Alameda County’s largest and most politically active union is backing state Sen. Bob Wieckowski for next year’s open Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat in District 1.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 announced its support for Wieckowski’s bid to replace Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who is not seeking re-election to his seat after 22 years.
“Bob Wieckowski has spent his career fighting to level the playing field for working people,” said Pete Albert, a representative for SEIU 1021. “In the State Senate and previously, Bob has supported SEIU on issues such as healthcare, public services, retirement security, and courts funding, always placing the rights and concerns of workers above big corporations and special interests. SEIU 1021 could not be more proud to support Bob to be our next County Supervisor and we know that he will continue to be a tireless advocate for workers.”
While SEIU’s financial support for candidates in Alameda County is formidable, its network of campaign foot soldiers is often a game-changing aspect for any political race.
The presence of union members canvassing door-to-door could also have a greater impact in this races since the supervisorial district is large and spread quite a distance, covering Dublin, Livermore, Fremont, and Sunol.
SEIU’s backing of Wieckowski’s campaign was expected by some. Among the field of potential candidates, only Dublin Councilmember Melissa Hernandez appeared in the running for the union’s endorsement.
The other candidates in the March 2020 primary are Dublin Mayor David Haubert and Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon.