2020 Elections

2020 is a presidential election year, with a third of the Senate and every seat in the House on the ballot. See below for more.

President of the United States


Update: January 24, 2021. It was only on January 6th, with count of the electors of the Electoral College, during a special session of Congress, that the winner of the the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election was declared to be Joe Biden. That count, and the vote that confirmed it, was interrupted by an unprecedented riot (some called it an insurrection), and that breached Capitol security and forced the evacuation of the building. The riot led to the second impeachment of President Donald Trump, and a trial in the Senate is pending. See the January edition of the West Coast Sailors for much more. 

On January 20th, President Biden was sworn in however and began as series of executive orders that changed the direction of the Executive Branch of the federal government. Elections, as the saying goes, have consequences. 


The contest between the incumbent, President Donald Trump, and former Vice-President and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, was on election day too close to call. A protracted period of ballot counting looms, as the mail in ballots are accounted for and possibly challenged. Important battleground states were still counting votes on November 4  and the final results appeared to be days or weeks away. Whatever the outcome, a wave or decisive election with a clear path forward for either side is not likely, especially as the Senate looks to remain in Republican control. Say tuned for more updates.

In mid-August, Biden selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. They both have the endorsement of the AFL-CIO. The president of the AFL-CIO Rich Trumka said about Harris that “As a senator, she has achieved a perfect AFL-CIO lifetime score, working to create a fairer process for forming a union and protecting our health care and retirement security,” Trumka declared. “We look forward to electing her America’s next vice president.” 

U.S. Congress

The AFL-CIO publishes a useful scorecard on the labor voting records, by both term and lifetime, of every national legislator with continuous updates. Taking into account their districts, this is a quick and revealing check on the actual votes for or against labor supported legislation. It can be accessed here: Congressional Voting Record Scorecards

To aid the membership in its review of political candidates below are links to AFL-CIO labor endorsed candidates by state jurisdictions. 


The state of Washington is a key delegation for maritime and labor policy in Congress. Here are the candidates who earned labor's endorsement:

1st CD — Suzan DelBene
2nd CD — Rick Larsen
3rd CD — Carolyn Long
4th CD — no endorsement
5th CD — Christopher Armitage
6th CD — Derek Kilmer
7th CD — Pramila Jayapal
8th CD — Kim Schrier
9th CD — Adam Smith
10th CD — Beth Doglio

Here is the full endorsement list of all elective offices on the November ballot from the Washington State Labor Council:

Washington State Labor Council Endorsements

ELECTION UPDATE: preliminary results in Washington:

WASHINGTON SENATE Murray, Patty (D) Next Election: 2022 Cantwell, Maria (D) Next Election: 2024

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1st District – DelBene, Suzan (D) (Incumbent) 2nd District – Larsen, Rick (D) (Incumbent) 3rd District – Herrera Beutler, Jaime (R) (Incumbent) 4th District – Newhouse, Dan (R) (Incumbent) 5th District – McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (R) (Incumbent) 6th District – Kilmer, Derek (D) (Incumbent) 7th District – Jayapal, Pramila (D) (Incumbent) 8th District – Schrier, Kim (D) (Incumbent) 9th District – Smith, Adam (D) (Incumbent) 10th District –Strickland, Marilyn (D) won an open seat. Heck, Denny (D) ran for lieutenant governor and won.


The Hawaii AFL-CIO State Federation of Labor's Council of Affiliates met in late Auguest and endorsed Joe Biden for President. They endorsed Kai Kahele for District 2 and left the Jones Act attacker Ed Case in District 1 without unified labor support, as an open endorsement.

ELECTION UPDATE: preliminary results in Hawaii

SENATE Schatz, Brian (D) Next Election: 2022 Hirono, Mazie (D) Next Election: 2024 15 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1st District – Case, Ed (D) (Incumbent) 2nd District –Kahele, Kaiali’I (D) won an open seat. Gabbard, Tulsi (D) retired.


ELECTION UPDATE: preliminary results in California

SENATE Feinstein, Dianne (D) Next Election: 2024. Harris, Kamala (D)* Next Election: 2022 * If Biden wins the presidency, Harris will become Vice President. In which case, the CA Governor will appoint a new Senator, who could serve until the 2022 election

