2014 November Election


For the first time in many years, an uptick in the state economy and sound planning by our elected officials have resulted in fully funded public education and an ability to look toward the future. This Nov. 4, CSEA is supporting a number of candidates who are longtime friends to classified school employees and have the ability to keep things moving in the right direction.

“We’ve accomplished so much in the past few years,” Association President Michael Bilbrey said. “Join me in voting for candidates that help us keep up that progress.”

Governor Jerry Brown

It all starts at the top. Under Gov. Jerry Brown’s leadership, California has gotten back on track. We stood together during the Proposition 30 campaign to make public education a priority again. At this year’s Annual Conference, Brown said that classified employees are a key piece to success in public schools.

“I see your role as a key ingredient,” he said. “You’re the ones who take kids to school, who provide hot meals, and when kids get suspended, you’re the ones who help them get back on track.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

The most important race for CSEA is the election for Superintendent of Public Instruction. CSEA members have been working since early this year to re-elect Tom Torlakson, a longtime friend to classified school employees. Torlakson’s opponent is a former investment banker seeking to run schools like a business.

Torlakson understands the vital role classified employees play in education.

“As a former teacher, I know that school employees are the heart and soul of a school. They’re critical members of the team that has to work together to keep students safe and provide the kind of supportive school environment students need to succeed,” Torlakson said. “It means the world to me to have the support of CSEA and its members in my campaign.”

Betty Yee for State Controller

CSEA has also endorsed Betty Yee for State Controller. This race is important to CSEA members because the Controller automatically gets a seat on the CalPERS Board, which oversees CSEA classified employees’ pensions and votes on health care plans and rates for our members.

Yee has been vocal in her fight to protect pensions for all workers, especially public employees. Currently serving on the State Board of Equalization, Yee has more than 30 years of experience in dealing with tax policy, bond oversight, and financial audits of state programs and is the right choice for State Controller.

Other state endorsements

CSEA is supporting candidates in every state constitutional office election. CSEA recommends supporting the follow candidates: Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor; John Chiang, Treasurer; Kamala Harris, Attorney General; Alex Padilla, Secretary of State; and Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner. View all the candidates and ballot measures CSEA supports in your area with the CSEA Voter Guide.

Every vote counts, so send your ballot early!

More than half of all ballots cast in 2012 were mail ballots—evidence that the convenience of voting from home and mailing ballots is now the norm. However, getting the ballot out of your mailbox is only part of the battle. Don’t forget to mail it back!

It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life and all of the sudden, it’s the day after the election and you never even opened your ballot. Don’t let that happen by completing your ballot when you receive it. You can also return vote-by-mail ballots at any polling precinct or at your county Registrar of Voters before polls close on Election Day. Remember that if you lose your mail ballot, you can request a provisional ballot at any polling precinct as well.

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