Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the 700,000-member union’s endorsements of Ben Hueso and Lorena Gonzalez as they seek new offices. 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 recommendations. The town halls are open to all members in each district.
Current Assemblymember Ben Hueso is running to fill the 40th District Senate seat vacated by Juan Vargas. The special election for the 40th Senate District will be held March 12, with a runoff election on May 14 if necessary. Hueso is the current Assemblymember in the 80th district.
“Ben Hueso is a champion working families can count on to stand alongside us to build a California where our children can thrive and our parents and grandparents can live with health and dignity,” said David Garcias, President of SEIU Local 221. “A small business owner, Hueso knows what it will take to create the middle-class jobs that uplift families and strengthen our economy.”
San Diego labor leader Lorena Gonzalez is running to fill the expected vacancy in the 80th Assembly District seat. Gonzalez is the Secretary-Treasurer and CEO for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
“Lorena Gonzalez has dedicated her life to fighting to ensure workers are treated with dignity and respect,” said Garcias. “Her courage and leadership on behalf of working families will serve her well in the Assembly. We are proud to endorse her.”
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.