WCCUSD Board of Education Election 2012: Main Institutional Endorsements

There are 4 can­di­dates run­ning for 2 seats on the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education. One as­pect of the cam­paign process is gar­ner­ing en­dorse­ments from var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions and the main lo­cal pa­per. Here is the cur­rent score­card:

El Cerrito Democratic ClubX
Contra Costa Central Labor CouncilXX
Democratic Party of Contra Costa CountyXX
United Teachers of RichmondXX
Public Employees Union, Local No. 1XX
Contra Costa TimesXX

The Endorsers

The El Cerrito Democratic Club has been the only ac­tive party club in the dis­trict. (A new one in Hercules is start­ing up.) It com­bines a can­di­date Q&A fo­rum with a mem­bers-only bal­lot at the end.

The Central Labor Council is the county ver­sion of the AFL-CIO. They send out a ques­tion­naire and then in­ter­view and en­dorse can­di­dates.

The county Democratic Party has an elected Central Committee. Candidates fill out and sub­mit a short ques­tion­naire. A sub­com­mit­tee in­ter­views can­di­dates. Then, this sub­com­mit­tee rec­om­mends can­di­dates to the full com­mit­tee.

The teach­ers union also sends out a ques­tion­naire first. (The an­swers are dis­trib­uted to all teach­ers.) The union ex­ec­u­tive board in­ter­views can­di­dates and passes on a rec­om­men­da­tion to the gen­eral coun­cil of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all of the schools. At the gen­eral meet­ing, the can­di­dates get to make a brief pitch to the whole as­sem­bly be­fore a bal­lot is taken.

Local 1” is the union for most of the non-teacher em­ploy­ees in WCCUSD. Their board in­ter­views can­di­dates and de­cides who to en­dorse.

The Contra Costa Times is the lo­cal pa­per that pays the most at­ten­tion to WCCUSD. They in­ter­view the can­di­dates be­fore de­cid­ing. This time they are post­ing the video of the in­ter­view in the en­dorse­ment ed­i­to­r­ial.

This post was orig­i­nally pub­lished on September 19th, but was up­dated and re­pub­lished once the Contra Costa Times en­dorsed.

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