District Council 57

Legislative Endorsements for Primary Election

Council 57 is announcing today our endorsements in 35 state senate and assembly districts for the upcoming primary elections.  

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 members 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 makes then its recommendations to the Executive Board and Delegates, who approve the final endorsements.  

“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.  

Council 57’s endorsements for the June 2016 state primary elections are as follows:  


• Senate District 3: Bill Dodd (D), Mariko Yamada (D) (dual)
• Senate District 5: Cathleen Galgiani (D)
• Senate District 9: Nancy Skinner (D), Sandre Swanson (D) (dual)
• Senate District 11: Jane Kim (D)
• Senate District 13: Jerry Hill (D)
• Senate District 15: Jim Beall (D)
• Senate District 17: Bill Monning (D)
• Senate District 19: Hannah Beth-Jackson (D)
• Senate District 31: Richard Roth (D)
• Senate District 33: Ricardo Lara (D)  


• Assembly District 2: Jim Wood (D)
• Assembly District 4: Don Saylor (D), Dan Wolk (D) (dual)
• Assembly District 7: Kevin McCarty (D)
• Assembly District 10: Marc Levine (D)
• Assembly District 11: Jim Frazier (D)
• Assembly District 12: Harinder Grewal (D)
• Assembly District 13: Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D)
• Assembly District 14: Mae Cendana Torlakson (D)
• Assembly District 15: Tony Thurmond (D)
• Assembly District 16: Cheryl Cook-Kallio (D)
• Assembly District 17: David Chiu (D)
• Assembly District 18: Rob Bonta (D)
• Assembly District 19: Phil Ting (D)
• Assembly District 20: Bill Quirk (D)
• Assembly District 21: Adam Gray (D)
• Assembly District 22: Kevin Mullin (D)
• Assembly District 24: Marc Berman (D) [Mike Kasperzak (no—do not vote for)]
• Assembly District 25: Kansen Chu (D)
• Assembly District 27: Ash Kalra (D)
• Assembly District 28: Evan Low (D)
• Assembly District 29: Mark Stone (D)
• Assembly District 30: Karina Cervantez Alejo (D)
• Assembly District 31: Dr Joaquin Arambula (D)
• Assembly District 45: Matt Dababneh (D)
• Assembly District 51: Jimmy Gomez (D)
• Assembly District 63: Anthony Rendon (D)  

U.S. SENATE:  Kamala Harris  

PRESIDENT:  Bernie Sanders

Local Government Primary Endorsements

  • Sacramento Mayor: Darrell Steinberg
  • San Jose City Council District 2: Sergio Jimenez
  • San Jose City Council District 6: Helen Chapman
  • San Jose City Council District 8: Josh Barousse
  • Contra Costa Board of Supervisors District 5: Anamarie Farias

June Local Ballot Measures

  • Bay Area Counties: Yes on Measure AA (Clean and Healthy Bay Ballot Measure)
  • Yes on Measure B (San Jose)
  • Yes on Measure C (Hayward Votes Together)



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