District Council 36, Painters & Allied Trades, endorsed Colonel Doug Applegate for California’s 49th Congressional District, saying he is the best candidate to represent the interests of California workers, their families, and their communities. 

“Colonel Applegate promises to effectively advocate for public policies and legislative actions that will improve employment and wages in California, improve worker safety, and ensure protection for working families and communities,” said District Council 36, Painters & Allied Trades Political Director, Robert Smith. 

“The members of IUPAT District Council 36 are among the highest skilled and best-trained workers in the industry, and I am honored to receive their endorsement,” said Colonel Applegate. “I vow to support legislation that invests in infrastructure, increases funding for worker training and skills development, and reinforces the value of collective bargaining nationwide.”

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 36, is a labor union of more than 11,000 men and women in Southern California. Our members work in the finishing trades and include Painters, Dry-wall Finishers, Glaziers, Floorlayers, and Tradeshow and Signcraft workers. Our purpose is to protect the interests of our membership, to improve wages, benefits, and services available to our members, and to promote collective bargaining agreements as the most effective means of accomplishing these objectives nationwide.

Momentum continues to grow for the Democratic candidate to replace Darrell Issa. Applegate is again challenging the highly controversial incumbent Rep. Darrell Issa to represent the 49th District in the June 2018 primary, and promising to overcome the narrowest (1,621) vote gap of 2016 election cycle and defeating him in the November 2018 election. Some notable endorsements include California State Senator Toni Atkins, former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Assemblymember Tom Daly, VoteVets, National Nurses United, CA State American Postal Workers Union, CA State Association of Letter Carriers, IBEW Locals 47 & 441, Iron-workers 433, Plasters Union Local 200, and Teamsters Local 952.


Douglas Applegate is a Colonel USMCR (retired). Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Department of the Navy, or the Department of Defense.