June 2014 Primary
Sbranti, Torlakson head for November ballot

June 4, 2014

The June 3 primary yesterday resulted in victories for CFA-endorsed candidates, sending them on to the General Election in November.

CFA Political Action/Legislation Chair Kevin Wehr says, “California voters in several key primary elections decisively defeated anti-labor Democratic candidates, showing once again that the working people of California can speak with a profound voice.

He adds, “The fight now moves towards November to make sure that the interests of working people and public higher education are well represented in the State Legislature.”

Here are some details. See Headlines next week for more.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction: It appears that incumbent Tom Torlakson will be in a runoff against charter school proponent Marshall Tuck in November.

Assembly District 16 (San Francisco Bay Area):  It’s a big win for us and labor as teacher and California Teachers Association leader Tim Sbranti heads for the November ballot against Republican Catharine Baker. This leaves behind Steve Glazer, a CSU Trustee and more importantly an anti-labor Democratic candidate. CFA and labor supporters worked hard for Sbranti.

Senate District 20 (San Bernardino area): It is another big labor win. Connie Leyva, a labor union leader won over Alfonso Sanchez in a fight for the second slot on the November ballot. Sanchez was supported by the business lobby. The sole Republican candidate, Matthew Munson, a retail clerk, led the primary with 32.3 percent.

Senate District 6 (Sacramento area): Democratic Assemblymembers Roger Dickinson and Richard Pan are preparing for an expensive General Election battle as both seek the seat held by termed-out Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

CFA Endorsed candidates: We have done great work during this primary, in a non-presidential year with a low voter turnout and with a top-two candidates election; our endorsed candidates did really well! We have 69 CFA-endorsed candidates moving to the general; 97% of all the candidates CFA endorsed!

Thanks to all CFA members and supporters who devoted hours of knocking on doors, made thousands of calls, and gave valued resources to help these candidates.

You can see election results data at www.sos.ca.gov