LA Mayoral Debate, Saturday, 10 a.m. March 26

Press ReleasesMarch 17, 2022

Karen Bass, Kevin de León and Mike Feuer will discuss critical issues facing Los Angeles in forum sponsored by the National Union of Healthcare Workers and Courage California

Following the debate, 3,400 NUHW members who live and work in Los Angeles will vote to decide the union’s endorsement

Los Angeles — At least three of the top candidates vying to become the next mayor of Los Angeles will participate in a forum sponsored by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and Courage California on Saturday, March 26.

The forum will provide Los Angeles healthcare workers and Courage California members an opportunity to query the candidates about their plans to help improve access to mental health care and protect the health for frontline caregivers as well as address other pressing issues facing Los Angeles, including affordable housing, police accountability and investing in under-served communities.

“We need to know where the candidates stand on issues and hear their vision for creating a better quality of life for all of Los Angeles’ working people and their families,” NUHW President Rosselli said.

  • Who: U.S. Rep Karen Bass, Los Angeles Councilperson Kevin de León and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. Candidates Rick Caruso and Joe Buscaino have been invited to participate, but have not confirmed whether they will attend.
  • What: A forum moderated by National Union of Healthcare Workers Secretary-Treasurer Sophia Mendoza and Courage California Executive Director Irene Kao. Members of NUHW and Courage California will also ask questions on key topics facing Los Angeles.
  • When: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 26. Opening statements by candidates are scheduled to begin at 10:20 a.m.
  • Where: Credentialed news media planning to cover the event should RSVP in advance to or to receive viewing instructions.

“We’re excited to partner with NUHW to help shine a light into how the top mayoral candidates plan to address critical issues facing Los Angeles,” said Irene kao, Courage California Executive Director, who will co-moderate the debate.

Immediately after hearing from the candidates, NUHW will hold an endorsement election in which all of its members who live or work in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to vote for which candidate will receive the union’s election.

“Our union’s endorsement will be decided by our members,” Rosselli said. “We are a fully transparent union. After our members have had a chance to hear directly from the candidates, we’ll conduct a vote — and whoever wins will have the full support of our union.”

The National Union of Healthcare Workers is a democratic, member-led union that represents 16,000 healthcare workers in California and Hawaii.

Courage California, formerly Courage Campaign, works to unite communities organizing for progressive change, fight the forces of corruption, and hold our representatives to account in order to ensure that California’s elected officials act with courage.