I want to recognize the great efforts of SEIU Local 99 members in this election. We voted in numbers like never before and the results show that working people made a difference.
Essential workers elected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be the next President and Vice President of the United States. We look forward to leadership that will focus on good jobs, equitable public education, and a better, healthier future for all.
At the statewide level, we are still awaiting the final results of Proposition 15. It is still too close to call and there is much at stake. How we recover, reopen and rebuild our schools and communities depends greatly on the outcome of this race. We will keep you posted.
Locally, we made history with the election of George Gascon to L.A. District Attorney. We are excited about working with him to end the criminalization of poverty and take on systemic racism in policing and the courts.
We also elected candidates to various school boards who understand and value the contributions of classified school workers:
- Scott Schmerelson to the LAUSD Board
- Christine Salazar to the Hacienda La Puente School Board
- Andra Hoffman, David Vela and Mike Fong to the LA Community College Board
- Alma C. Castro, Gary Hardie Jr and Maria G. Lopez to the Lynwood Unified Board
- Jon Kean, Jennifer Smith and Maria Leon Vasquez to the Santa Monica Malibu Unified Board
- Bernardo Perez and Stan Mantooth to the Ventura County Community College Board
While we are disappointed that Patricia Castellanos (LAUSD), Scott Svonkin (LACCD) and Taro O’Sullivan (HLPUSD) did not win their races, we are proud of the work we did to lift-up candidates who believe that quality schools and good school jobs go hand-in-hand. That will always be a top priority in membership endorsements.
As we move forward, let’s continue to make politics work for working people. One way you can do this is by contributing to the Committee On Political Education (COPE). This election once again showed that our opponents have unlimited amounts of money to campaign against us. But we have the power to win by mobilizing voters and pooling together our resources through COPE. Learn more about COPE here.
Let’s keep standing strong,