Endorsements

Overview

Endorsements

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.

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CFT endorses Mia Bonta for East Bay Assembly seat
Special Election – August 31, 2021

Results Update: Mia Bonta was elected to the California Assembly on August 31.

A special election for Assembly District 18, representing the East Bay of the San Francisco bay region, is currently underway. This seat was vacated earlier this year when the governor appointed Rob Bonta to be California attorney general.

The CFT has endorsed Mia Bonta to be the next assemblymember for this district.

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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.”

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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.