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Primary Election Results
Major victories for public education and working families


CSEA endorsed candidates fared extremely well in the June 3 Primary Election. Claiming victories up and down the state, these candidates solidified support for public education and working families, setting the stage for more victories in the November General Election.

"Today we start the new road to the November election," said Association President Michael Bilbrey. "I want to thank all the CSEA members and staff for the tremendous effort to move our endorsed candidates t
hrough this first hurdle and on to a final win in November. While we had tremendous success last night, we now must double our efforts for the final push to success."

Some primary races are still too close to call, with many Election Day ballots still to be counted. The following is a brief summary of the highlights of the election.

Major Victories for CSEA endorsed candidates

Secretary of State:
 Alex Padilla will face Republican Pete Peterson in November.  Padilla was the top vote getter.

Superintendent of Public Instruction:
 Tom Torlakson received 46.9 percent of the vote and will run off against Marshall Tuck, who received 28.6 percent.

Assembly District 16:
 CSEA endorsed candidate Tim Sbranti defeated Steve Glazer.  CSEA joined with other unions to campaign for Sbranti.  His opponent, Glazer, ran on an anti-union agenda. This race was a litmus test on labor’s ability to stop an anti-union Democrat from winning a top-two primary race.

Assembly District 70:
 Patrick O’Donnell won the primary and is favored to win in November. CSEA joined with several organizations and unions to support O’Donnell.

Assembly District 25:
 Kansen Chu won his primary race and should win in November. CSEA and other unions campaigned to push Armando Gomez, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s financial officer, into fourth place and help Chu win.

Senate District 20:
 Connie Leyva, California Labor Federation President, won her primary race and will face a republican opponent in November.  CSEA and several other unions supported Levya, while anti-union business groups funded a campaign against her. This represents a major victory for labor.

Other notable victories

  AD 2 Jim Wood, AD 28 Evan Low, AD 44 Jacqui Irwin, AD 53 Miguel Santiago, AD 62 Autumn Burke

SD 2 Mike McGuire, SD 10 Bob Weickowski, SD 18 Bob Hertzberg

  CD 17 Mike Honda received 48.6 percent of the vote, but will still face Ro Khanna in a run-off. CD 31 Pete Aguilar won his primary and will face Republican Paul Chabot in a run-off.

  John Perez is currently in second place and will be in the run-off against Ashley Swearingon if he maintains this position.

Gov. Jerry Brown, CSEA’s endorsed candidate, received more than 54 percent of the vote and easily advanced to the November ballot.

CSEA supported two propositions on the June ballot, Prop. 41 and Prop. 42, both of which passed. 

Too close to call
(As of 6/4/14)

AD 4:
 CSEA endorsed candidate Dan Wolk is in third place and will not make the run-off unless the absentee votes change the outcome of this race.  Bill Dodd is in second place.

CD 33:
 Ted Lieu appears to have taken second place in this hotly contested Congressional race. 

Same-party races
There will be several Democrat versus Democrat races in November, many of which include CSEA endorsed candidates.

AD 7
Kevin McCarty (CSEA endorsed) v Steve Cohn

AD 9
Darrell Fong (CSEA endorsed) v Jim Cooper

AD 15
Elizabeth Echols (CSEA endorsed) v Tony Thurmond (CSEA endorsed)

AD 17
David Campos (CSEA endorsed) v David Chiu (CSEA endorsed)

AD 64
Mike Gipson v Prophet Walker

SD 6
Richard Pan (CSEA endorsed) v Roger Dickenson

SD 26
Ben Allen v Sandra Fluke

CD 17
Mike Honda (CSEA endorsed) v Ro Khanna

Results for other key state races
Get updated results for all state races at the Secretary of State's Election Results page.

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Important Dates:
Oct. 6 Vote-by-Mail period begins
Oct. 20 Last day to register to vote
Nov. 4 Election Day (7 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

  Tom Torlakson on November ballot
Schools Chief understands value of classified employees

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, came just short of receiving enough votes to win re-election outright in the Primary. Now, he will face off against his challenger Marshall Tuck in the November General Election.

“Tom has always stood alongside CSEA as we worked to increase funding to schools and improve the quality of education students receive statewide,” Association President Michael Bilbrey said. “I’m asking CSEA members to do everything they can to help re-elect our friend, Tom Torlakson.”

Torlakson knows that for classified, elections are just like schools—you can’t get the job done without CSEA. 

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