Hundreds of students, faculty support Governor-elect Gavin Newsom at CFA-hosted rally

Energy and excitement infused the San Diego State campus on Friday, Nov. 2, as CFA hosted a special rally for our new Governor, Gavin Newsom.

The event drew hundreds of students, faculty, community allies, and supporters to the event, which kicked off the final four days of Newsom’s pre-election bus tour. On Tuesday, Newsom beat Republican John Cox for California’s top post, which means he continues as an ex officio member of the CSU Board of Trustees.

CFA has long supported Newsom, as he has demonstrated repeatedly his advocacy for policies that would make California’s 23-campus CSU system accessible to every eligible student, and create a dedicated source of funding for the CSU to do that.

Newsom, who has served on the CSU Board of Trustees for the past eight years, has been steadfast in his commitment to faculty and students, said CFA President Jennifer Eagan.

“He was there with faculty when we were in a fight for a fair contract. He stood with us when we were fighting against proposed tuition increases for our students. He has consistently and unwaveringly been there, on the right side of the issues, advocating for the People’s University, and we are looking forward to working with him for years to come,” Eagan said, as she introduced Newsom at the rally.

The event, which was emceed by CFA Vice President Charles Toombs, also featured CFA-endorsed candidates Fiona Ma, who was elected State Treasurer, and Ricardo Lara, whose race for Insurance Commissioner remains too close to call. Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, SDSU CFA Activist Doreen Mattingly, and Kaila Cooper, president of the San Diego State College Democrats also were among featured speakers.

The rally was the final stop in San Diego for Newsom’s bus tour, and the campus’ East Commons room buzzed as Lt. Gov. Newsom took the stage.

“Remarkable things are happening at the local level. And one of those remarkable things is reflected in the extraordinary union that represents San Diego State University faculty and counselors and librarians.

“I want to give a special shout out to CFA because unions brought us the middle class. They’ve brought us the weekend. They got you workers comp. They are the ones responsible for your overtime (pay). And you know what? The best is yet to come not only for our unions, not only for San Diego, not only for San Diego State… We’re going to turn things around and I promise you this, the best is yet to come.”

Click here for a photo gallery from the event. The rally also is available to watch via YouTube here