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2018 SEA/SEIU Local 1984
Political Endorsements

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 has endorsed candidates up and down the ballot in the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. You can enter your street address in the tool below to see all of the candidates we’ve endorsed in your district. You can find our full list of endorsements at the bottom of this page.




The following is our complete list of endorsements in the 2018 General Election.
You can read more about our endorsement process here.

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Political Endorsements

2018 SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Political Endorsements

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 has endorsed the following candidates in the Sept. 11 partisan primary. The winners of the primary races will be on the ballot in the general election in November. This page will be updated, so please check back.

Notes: In some races, we have not endorsed any candidates before the primary; in other races, we have not made a recommendation between primary opponents. Candidates with an affiliation to SEA/SEIU Local 1984 are noted with SEA.

You can read more about our endorsement process here.


Congressional District 1

Chris Pappas

Congressional District 2

Annie Kuster

Governor

No recommendation in Democrat primary

Executive Council

District 1 – Mike Cryans (D); Joe Kenney (R)
District 2 – Andru Volinsky (D)
District 3 – Joe Pace (D)
District 5 – Deb Pignatelli (D)

State Senate

District 2 – Bill Bolton (D)
District 4 – David Watters (D)
District 5 – Martha Hennessey (D)
District 6 – Anne Grassie (D)
District 7 – Mason Donovan (D)
District 8 – Jenn Alford-Teaster (D)
District 10 – Jay Kahn (D)
District 11 – Shannon Chandley (D)
District 13 – Cindy Rosenwald (D)
District 14 – Sharon Carson (R)
District 15 – Dan Feltes (D)
District 16 – Kevin Cavanaugh (D)
District 17 – Chris Roundy (D)
District 18 – Donna Soucy  (D)
District 20 – Lou D’Allesandro (D)
District 21 – Martha Fuller-Clark (D)
District 22 – Richard O’Shaughnessy (D)
District 23 – Jon Morgan (D)
District 24 – Tom Sherman (D)

State House of Representatives

Belknap 4 – Charles Mitchell (D), Stanley Robinson (D)

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Cheshire 16 – William Pearson (D)

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Coos 7 – Troy Merner (R)

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Grafton 6 – Kevin Maes (D) SEA
Grafton 8 – Sallie Fellows (D) SEA, Suzanne Smith (D)

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Hillsborough 2 – Gary Hopper (R)
Hillsborough 7 – Sue Mullen (D)
Hillsborough 8 – Jeff Goley (D), Diane Langley (D) SEA
Hillsborough 9 – Linda DiSilvestro (D)
Hillsborough 11 – Don Bouchard (D)
Hillsborough 13 – Kathy Desjardins (D) SEA
Hillsborough 14 – Mary Frietas (D) SEA, Mary Heath (D) SEA
Hillsborough 16 – Barbara Shaw (D)
Hillsborough 24 – Peter Leishman (D), Ivy Vann (D)
Hillsborough 29 – Paul Bergeron (D), Sue Newman (D), Michael McCarthy (R)
Hillsborough 31 – David Cote (D)
Hillsborough 44 – Mark Proulx (R)
Hillsborough 45 – Connie Van Houten (D) SEA

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Merrimack 9 – Howard Moffett (D) SEA
Merrimack 10 – David Luneau (D), Mel Myler (D), Mary Jane Wallner (D)
Merrimack 11 – Steve Shurtleff (D)
Merrimack 14 – Jim MacKay (D)
Merrimack 19 – Christy Bartlett (D) SEA
Merrimack 20 – Dianne Schuett (D) SEA
Merrimack 21 – John Klose (R)
Merrimack 22 – Alan Turcotte (D) SEA
Merrimack 23 – Mary Beth Walz (D), Gary Woods (D), Paul Brassard (R)
Merrimack 24 – Kathleen Martins (D) SEA
Merrimack 27 – Art Ellison (D) SEA

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Rockingham 6 – Steve Pearson (R), Brian Chirichiello (R), Phyllis Katsakiores (R), David Milz (R), Frank Sapareto (R), Jim Webb (R), Brenda Willis (R) 
Rockingham 8 – Arthur Barnes (R), Fred Doucette (R)
Rockingham 21 – Phil Bean (R), Renny Cushing (D)
Rockingham 34 – Mark Pearson (R)

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Strafford 6 – Timothy Horrigan (D), Marjorie Smith (D), Judith Spang (D), Janet Wall (D)
Strafford 7 – Timothy Fontneau (D) SEA
Strafford 12 – Pam Hubbard (D) SEA

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Sullivan 6 – Virginia O’Brien Irwin

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2016 Endorsements

The following are candidates endorsed by SEA/SEIU Local 1984. You can read more about our endorsement process here.

