Democratic candidate for mayor of Irvine, Mary Ann Gaido, has secured the endorsement of three branches of the Service Employees International Unions. Here’s her note to supporters below:
We are proud to announce that I have been endorsed for Mayor of Irvine by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — United Service Workers West and the Service Employees International Union — United Healthcare Workers West. As leaders in the Irvine Living Wage Initiative campaign following the City Council majority’s decision to cut salaries of Irvine contract workers by $2 per hour, we worked with the Service Employees International Union advocating for the California Fair Wage Act, signed into law by Governor Brown in April, 2016.
At this time when the growing wealth gap is creating mounting anxiety in communities across the country, it is most important to understand how local employment practices and policies are affecting America’s ever-widening economic divide. Now is the time to elect a Mayor who will address the growing wealth gap. SEIU says they support Mary Ann Gaido for Mayor of Irvine.
Gaido will face off against three Republicans this fall — State Rep. Don Wagner, anti-Great Park cemetery candidate Gang Chen and Woodbridge Association board member Katherine Daigle. Democrats have a more than 1,000 registered voter advantage over Republicans in Irvine and the other three Republicans are likely to take votes from each other. And let’s not forget, Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket likely to leave many Republican voters home.
Of the three Republicans, Wagner is likely to run on a slate with ethically-challenged council member Christina Shea (R-FivePoint) and Anthony (talk from both side of the mouth on the Cemetery depending on who you’re talking to) Kuo — both of which aired a TV spot during the Republican convention. With Hillary at the top of the ticket, Democratic turn out will be very high, and Larry Agran isn’t on the ballot this fall leaving Republicans without a lot of ammo. Expect Emile Haddad to fund lots of IEs to for the best city council money can buy.