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UAPD Sweeps Political Races

UAPD, along with other unions in the state, helped propel several of our own UAPD members to important wins in the recent California and US elections.  Richard Pan, M.D., a pediatrician, won a Senate seat in the 6th District (Sacramento).  Jim Woods, DDS, a private practice dentist, won an Assembly seat in the 2nd District (North Coast), and Ami Bera, M.D., narrowly won a US House seat for the second time in the  7th Congressional  District (Elk Grove).  UAPD also supported San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu, who won a narrow victory for an Assembly seat in the 17th District.  Two labor-friendly candidates – Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl – both won seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors with UAPD’s help.  Finally, UAPD was heartened by the defeat of Propositions 45 and 46, both of which would have had ill effects on doctors.  In the case of Prop 46, the threat of higher medical costs and draconian drug testing regulations for doctors seemed to turn off voters from across the political spectrum.

Bills for the next legislative session are being conceptualized and drafted now, with a deadlines of January 30th for introduction to the Office of Legislative Counsel (for bill analysis) and February 27th for introduction to the California Legislature.  Members can contact Doug Chiappetta, Director of Legislative and Political Affairs, with ideas for new bills.

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