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You were often described as labor's candidate. How did you become our candidate?
CH: I believe to be a labor candidate you must be endorsed by the central labor council which represents all the AFL/CIO unions in an area. Sacramento's central labor council endorsed me.
The central labor council typically has meant the building trades, however as SEIU has grown in California they have joined the central labor councils and are gaining a voice in the labor movement.
So as far as being a labor candidate I represented local 1000 which is Sacramento's largest local and is an important part of the central labor council. Not only was I endorsed by labor, but I am an elected union officer in local 1000.
DW: I first
learned of your running for city council in January, which didn't seem
to allow a lot of time to set up a campaign for an April election. What
until after the November election that a vacancy existed, and at that
point I think labor started thinking about a candidate from labor to run
for city council. People living in district one and who were part of the
labor movement were considered. I was one of those individuals.
made a lot of sense from the perspective that I had worked downtown for
a long time, that I had represented state workers and that there were
a lot of state workers that lived in that district.
I was not well known outside SEIU, nor did I have strong ties to the neighborhoods,
but I was a good labor candidate.
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