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ACSS Attends Republican Convention

Posted: 3/10/2015 Tags: legislature politics Tags Views: 2772

Posted: 3/10/2015

From left ACSS VP of Membership Todd D'Braunstein, ACSS President Arlene Espinoza, Assembly Republican Leader Kristen Olsen, ACSS Vice President Elnora Fretwell, and ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs Frank Ruffino.

On February 27, 28 and March 1, 2015, ACSS leaders greeted Republican Legislators from around the State including Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, the Assembly's new Republican Leader Kristen Olsen (pictured above) and Senate Candidate Sharon Runner (pictured below).

"We enjoyed meeting moderate and diverse candidates who understand ACSS plight," said Frank Ruffino, ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs.

From left ACSS VP of Membership Todd D'Braunstein, Senate Candidate Sharon Runner, ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs Frank Ruffino, and ACSS Vice President Elnora Fretwell.

ACSS Vice President Elnora Fretwell

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ACSS Endorses Joan Buchanan for Senate

Posted: 2/6/2015 Tags: politics Tags Views: 2550

Posted: 2/6/2015

Arlene Espinoza (ACSS President), Joan Buchanan, Frank Ruffino (ACSS VP Governmental Affairs) on 2/5/2015 at the campaign kick-off dinner.

The ACSS Board has unanimously voted to support Joan Buchanan in the California special election of Senate District 7. ACSS urges you to vote for Buchanan in the open primary election on March 17, 2015. Buchanan has been a long-time acquaintance of ACSS and has continually supported our issues over the years. ACSS believes she will stand behind ACSS and fight for the rights of excluded state employees, as a longstanding advocate of education, technology and job creation. Senate District 7 encompasses the cities of Antioch, Walnut Creek and Pleasanton. Buchanan will face off against Susan Bonilla (D), Steve Glazer (D) and Terry Kremin (D). The seat has been vacant following Mark DeSaulnier’s (D) election into Congress. Following the primaries, the top two candidates will advance to the general election on May 19, 2015. Other endorsements for Buchanan include:

Other endorsements for Buchanan include:

  • Brentwood, Danville, Livermore, Walnut Creek and Dublin Mayors
  • Contra Costa Community College District, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Pleasanton Unified School District and Liberty Union High School District Board Members
  • Zone 7 Water District, East Bay Municipal Utilities and East Bay Regional Parks District Board Members
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) California
  • California Teachers Association
  • California Small Business Association
  • Northern California Council of Carpenters
  • Carpenters Local Union 152

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Election Results for ACSS-Endorsed Candidates

Posted: 11/5/2014 Tags: election legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 3355

Posted: 11/5/2014

ACSS congratulates all of the ACSS-Endorsed candidates' efforts and thanks all who supported these candidates during their campaigns.  ACSS-Endorsed candidates won 90% of the races with a total of 70 wins and 8 losses*. For complete details of each race, visit the Secretary of State Semi-Official Election Results page.

*As of 11/5/2014 @ 12:00pm

70 WINS  |  8 LOSSES

>> Read more for win/loss details...

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Every Vote Counts! Election Day is Approaching Fast…

Posted: 10/24/2014 Tags: election PAC politics Tags Views: 4076

Posted: 10/24/2014

With the Elections right around the corner, on November 4, there is very little time left to prepare for the election and help ACSS-Endorsed candidates in your area. Every vote counts!


Vote By Mail

Early voting in the General Election has begun! Your ballot should have arrived in your mailbox. If you vote by mail, please help all of the ACSS endorsed candidates by filling your ballot completely and mailing it in as soon as possible.The last date to register to vote in this November 4th election has already passed. However, registered voters have until TUESDAY OCTOBER 28th to request a mail ballot. Please don't be an ABSENT ABSENTEE voter. If you have received your mail ballot, do NOT forget to fill it out and return it ASAP.

Candidate Endorsements and the PAC

ACSS-Endorsed candidates can be found at on our ACSS Political Program Candidate Endorsement page. We have categorized the candidates by location and provided their contact website to make it easy for you to help candidates in your area. The most critical candidate seats that need your help are listed in this recent ACSS blog article.  Supporting these candidates and donating to the ACSS Political Action Committee (PAC) are simple things that you can do to ensure that the right legislators are in office to support the issues that matter to you most, like:

  • Salary compaction
  • Pension protection
  • Fair working conditions for supervisors, managers, and excluded State employees
  • And more!

Your Vote Matters!

As we have seen over the years, elections are won or lost with just a few votes, so every single vote matters in this election. Also, you can take a look at the California 2014 Voter Guide for good information on the propositions and all the candidates. YOUR VOTE MATTERS!

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Support Connie Leyva for Senate! (SD20)

Posted: 10/14/2014 Tags: election legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 3430

Posted: 10/14/2014

ACSS President Arlene Espinoza with Connie Leyva (for Senate SD20) at the ACSS Board of Director's meeting on September 20, 2014 in Ontario, CA.

ACSS' Political Program is in full swing due to the upcoming elections on November 4th. During the ACSS Board of Director's meeting in September 2014, ACSS was delighted to have Connie Leyva appear as a guest speaker.  Leyva knows and understands the struggles facing State Supervisors.  In 1995, she became a Union Representative and 7 years later, went on to become the first woman president of a UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) local union in Southern California. Leyva's leadership in the labor movement and her dedication to worker’s rights has made her committed to working toward fair pay and better working conditions with her time and resources.  ACSS knows that Leyva will stand up for the rights of supervisors, managers and other excluded employees.

Support Connie Leyva and other ACSS-endorsed candidates by volunteering now in this critical seat for Senate District 20.  Or email connieleyvaforsenate@gmail.com.

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