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ACSS Attends 2015 CA Democratic Convention

Posted: 6/10/2015 Tags: politics Tags Views: 3283


ACSS wrapped up the 2015 CA Democratic Convention on Sunday, May 17, 2015. The convention was held in Anaheim, CA (May 15-17, 2015).  There were three days of speeches, rallies, workshops, and important elections. Speakers at this year’s convention included Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Barney Frank (Ret.), CA Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, CA Senate President pro Tem Kevin De Leon and many other public officials.  ACSS' Political Team met  with many leaders from all levels of state government.

"It was an exciting time to be in Anaheim at the California Democratic Party Convention and to further advance the ACSS plight!” commented Frank Ruffino, ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs.

From left, Todd D'Braunstein (ACSS VP of Membership Development), Elnora Fretwell (ACSS Vice President), Michael Eggman (Congressional Candidate, 10th District), Susan Eggman (AD 13), Frank Ruffino (ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs).

From left Frank Ruffino (ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs), Shirley Weber (AD 79), Elnora Fretwell (ACSS Vice President), Mark Leno (SD 11), Todd D'Braunstein (ACSS VP of Membership Development).

Frank Ruffino (ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs) chats with Alex Padilla (CA Secretary of State).

Elnora Fretwell (ACSS Vice President) gets a signature from Kamala Harris (ACSS Attorney General).

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ACSS Walks for Senate Candidate Joan Buchanan

Posted: 3/18/2015 Tags: election PAC politics Tags Views: 3250

Posted: 3/18/2015

From left, Nicholas Mraovich, Frank Ruffino, Senate Candidate Joan Buchanan, Reynold Roth, Joaquin Murphy and Michael Bonner.

On March 14th, under the leadership of Frank Ruffino, VP of Governmental Affairs, a team including ACSS PAC Chair Reynold Roth and member activists Joaquin Murphy, Michael Bonner and Nicholas Mraovich attended Joan Buchanan's "Get Out the Vote" Rally in San Ramon and then walked precincts to deliver lawn signs in Livermore. At the end of the day Buchanan thanked ACSS for our work on her behalf. Buchanan has been a long-time supporter of ACSS's issues.

On March 17, 2015, the special election for Senate District 7 took place. Unfortunately after the votes were counted, she placed 3rd (with 22.6%) behind Susan Bonilla (24.9%) and Steve Glazer (32.8%). Bonilla and Glazer advance as the top two candidates and will appear on the ballot in the November General Election. ACSS is proud to have supported Buchanan in her tireless efforts on behalf of our members over the past years.

Frank Ruffino and Reynold Roth delivering lawn signs in support of Buchanan.

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ACSS Attends Republican Convention

Posted: 3/10/2015 Tags: legislature politics Tags Views: 3028

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: 2770

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: 3696

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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