Local 21 Logs 100 South Bay Volunteer Shifts in November Election


The Santa Clara County Registrar is still counting ballots, but many races are near-decided from the November 6 election.  Local 21 Members logged more than 100 volunteer shifts at the South Bay Labor Council or with individual campaigns to help elect progressive candidates who value public service.

Also, we ran a successful phone banking operation out of our office where volunteers contacted more than 500 Members who lived in priority race areas. 

Veteran volunteer Linden Skjeie (photo below) said Members are definitely making a difference, “by familiarizing voters with candidates and ensuring they knew when and where to vote.  It takes a lot of 'touches' to reach a critical mass of voters these days.  So we need all hands on deck to succeed.”  

Here are some campaign highlights: 


Volunteers:  We hit 101 volunteer shifts from 64 Members, according to preliminary counts.  Rock star volunteers who pulled multiple shifts emerged:  AEA’s Brad Fox (6) and Florin Lapustea (7), CAMP’s Linden Skjeie (8) and Andrea Case (6), SCCEAA’s Ananth Prasad (4), and SEA’s Martin Schmidt (4).

Wins:  Maya Esparza will win a seat on the San Jose City Council.  Maya knocked off Incumbent Tam Nguyen who she narrowly lost to in 2014.  It is nearly impossible to unseat an incumbent, but Maya, Labor and Local 21 did. 

Mason Fong claimed victory for the Sunnyvale City Council.  His win provides more diversity on the Council and breaks up a strong conservative block as SEA prepares for MOU negotiations.

Two of our three candidates for Cupertino City Council are in the lead – Incumbents Darcy Paul and Savita Vaidhyanathan; though Savita has a slim lead, she is leadfrogging back and forth: too close to call.  Newcomer Tara Sreekrishnan came in seventh.

Measure A (1/8 cent sales tax for Santa Clara County) won – 74% yes.

Retired Local 21 Member Pat Showalter is in a too-close-to-call race for Mountain View City Council. 

Loses:  Termed out San Jose City Councilman and Labor ally Don Rocha lost his race for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Thanks to each of our volunteers — we could not have reached all our Local 21 Members living in these key races or the thousands of voters we did at the Labor Council without their time.  Volunteers will be given special recognition at our December South Bay Holiday Party.

Volunteers: AEA’s Sun Tran, Brad Fox, Tala Fatolahzadeh, Thuy Nguyen, Farheen Sultana, Oksan Gouthier, Alberto Gaxiola, Jindan Li, Nadia Naum-Stoian, Du Lam, Heidi Geiger, Florin Lapustea, Payman Ebrahami, Katie Razavi, Kia Goudarzi, Sina Dadras, Victor Chen, Tasia Block, Dao Nguyen, Kathy Tee, Gordana Sabatelli, and Dave McCormic.  AMSP’s Jesse Perez.  CAMP’s Cathy Hoang Mendoza, Linden Skjeie (pictured), Isaac Orona, CJ Ryan, Andrea Case, Julie Jennings, Jessica Short, Kat Estrada, Lizzie Nolan, Tomika Price, Dave Nerhood, Swapna Mathew, and Shilpi Dwivedi. CEA’s Jeff Ordway, Alex Corbalis, Gian Martire, and Ursula Syrova.  ES’s Marisela Benitez.  SCCEAA’s Roberto Mendoza, Andrea Nadell, Chris Freitas, Ananth Prasad, Paul Pascoal, Gerald O’Regan, Felix Lopez and Leo Camacho.  SEA’s Edith Alanis-Richele, Martin Schmidt, Michele-Bridget Ragsdale, Richard Woo, Bryant Bao, Pat Richards, Pamela Dunn, Marlon Cruz and John Simontacchi.  TAEA’s Jon Duesterhaus, Raj Sehdev and Jagdish Dadhania.

Did you volunteer, but your name isn’t on here?  Let Local 21’s Michelle Hatfield know!  mhatfield@ifpte21.org.