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DW: You were often described as labor's candidate. How did you become our candidate?
Michael Anadone and Skylar Williams (labor neighbor staff) at the precinct map.

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.

Linda Love (SEIU local 790), and her son Kevin at the keyboard entering data

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 happened?


CH: The labor movement was behind Rob Kerth in his bid for mayor, however he didn't win. Everyone had thought Rob would win, and Heather would stay in her council position, so the vacancy on the city council was a surprise.

Ready to go out and walk a precinct. l to r. SEIU local 1000's Mary Jane Davis, Ray Reynolds, Paul Gonzalez Coke, Marangu Marete.

It wasn't 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.

My candidacy 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.



Dan Carranza (local 1000) and Larry Perkins were important players in getting things done.

However, I was not well known outside SEIU, nor did I have strong ties to the neighborhoods, but I was a good labor candidate.

Bill Camp asked me if I would be willing to run. I talked to the other CSEA officers before making a decision.

 

 

 

This campaign was a just cause. It was an attempt to have the voices of the working people in the neighborhoods heard and acted upon, voices normally swept aside by moneyed interests.
The support we garnered from labor, community activists, socially conscious groups, and our own union's members was only a sample of the power we can yield.
We did not lose a campaign. We began a process through alliances of strength and resources to change what needs changing.
Dan Carranza (SEIU Local 1000)

 

 

 

 

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