SEIU California Announces Legislative Endorsements for 2016 Primary 

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the 700,000-member union’s primary endorsements in 40 legislative districts. SEIU California’s endorsements are made in a town hall process in which members have the opportunity to evaluate candidates’ policy positions, listen to them speak, interview them, and then make their recommendations.

“After hearing directly from the candidates, SEIU members have made their choices, and we are gearing up for a banner year of victories in electing leaders who stand up for working families,” said Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU California and SEIU Local 2015. “SEIU members will be active in turning out our co-workers, friends, family and neighbors at the ballot box because there is much at stake this year.  We have the opportunity to shape California’s future for the better by electing candidates who will join our fight to raise wages, invest in the next generation, and respect the people who work hard to care for our kids and our elders.”

SEIU California’s endorsement for the June 2016 legislative primary elections are as follows:


  • Senate District 03:   Mariko Yamada (D)
  • Senate District 09:   Sandré Swanson (D) & Nancy Skinner (D)
  • Senate District 11:  Jane Kim (D)
  • Senate District 15 : Jim Beall (D)
  • Senate District 19: Hannah-Beth Jackson (D)
  • Senate District 21:  Jonathon Ervin (D)
  • Senate District 25:  Anthony Portantino (D)
  • Senate District 27:  Henry Stern (D)
  • Senate District 29:  Sukhee Kang (D)
  • Senate District 31:  Richard Roth (D)
  • Senate District 33:  Ricardo Lara (D)
  • Senate District 35:  Steven Bradford (D)


  • Assembly District 04:  Don Saylor (D)
  • Assembly District 12:  Virginia Madueño (D)
  • Assembly District 14:  Mae Torlakson (D)
  • Assembly District 16:  Cheryl Cook-Kallio (D)
  • Assembly District 17: David Chiu (D)
  • Assembly District 18:  Rob Bonta (D)
  • Assembly District 20:  Bill Quirk (D)
  • Assembly District 27: Ash Kalra (D)
  • Assembly District 31:  Joaquin Arambula (D)
  • Assembly District 36:  Darren Parker (D)
  • Assembly District 37:  Monique Limón (D)
  • Assembly District 39:  Patty Lopez (D)
  • Assembly District 43:  Ardy Kassakhian (D)
  • Assembly District 44:  Jacqui Irwin (D)
  • Assembly District 48:  Brian Urias (D)
  • Assembly District 51:  Jimmy Gomez (D)
  • Assembly District 53:  Miguel Santiago (D)
  • Assembly District 54:  Sebastian Ridley-Thomas  (D)
  • Assembly District 58:  Cristina Garcia (D)
  • Assembly District 60:  Eric Linder (R)
  • Assembly District 62:  Autumn Burke (D)
  • Assembly District 63:  Anthony Rendon (D)
  • Assembly District 64:  Mike Gipson (D)
  • Assembly District 65:  Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)
  • Assembly District 66:  Al Muratsuchi (D)
  • Assembly District 78:  Todd Gloria (D)
  • Assembly District 79:  Shirley Weber (D)

The endorsed candidates on SEIU California’s 2016 roster include Eric Linder (R-Corona). In recommending Linder for endorsement, SEIU members cited Linder’s accessibility and willingness to meet face-to-face with constituents, as well as his track record of standing by workers who have voted for union representation in their workplace.

“Eric Linder has been such an outstanding leader time after time on behalf of hospital workers who voted to unionize at Parkview Community Hospital in Riverside,” said Mark Janov, a Licensed psychiatric technician at Community Hospital of San Bernardino, United Healthcare Workers (UHW) Executive Boardmember and a member of SEIU International’s Conservative Committee. “While the hospital is refusing to recognize the union, Linder has never stopped urging management to honor workers’ wishes and sit down and bargain a contract. He is a great advocate and we’re fortunate to have him helping so many working families. This is why SEIU members are endorsing him for Assembly.”

SEIU members previously endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for President and Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate.

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Over 700,000 Californians make up SEIU in California; we work throughout the state, in all 58 counties, and we represent California in all of its diversity. We are social workers, nurses, classroom aides, state workers, security officers, college professors, home care workers, janitors, and more.

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