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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 78

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Bernadette M. Butkiewicz

Community Activist/Organizer
13,141 votes (4.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Thoughtful, county-wide homelessness prevention practices.
  • Implementation and integration of career technical training back into our public schools.
  • Meaningful development that fits within the fabric of our unique communities.



Bernadette is a native San Diegan and grew up in the labor movement, shouting her first bad word on a UNITE HERE Local 30 picket line at the Hotel Del Coronado at age 5, “Hotel Del Cheap as Hell!” Dedicated to the betterment of her community, she went on to complete CPI’s Students for Economic Justice Fellowship Program in 2014 while pursuing her undergraduate studies. Bernadette graduated with a bachelor’s in Political Science from Sonoma State University where she served all four years in the Associated Student Body, lobbying both at the state and local level on issues faced by students following the Great Recession.

In her current role as Political Organizer for the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #230, she advocates for apprenticeship and training opportunities that create pathways to middle class careers. Since joining her union, she has doubled the women membership in her local by focusing not only on recruitment, but also retention of women in the trade. Bernadette implemented Sisters in Solidarity and an active Political Education Committee dedicated to electing pro-worker allies to local office.

Bernadette was a founding member of San Diego Coalition of Labor Union Women and served as the club’s President in the 2017-2018 term. During her tenure, she focused on educational and leadership development programs that supported women to take on positions of power in their local union. Bernadette has also overseen $4.9 billion worth of projects in her role as Chair of the Construction Sub-Committee for the San Diego Unified Bond Oversight Committee, advocating for equitable and just development throughout the city of San Diego.

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San Diego County Democrat Central Committee is important because we conduct interviews of elected-office candidates and ballot measures and vote to endorse those that will best serve Democrats like you.  I’ve served as an alternate member of the Committee for three years and if elected this year, I will be sure to put focus on important issues in our community: Thoughtful, county-wide homelessness prevention practices, career technical training in our public schools, and meaningful development that fits within the fabric of our unique communities.  The choices for Central Committee will be below U.S. President on the ballot. A maximum of six selections for Central Committee are allowed and anymore than six will invalidate your selections in this section.  Be sure to not over-vote and please do not skip this section.  See you on the ballot!

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