A crowd of about 80 people was in attendance for our August endorsement forums at El Cerrito High School. ECDC Executive Vice President Greg Lyman moderated five sessions, and the ECDC made the following candidate endorsements:
- Tony Thurmond – Assembly District 15
- Al Miller – Stege Sanitary District
- Dwight Merrill – Stege Sanitary District
- John Marquez – Contra Costa Community College Board
The club made no endorsement in the West Contra Costa School Board race. Seven candidates and two surrogate speakers attended the forum, and the resulting vote split meant that no candidate achieved the 60% threshold required to earn the club’s endorsement.
In the West Contra Costa Healthcare District race, no candidates attended the forum, and on the endorsement ballot no candidate crossed the 60% threshold.
Following some procedural votes the club unanimously voted to endorse
Finally, the club considered El Cerrito’s proposed extension of Measure R, and voted to endorse the Yes position. Following a member inquiry, the ballot measure language can be found on the Contra Costa elections website.
- Yes on El Cerrito Measure R
The club will consider endorsements in additional races, including El Cerrito City Council and Kensington PPCSD, at the Aug 26 and Sep 23 club meetings.
The membership deadline passed in late July for the August endorsement forums. The deadline for membership to vote in the September 23 forum, for Kensington races, is August 24.
ECDC endorsements are made in each election cycle according to our by-laws (pdf). Only members in good standing for 30 days prior to the endorsement forum may vote, and the ECDC may only endorse Democrats in any race whether partisan or non-. A candidate must be selected on ballots of 60% of the members present to gain the club’s endorsement.
Our Endorsement Forum for the 2014 November election will be held in the El Cerrito High School cafeteria on August 23. Full details will be available once candidate filing has closed, but here are the races that we are considering:
- Assembly District 15
- West Contra Costa Unified School District Board
- Stege Sanitary District Board
- El Cerrito City Council
- Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District
- AC Transit Board – At-large
- West Contra Costa Healthcare District Board
- Contra Costa Community College District – Ward 1
- Kensington Fire Protection District
Additional details on the agenda and voting will come once the filing period has passed.
ECDC endorsements are made in each election cycle according to our by-laws (pdf). Only members in good standing for 30 days prior to the endorsement forum may vote, and the ECDC may only endorse Democrats in any race whether partisan or non-. A candidate must be selected on 60% of the members present to gain the club’s endorsement.