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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No on the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom
Recall Election – September 14, 2021

CFT emphatically opposes the campaign to recall Governor Gavin Newsom

CFT President Jeff Freitas blasted the recall campaign as being out of touch with California values and an expensive waste of time.

“California educators and classified professionals unequivocally stand with Governor Newsom and urge all Californians to vote no on the recall,” Freitas said. ”Make no mistake about it, the forces that are behind the recall do not have our students’ or our communities’ best interests at heart.

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CFT endorses David Miller and Jose Luis Pacheco for CalPERS Board
Voting period — August 27 to September 27, 2021

 

The CFT has endorsed two candidates for the CalPERS Board. Ballots for the election will be mailed to members of CalPERS, who will have one month to cast their votes — from August 27 to September 27. CalPERS members may find more information about the election, including who is eligible to vote and how to change your mailing address if necessary on the CalPERS website. 

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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.