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1st District – LaMalfa, Doug (R) (Incumbent) LaMalfa, Doug (R) 2nd District – Huffman, Jared (D) (Incumbent) 3rd District – Garamendi, John (D) (Incumbent) 4th District – McClintock, Tom (R) (Incumbent) Kennedy, Bryce (D) 5th District – Thompson, Mike (D) (Incumbent) 6th District – Matsui, Doris (D) (Incumbent) 7th District – Bera, Ami (D) (Incumbent) 8th District – Obernolte, Jay (R) Bubser, Christine (D). Cook, Paul (R) ran for other office and won. 9th District – McNerney, Jerry (D) (Incumbent) 10th District – Harder, Josh (D) (Incumbent) Howze, Ted (R) 11th District – DeSaulnier, Mark (D) (Incumbent) 12th District – Pelosi, Nancy (D) (Incumbent) 13th District – Lee, Barbara (D) (Incumbent) 14th District – Speier, Jackie (D) (Incumbent) 15th District – Swalwell, Eric (D) (Incumbent) 16th District – Costa, Jim (D) (Incumbent) 17th District – Khanna, Ro (D) (Incumbent) 18th District – Eshoo, Anna (D) (Incumbent) 19th District – Lofgren, Zoe (D) (Incumbent) 20th District – Panetta, Jimmy (D) (Incumbent) 21st District – Valadao, David G. (R) Cox, TJ (D) (Incumbent) 22nd District – Nunes, Devin (R) (Incumbent) Arballo, Phil (D) 23rd District – McCarthy, Kevin (R) (Incumbent) 24th District – Carbajal, Salud (D) (Incumbent) 25th District – Smith, Christy (D) Garcia, Mike (R) (Incumbent)* 26th District – Brownley, Julia (D) (Incumbent) 27th District – Chu, Judy (D) (Incumbent) 28th District – Schiff, Adam (D) (Incumbent) 29th District – Cardenas, Tony (D) (Incumbent) Duenas, Angelica (D) 30th District –Sherman, Brad (D) (Incumbent) 31st District – Aguilar, Pete (D) (Incumbent) 32nd District – Napolitano, Grace (D) (Incumbent) 33rd District – Lieu, Ted (D) (Incumbent) 34th District – Gomez, Jimmy (D) (Incumbent) Kim, David (R) 35th District – Torres, Norma (D) (Incumbent) 36th District – Ruiz, Raúl (D) (Incumbent) 37th District – Bass, Karen (D) (Incumbent) 38th District – Sánchez, Linda (D) (Incumbent) 39th District – Cisneros, Gil (D) (Incumbent) Kim, Young (R) 40th District – Roybal-Allard, Lucille (D) (Incumbent) 41st District – Takano, Mark (D) (Incumbent) 42nd District – Calvert, Ken (R) (Incumbent) O’Mara Liam (D) 43rd District – Waters, Maxine (D) (Incumbent) 44th District – Barragan, Nanette (D) (Incumbent) 45th District – Porter, Katie (D) (Incumbent) 46th District – Correa, Lou (D) (Incumbent) 47th District – Lowenthal, Alan (D) (Incumbent) 48th District – Rouda, Harley (D) (Incumbent) Steele, Michelle (R) 49th District – Levin, Mike (D) (Incumbent) Maryott, Brian (R) 50th District – Issa, Darrel (R) Campa-Najjar, Ammar (D) Hunter, Duncan D. (R) resigned. 51st District – Vargas, Juan (D) (Incumbent) 52nd District – Peters, Scott (D) (Incumbent) 53rd District – Jacobs, Sarah (D) won an open seat. Davis, Susan (D) retired. *Mike Garcia won a special election on May 12, 2020 after Rep. Katie Hill (D) resigned on November 3,

The California Labor Federation's endorsement process was completed on August 5th at the Federation's Biennial Convention. All of the California endorsement information can be found here or as listed below. See important information on California Ballot measures below including on Proposition 22: Vote NO on Prop 22.

California Congressional Representative Endorsements

Congressional District 1 Audrey Denney (D)
Congressional District 2 Jared Huffman (D)
Congressional District 3 John Garamendi (D)
Congressional District 4 Brynne Kennedy (D)
Congressional District 5 Mike Thompson (D)
Congressional District 6 Doris Matsui (D)
Congressional District 7 Ami Bera (D)
Congressional District 8 Chris Bubser (D)
Congressional District 9 Jerry McNerney (D)
Congressional District 10 Josh Harder (D)
Congressional District 11 Mark DeSaulnier (D)
Congressional District 12 Nancy Pelosi (D)
Congressional District 13 Barbara Lee (D)
Congressional District 14 Jackie Speier (D)
Congressional District 15 Eric Swalwell (D)
Congressional District 16 Jim Costa (D)
Congressional District 17 Ro Khanna (D)
Congressional District 18 Anna Eshoo (D)
Congressional District 19 Zoe Lofgren (D)
Congressional District 20 Jimmy Panetta (D)
Congressional District 21 T.J. Cox (D)
Congressional District 22 Phil Arballo (D)
Congressional District 23 Kim Mangone (D)
Congressional District 24 Salud Carbajal (D)
Congressional District 25 Christy Smith (D)
Congressional District 26 Julia Brownley (D)
Congressional District 27 Judy Chu (D)
Congressional District 28 Adam Schiff (D)
Congressional District 29 Tony Cardenas (D)
Congressional District 30 Brad Sherman (D)
Congressional District 31 Pete Aguilar (D)
Congressional District 32 Grace Napolitano (D)
Congressional District 33 Ted Lieu (D)
Congressional District 34 Jimmy Gomez (D)
Congressional District 35 No Endorsement
Congressional District 36 Raul Ruiz (D)
Congressional District 37 Karen Bass (D)
Congressional District 38 Linda Sanchez (D)
Congressional District 39 Gil Cisneros (D)
Congressional District 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard (D)
Congressional District 41 Mark Takano (D)
Congressional District 42 No endorsement
Congressional District 43 Maxine Waters (D)
Congressional District 44 Nanette Barragan (D)
Congressional District 45 Katie Porter (D)
Congressional District 46 Lou Correa (D)
Congressional District 47 Alan Lowenthal (D)
Congressional District 48 Harley Rouda (D)
Congressional District 49 Mike Levin (D)
Congressional District 50 Ammar Campa-Najjar (D)
Congressional District 51 Juan Vargas (D)
Congressional District 52 Scott Peters (D)
Congressional District 53 Georgette Gomez (D)

