, District 7: Maya Esparza** – WIN

Maya Esparza has made jobs, housing, and education for working families some of the top priorities of her campaign. The South Bay Labor Council has endorsed her for her commitment to moving San Jose all of San Jose forward and leaving no one behind.

School Districts:

Ernesto Bejarano - ALSD candidateAlum Rock Union Elementary School District**: Ernesto Bejarano –  Close; waiting for final results
 Raymond Mueller - ALSD candidateAlum Rock Union Elementary School District**: Raymond Mueller –  Close; waiting for final results
 Andres Quintero - ALSD candidateAlum Rock Union Elementary School District**: Andres Quintero – WIN
 Brian Wheatley - SJUSD candidateSan Jose Unified School District, Area 4: Brian Wheatley**  – WIN

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

  • Board of Supervisors, District 4: Don Rocha
  • Santa Clara County Sherif (dual endorsement): John Hirokawa
  • Mountain View City Council: Lenny Siegel
  • Palo Alto City Council: Cory Wolbach
  • Palo Alto Measure F
  • Santa Clara City Council, District 2: Nancy Biagini**
  • Sunnyvale City Council, Seat 2: Josh Grossman
  • Alum Rock Union Elementary School District**: Bruce Huynh
  • San Jose Unified School District, Area 2: Helen Chapman**

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

U.S. Congress*

  • U.S. Congress District 17: Ro Khanna – WIN
  • U.S. Congress District 19: Zoe Lofgren – WIN

California State Senate*

  • California State Senate District 10: Bob Wieckowski – WIN

California State Assembly*

  • Assembly District 25: Kansen Chu – WIN
  • Assembly District 27: Ash Kalra – WIN
  • Assembly District 28: Evan Low – WIN
  • Assembly District 29: Mark Stone – WIN
  • Assembly District 30: Robert Rivas – WIN

* 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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