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CFA activists volunteer thousands of hours to turn out the vote, celebrate wins

Faculty activists were out in force on Tuesday to get out the vote, capping off months of hard work volunteering for candidates who will help defend quality public higher education and are committed to racial and social justice.

In the roughly three months leading up to the November 6 General Election, CFA activists from Humboldt to San Diego volunteered more than 3,000 hours of political action precinct walking for CFA-endorsed candidates, in addition to calling CFA members and texting voters on behalf of Gavin Newsom for Governor and Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

While Newsom was elected as California’s next governor, the results for State Superintendent of Public Instruction are still too close to call. CFA-endorsed candidate Tony Thurmond had received 49.4 percent of the votes to Marshall Tuck’s 50.6 percent, with 97.2 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning.

Thurmond, a champion of public higher education, was a primary focus for CFA political action this fall, as he has advocated on behalf of faculty, students, and the CSU.

Many statewide CFA-endorsed candidates are already celebrating victory however.

According to the Secretary of State’s semi-official election results, Alex Padilla won the race for Secretary of State, Betty Yee retains the title of State Controller, Fiona Ma will serve as the state’s next Treasurer, and Xavier Becerra will continue on as Attorney General.

The results for Insurance Commissioner are too close to call, but as of Wednesday morning, CFA-endorsed Ricardo Lara has 50.8 percent of the votes with 97.2 percent of precincts reporting.

Watch the CFA Endorsements page for more results in the coming days.

Here are some of the biggest races CFA activists focused on this fall.

  • Sacramento CFA members were hard at work through the Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO talking to fellow union members about the importance of voting for Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and joined hand-in-hand with CFA Stanislaus members to work to elect Josh Harder (CD-10) to Congress.
  • East Bay and San Francisco faculty were working hard to elect Jovanka Beckles to the Assembly (AD-15), support Proposition 10, and elect local chapter-endorsed candidates.
  • Central Valley CFA members from Fresno State were out supporting a battery of candidates running for Congress including TJ Cox (CD-21) and Andrew Janz (CD-22), as well as working for Anna Caballero (SD-12) and Melissa Hurtado (SD-14) for State Senate.
  • San Bernardino CFA activists were volunteering on behalf of Sabrina Cervantes (AD-60) to the Assembly, and to elect James Ramos (AD-40) to the Assembly and Joy Silver (SD-28) to the State Senate.
  • Northridge and Channel Islands CFA members have been working hard to elect Christy Smith (AD-38) to the Assembly and Katie Hill (CD-25) to Congress.
  • Cal State Los Angeles, Dominguez Hills and other CFA members have spent hundreds of hours precinct walking to re-elect Al Muratsuchi (AD-66) to the State Assembly and to elect Cal State LA CFA member Mike Eng (SD-22) to the State Senate.
  • Long Beach CFA activists have done hundreds of hours of voter outreach with local community partners to support Measure WW (Claudia’s Law) which would help improve safety and working conditions at hotels in the City of Long Beach.
  • Cal State Fullerton CFA members have focused on re-electing teacher Sharon Quirk-Silva (AD-65) to the Assembly, as well as supporting numerous other campaigns behind the “Orange Curtain” including Gil Cisneros (CD-39) and Harley Rouda (CD-48) running for Congress against incumbent Republicans.
  • CFA activists from San Marcos and San Diego were extremely active trying to elect Sunday Gover (AD-77) for Assembly, as well as Mike Levin (CD-49) and Ammar Campa-Najjar (CD-50) to Congress.

All 23 CFA campus chapters pitched in to make the 2018 General Election a success, and helped choose a true champion for the CSU and our students by electing Gavin Newsom as California’s next Governor.

“We were committed to helping advance candidates who will do what’s right for the CSU and we knew our work could make a difference,” said Lillian Taiz, CFA’s Political Action and Legislation Chair. “So many thanks to all of my CFA colleagues who helped make this election a success.”

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