Eric Linder

Assemblyman Eric Linder, R-Corona, in 2013. SEIU California announced Friday that it has endorsed Linder, R-Corona, the first Republican endorsed by the union in 20-plus years. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
January 29, 2016 3:07 PM

  • Linder could be Democratic target in 2016
  • Union endorses some Democratic incumbents in races but not another

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.

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