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COPE Town Hall for State Senate District 27


Did you know that we have a vote in choosing which candidates SEIU Local 721 supports for elected office? It's OUR choice.

SEIU 721 Members Endorse Hillary Clinton

Clinton supports our movement to build a better future for working families. 

Los Angeles, CA - After members conducted a rigorous endorsement process for the past several months, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, calling her a leader who will stand up for the working moms and dads building a movement to secure a better future for their families.

Barbara Calhoun for Compton School Board

Vote for change and together we can move Compton forward together.


Notice for Upcoming November 3rd Elections!

If you live in Baldwin Park, Pico Rivera, Duarte, Compton, or within the Lennox School District, or Rosemead School District, you have an important local Election this Tuesday, Nov. 3rd. Please see the list of SEIU 721 endorsed candidates below:

Lillian Cabral for Duarte School Board

Let's Move Duarte Forward Together!

Vote for Herman Santos for LACERA Board

lacera_Herman_Santos_80x120.jpgLA County members, the LACERA election ballot should have arrived at your home in an envelope from the L.A.County Register-Recorder. Open the letter, cast your vote for Herman Santos, and return your ballot right away. It's postage free.

One Voice Town Hall: US Senate Candidates June 15

SEIU721_OVOC_LOGO_165px120px_WEB.jpgOn Monday, June 15, SEIU will be conducting a One Voice Town Hall, where sister locals will get together to discuss endorsement for the U.S. Senate seat, recently vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer.

This is a great opportunity for members to be engaged in the political process and make your voice heard.

The 2015 Election Season Begins with Major Wins for SEIU 721

SEIU 721 had numerous electoral wins on March 3rd. These wins would not have been possible without the COPE engagement that started with town halls, continuing with phone banks and finishing with consistent door to door voter engagement.

COPE in Action

EW Budget Hearing_Feb 23_cropped.jpgAs public workers, SEIU 721 members understand the importance of the state budget in funding critical services we provide our communities.  Last week, the 2015-16 California state budget hearings began and SEIU members/Eligibility Workers went to Sacramento to make sure the voices of people relying on Medi-Cal health services were heard at the Health and Human Services hearings. 

Got Democracy?

The City of Los Angeles election is on March 3rd and once again a very low turnout is expected. That means just a few voters will be deciding who will help lead LA for the next four years or longer.

Preparing for the 2015 Elections

(updated Feb. 18, 2015) The year has just begun and SEIU 721 is proud to endorse the following candidates for the upcoming Spring Elections:

January 27, 2015 Election
Lou Correa for Orange County Supervisor
March 3, 2015 Election
Paul Krekorian for Los Angeles City Council District 2
Nury Martinez for Los Angeles City Council District 6 
Bobbie Jean Anderson for Los Angeles City Council District 8
Herb Wesson for Los Angeles City Council District 10
Mitchell Englander for Los Angeles City Council District 12
Jose Huizar for Los Angeles City Council District 14
Vote Yes on LA City Charter Amendment 1
Vote Yes on LA City Charter Amendment 2
LA Community College Board
Francesca Vega
, Seat 1
Sydney Kamlager, Seat 3
Scott Svonkin, Seat 5
Mike Fong, Seat 7
LA Unified School District
George McKenna
, Seat 1
Tamar Galatzan, Seat 3
Bennett Kayser, Seat 5
Richard Vladovic, Seat 7
March 10, 2015 Election
Jacque Robinson for Pasadena Mayor
Rosa Perez for Huntington Park Mayor

April 21, 2015 Election
Kevin Monk for Compton City Council District 1
Brian Parker for Compton City Council District 4

More information about these candidates will be sent to member/voters in advance to the March and April elections. There will also be other COPE town halls for upcoming local races to be held this spring-please stay involved and vote!

SEIU 721 COPE Members Kick-off the 2015 Endorsement Season

The 2014 elections were just last month but already SEIU 721 COPE has begun hosting endorsement town halls for the 2015 races.  Next year, more than 15 cities and special districts where SEIU 721 members work and live will have elections.

November 4th Election Results

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Candidates and ballot measures supported by 721 members did very well on the November 4th election: 79% of the endorsed candidates and ballot measures won and we won in 84% in the races that we represent workers!

¡Si, Mi Familia Vota! - Why it is Important to Vote

Martha Mieles delivered remarks at Mi Familia Vota's Get Out the Vote kick off.

I'm an immigrant from El Salvador whose family came to the United States for a brighter future. My father's most valued liberty was the right to vote. He instilled in all of us the importance and responsibility of voting.

COPE Endorsed Candidates (and Ballot Measures) for November Election

Your vote is your voice.jpg(Updated October 16) Many of the COPE endorsed candidates from the June Primary have qualified for the General Election on November 4th. 

In addition, a few new candidates have recently been recommended by the COPE committee and endorsed by the SEIU 721 Executive Board.