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Unions Fail to Retain San Diego Mayor’s Office Despite Advantages – My www.UnionWatch.org Article Compiles Union Campaign Spending

Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer handily defeated Democrat City Councilman David Alvarez with 54.4% of the vote in a February 11, 2014 special election runoff for Mayor of San Diego. My February 14, 2014 www.UnionWatch.org article Unions Fail to Retain San Diego Mayor’s Office Despite Advantages builds on commentary since the election about how unions played a role in the defeat of Alvarez despite spending so much money.

It includes a compilation of campaign expenditures ranked by amount of money spent.

Quest for the Presidency: San Diego Union Leader Lorena Gonzalez Announces Run for California State Assembly

Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaSGonzalez) is the Secretary-Treasurer and CEO for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO. When I first started seeing the tweets about her campaign for California State Assembly, I figured it was some good-natured ribbing from her San Diego chums, probably inspired by the Sunday, December 2, 2012 San Diego Union-Tribune profile of her. (See Democrats’ Not-So-Secret Weapon: Labor Leader Lorena Gonzalez Made Her Mark as a Key Player in November’s Election Victories and my December 2, 2012 blog post Another California Union Leader on the Way to Confirming the Ancient Proverb: The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall.)

I was wrong! She is ready and eager to join her Democrat friends in the state legislative supermajority. See the campaign web site for Lorena Gonzalez for Assembly 2016. There is already a donation page for your convenience, as she expects to be in the Assembly in 2013.

The 80th Assembly District is likely to be vacant next spring if Assemblyman Ben Hueso (who was elected to the Assembly in 2010 while on the San Diego City Council) wins a special election for the State Senate seat being vacated by Juan Vargas, another former San Diego City Council member who was just elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to replace Bob Filner, who is now Mayor of San Diego.

Lorena Gonzalez barely lost a special election in January 2006 against Republican Kevin Faulconer for a vacant seat on the San Diego City Council. (Faulconer is still on the city council.)

Please continue to recognize that Lorena Gonzalez earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University, and a Law Degree from UCLA.

News Media Coverage:

Labor Leader Gonzalez Aims for Assembly: Her Announcement Is the Latest Domino in a Democratic ShuffleSan Diego Union-Tribune – December 5, 2012

 
Labor Leader Gonzalez Aims for Assembly – North County Times – December 5, 2012
 
Lorena Gonzalez to Run for State Assembly – KNSD Channel 7 News – December 5, 2012
 
Morning Report: Lorena Gonzalez Seeks Assembly Seat – Voice of San Diego – December 6, 2012
 
Vargas DominosSan Diego Rostra – March 27, 2012 (an accurate prediction)