Teamsters 856 members made a difference in this year’s crucial midterm election. By voting, and volunteering their time to help phone bank or walk precincts throughout the campaign cycle, members helped secure big victories in local elections.
Local 856 is proud to announce that several members ran for office and won!
Lori Frugoli is a Marin County Deputy District Attorney who was elected to be the next Marin County District Attorney — a seat that will impact members who work for the County.
Demnlus Johnson is a Community Service Officer at Richmond High School in West Contra Costa Unified School District who was the top vote-getter for the Richmond City Council. He’s not only a member of Teamsters 856, but comes from a Teamster family. His dad and brother are both members of Teamsters Local 70.
Esther Lemus is a Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney who was the top vote-getter in the Windsor Town Council race — getting more votes than all three incumbents on the ballot.
Big wins that will impact members of Teamsters 856.
San Francisco is looking to be a clean sweep for the Teamsters.
Gordon Mar, the San Francisco Jobs with Justice Executive Director, looks like he will come out on top in the District 4 race. Local 856 members couldn’t ask for someone better than Gordon for the Board of Supervisors because he knows and will fight for workers in San Francisco.
Santa Rosa’s Measure O, regarding sales tax, was a big win for members in the city. Last year’s fires devastated the community in the North Bay and a lot of money was lost, putting Local 856 members’ jobs and services to the community at risk. Passing Measure O will provide more funding to help protect the services members provide the community.
In the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board race, two of the three candidates on the Teamsters 856 slate won. Madeline Kronenberg was not reelected, but Teamsters 856 will continue to work with Valerie Cuevas and Consuelo Lara. A big highlight of this election is that big-time charter school candidate, Liz Block, lost.
Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Measure J passed, which will help bring much-needed funding to the District.
There was a clean sweep of wins for Teamsters 856 endorsed candidates in races in Pittsburg, San Carlos, Belmont, and Pacifica. The majority of endorsed candidates in South San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Daly City also won, and Local 856 even won seats in areas where the union has never endorsed candidates, like Walnut Creek.
U.S. Congressional seats flipped
Many California Teamsters also used their votes to help flip seven U.S. House of Representative seats from red to blue. Democrats, Katie Hill, Mike Levin, Harley Rouda, Josh Harder, Katie Porter, TJ Cox, and Gil Cisneros all won their elections — adding to the Democrats new majority in Congress.
Thank you to everyone who made their voice heard in this election!