Sacramento Valley Union Labor Bulletin

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Labor Council moves into election season

By Sheri Williams

The Sacramento Central Labor Council kicked off its election campaign in January, readying for a year of important votes on the local, state and national level.

“Nothing is more crucial than making sure our members are informed and engaged when it comes to voting,” said SCLC Field Director Volma Volcy. “At the national level, the 2024 elections are about protecting our democracy. But here in Sacramento, we have many local races that are key to protecting workers’ rights and building strong communities.”

The Sacramento Central Labor Council has already made a number of endorsements for the primary elections in local races.

For the Sacramento City Council, the SCLC has endorsed three incumbent members: Katie Valenzuela; Eric Guerra; and Mai Vang.

Also endorsed for City Council is Roger Dickinson, a longtime champion of Labor who has served many roles in public office.

“I will fight to protect families, neighborhoods, and local businesses, which are the backbone of our community,” Dickinson said on his social media.

For the office of Mayor of Sacramento, the council is endorsing Kevin McCarty, who has championed workers and communities during his long tenure in the state Assembly.

“We need real solutions to address homelessness and housing affordability, grow our economy, support our workers and families while improving neighborhood safety and livability,” McCarty said. “I’ll bring my experience as a neighborhood leader, Housing and Redevelopment Commissioner, City Councilmember and State Assemblymember to build partnerships and deliver results for Sacramento.”

For the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, the council is endorsing Braden Murphy. Board of Supervisors endorsements in Yolo County include Mary Sandy and Angel Barajas. The council has also issued a dual endorsement for the District 4 seat of the Yolo Board of Supervisors for Sheila Allen and Antonio De Loera-Brust.

For the Twin Rivers Unified School District, the council is endorsing Basim Elkarra and Michael Baker.

In Assembly races, the council has endorsed Neva Parker, Paula Villescaz, Porsche Middleton, Jessica Morse and Stephanie Nguyen.

Finally, Congressional District endorsements have been given to Ami Bera, Doris Matsui and Jessica Morse.

Volcy said the Labor Council will be looking for campaign volunteers in coming weeks and months to help inform and motivate voters. Those opportunities include working on phone banks, canvassing neighborhoods and helping to educate and register voters.

“We all need to be involved to ensure that candidates who care about workers, and care about building a strong and equitable Sacramento are elected to office,” he said.