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Labor Council’s Election Work Gets Results

The efforts of San Mateo County Central Labor Council union members to get out the vote paid off with positive results in many races November 5. Over 200 volunteers made phone calls, walked precincts, and talked to fellow union members to urge votes for labor-endorsed candidates and measures.

SMCLC Political Director Julie Lind reported that volunteers from 39 different locals worked 315 shifts to get out the vote. Voter turnout in San Mateo County for the off-year election was low, roughly 25 percent.

The San Mateo County Central Labor Council was successful in winning 80 percent of endorsed local ballot measures and candidate races. “Many friends and allies joined us in achieving a positive outcome; together we made great positive strides,” said Shelley Kessler, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Council.

Some important victories include:
• The election of Planning Commissioner Eric Reed and attorney Charles Stone to the Belmont City Council

• The election of Reuben Holober to the Millbrae City Council

• Incumbents Mark Addiego, Pradeep Gupta and Karyl Matsumoto retaining their seats on the South San Francisco City Council, and the election of School Board Member Liza Normandy

• Richard Holober retaining his seat on the Community College Board, and the election of Tom Mohr to join him.

• The three endorsed candidates for the Jefferson Elementary School District, Marie Brizuela, Rebecca Douglass, and Joseph Waters, were all elected.

“The Labor Council thanks all who made this possible, and congratulates each candidate, whether they won or lost, for making the decision to seek elected office in order to give back to the community,” said Kessler. “We stand in solidarity as the effort continues each day to defend the quality of life for working people, regardless of whether or not they belong to unions. We thank those political allies who work to ensure that our community provides, to all who live and work here, the benefits of a county that values these standards as the benchmark of civility.”

Many unions that adopted phonebanks or precinct walks and turned out many members for the get-out-the-vote efforts.


Union members and candidates at the SM Building Trades Council Precinct Walk Nov. 2 at the Carpenters Local 217 union hall.

Teachers union members worked the phones October 17 at the IBEW Local 617 union hall. Left to right, Adrienne Zanini, AFT 3267; Debbie Jacobs-Levin, AFT 1481; David Gold, AFT 1481; Jerry Reed, AFT 1481; Katherine Harsano, AFT 3267; Susan Peni, AFT 1481; and Ruth McHale, AFT 3267.

Union members from the Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16 and other unions were joined by Redwood City City Council candidate John Seybert at the phone banks at the IBEW Local 617 union hall.

 

Union members and candidates at the SM Building Trades Council Precinct Walk Nov. 2 at the Carpenters Local 217 union hall.

Union members from the Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16 at the SM Building Trades Council Precinct Walk Nov. 2 at the Carpenters Local 217 union hall.

Union members from the Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16 and other unions were joined by City Council candidates David Lim, San Mateo, and Jeff Gee, Redwood City, at the phone banks at the IBEW Local 617 union hall.

 

 

 

 

 
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