Working people are taking action like never before, to ensure that our economy is no longer rigged in favor of the few. This June, we have advanced political leaders that will take real and meaningful action to support and uplift working people, to raise the standard of living for our communities.
SEIU 521 members volunteered hundreds of hours during the June Primary Campaign to work for candidates that have committed to stand up for working people and the things we care about. After doing the research to find out which ballot measures and candidates will help our communities the most, SEIU 521 members spent their time phone-banking and canvassing neighborhoods to encourage working families to vote.
2018 June Primary Results – Updated June 11, 2018
The results of the June Primary continue to trickle in. Statewide, voter turnout was a low 26.4% as of June 11th. In some counties where SEIU 521 worked on member education and getting out the vote, turnout was higher: 31.4% in Santa Clara; 32% in Stanislaus; 32.9% in Alameda; 33.3% in Madera. The opposite is true in other areas: San Mateo and Monterey had just over 21% turnout; Kern had 22.1%; Santa Cruz had 24.5; Tulare had 23.6%; and in Fresno and San Benito, just over a quarter of registered voters cast a ballot.
Unlike in other parts of the country, California’s voting problems aren’t generally due to voter suppression but more to lack of enthusiasm. Because our vote is our power, SEIU members work hard to assess candidates, take positions on ballot measures, and then to educate members and the community about our positions. We will be evaluating our own programs to get out the vote and welcome your ideas and participation in coming up with a plan to improve voter turnout for the General Election.
Onto the results: With each successive report of the Registrar of Voters, our endorsed candidate Don Rocha has gained more votes for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor District 4, and now has a 375 vote lead over Pierluigi Olivero in the race for the second spot on the November ballot. Congratulations are in store to the members in Tulare County and activists from Fresno and Kern, who helped elect Eddie Valero to the Tulare Board of Supervisors this Primary. In Fresno and San Mateo, incumbents were reelected, and in Stanislaus and San Benito Counties, our endorsed candidates for Board of Supervisors will all be in runoff elections in November. Our endorsed candidate for Kern County DA, Cynthia Zimmer, prevailed due in part to the hundreds of volunteer hours spent phoning and walking for her in Region 5.
Voters approved revenue measures in the City of Santa Cruz and San Benito County, providing funding for public services in those communities. Our big field effort in Alameda County had a tremendous effect on the outcome of Measure A, the pathbreaking childcare funding sales tax; we still do not yet know whether we have pushed the measure beyond the 2/3rds supermajority needed to pass this measure. Right now, support hovers at 65.33%, just under the threshold needed to win.
Robert Rivas and Anna Caballero will advance to the November runoff for Assembly District 30 and Senate District 12. The results of Assembly District 26 are still too close to call. For all our results, please see below. With absentee and provisional ballots left to be counted, we won’t have final results for days. Please refer to this blog regularly for updates.
SEIU members’ endorsements mattered: Gavin Newsom (Governor), Ed Hernandez (Lt. Governor), Xavier Becerra (Attorney General), Alex Padilla (Secretary of State), Fiona Ma (Treasurer), Betty Yee (Controller), Tony Thurmond (Superintendent of Public Instruction), Ricardo Lara (Insurance Commissioner) and Kevin de León (US Senate), all secured positions in the November general election.
Putting Childcare First
We are still awaiting the results of Alameda County’s Measure A, legislation that seeks to expand access to childcare and preschool with scholarships for low and middle-income children and families in Alameda County by bringing in $140 million annually to the County. Measure A would help homeless and at-risk children in need of child care, boost child care educators’ pay to at least $15 an hour and increase training and professional development opportunities for providers, many of whom struggle to make ends meet even as they help other families be able to work. More than 7,000 children in Alameda County are waiting for a spot in an early education program, and only 44 percent of children are fully ready for kindergarten, according to First 5.
“All students, regardless of their socio-economic status, deserve access to AP, honors, and higher-level academic coursework upon entrance to high school. Denying any students access to such academics due to lack of prior adequate teaching and exposure is criminal,” said Tarsha Jordan, a Child Care Provider from Oakland and SEIU 521 member. “Measure A is just one way for us to reach our goal: making sure all children have the opportunity to thrive in school. While we are still waiting to learn the outcome from yesterday’s election, I look forward to continuing this journey with my fellow child care union members.”
Tarsha pictured speaking to union members about the importance of Measure A at a breakfast hosted by the Alameda Labor Council.
While tens of thousands of votes must still be counted before we learn the outcome of Measure A, a great deal of progress has still been made in raising awareness of California’s broken child care system. For example, early childhood educators now have begun a cooperative dialogue with the California Department of Social Services, and are meeting regularly to discuss safety, standards, and licensing with DSS officials. We are building local networks to help improve child care for our communities and have continued to build positive relationships with lawmakers in Sacramento. Through these efforts and more, we will continue working towards fixing and improving the child care system every way that we can.
- California Governor: Gavin Newsom – in November runoff, strong first, faces Republican Businessman John Cox
- California Lt. Governor: Ed Hernandez – in November runoff, placed second, faces Eleni Kounalakis
- California Attorney General: Xavier Becerra – in November runoff, strong first, faces Republican Steven Bailey
- California Secretary of State: Alex Padilla – in November runoff, strong first, faces Republican Mark Meuser
- California Treasurer: Fiona Ma – in November runoff, placed first, faces Republican Greg Conlon
- California Controller: Betty Yee – in November runoff, strong first, faces Republican Konstantinos Roditis
- California Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara – in November runoff, placed second in close race, faces (former Republican) Independent Steve Poizner
- California Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond – in November runoff, placed second to charter school advocate Marshall Tuck. Lots of work to do in this race in San Benito and Regions 3, 4, 5.