Candidates are listed in order by office, followed by district. You can find your voting district on the Secretary of State’s website.

Key: Member candidates are denoted by a purple “S.” Members of other labor unions are denoted by a bold “L.” Please report any errors to atoland@seiu1984.org.

Office District Candidate
President Hillary Clinton (D)
U.S. Senate Maggie Hassan (D)
U.S. House CD 1 Carol Shea-Porter (D)
U.S. House CD 2 Annie Kuster (D)
Governor Colin Van Ostern (D)
Executive Council 1 Mike Cryans (D)
Executive Council 2 Andru Volinsky (D)
Executive Council 3 Beth Roth (D)
Executive Council 4 Chris Pappas (D)
Executive Council 5 Dan Weeks (D)
State Senate 1 Jeff Woodburn (D)
State Senate 2 Charlie Chandler (D)
State Senate 4 David Watters (D) — L
State Senate 5 Martha Hennessey (D)
State Senate 6 Joe Casey (D) — L
State Senate 7 Andrew Hosmer (D)
State Senate 8 John Garvey (D)
State Senate 9 Lee Nyquist (D)
State Senate 10 Jay Kahn (D)
State Senate 12 Peggy Gilmour (D)
State Senate 13 Bette Lasky (D)
State Senate 14 Sharon Carson (R)
State Senate 15 Dan Feltes (D)
State Senate 16 Scott McGilvray (D) — L
State Senate 17 Nancy Fraher (D) — S
State Senate 18 Donna Soucy (D) — S
State Senate 19 Kristi St. Laurent (D)
State Senate 20 Lou D’Allesandro (D)
State Senate 21 Martha Fuller Clark (D)
State Senate 23 Alexis Simpson (D)
State Senate 23 Maureen Barrows (R)
State Senate 24 Tom Sherman (D)
State House BEL 1 Ruth Gulick (D)
State House BEL 2 Nancy Frost (D) — S
State House BEL 2 Lisa DiMartino (D)
State House BEL 3 Tom Dawson (D) — S
State House BEL 3 David Huot (D)
State House BEL 3 Liz Merry (D)
State House BEL 4 Rich Burke (D)
State House BEL 4 Ian Raymond (D)
State House BEL 6 Diana Lacey (D) — S
State House BEL 9 Beth Arsenault (D)
State House CAR 1 Erik Corbett (D)
State House CAR 2 Tom Buco (D) — L
State House CAR 7 Ed Butler (D)
State House CHE 1 Paul Berch (D)
State House CHE 1 Lucy Weber (D)
State House CHE 3 Daniel Eaton (D)
State House CHE 7 Gladys Johnsen (D)
State House CHE 9 Richard Ames (D)
State House CHE 9 Doug Ley (D) — L
State House CHE 16 Delmar Burridge (D) — S
State House COO 4 Herb Richardson (R)
State House COO 6 William Hatch (D)
State House GRA 3 Susan Ford (D)
State House GRA 5 Bonnie Ham (R) — S
State House GRA 6 Kevin Maes (D)
State House GRA 8 Suzanne Smith (D)
State House GRA 9 Joshua Adjutant (D)
State House GRA 13 Andy White (D) — L
State House HIL 1 Marjorie Porter (D) — L
State House HIL 1 Gilman Shattuck (D)
State House HIL 2 Ellen Dokton (D) — S
State House HIL 2 Aaron Gill (D)
State House HIL 2 Arnold Rocklin-Weare (D) — S
State House HIL 5 Chris Golomb (D) — L
State House HIL 5 David Woodbury (D)
State House HIL 6 Melanie Renfrew-Hebert (D) — S
State House HIL 6 David Pierce (R)
State House HIL 7 David Danielson (R)
State House HIL 8 Jeff Goley (D) — L
State House HIL 8 Dan Sullivan (D) — L
State House HIL 9 Linda DiSilvestro (D) — L
State House HIL 9 William O’Neil (D) — L
State House HIL 10 Jean Jeudy (D)
State House HIL 10 Patrick Long (D) — L
State House HIL 12 Andrew Gregoire (D)
State House HIL 14 Mary Freitis (D)
State House HIL 14 Mary Heath (D) — S
State House HIL 16 David McCloskey (D) — L
State House HIL 16 Barbara Shaw (D)
State House HIL 17 Mark MacKenzie (D) — L
State House HIL 17 Tim Smith (D)
State House HIL 19 Bob Backus (D) — L
State House HIL 24 Peter Leishman (D)
State House HIL 27 Art Sweed (D) — S
State House HIL 28 Sylvia Gale (D) — S
State House HIL 28 Jan Schmidt (D)
State House HIL 29 Suzanne Harvey (D)
State House HIL 29 Gloria Timmons (D) — S
State House HIL 29 Michael McCarthy (R) — L
State House HIL 30 Cindy Rosenwald (D)
State House HIL 31 David Cote (D)
State House HIL 32 Ray Labrecque (D) — L
State House HIL 33 Mark King (D) — L
