The CFT makes endorsements in every election after soliciting  a candidate’s positions on issues important to educators, carefully reviewing voting records and conducting extensive interviews. The CFT also analyzes ballot measures on each statewide ballot before making a recommendation.


CFT Endorsements for November 3
And how to be a smart voter in General Election 2020


NEW THIS YEAR! Due to the pandemic, mail-in ballots were mailed to every registered voter in California. The ballots went out in early October. Use this summary guide to assist you in voting this year.

Timeline Action
Oct 19 Was the deadline to register to vote 
If you are still unsure if you are registered to vote, you can find out here. If you are registered to vote, you may also sign up to track your ballot here. 
Oct 27 Was the deadline to request a mail ballot if you did not receive one
You may call the Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline at (800) 345-8683 to obtain contact information for your county election officials.
NOW NEW! Track your ballot
Go to Where’s My Ballot? to receive notifications (by text or email) about the status of your mail ballot.
NOW NEW! Early voting and mail ballot drop-off locations
Find locations near you where you may drop off your mail ballot early, and find locations of secured boxes where mail ballots may be dropped off.
Nov 3 Election Day
Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. There will be safe in-person voting options.
Nov 3 Election Day: FINAL deadline to return your mail ballot
Your mail ballot must be postmarked on or before November 3, and received by your county elections office no later than November 20. But mailing a ballot on election day doesn’t guarantee it will be postmarked by election day. If you’re voting close to election day, return your ballot in person to a drop-off location, a polling place, or the county election office. 

THREE MORE TIPS to make sure your ballot is counted

The California Voter Foundation suggests some ways voters can ensure their ballots are counted:

  • Don’t mix up your ballot envelope with other voters’ envelopes, since there is an individual identification code on each envelope.
  • Remember to sign and date your ballot envelope before returning it.
  • If you’re unsure what your registration signature looks like, check your driver’s license or state identification card. If you registered online or at the DMV, that’s the signature on file with the county election office.


Download the CFT Endorsement Sheet containing the union’s recommendations for statewide legislative races and ballot measures on a single page. You may also find the union’s endorsements listed below. Incumbents are labeled with an (*). 

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Schools & Communities First

When it passes, Prop 15 will reform decades-old tax law that allows corporations to avoid paying property taxes at fair market value, resulting in public education and community services losing $7 to $12 billion each year from uncollected corporate property taxes. Prop 15 will correct this inequity, while also protecting homeowners and renters, small businesses, and agricultural property.
Analysis from the California Labor Federation

Repeal of Proposition 209 
A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to repeal Proposition 209 (passed in 1996) which prohibited the state from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to persons on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting.
Analysis from the Labor Federation

Allows parolees to vote
A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to allow Californians who have completed their prison terms to fully participate in our democracy by restoring their right to vote.

Allows first-time voters to participate in the full election cycle
A “yes” vote allows someone who will turn 18 by a November General Election to also vote in the Primary Election. 
Analysis from the Labor Federation

NO | PROP 20
Avoids rollback of criminal justice reforms
A “no” vote will prevent the rollback of effective criminal justice reforms and prevent the waste of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on prisons.
Analysis from the Labor Federation

Allows for local rent control
A “yes” vote will allow our communities to limit rent increases and preserve affordable housing, bringing stability to seniors, families and working Californians.
Analysis from the Labor Federation

NO | PROP 22
Uber/Lyft Challenge to AB 5
A ”no” vote opposes this ballot initiative, meaning California Assembly Bill 5 (signed into law in 2019) could be used to decide whether app-based drivers are employees or independent contractors.
Analysis from the Labor Federation


YES | PROP 25  
Replace cash bail with risk assessment
A “yes” vote upholds the contested legislation, Senate Bill 10, which would replace cash bail with risk assessments for detained suspects awaiting trials.
Analysis from the Labor Federation


