Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the 700,000-member union’s endorsement of Norma Torres for Senate in the 32nd District. 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.
“Norma Torres understands the bread-and-butter issues working families care about right now: ensuring every person in California has access to quality health care, giving our kids access to the education that will set them on a strong path for life, and making sure our parents and grandparents can live healthy at home,” said Jeannie King, a nurse with SEIU Local 121RN. “As a 911 dispatcher, Norma fought to ensure callers could reach an operator who speaks Spanish because she knows our community is stronger when no one is left out. In the Senate, she’ll make sure everyone in our district has a voice.”
Norma Torres is currently a member of the California State Assembly representing the 52nd District. Prior to serving in the Assembly, Norma was Mayor of Pomona, City Council Member, and a bilingual 9-1-1 dispatcher and instructor for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The special election for the 32nd Senate District seat, vacated when current Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod was elected to Congress, will be held March 12, with a runoff election on May 14 if necessary.
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.