California State Assembly

Assembly District 1 Elizabeth Betancourt (D)
Assembly District 2 Jim Wood (D)
Assembly District 3 No Endorsement
Assembly District 4 Cecelia Aguiar-Curry (D)
Assembly District 5 No Endorsement
Assembly District 6 Jackie Smith (D)
Assembly District 7 Kevin McCarty (D)
Assembly District 8 Ken Cooley (D)
Assembly District 9 Jim Cooper (D)
Assembly District 10 Mark Levine (D)
Assembly District 11 No Endorsement
Assembly District 12 Heath Flora (R)
Assembly District 13 OPEN
Assembly District 14 Tim Grayson (D)
Assembly District 15 Buffy Wicks (D)
Assembly District 16 Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D)
Assembly District 17 David Chiu (D)
Assembly District 18 Rob Bonta (D)
Assembly District 19 Phil Ting (D)
Assembly District 20 Bill Quirk (D)
Assembly District 21 No Endorsement
Assembly District 22 Kevin Mullin (D)
Assembly District 23 No Endorsement
Assembly District 24 Marc Berman (D)
Assembly District 25 Alex Lee (D)
Assembly District 26 Drew Phelps (D)
Assembly District 27 Ash Kalra (D)
Assembly District 28 Evan Low (D)
Assembly District 29 Mark Stone (D)
Assembly District 30 Robert Rivas (D)
Assembly District 31 Joaquin Arambula (D)
Assembly District 32 Rudy Salas (D)
Assembly District 33 No Endorsement
Assembly District 34 No Endorsement
Assembly District 35 Dawn Addis (D)
Assembly District 36 No Endorsement
Assembly District 37 Steve Bennett (D)
Assembly District 38 No Endorsement
Assembly District 39 Luz Rivas (D)
Assembly District 40 James Ramos (D)
Assembly District 41 Chris Holden (D)
Assembly District 42 No Endorsement
Assembly District 43 Laura Friedman (D)
Assembly District 44 Jacqui Irwin (D)
Assembly District 45 Jesse Gabriel (D)
Assembly District 46 Adrin Nazarian (D)
Assembly District 47 Eloise Gomez Reyes (D)
Assembly District 48 No Endorsement
Assembly District 49 Ed Chau (D)
Assembly District 50 Richard Bloom (D)
Assembly District 51 Wendy Carrillo (D)
Assembly District 52 Freddie Rodriguez (D)
Assembly District 53 Miguel Santiago (D)
Assembly District 54 Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D)
Assembly District 55 Andrew Rodriguez (D)
Assembly District 56 Eduardo Garcia (D)
Assembly District 57 Lisa Calderon (D)
Assembly District 58 No Endorsement
Assembly District 59 Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D)
Assembly District 60 Sabrina Cervantes (D)
Assembly District 61 Jose Medina (D)
Assembly District 62 Autumn Burke (D)
Assembly District 63 Anthony Rendon (D)
Assembly District 64 Mike Gipson (D)
Assembly District 65 Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)
Assembly District 66 No Endorsement
Assembly District 67 Jerry Carlos (D)
Assembly District 68 Melissa Fox (D)
Assembly District 69 Tom Daly (D)
Assembly District 70 Patrick O’Donnell (D)
Assembly District 71 No Endorsement
Assembly District 72 Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen (D)
Assembly District 73 Scott Rhinehart (D)
Assembly District 74 Cottie Petrie-Norris (D)
Assembly District 75 No Endorsement
Assembly District 76 Tasha Boerner-Horvath (D)
Assembly District 77 Brian Maienschein (D)
Assembly District 78 Chris Ward (D)
Assembly District 79 No Recommendation
Assembly District 80 Lorena Gonzalez (D)


