It may seem like the dust from the last campaign has barely
settled, but it’s already time for California’s Primary Election
on June 7. The CFT has made a number of key endorsements and
is working with labor and community partners to elect champions
for public education and working people.
With the June 7 Statewide Primary Election fast approaching,
the 2022 election season is fully underway. CFT has been
preparing by conducting candidate interviews for the state’s top
offices and legislative districts around the state. All statewide
constitutional offices will be on the ballot, and CFT has
endorsed a candidate for each seat.
It’s not every election cycle
that California finds itself with critical, competitive races,
but 2018 is not just any election year. California is a
battleground state to take back the House of Representatives.
Jerry Brown is termed out, so voters will elect a new governor
for the first time in eight years. And the race for state
superintendent pits charter schools against public
A couple of days after his speech at the CFT Convention in
Sacramento last year, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D- Richmond)
announced his candidacy for state superintendent of public
instruction. He regrets not announcing at the Convention,
Thurmond told delegates, who waved blue signs in his support.
In a race important to all educators, the CFT has endorsed
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond for state Superintendent of
Public Instruction. CFT 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.”
California Teacher asked Thurmond about his positions on
education issues ranging from early childhood to higher
After careful consideration, the CFT makes the following
recommendations for November 8. On measures not listed here, the
CFT has taken no position. Props 57, 62 and 66 reflect the CFT’s
progressive positions on criminal reform.