Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the endorsement of Assemblywoman Betsy Butler for re-election to the State Assembly. SEIU California’s endorsements are made in a town hall process in which members evaluate candidates’ policy positions, listen to them speak, interview them, and then make their decisions. The town halls are open to all members in each district.
“Assembly Member Betsy Butler is a brave, passionate, and outspoken leader on issues affecting working families, and, in particular, working women,” said Juana Jauregui, a child care provider from Assembly District 50. “We need more legislators who ‘get it’ on the issues faced by working families, and we’re delighted to endorse her in the race to represent Assembly District 50.”
A longtime environmental and consumer leader committed to keeping our children safe and healthy, Butler was elected to represent the 53rd Assembly district in 2010. As a member of the Budget Committee and Resources and Transportation budget subcommittee, Butler has emerged as a strong voice for consumers, working families, and seniors.
“Assembly Member Butler is not afraid to stand up to the powers that be if that’s what it takes to serve the public and working people,” said Arnella Sims, a court worker in Los Angeles County. “It’s the tough votes that show you who your true friends are, and Assembly Member Butler is a true friend of working people.”
Previous SEIU endorsements can be found here. As more member-driven town halls take place in the coming weeks, SEIU California expects to announce additional endorsements.
SEIU California is a coalition of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. We come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues we care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities. We believe that by working together we can build a California where working families can thrive again.