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2016 General Election Endorsements
Council 57 has announced our endorsements for state and local races and ballot measures for the November 2016 election.
The endorsements are made through a democratic process involving all of our members. First, Locals are asked to contribute questions to the current candidate questionnaire. Then, members representing local unions throughout the state are invited to interview political candidates and review the questionnaires they fill out as a requirement for an AFSCME endorsement. The interviews are open to all members and every Local has a right to have a member there. This interview committee makes recommendations for endorsements to the Council’s Political Action Committee, which then evaluates each recommended candidate’s voting record and viability. The PAC then makes its recommendations to the Executive Board and Delegates. Both the Executive Board and Delegates approved the final endorsements in September.
“We rely upon our members input while making the decision to endorse candidates,” Council 57 PAC Chair Becky Nassarre said on the importance of participating in our endorsement process. “When we endorse, we are looking for candidates who have a commitment to maintaining a strong public sector and fighting for working people of all ages to have a chance to reach or stay in the middle class.”
Every local is allowed one representative and an alternate on the Political Action Committee.
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U.S. SENATE: Kamala Harris
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENDORSEMENTS
STATE BALLOT MEASURES
Proposition 51: $9 billion bond to fix and upgrade CA schools and community college facilities. Recommend: VOTE YES Read more…
Proposition 52: Make hospital fee permanent to pay for healthcare services. Recommend: VOTE YES Read more…
Proposition 53: Voter approval requirement for revenue bonds above $2 billion. Recommend: NO POSITION TAKEN
Proposition 54: Charles Munger Jr.’s “transparency measure” to game the system. Recommend: VOTE NO Read more…
Proposition 55: Extend the tax on the wealthy to fund education and healthcare. Recommend: VOTE YES Read more…
Proposition 56: $2 tobacco tax to fund healthcare, research and prevention. Recommend: VOTE YES Read more…
Proposition 57: Reform California’s broken parole and juvenile trial system. Recommend: VOTE YES Read more…
Proposition 58: Repeal the ban on bilingual education. Recommend: VOTE YES Read more…
Proposition 59: Overturn Citizens United Act. Recommend: VOTE YES Read more…
Proposition 60: Mandatory condom use in adult films. Recommend: NO POSITION TAKEN Read more…
Proposition 61: Requires California to pay less for pharmaceutical drugs. Recommend: VOTE YES
Proposition 62: Repeal the death penalty. Recommend: VOTE YES Read more…
Proposition 63: Safety for All initiative to reduce gun violence. Recommend: VOTE YES
Proposition 64: Legalizes marijuana for recreational use. Recommend: VOTE YES
Proposition 65: Fake environmental fee to support plastic bags. Recommend: VOTE NO Read more…
Proposition 66: Speed up the death penalty. Recommend: VOTE NO Read more…
Proposition 67: Referendum to uphold ban on single-use plastic bags. Recommend: VOTE YES Read more…
LOCAL BALLOT MEASURES
Elk Grove Unified School District
Sacramento Regional Transit District
Contra Costa County
City of Richmond
Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Alameda and Contra Costa Transit District
City of Oakland
Oakland Unified School District
City of Alameda
City of San Leandro
Measure OO: Business License Tax. Recommend: VOTE YES
Measure PP: Transient Occupancy Tax. Recommend: VOTE YES
City of Belmont
Santa Clara County
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
City of San Jose
Measure F: Pension Modification. Recommend: VOTE YES
Measure G: Business Tax Modernization. Recommend: VOTE YES
Town of Los Gatos
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