SEIU 721 Members Win on Election Day
Many in our union worked very hard over the past couple months preparing to win elected majorities we can count on in the San Gabriel Valley Cities we represent, new revenues to protect member jobs and services in the City of Ventura, and to hold on to a Mayor in Riverside who stood up for city workers. Many helped out making the phone calls and knocking on the doors to identify our supporters. While we didn't win in every race we put in a strong showing that was recognized by the candidates and the communities. Our biggest victory though, and part of our local's vision, was electing our own member - Andre Quintero as the new Mayor of El Monte.
Baldwin Park: Won a new Councilmember - Susan Rubio
Issue: Baldwin Park is facing tough economic times, recreation programs have been slashed, crime is increasing - and current council is fighting amongst themselves, not working on solutions for the community.
Duarte: Won two incumbent Councilmembers - Margaret Finlay and Tzeitel Paras-Caracci
Issue: The two incumbents who have stood by working families by reducing crime and increasing city services and respecting SEIU 721 members had challengers who are trying to unseat them.
El Monte: Elected our member - Andre Quintero as Mayor and won a new Councilmember - Norma Macias
Issue: Current Mayor & Council chose to close a fire station, lay off 35 police officers and layoff 17 SEIU members who help keep our city running, as a result crime is increasing.
La Puente: Won a new Councilmember - David Argudo
Issue: The current investigation of Council Member Louie Lujan is evidence that we need transparency and trust in La Puente, and new leadership who will prioritize the public's safety.
Pico Rivera: Lost - Marty Morones (4th place), Won a revenue Measure TR to protect city services
Issue: No transparency or accountability on the Council, and not enough graffiti removal or anti-gang programs.
Ventura: Lost revenue Measure A
Riverside: Won incumbent Mayor Ron Loveridge