California State Senate

Senate District 1 Pamela Swartz (D)
Senate District 3 Bill Dodd (D)
Senate District 5 Susan Eggman (D)
Senate District 7 No Endorsement
Senate District 9 Nancy Skinner (D)
Senate District 11 OPEN
Senate District 13 Josh Becker (D)
Senate District 15 David Cortese (D)
Senate District 17 John Laird (D)
Senate District 19 Monique Limon (D)

Senate District 21 Kipp Mueller (D)

Senate District 23  Abigail Medina (D)

Senate District 25 Anthony Portantino (D)

Senate District 27 Henry Stern (D)

Senate District 29 Josh Newman (D)

Senate District 31 Richard Roth (D)

Senate District 33 Lena Gonzalez (D)

Senate District 35 Steven Bradford (D)

Senate District 37 David Min (D)

Senate District 39 Toni Atkins (D)

The ballot measure recommendations are as follows:

Proposition 14: Authorizes Bonds to Continue Funding Stem Cell and Other Medical Research. No Recommendation
Proposition 15: Increases Funding for Public Schools, Community Colleges, and Local Government Services by Changing Tax Assessment of Commercial and Industrial Property. Vote YES
Proposition 16: Authorizes California Repeal Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment. Vote YES
Proposition 17: Authorizes California Voting Rights Restoration for Persons on Parole Amendment. Vote YES
Proposition 18: California Voting for 17-Year-Olds Amendment.  Vote YES
Proposition 19: Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties Amendment.  Vote YES
Proposition 20: Restricts Parole for Non-violent Offenders. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated Only as Misdemeanors. Vote NO
Proposition 21: Expands Local Government’s Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. No Recommendation
Proposition 22: Changes Employment Classification Rules for App-based Transportation and Delivery Drivers. Vote NO
Proposition 23: Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Establishes Minimum Staffing and Other Requirements. Vote YES
Proposition 24: Amends Consumer Privacy Laws. No Recommendation
Proposition 25: Referendum to Overturn 2018 Law that Replaced Money Bail System with a System Based on Public Safety Risk. Vote YES


The largest and most important measure is Prop 22, which is a direct attack on California's unions. It will permanently remove worker protections for an entire class of workers, now called gig workers, and put California on a path to a right-to-work state. For that reason labor, including the SUP, has dedicated resources to its defeat just as it has fought against recent right-to-work initiatives such as Prop 226 and others. The following is some of the information released by the Federation.

No on Prop 22

Gig companies are spending $110 million on a campaign to exempt themselves from the law so they can continue to misclassify workers and deny basic protections. These multi-billion dollar gig companies are trying to write their own law to lower standards for all workers and kill union jobs. The preferred and routine method of billionaires and their lawyers and lobbyists in California is to hijack the ballot initiative process to achieve anti-worker aims while proclaiming the opposite. There have been other "right-to-work" initiatives throughout California electoral history -- this is only the latest. It's not creative "disruption" to introduce a misleading measure that would eliminate the minimum wage, overtime pay, safety protections, and paid family and sick leave for hundreds of thousands of workers. That goes by another name: greed. It’s time to once again fight back and vote NO this November on Prop 22. 

NO on 22 Talking Points

NO on 22 By the Numbers 


CALIFORNIA FAQ's for the 2020 Election Season

It’s a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic: All registered and active California voters should receive a ballot in the mail by Oct. 12. If you are among the 72% of voters used to voting by mail, proceed as usual. If you’re used to going to the polls, you can still submit your ballot in person — either at a designated drop off point or a polling place.


You can register online before Oct. 19. The state will try to find your signature on file with the DMV. If it doesn’t have it, you may have to print out the application and mail it in. And if you missed the October deadline, don’t panic. You can still register at your local county elections office, polling place, or vote center. You can also call your county registrar’s office.


No. You can still vote in person if you like. But depending on where you live, your county may have a reduced number of polling places. Find your closest polling place or drop box.


Not everyone. To keep potential coronavirus-carriers from crowding into polling places this year, the state opted to send every registered and active voter a ballot. If you aren’t registered — or if you’ve moved and haven’t voted in a while — you probably won’t get one. Check your registration status and make sure it’s accurate.


There isn’t a hard deadline for when a ballot must arrive in your mailbox. But state law requires county elections officials to begin mailing them out on October 5 — that’s a Monday — and they have five days to get them all in the mail. If you still haven’t received your ballot by the following Monday — Oct. 12 — and you were expecting one, reach out to your county registrar’s office.


Yes. If you have a temporary location where you can receive mail — say, a shelter or the home of a friend — you can use that address when you register. You can even receive your ballot there. If you don’t have a temporary address, register with an intersection close to where you frequently stay or, if available, just check the box that says “I do not have a street address.” In that case, you will have to vote in person.