State Ballot Measures
- Proposition 68 (Support) – Statewide bond to upgrade parks and make sure the state’s water supply is clean and protected – passed
- Proposition 69 (Support) – Support of Prop 69 ensures the gas tax isn’t diverted for other purposes besides roads, transit, and transportation-related projects – passed
- Proposition 70 (Oppose) – Oppose changes to how California’s greenhouse gas reduction reserve fund is approved. This proposition grew out of an oil industry-backed effort to derail the state’s premier program to curb harmful air pollution. – failed
- U.S. Senate: Kevin de León – in November runoff with Diane Feinstein, placed a distant second
- U.S. Congress District 10: Virginia Madueño – failed to advance, incumbent Jeff Denham who has voted against healthcare for all and for tax breaks for the wealthy will face Josh Harder in November
- U.S. Congress District 13: Barbara Lee – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- U.S. Congress District 14: Jackie Speier – incumbent, advances and will win in November – in November runoff
- U.S. Congress District 15: Eric Swalwell – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- U.S. Congress District 17: Ro Khanna – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- U.S. Congress District 18: Anna Eshoo – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- U.S. Congress District 19: Zoe Lofgren – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- U.S. Congress District 20: Jimmy Panetta – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- U.S. Congress District 21: TJ Cox – faces David Valadao in November
- U.S. Congress District 22: Andrew Janz – faces Devin Nunes in November
California State Senate
- California State Senate District 10: Bob Wieckowski – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- California State Senate District 12: Anna Caballero – placed first, in November runoff with Republican Rob Poythress
California State Assembly
- Assembly District 15: Jovanka Beckles is in a battle for second, but it is likely top vote-getter Buffy Wicks will face Dan Kalb in the General
- Assembly District 19: Phil Ting – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- Assembly District 18: Rob Bonta – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- Assembly District 20: Bill Quirk – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- Assembly District 22: Kevin Mullin – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- Assembly District 25: Kansen Chu – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- Assembly District 26: Jose Sigala – close contest, Devin Mathis will face Jose Sigala or Warren Gubler in the November runoff
- Assembly District 27: Ash Kalra – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- Assembly District 29: Mark Stone – incumbent, advances and will win in November
- Assembly District 30: Robert Rivas – strong first, advances and will win face Republican Neil Kitchens in November
- Yes on Measure A: Support Care for our Children – Support has risen to 65.33% of the vote; however, Measure A is still shy of the 2/3rds vote required. Stay tuned!
Congresswoman Barbara Lee addressing volunteers, including many SEIU 521 members and child care providers, who are getting ready to knock on doors for Measure A.
San Mateo County
- SamCERA Board of Retirement Election, Seat 2: Katherine O’Malley – ballots due June 11
- Board of Supervisors District 2: Carole Groom – reelected
- Board of Supervisors District 3: Don Horsley – reelected
Santa Clara County
- Board of Supervisors District 4: VOTE NO ON PIERLUIGI OLIVERIO – currently in third place, behind Don Rocha, in close race
- Board of Supervisors District 4: VOTE FOR Don Rocha – currently second behind Susan Ellenberg and Pierluigi Oliverio, in close race
- Santa Clara County: Support the Recall of Judge Aaron Persky – recall successful
- San Jose City Council District 3: Raul Peralez – reelected
- San Jose City Council District 5: Magdalena Carrasco – reelected
- San Jose City Council District 7: Maya Esparza – in second place, heading to November runoff against incumbent Tam Nguyen
- San Jose City Council District 9: Shay Franco-Clausen – fails to advance. Pam Foley and Kalen Gallagher will face each other in the runoff.
SEIU 521 members with Don Rocha
Santa Cruz County
- Board of Supervisors District 4: Felipe Hernandez – fails to advance.
- Watsonville City Council District 2 Special Election: Jenni Veitch-Olson – is not elected
- City of Santa Cruz Measure S: Support ¼ cent sales tax to fund quality city services – passes
- Sheriff: Scott Davis – is not elected, incumbent reelected
- Assessor: Larry Tack – is not elected, incumbent reelected
- Board of Supervisors District 2: Regina Gage – is not elected, incumbent John Phillips reelected
- Board of Supervisors District 3: Alejandro Chavez – is not elected, Chris Lopez wins outright
San Benito County
- Measure B: YES on transient occupancy tax – passes
- Measure C: YES on tax on cannabis business activities – passes
- Board of Supervisors District 3: Pat Loe – places first and is headed to November runoff
- Board of Supervisors District 4: Jim Gillio – places first and is headed to November runoff
- District Attorney: Patrick Kolasinski – fails to advance to November runoff; Labor’s other endorsed candidate will be in runoff with incumbent
- Board of Supervisors District 3: Tony Madrigal – places second, faces incumbent Terry Winthrow in November
- Board of Supervisors District 4: Frank Damrell – places second, faces incumbent Tom Berryhill in November
- Board of Supervisors District 4: Patricia Anderson – places distant second but fails to make runoff, Scott Silveira wins outright
- Board of Supervisors District 1: Brian Pacheco – reelected
- Board of Supervisors District 4: Eddie Valero – elected with 55% of the vote
- Board of Supervisors District 5: Virginia Gurrola – fails to make runoff
Saturday morning GOTV in Dinuba for Eddie Valero campaign. The CLC helped organize IBEW, SEIU 521, and SEIU 2015 to go for knocking in this small rural town to win a Board of Supervisor seat in one of the reddest counties in the State.
- Sheriff: Justin Fleeman – fails to make runoff, incumbent Chris Youngblood reelected
- District Attorney: Cynthia Zimmer – elected as DA
Kern members generated thousands of calls to help elect their next District Attorney.