LAUSD Board Candidate Patricia Castellanos with SEIU Local 99 Organizer Toi Jackson worked to mobilize voters.

Even as votes continue to be counted, it’s clear that SEIU Local 99 members made a difference in the March 3 Super Tuesday primary election. In the months leading up to election day, Local 99 members and staff contacted thousands of voters on the phone and during weekend neighborhood walks – and the results show our voices were heard.

In the race for the LAUSD School Board, Patricia Castellanos and Scott Schmerelson are turning out to be the top vote-getters in their races and will most likely move forward to the run-off election in November. Our other endorsed candidates for the LAUSD Board, Jackie Goldberg and George McKenna are clear winners and will continue to serve on the LAUSD board. At Compton Unified, Micah Ali and Charles Davis easily secured their seats on the school board.

As education workers, we understand the critical role of school board members.  They make decisions that affect our jobs and the quality of education in our local public schools. That’s why we worked hard to support candidates who recognize Local 99 members’ contributions to student learning and who understand the importance of good jobs to our schools and communities.

Just as important is ensuring justice and equity in our communities. That’s why we were proud to lead the union effort for George Gascon for District Attorney. The results of this race are still to be determined but we’re certain that we elevated the voices of working people and education workers like never before in a race for District Attorney. We made sure voters understood that the current system has created a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects our Black and Brown youth – and we started a conversation about fixing this broken system and holding elected officials accountable.

The final results of this election are expected over the next few weeks, but the primary was just the first part of an important election year. Let’s start getting ready for election day on November 3, 2020. Register to vote. And make sure you don’t miss an election, register to vote by mail.

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