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Sullivan prepares for fight against unions in November election

By Mark MESTER
Published On: Mar 06 2014 02:45:25 AM CST
Updated On: Mar 06 2014 03:13:17 AM CST

Redding City Council member Francie Sullivan is preparing to defend her seat this November after threats from union members to have her ousted.

REDDING, Calif. -

City Council member and Vice Mayor, Francie Sullivan is preparing to defend her seat this November after threats from union members to have her ousted.

Sullivan voted in favor of allowing the McConnell Foundation to purchase land at Turtle Bay to build a new 4-star Sheraton Hotel during Tuesday night's city council meeting.

The sale would put the property under private ownership, allowing hotel owners to build without paying prevailing wage.

Sullivan's council seat is one of three that's up for grabs in November.

The other two are Mayor Rick Bosetti's, who isn't seeking re-election, and Patrick Jones who voted against the plan.

Sullivan acknowledged her yes vote could cost her her seat.

"I think you're {Unions} terrific campaigners. There is no question in my mind that you're going to carry through with your threats of taking out full page ads. I think that it's quite likely that my vote tonight will mean I'm not going to be a city council person again," Sullivan said just moments before voting Tuesday night.

KRCR News Channel 7 also caught up with Sullivan on Wednesday evening.

The council member said union members have been very helpful in getting her elected.

"Some provided funds, others went door-to-door to campaign, and also endorsements," said Sullivan.

While Sullivan acknowledges a win in November would be difficult, it won't slow her down.

The democrat said, "I'm running, I'm running! I'm campaigning my heart out. I had a campaign meeting at dawn this morning, I'm gonna work as hard as I can."