Teamsters building power with their vote

It may not be a presidential election year, but this year your vote is just as important.

The California primary is June 5, 2018, and the general election is November 6, 2018.

If you have not registered or you’re unsure if you’re registered, go to to register to vote.

With open seats in the U.S. Senate and Congress, the State Senate and Assembly, as well as city and county governments, Local 856 members have the chance to elect women and men who care about and will stand up for working people and families.

Teamsters Joint Council 7, which includes Local 856, vets and endorses candidates in local and statewide races who have proven they will be the best advocates for Teamster families. Interviews with candidates are ongoing, and members will be emailed a full list of Teamster endorsements in the coming months.

This year, two Local 856 members have received Joint Council 7’s endorsement.

Jovanka Beckles for State Assembly

Jovanka Beckles with her son and grandson (

Jovanka Beckles is a Mental Health Specialist for Contra Costa County who is also on her second term as a City Council member in Richmond. She’s running for the California State Assembly in District 15, which covers cities that include Hercules, San Pablo, Richmond, El Cerrito, Berkley, and Piedmont.

Jovanka says politics impacts everything, from where people live, to how much they are paid. That is why she believes union members need a seat at the table, so they can create the policies that benefit and protect working families.

Get involved and help elect Jovanka Beckles:

  1. Door-to-door canvassing: March 17, April 7, April 28, and May 19
  2. Phone banking: Weekly campaign phone bank every Sunday afternoon from 4-7 p.m. at campaign headquarters in Richmond. Those who would like to phone bank from home need to attend one Sunday training session. Learn more about how to volunteer for Jovanka’s campaign at or email

A.J. Brady for Marin County District Attorney

Local 856 member A.J. Brady is running for Marin County District Attorney (

A.J. is currently a Marin County Deputy District Attorney, and he’s running for Marin County District Attorney. As an undergraduate student in San Diego, A.J. he fell in love with criminal law, and his passion led him to the District Attorney’s office 13 years ago.

A.J. says he loves serving the community where he grew up and has spent his entire legal career. He’s deeply committed to progressive solutions that keep the public safe and reflect Marin’s values without wasting government resources.

Get involved and help elect A.J. Brady:

Volunteer: Host a house party or coffee, connect with a friend about the campaign via email, place a lawn sign in your yard, walk a precinct, phone bank, or help out at a campaign event. Find more details at or email