In November 2020, CFT members will join voters around the country to cast their ballots for the next president of the United States. While we know that every election day is an important one, the upcoming election will represent an historic turning point for our country. 

In the coming weeks CFT will run a series of brief surveys to better understand the issues that are important to California members in the presidential election. The information gathered in these surveys will be used to inform how CFT will weigh in during the formal AFT endorsement process.

We not only have the opportunity to elect a president who understands the value of public education, but one who will stand up for the rights of working people.

AFT President Randi Weingarten said it best: “Our number one goal is to elect a president who shares our values and that means beating Donald Trump. But to win our endorsement, candidates will have to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.”

We need to hear from you!

Take Election Survey #1
The Issues That Matter Most

Take Election Survey #2
Education Issues

Take Election Survey #3
Kitchen Table Issues

The candidates and how AFT endorses

We also urge members to visit the AFT Votes election page, where the AFT’s presidential endorsement process is laid out and where there are more opportunities for members to offer input about the issues that are important to them. The site also includes links to AFT town halls with the presidential candidates, a debate watch toolkit, and more resources.

You will also find AFT’s comprehensive candidate fact sheets on all of the major Democratic candidates. They include the candidates’ positions and track records on major topics including:

  • Workers’ voice & labor
  • Education
  • Healthcare & workplace safety
  • Jobs & the economy
  • Democracy

Who endorsed Schools and Communities First?

CFT members will join thousands of activists in the coming weeks to gather signatures to place this critical initiative on the ballot. The Schools and Local Communities Funding Act will restore over $11 billion per year to California schools, community colleges, health clinics, and other vital local services.

The following presidential candidates have formally endorsed this important measure:

  • Cory Booker
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Julian Castro
  • Kamala Harris
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren

Are you registered to vote?

The California Primary Election will be held earlier than ever before — on March 3, 2020. Please make sure you are registered to vote. If you have you moved recently, you will need to re-register. The deadline to register to vote in the state primary is February 27.