Despite the uncertainty and turmoil at the national level, we achieved some pretty amazing things at the local and state levels on Election Day.
Through PAC donations and hundreds of volunteer hours, we helped elect progressive Leaders to local boards and pass game-changing measures. San Jose can now move beyond years of acrimonious and harmful pension reform battles with the successful passage of Measure F, easily Local 21’s greatest victory Bay Area-wide on November 8.
Election Day’s unofficial results include:
- Termed-out San Jose City Councilman Ash Kalra completed an amazing comeback to beat Madison Nguyen for State Assembly. He leads her by 6.5%.
- Sergio Jimenez has a 10-point lead in his San Jose City Council District 2 race. We are very proud to have him take over Kalra’s seat.
- The race in San Jose City Council District 8 is a nail biter. It appears Local 21-backed Sylvia Arenas has defeated Jimmy Nguyen. With less than 100 votes separating the two, an automatic recount is certain.
- John Varela won re-election to his seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors. He joins Barbara Keegan, Nai Hsueh and Richard Santos, who won outright with no challengers.
- Incumbents Jim Beall and Kansen Chu were re-elected to the State Senate.
- Several much needed revenue measures triumphed — Measure A (County bond for affordable housing and homelessness), Measure B (County transportation tax) and Measure G (San Jose business tax modernization).
- Measure F easily won at the ballot box. This initiative replaces 2012’s Measure B, pension reform that gutted City of San Jose services and staffing. Measure F was a negotiated settlement between the City and Unions, including Local 21. We are excited to move the City forward.
- The groundbreaking Measure E (providing more hours to part-time employees) easily succeeded.
On the other hand:
- For San Jose City Council District 6, Chuck Reed and Pete Constant-ally Dev Davis appears to have won a seat over Local 21-endorsed Helen Chapman.
- In the Cupertino City Council races, Local 21-endorsed Jerry Liu came in fifth place for two seats.
Thank you for all your support during the 2016 election season. And special thanks to our many, many Members who talked to voters about our candidates and measures:
Morris Ridgeway, retiree
Randy Adams + wife, Gwen Parker, retired AFSCME Member
Andre Morrow + wife Momi, AFSCME Member
Andrea Case + daughter
Cecilia Rios + daughter
Ananth Prasad + sons