State House HIL 34 Catherine Sofikitis (D)
State House HIL 35 Latha Mangipudi (D)
State House HIL 36 Michael O’Brien (D) — L
State House HIL 37 J Alejandro Urrutia (D)
State House HIL 37 Shawn Jasper (R)
State House HIL 43 Ben Baroody (D) — L
State House HIL 43 Chris Hebert (D)
State House HIL 44 Mark Proulx (R) — L
State House HIL 44 James Morin (D)
State House HIL 45 Jane Beaulieu (D)
State House HIL 45 Connie Van Houten (D) — S
State House MER 1 Mary Anne Broshek (D) — S
State House MER 3 Deborah Wheeler (D) — S
State House MER 3 Carolee Longley (D)
State House MER 6 Beth Rodd (D)
State House MER 6 Dave Woolpert (D)
State House MER 8 Caroletta Alicea (D) — S
State House MER 9 Howard Moffett (D) — S
State House MER 9 George Saunderson (D)
State House MER 10 David Luneau (D)
State House MER  10 Mel Myler (D) — L
State House MER 10 Mary Jane Wallner (D)
State House MER 11 Steve Shurtleff (D) — L
State House MER 12 Paul Henle (D)
State House MER 15 Linda Kenison (D) — S
State House MER 16 Tim Soucy (D) — L
State House MER 19 Christy Bartlett (D) — S
State House MER 20 Dianne Schuett (D) — S
State House MER 20 David Doherty (D) — L
State House MER 20 Doug Hall (D)
State House MER 21 Denis Beaudoin (D) — L
State House MER 21 Mary Frambach (D) — L
State House MER 22 Alan Turcotte (D) — S
State House MER 23 Dennis D’Ovidio (D) — S
State House MER 23 Mary Beth Walz (D)
State House MER 24 Madalasa Gurung (D)
State House MER 24 Marcy Rothenberg (D)
State House MER 24 Thomas Thibeault (D)
State House MER 26 Lorrie Carey (D)
State House MER 27 Mary Stuart Gile (D)
State House MER 27 Chip Rice (D)
State House MER 28 Katherine Rogers (D)
State House MER 29 David Coolidge (D)
State House ROC 2 Wesley Golomb (D) — S
State House ROC 2 Thomas St. Martin (D) — S
State House ROC 5 Martin Bove (R) — S
State House ROC 5 Gary Vermillion (D) — L
State House ROC 6 Brian Chirichiello (R)
State House ROC 6 Jim Webb (R) — L
State House ROC 6 Phyllis Katsakiores (R)
State House ROC 6 David Milz (R)
State House ROC 6 Frank Sapareto (R)
State House ROC 6 Mary Till (D)
State House ROC 6 Deborah Cuenca (D)
State House ROC 7 Charles McMahon (R)
State House ROC 8 Arthur Barnes (R)
State House ROC 8 Carla Billingham (D)
State House ROC 8 Eleanor Carpenito (D)
State House ROC 8 Fred Doucette (R) — L
State House ROC 8 Bob Elliot (R)
State House ROC 8 Sean Lewis (D)
State House ROC 8 John Manning (R)
State House ROC 8 Bonnie Wright (D) — L
State House ROC 9 Sean Morrison (R) — L
State House ROC 10 Felicia Augevich (D)
State House ROC 11 Gordon Wilson (D) — L
State House ROC 12 Steven Woitkun (R) — L
State House ROC 13 Joe Guthrie (R)
State House ROC 13 David Welch (R) — L
State House ROC 14 William Friel (R)
State House ROC 14 George Hamblen (D)
State House ROC 16 Robert Nigrello (R)
State House ROC 20 Aboul Kahn (R)
State House ROC 21 Renny Cushing (D) — L
State House ROC 21 Michael Edgar (D) — L
State House ROC 25 Laura Pantelakos (D)
State House ROC 30 Jacquelien Cali-Pits (D) — L
State House ROC 34 Mark Pearson (R) — L
State House ROC 35 Richard Gordon (R)
State House ROC 37 E. Elaine Andrews-Ahern (D)
State House STR 1 Larry Brown (D)
State House STR 2 Sylvia Arcouette (D)
State House STR 3 Ellen Phillips (D)
State House STR 3 Bob Perry (D) — S
State House STR 4 Jackie Cilley (D)
State House STR 4 George McPeek (D) — L
State House STR 7 Tim Fontneau (D)
State House STR 11 Sean Houle (D) — L
State House STR 12 Pamela Hubbard (D) — S
State House STR 17 Ken Vincent (D) — L
State House SUL 4 Larry Converse (D) — L
State House SUL 8 Tom Laware (R) — L
State House SUL 9 Linda Tanner (D) — L
County Attorney ROC Norman Patenaude (D) — S
County Commissioner BEL 2 Glen Waring (R)
County Commissioner GRA 3 Bill Bolton (D) — S
County Commissioner HIL 3 Susan Ladner (D)

