The November 2020 general election was an incredibly important one for working people both nationally and specifically here in Oregon & Southwest Washington. Beyond just the top of the ticket there were a number of incredibly important local and statewide races. Overall UFCW Local 555 participated in over 100 races, endorsing candidates and ballot measures across the region, and we were successful in a majority of them.
First and foremost, UFCW Local 555 was instrumental in securing the Secretary of State office for Shemia Fagan. Shemia has been a longtime champion of working people and friend and supporter of UFCW Local 555 and our issues. We are confident that she will be an excellent Secretary of State. Shemia will be joining our other endorsed Statewide candidates who won their re-elections, State Treasurer Tobias Read and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
We were also instrumental in helping to maintain much of our Oregon Federal Delegation, having endorsed and supported Senator Merkley, Congresswoman Bonamicci, as well as Congressman Blumenauer and DeFazio.
On the ballot measure front we successfully supported both the Measure 101 Drug Treatment measure, and the Multnomah County Preschool for All measure. These measures make great strides in helping working families and people who may be struggling.
We helped make history in Washington County by electing a Somali Immigrant as County Commissioner, Nafisa Fai. Beyond all of that Nafisa is a solid labor champion who has worked hand and hand with us and our labor partners to fight for working folks out in Washington County. We were honored to help her get her message out to the people of Washington County and we are excited to work with her as she fights to ensure working folks have a voice on the County Commission.
In SW Washington, we helped progressive labor champions take seats in Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties and maintained our consistent labor champions in Legislative District 49 with Monica Stonier, Sharon Wylie, and Annette Cleveland all winning their races.
We had similar successes electing progressive labor champions in the Cities of Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Bend, Springfield, Eugene and Ashland. In Gresham UFCW Local 555 worked hand and hand to elect a progressive labor friendly majority to the city council, and we are still working with them to help former AFL-CIO Organizer and persistent labor champion, Eddy Morales, win the Mayor’s race as it moves to a ballot chase and recount.
In the State Legislature, our work helped pick up important seats in Bend, with incoming State Representative Jason Kropf winning in HD 54, and in West Salem, with incoming Senator Deb Patterson winning in SD 10. We also continued our support of incoming labor leaders, including both current and former members, with people like incoming State Representatives Dacia Grayber and Maxine Dexter; and Incoming Senator Kate Leiber, as well as helping former UFCW 555 member Chris Gorsek successfully move over to the State Senate.
These victories were all made possible by the Active Ballot Club (ABC), your union’s voluntary contribution PAC. If you are interested in helping support pro-labor candidates, please contact your union representative.