Assemblyman Eric Linder could be a Democratic target this year, with at least three Democrats so far announcing candidacies for Linder’s western Riverside County district.
Friday, though, SEIU California, a key Democratic ally during campaign season, announced its backing for Linder, R-Corona. It marked the first time in more than two decades that the 700,000-member union had endorsed a Republican – the last was the late Doris Allen, who was recalled from office after siding with Democrats during the Assembly speakership wars of the mid-1990.
In a statement, the union cited “Linder’s accessibility and willingness to meet face-to-face with constituents, as well as his track record for standing by workers who have voted for union representation in their workplace.”
Among the union’s other noteworthy endorsements:
3rd Senate District (Davis, Vacaville, Napa): Former Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis. Yamada faces Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa.
4th Assembly District (Davis, Napa): Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, D-Davis. Davis Councilman Dan Wolk, D-Davis, is among the other candidates.
39th Assembly District (San Fernando): Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando. Former lawmaker Raul Bocanegra is also running.
47th Assembly District (San Bernardino): Not yet. Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, faces attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes.
64th Assembly District (Los Angeles): Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Los Angeles. Los Angeles planning commissioner Marta Segura also is running.
Editor’s note: This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. Friday to change AD-47 from “no endorsement” to “not yet.”