Those of us who hope to further our goals through the political
process have two options: 1) choose a political candidate who already
agrees with us whether or not they have a chance of winning, or
2) support a candidate who has a chance of winning and by so doing,
gain influence with that candidate if s/he wins. It would be nice
if "the candidate who already agrees with us" was the
same as "the candidate who has a chance of winning" but
not many elections contain such a happy coincidence and so the choice
often remains as delineated above.
The recent election of November 5th presented options of both kinds.
There were candidates such as (but not limited to) Darrell Steinberg
and Deborah Ortiz who are so swell that almost everyone realizes
that they should vote for them (and they win), and candidates who
share some of our views and might share more if we got out the vote
to ensure their election.
"Getting Out the Vote to Ensure Their Election" is the
topic here. Unions want candidates to win who support worker-friendly
issues. Candidates who support overtime pay after 8 hours, safe-staffing
(in hospitals), and paid family medical leave are selected over
candidates who don't believe in these things, for example. But what
can a person do to support these Labor-friendly candidates?