In addition to our Van Ostern gubernatorial endorsement, this week SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is unveiling its full list of endorsements in the Sept. 13 state primary.
Our list of endorsees includes a number of SEA members, both Democrats and Republicans. Before we get to the list, it’s important to reiterate the process by which the union has reached these endorsements, which begins with our Political Education (Poli Ed) Committee, chaired by John Hattan.
“Poli Ed screens all candidates running for statewide office, and we then make recommendations to the Board of Directors for endorsements,” Hattan said. The board then votes whether to accept those recommendations.
There are more than two dozen member candidates among our endorsees, along with another half dozen who we’ve endorsed from other labor organizations, and include Democrats, Republicans, incumbents, and those seeking their first terms.
“There’s a good deal of discussion and thought that goes into these endorsements, and it’s important to understand that when we endorse a candidate, it’s from a workplace viewpoint,” said Gloria Andrews, a member of the Poli Ed Committee. “As part of a union, we’re looking at how we feel the candidate would help support labor issues.”
All SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members are eligible to join the Poli Ed Committee, and meetings — held the second Monday of each month — are open to all, regardless of whether you’re a member of the committee. If you’re interested in joining the committee, contact John Hattan at email@example.com.