 

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Election 2014: Town-by-Town Endorsements

In response to member’s requests, we have broken down SEA/SEIU Local 1984 election endorsements by municipality.

All municipalities are listed in the attached PDF file. You can view it via the embedded PDF viewer below, or if that’s not working, click the “endorsements by town” link. If you’d like to see the full list of endorsements, click here.

Endorsements by Town

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2018 General Election recommendations

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 has recommended candidates up and down the ballot in the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. You can enter your street address in the tool below to see all of the candidates we’ve recommended in your district. You can find our full list of recommendations at the bottom of this page.

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The following is our complete list of endorsements in the 2018 General Election.
You can read more about our endorsement process here.

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Candidate Endorsement Process

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 endorses candidates in statewide races, as well as municipal races that would have an impact on one of our member units. Our endorsements include Democrats and Republicans — the main criteria is that the candidate supports policies that support working people.

The endorsement process works like this:

  1. The Political Education Committee (Poli Ed) screens candidates running for office using a combination of in-person interviews and the candidates’ voting records.
  2. Poli Ed Committee members vote on whether to recommend endorsing a candidate.
  3. The committee brings all recommendations for endorsements to the Board of Directors, which votes on whether to accept the recommendation.

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 jhattan@seiu1984.org.

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SEA endorses Boutin in Senate race

Republican previously served three terms representing District 16

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla, left, poses for a photo with former Sen. David Boutin, center, and First Vice President Ken Roos.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla, left, poses for a photo with former Sen. David Boutin, center, and First Vice President Ken Roos.

The SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors has endorsed former District 16 state Sen. David Boutin in the special election set for July 25.

Boutin served as the state senator from District 16 from 2010–16. Before that, he had two stints in the House of Representatives. In his time in the Legislature, he’s been an open-minded, outspoken advocate for the residents of Bow, Hooksett, Candia, Dunbarton and Wards 1 and 12 in Manchester. SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member Pam Sullivan of Hooksett said after meeting with Boutin, it was clear he was the best choice to represent District 16.

“In his time as state senator, David Boutin has consistently made decisions based on impact for New Hampshire rather than personal ideology,” Sullivan said. “He listens to his constituents and extends his hand across the aisle to fight for issues that matter to Granite Staters.”

All SEA/SEIU Local 1984 political endorsements begin with the Political Education (Poli Ed) Committee, which any member can be a part of. The Poli Ed Committee meets with candidates and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors for endorsement.

In the case of this endorsement, the committee met with the three major candidates in the race, including the two Democrats, and ultimately settled on Boutin as the best choice. Poli Ed passed that recommendation on to the board, which approved the endorsement late last week.

Boutin is the only Republican running in the special election, which is set for July 25. Because there are two Democrats in the running, there will be a primary on June 6. The special election came about due to the death of Sen. Scott McGilvray, the longtime NEA president who died just months into his first term in the Senate.

If you’d like to support David Boutin in his Senate bid, you can start right away: he needs help distributing yard signs to supporters. If you can help, meet at Tucker’s in Hooksett at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Would you like to know more about the Poli Ed Committee? You can send an email to committee Chair John Hattan and attend a meeting.

 

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SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Endorses David Boutin For State Senate

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 issued the following press release for the endorsement of Dave Boutin for New Hampshire State Senate.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Endorses David Boutin For State Senate
Boutin running to replace the late Senator Scott McGilvray in Senate District 16

Concord, N.H. – May 12, 2017 – Today, the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors announced their decision to endorse David Boutin (R-Hooksett) for state Senate District 16, following the recommendation of the organization’s Political Education Committee.

