Carpenters Canvass in Force for San Diego City Council Candidate Antonio Martinez

Above, the opening speeches at the ‘Canvassing Kick-off’ last Saturday.

San Diego – “Being pro-union is not just in my heart it’s in my soul,” Antonio Martinez, candidate for San Diego City Council District 8, told a crowd of supporters including over 100 union carpenters on Saturday. Those in attendance were there to kick-off Martinez’s canvassing campaign. “The way we win is by walking” the candidate explained, “walking the local community to let them know who we are.”

The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SWRCC) was an early endorser of Martinez who explained it is because of unions that he has gotten to where he is today. Raised by his grandparents, his grandmother was able to retire and raise him thanks to her teachers’ union.

Serge Dedina, the Mayor of Imperial Beach, was also in attendance on Saturday to show his support for Martinez. Dedina was moved by the tremendous showing of union carpenters. He reminisced to the crowd that it was the San Diego Carpenters Local who sponsored his little league baseball team many years ago – demonstrating the institution that San Diego carpenters are in their community and the huge asset they will be for Martinez’s success.

Martinez grew up in the South Bay and was the first in his family to go to college. Since 2012 he has been a member of the San Ysidro School Board. Current San Diego City Council member Chris Ward, who was also in attendance on Saturday, earlier noted that Martinez has “fought hard on the School Board to root out waste and abuse and give every child, regardless of income or background, a fair shot to succeed.”