June 5 Primary coming—and you can make a difference

The California State Primary Election is June 5, and this year the election can make an important difference for the future of the CSU.

It is critical to us, our students, our system, and the state that we elect lawmakers and statewide leaders who understand the need to fund and support public higher education.

“It makes all the difference in the world,” said Lillian Taiz, CFA Political Action and Legislation Chair, “when we can advocate for the university and our students before people who understand our system and the critical need to invest in public higher education. There is no way to underestimate the importance for the future of our university of working to elect the right candidates.”

CFA chapters on the 23 CSU campuses interview candidates and make endorsement recommendations to the CFA Political Action Committee and then CFA’s Board of Directors.

Two of the most significant endorsements CFA has made are Gavin Newsom for Governor, and Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Gavin Newsom spent eight years as an ex-officio member of the CSU Board of Trustees and is a strong advocate for our students and faculty on the board; Tony Thurmond also has been a staunch supporter of higher education during his time in the Assembly.

Both understand the need for proper state funding for the CSU, and the educational advantages of appropriate tenure density in the faculty. They also support the concept of establishing a salary schedule for CSU faculty in state statute to bring faculty in line with other state employees who get predictable raises based on their years of service.

Of course, voting is always important. If you have moved, you need to register to vote, and it can be done entirely online on the Secretary of State’s web page. Urge others who support public higher education to register to vote as well by sharing the link.

And, you can make an even bigger difference. You can help others learn about these candidates by participating in phone banking and other campaigning that is just now being organized by your campus CFA Chapter

Sign-up here to take political action along with other CFA-member colleagues in supporting CFA’s endorsed candidates in the June 5 primary election; a CFA representative will be in touch to discuss ways you can help.

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