SD 1          Pamela Swartz

SD 3          Bill Dodd*

SD 5          Susan Eggman

SD 9          Nancy Skinner*

SD 11        Jackie Fielder

SD 13        Josh Becker

SD 15        David Cortese

SD 17        John Laird

SD 19        Monique Limon

SD 21        Kipp Mueller

SD 23        Abigail Medina

SD 25        Anthony Portantino*

SD 27        Henry Stern*

SD 29        Josh Newman

SD 31        Richard Roth*

SD 33        Lena Gonzalez*

SD 35        Steven Bradford*

SD 37        Dave Min

SD 39        Toni Atkins*


AD 1          Elizabeth Betancourt

AD 2          Jim Wood*

AD 4          Cecelia Aguilar-Curry*

AD 6          Jackie Smith

AD 7          Kevin McCarty*

AD 13        Kathy Miller

AD 14        Tim Grayson*

AD 15        Buffy Wicks*

AD 16        Rebecca Bauer-Kahan*

AD 17        David Chiu*

AD 18        Rob Bonta*

AD 19        Phil Ting*

AD 20        Bill Quirk*

AD 21        Adam Gray*

AD 22        Kevin Mullin*

AD 24        Marc Berman*

AD 25        Alex Lee

AD 26        Drew Phelps

AD 27        Ash Kalra*

AD 28        Evan Low*

AD 29        Mark Stone*

AD 30        Robert Rivas*

AD 31        Joaquin Arambula*

AD 32        Rudy Salas Jr.*

AD 35        Dawn Addis

AD 37        Steve Bennett

AD 39        Luz Rivas*

AD 40        James Ramos*

AD 41        Chris Holden*

AD 43        Laura Friedman*

AD 44        Jacqui Irwin*

AD 45        Jesse Gabriel*

AD 46        Adrin Nazarian*

AD 47        Eloise Gómez Reyes*

AD 49        Ed Chau*

AD 50        Richard Bloom*

AD 51        Wendy Carrillo*

AD 52        Freddie Rodriguez*

AD 53        Miguel Santiago*

AD 54        Sydney Kamlager-Dove*

AD 55        Andrew Rodriguez

AD 56        Eduardo Garcia*­

AD 57        Lisa Calderon*

AD 58        Cristina Garcia*

AD 59        Reginald Jones-Sawyer*

AD 60        Sabrina Cervantes*

AD 61        Jose Medina*

AD 62        Autumn Burke*

AD 63        Anthony Rendon*

AD 64        Mike Gipson*

AD 66        Al Muratsuchi*

AD 67        Jerry Carlos

AD 68        Melissa Fox

AD 69        Tom Daly*

AD 70        Patrick O’Donnell*

AD 72        Diedre Nguyen

AD 73        Scott Rhinehart

AD 74        Cottie Petrie-Norris*

AD 76        Tasha Boerner-Horvath*

AD 77        Brian Maienschein*

AD 78        Chris Ward

AD 80        Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher*


CD 1          Audrey Denney

CD 2         Jared Huffman*

CD 3         John Garamendi*

CD 4         Brynne Kennedy

CD 5         Mike Thompson*

CD 6         Doris Matsui*

CD 8         Chris Bubser

CD 9         Jerry McNerney*

CD 10      Josh Harder*

CD 11       Mark DeSaulnier*

CD 12       Nancy Pelosi*

CD 13       Barbara Lee*

CD 14       Jackie Speier*

CD 15       Eric Swalwell*

CD 17       Ro Khanna*

CD 18       Anna Eshoo*

CD 19       Zoe Lofgren*

CD 20       Jimmy Panetta*

CD 21       TJ Cox*

CD 22       Phil Arballo

CD 23       Kim Mangone

CD 24       Salud Carbajal*

CD 25       Christy Smith

CD 26       Julia Brownley*

CD 27       Judy Chu*

CD 28       Adam Schiff*

CD 29       Tony Cardenas*

CD 30       Brad Sherman*

CD 31       Pete Aguilar*

CD 32       Grace Napolitano*

CD 33       Ted Lieu* 

CD 34       Jimmy Gomez*

CD 36       Raul Ruiz*

CD 37       Karen Bass*

CD 38       Linda Sanchez*

CD 39       Gil Cisneros*

CD 40       Lucille Roybal-Allard*

CD 41       Mark Takano*

CD 43       Maxine Waters*

CD 44       Nanette Barragan*

CD 45       Katie Porter*

CD 46       Lou Correa*

CD 47       Alan Lowenthal*

CD 48       Harley Rouda*

CD 49       Mike Levin*

CD 23       Kim Mangone

CD 53       Georgette Gomez


Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction

The CFT endorses Richmond Assemblymember Tony Thurmond for state superintendent of public instruction. President Josh Pechthalt said Thurmond, a former social worker, has demonstrated “time and again he is a champion of public education. His policy positions solidly align him with the needs of students, parents, and educators.”


Gavin Newsom for Governor

The CFT has endorsed Gavin Newsom for the state’s top office. Newsom has an impressive track record of public service as the current lieutenant governor of California and the former mayor of San Francisco.

Newsom presents a clear progressive vision for our state anchored by fully funded and supported public schools. He has articulated a willingness to continue local control, hold charter schools accountable, and identify further sources of stable revenue to fund public education and vital social services.


General Election 2016
CFT endorses Hillary Clinton for U.S. President, Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate

The AFT and the CFT have endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. In vision, experience and leadership, she is the candidate we need in the White House. Clinton is a tested leader who has fought for the issues most important to AFT members and our communities as a U.S. Senator from New York with a 100 percent AFT voting record, and as U.S. Secretary of State.


Primary Election 2016
CFT endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate

The CFT offers a custom electronic slate card — with candidates and ballot issues relevant to you, based on where you live. Go to The Educators Choice and type in your address. A page tailored to your local ballot will load, with endorsed candidates ranging from U.S. senator to your local school and college board trustees. 

Below is the complete list of state and federal races in which CFT has endorsed. Candidate names followed by an asterisk (*) indicate incumbents.


General Election 2014
CFT endorses Brown for Governor, Torlakson for State Superintendent

New technology has made it possible for CFT to offer a custom electronic slate card — with candidates and ballot issues relevant to you, based on where you live. Go to The Educators’ Choice and type in your address. A page tailored to your individual ballot will load, with endorsed candidates ranging from California governor to your local school and college board trustees.


Primary Election 2014
CFT endorses Jerry Brown, Tom Torlakson

Recognizing his support for public education, CFT has endorsed Gov. Jerry Brown for reelection in 2014. Brown, as the state’s chief executive, worked closely with CFT to pass Prop. 30, raising additional revenue for schools, and then helped shape a historic funding bill that recognizes that students from low-income families, and students who speak little English, need additional resources in order to excel.