SEIU 1021

2018 Endorsements


SEIU1021 endorses candidates in statewide elections, as well as in elections in regions where our members work and live. Our endorsements include Democrats and Republicans — the main criteria is that the candidate supports policies that support working people.

Constitutional Offices

  • California Governor: Gavin Newsom
  • California Lt. Governor: Ed Hernandez
  • California Attorney General: Xavier Becerra
  • California Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
  • California Treasurer: Fiona Ma
  • California Controller: Betty Yee
  • California Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
  • California Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

Ballot Measures

Proposition 2:  YES 
Gives the state permission to borrow $2 billion to fund supportive housing for those suffering with mental illness and to repay the cost of that bond with money set aside for mental health services.

Proposition 5:  NO 
Funded by real estate developers, Prop 5 would expand special rules applied to existing homeowners 55 and older who buy a new home and allow them to carry their Prop 13-assessed property values with them across county lines. Prop 5 would result in a $1 billion hit to local and state general funds, negatively impacting public services provided by cities, counties and special districts. The passage of Prop 5 would also result in funding loss of around $150 million per year in the near term for schools, growing over time to $1 billion or more per year.

Proposition 6:   NO
Local roads, state highways, and public transportation are in need of repairs and improvements. Passage of Prop 6 would repeal recently enacted road repair and transportation funding by repealing revenues dedicated for those purposes.

Proposition 8:  YES 
California dialysis companies charge patients with private insurance an average of $150,000 for a year of dialysis treatment, or 350 percent above the cost of providing care. The “Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act” would limit dialysis corporations from charging patients more than 15 percent above the cost of this life-saving care.

Proposition 10:  YES 
Allow cities, if they desire, to introduce or expand existing rent control policies. The passage of the “Affordable Housing Act” would creates local control for decision-making on rent control policies. In accordance with California law, Prop 10 provides that rent-control policies may not violate landlords’ right to a fair financial return on their rental property.

Proposition 11: NO
Backed by the private ambulance industry, Prop 11 is cynical move to undermine basic workplace protections for emergency responders.

U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate: Kevin de León

California State Senate

  • State Senate, District 6: Richard Pan
  • State Senate, District 10: Bob Wieckowski
  • State Senate, District 12: Ana Caballero

California State Assembly

  • State Assembly, District 2: Jim Wood
  • State Assembly, District 4: Cecilia Aguilar-Curry
  • State Assembly, District 15: Jovanka Beckles
  • State Assembly, District 17: David Chiu
  • State Assembly, District 18: Rob Bonta
  • State Assembly, District 19: Phil Ting
  • State Assembly, District 20: Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly, District 22: Kevin Mullin

Alameda County

City of Oakland

  • City Council, District 2: Nikki Fortunato Bas
  • City Council,  District 4: Sheng Thao
  • City Council, District 6: Desley Brooks
  • Vacant Property Tax: YES – would generate an estimated $20 million for homelessness services and establish a “homelessness solutions” fund
  • Real Estate Transfer Tax: YES – make home ownership more accessible for working families by reducing the rate to 1% for properties selling for $300,000 or less, and increase it to 1.75% for properties selling for more than $2 million, and 2.5% for properties selling for more than $5 million. 
  • Children’s Initiative: YES – expands access to quality, affordable preschool for children from low-income backgrounds and increases access to 2- and 4- year colleges
BART (Bay area rapid transit)
  • District 6: Director: Anu Natarajan

Contra Costa County

City of Richmond

  • Mayor: Melvin Wills
  • City Council: Eduardo Martinez
  • City Council: Ada Recinos
  • Real Estate Transfer Tax: YES – increase the rate for properties selling between $1 million to $3 million to 1.25%; the rate for properties between $3 million to $10 million to 2.5%; and the rate for properties over $10 million increases to 3.0% 
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
  • District 2: Director: Mark Foley

Marin County

  • Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors, Division I: Jack Gibson
  • Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors, Division IV: Cynthia Koehler

Mendocino County

  • Board of Supervisors, District 3: John Haschak
  • Board of Supervisors, District 5: Chris Skyhawk

Sacramento County


Sacramento city Unified school district
  • Area 1: Anna Molander
  • Area 2: Ellen Cochrane
  • Area 6: Darrel Woo
los rios community college district
  • Deborah Ortiz
  • Robert Jones
  • Dustin Johnson

Sonoma County

Santa Rosa

  • Measure M: YES - “Parks for All” raises funds that would go to county parks and cities for neighborhood parks, expanding and enhancing parks for all Sonoma County residents

San Francisco County

  • Board of Supervisors, District 2: Schuyler Hudak
  • Board of Supervisors, District 4: Gordon Mar
  • Board of Supervisors, District 6: Matt Haney
  • Board of Supervisors, District 8: Rafael Mandelman
  • Board of Supervisors, District 10: Shamann Walton
  • Measure A: YES – the Embarcadero Seawall Earthquake Safety Bond finances the construction, reconstruction, acquisition, improvement, and seismic strengthening of the Embarcadero Seawall 
  • Measure B: NO - changes the city charter to create personal information protection policies for businesses
  • Measure C: YES - creates the “Our City, Our Home Fund” to house 4,000 homeless people, expand shelter beds by 1,000 in five years, and fund intensive mental health and substance abuse services to move the City’s most severely impaired individuals off the streets by enacting a Homelessness Gross Receipts Tax on businesses making more than $50 Million a year.
  • Measure D: No Endorsement - places a gross receipts tax on cannabis businesses
  • Measure E: YES - directs a portion of the funds generated by the existing hotel tax to arts and cultural organizations and projects
san francisco unified school district (SFUSD)
  • SFUSD Trustee: Alison Collins
  • SFUSD Trustee: Monica Chinchilla
  • SFUSD Trustee: Faauuga Moliga
BART (Bay area rapid transit)
  • District 8 Director: Jonathan Lyens