Boutin previously served as the state senator from District 16 from 2010-16. During his four terms, he was an open-minded, outspoken advocate for the residents of Bow, Hooksett, Candia, Dunbarton and Wards 1 and 12 in Manchester. SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member Pam Sullivan of Hooksett said after meeting with Boutin it was clear he was the best choice to represent District 16.

“In his time as state senator, David Boutin has consistently made decisions based on impact for New Hampshire rather than personal ideology,” Sullivan said. “He listens to his constituents and extends his hand across the aisle to fight for issues that matter to Granite Staters.”

Endorsement Background
Political endorsements made by SEA/SEIU Local 1984 require the Political Education Committee to vet and vote on endorsements in national, state, and local elections. In this instance, the committee met with all major candidates in this race before sending its recommendation to the Board of Directors for final approval. The board then voted to endorse Boutin. SEA/SEIU Local 1984 does not base endorsements on political party affiliation. It endorses candidates who support and will continue to fight for the working people of New Hampshire.

About The State Employees’ Association/SEIU Local 1984
SEA/SEIU Local 1984 represents over 10,000 public and private-sector employees across the Granite State. First formed in 1940 as a social organization, the SEA won passage of New Hampshire’s Public Employee Labor Relations Law in 1975. Since then, the union has negotiated hundreds of contracts with state, county, municipal and private-sector employers.  The SEA affiliated with the Service Employees’ International Union in 1984. With 2 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas.

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Just Days Left: Help Us Win for Working People!

Sign Up to Canvass Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday

Election Day is just days away (Tuesday, Nov. 8), so this weekend is all about getting out the vote. We need to get people out to vote, because each and every vote will make a difference. The stakes have never been higher for working people, which is why we need to get out in support of our endorsed candidates. We need to elect a slate of candidates who will fight for working people, so that anyone who works hard has the opportunity to succeed and provide for their families.

In these final days, you can make the biggest difference going door to door, having real conversations with people about why this election is so important. You can canvass in locations all across the state. There are shifts available at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday; on Tuesday, shifts are 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

You can find the location closest to you and RSVP by contacting Laurie Gordon at lgordon@seiu1984.org or 271-3411, ext. 100.

If you’re unable to do canvassing, we’ll be holding one last phone bank tonight at 5 p.m. at the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office (207 N. Main St., Concord), calling voters in support of our endorsed candidates. Your local staging location may also be hosting phone banking, so you can contact Laurie Gordon if you’d like to make phone calls locally.

There are just five days to go: Please do what you can to make sure we elect our endorsed candidates and win for working people everywhere!

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President’s Message: On Tuesday, Don’t Forget About the Down-Ballot Races

Every Vote Matters, and Every Race on the Ballot Matters

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla

I learned from a candidate for the NH House of Representatives that he just narrowly won his election despite the incredible voter turnout one year. It was not because of his abilities or popularity; it was simply because once voters made their selection for President, they did not take the time to vote any further down the ticket. As public employees, we need to take the time to vote all the way down the ballot.

As public sector workers, no office more directly impacts our jobs, pay and benefits than the Governor. Whether we are state, county, municipal or public higher education employee, our ability to bargain fairly and to have adequate resources to do our jobs comes down to who sits in the Governor’s office.

After hearing from both candidates at our sponsored Gubernatorial forums it is clear to me that the best person to defend our rights to bargain freely and to move our state forward on the issues that matter most to NH working families is Colin Van Ostern.

Van Ostern opposes right-to-work laws that drive down wages by stripping workers of their rights to collectively bargain. Conversely, his opponent, Chris Sununu will advocate for right-to-work legislation. He said so at our sponsored Forum.

Van Ostern believes that anyone who works hard should be able to earn a livable wage and achieve the American dream. He believes that promises made, should be promises kept and that everyone should be able to retire in dignity.  He supports maintaining expanded Medicaid so we can effectively address the addiction epidemic that is tearing our families apart. He also believes that big corporations need to pay their fair share of taxes.

Beyond Governor, we need to elect Executive Councilors, State Senators and House Representatives who will make sure we have the resources and leadership we need to do our jobs well. We have interviewed and subsequently endorsed supportive candidates in down ballot races across the state. You can review the list of SEA/SEIU Local endorsed candidates by going to www.seiu1984.org/2016-endorsements.

There’s no place where your voice can be heard more than in your own backyard. If you don’t vote all the way down the ballot on November 8, the rules for you and your family’s future will be made by someone else.

Please get out and vote. It is your right and responsibility.

In unity,
Richard Gulla
President, SEA/SEIU Local 1984

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