Labor Council Endorses Candidates for June 3 Primary Election
Vote for Carole Groom and Don Horsley
for San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
The San Mateo County Central Labor Council and Building Trades Council recommendations for the State Assembly and U.S. Congress were endorsed at the California Labor Federation’s convention April 10.
Delegates from unions affiliated with the Labor Council had voted to endorse Rich Gordon, Kevin Mullin and Phil Ting for re-election to the State Assembly as well as Congress members Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier at the SMCLC delegates meeting in March.
The Labor Council also voted to endorse Carole Groom and Don Horsley for re-election to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, because of their strong records in support of working families. Union members are also urged to vote YES on Measure A, a $265 bond measure for the Sequoia Union High School District, and Measure B in the Cabrillo Unified School District, which would extend for another five years the current $150 parcel tax to raise funds for schools.
At its 2014 pre-primary convention in Oakland, delegates to the California Labor Federation—representing 2.1 million union workers—made endorsements for statewide constitutional races, Assembly, Senate, and congressional seats as well as ballot measures in advance of California’s June primary. Candidates were endorsed based on their record of standing with workers on issues like reducing the income gap, raising the minimum wage, access to affordable health care, retirement security and the right for workers to form and join unions. The democratic, grassroots process by which unions endorse and work to elect candidates stands in stark contrast to the expected avalanche of campaign spending from corporations, millionaires and billionaires in the wake of recent Supreme Court decisions Citizens United and McCutcheon vs. FEC.
As California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski noted: “Our power derives from workers coming together on nights and weekends to talk to friends, neighbors and co-workers about the importance of this year’s election. What our grassroots efforts lack in money we more than make up for in face-to-face voter engagement. With big money perverting our political process, the labor program to engage and mobilize voters on worker issues is more important than it has ever been. We’re ready to get to work electing a slate of pro-worker candidates committed to making California the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
At the top of the ticket, delegates overwhelmingly endorsed Governor Jerry Brown for another term, noting his record in signing laws that support immigrant workers, low-wage earners and middle class jobs. (For a complete list of endorsements, check www.calaborfed.org.) General election endorsements for candidates and measures in the November election will occur at the Federation’s Convention in July.
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors - Vote for Carole Groom and Don Horsley
Supervisor Carole Groom
The 2014 election will be the first time members of the County Board of Supervisors will be elected by District, rather than county-wide. Residents can only vote for the candidate representing their District. District 2 includes Belmont, Foster City, and San Mateo, where Carole Groom served for nine years on the City Council. Ms. Groom was appointed as Supervisor in 2009, and then elected to the Board of Supervisors in June 2010.
Supervisor Groom’s legislative priorities include access to healthcare for all, environmental protection, maintaining and preserving County parks, and growing the local economy. She formed a committee representing business, faith, labor and not-for-profit organizations to educate county residents about the Affordable Care Act. Previously, Groom worked for several years on the county’s Task Force on increasing access to health care. Supervisor Groom has been a strong supporter of union workers and issues in the county, and spoke up in support of a Project Labor Agreement for construction work at the San Mateo Community Colleges and High School District.
Supervisor Don Horsley
District 3 is the county’s coast side District—stretching from the Daly City border in the north to the Santa Cruz border in the south, and including Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, San Carlos, Woodside, Portola Valley and Atherton, as well as unincorporated parts of the county.
Supervisor Don Horsley was elected in 2010. He notes on his campaign website that, “it is within the unincorporated area where county government is most noticed, challenged and appreciated. Cities provide the day-to-day bulk of services to their residents, but folks in the unincorporated area depend on their county representatives to a greater degree. Nearly 70 percent of all the unincorporated activity for San Mateo County takes place in the Third District, presenting a dynamic challenge for a supervisor.” Horsley has worked to address the problems facing that part of the district, including the lack of farm worker housing in the agricultural areas of the county. Horsley and Groom were also strong supporters of Measure A, which raised revenues to enable the county to continue to provide social safety net services.
San Mateo County Central Labor Council June 2014 Endorsements
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
District 2 – Carole Groom (I)
District 3 – Don Horsley (I)
Local Ballot Measure
Measure A - YES • Sequoia Union High School District
$265 million bond
Measure B - YES • Cabrillo Unified School District
Five year extension of current $150 parcel tax
State Legislative Offices
District 19 – Phil Ting
District 22 – Kevin Mullin
District 24 – Rich Gordon
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Tom Torlakson
Board of Equalization, District 2 - Fiona Ma
Insurance Commissioner - Dave Jones
Treasurer - John Chiang
Controller - John A. Pérez
Attorney General - Kamala Harris
Secretary of State - Alex Padilla
Lieutenant Governor - Gavin Newsom
Governor - Edmund “Jerry” Brown
Proposition 41 – Veterans Housing Bond • YES
Proposition 42 – Public Records • YES
U.S. Representative of Congress, 14th District - Anna Eshoo
U.S. Representative of Congress, 18th Distric - Jackie Speier
U.S. Senator - Barbara Boxer