STATEMENT by Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge regarding 2024 Nevada Primary endorsements:



Tuesday, May 14, 2024


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STATEMENT by Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge regarding 2024 Nevada Primary endorsements:

Culinary Union has released endorsements ahead of the 2024 Nevada Primary. Early Voting is Saturday, May 25 - Friday, June 7.  Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 11, 2024. 

The complete Culinary Union 2024 Endorsement Guide is available here.

U.S Senate: Jacky Rosen.

U.S. House Of Representatives: Dina Titus (CD1), Susie Lee (CD3), and Steven Horsford (CD4). 

State Senate: Clara Thomas (SD1), Geoconda Hughes (SD3), Christian Bishop (SD5), Naomi Duerr (SD15), and John Steinbeck (SD18).

State Assembly: Ronald Nelson (AD2), Ryan Hampton (AD4), Jovan Jackson (AD7), Cinthia Moore (AD11), Linda Hunt (AD17), Venicia Considine (AD18), David Orentlicher (AD20), Erica Roth (AD24), Selena La Rue Hatch (AD25), Heather Goulding (AD27), Reuben D’Silva (AD28), Joe Dalia (AD29), Natha Anderson (AD30), and Hanadi Nadeem (AD34).

NSHE Board of Regents: Carlos Fernandez (District 1).

State Board of Education: Tricia Braxton (District 1).

Clark County Commission: Michael Naft (District A), Marilyn Kirkpatrick (District B), and William McCurdy II (District D). 

CCSD Trustee: Karl Catarata (District A), Eileen Eady (District B), Tameka Henry (District C), and Kamilah Bywater’s (District E). 

Las Vegas Mayor: Shelley Berkley.

Las Vegas City Council: Brian Knudsen (Ward 1), Olivia Diaz (Ward 3), and Shondra Summers-Armstrong (Ward 5).

North Las Vegas City Council: Billy Riley (Ward 2) and Richard Cherchio (Ward 4).

North Las Vegas ballot Q1: Yes

North Las Vegas ballot Q2: Yes 

Regarding the State Senate and Assembly races: During the 2023 Nevada Legislature, a number of state legislative Democrats joined all Republicans and voted to repeal daily room cleaning. SB441 was signed into law by Governor Lombardo and hurt guest room attendants and our jobs. 

The Culinary Union has chosen to *not* endorse politicians in the 2024 Primary who previously had an endorsement, but who disappointedly voted in favor of passing SB441. Candidates, who are no longer endorsed, are crossed out in red on the 2024 Primary Endorsement Guide. Culinary Union will re-evaluate all endorsements ahead of the November general election.


Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 300,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America. 

The Culinary Union, through the Culinary Health Fund, is one of the largest healthcare consumers in the state. The Culinary Health Fund is sponsored by the Culinary Union and Las Vegas-area employers. It provides health insurance coverage for over 145,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members, and their dependents.  

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest Latinx/Black/AAPI/immigrant organization with members who come from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages. We are proud to have helped over 18,000 immigrants become American citizens and new voters since 2001 through our affiliate, The Citizenship Project.  

The Culinary Union has a diverse membership which is 55% women and 60% immigrants. The demographics of Culinary Union members are approximately: 54% Latinx, 18% white, 15% Asian, 12% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples. 

Culinary Union members work as: Guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry, and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting and winning for working families in Nevada for 89 years. / @Culinary226 


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