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When Faculty Run, Higher Ed Wins!

This fall, CFA has a unique opportunity to significantly increase the faculty voice at the state Capitol by electing seven current or former faculty members to the state legislature.

For years, our union has worked to expand the faculty’s political might by electing supportive candidates to public office. But, in 2012 CSU faculty can elect our own members to office.

 “CFA has emphasized the theme ‘Building Power’ at our Assemblies over the years. We have an opportunity this November to build our political power immensely by getting our own members elected,” said Pete Kreysa, chair of CFA’s Political Action & Legislative Committee.

Charu Khopkar, CFA’s Political Director said, “By doing this work we increase our collective power: The power to bargain effectively; the power to increase baseline funding for the CSU; the power to address workload issues; the power to effectively educate the future of California; and the power to hold CSU executives and the Board of Trustees accountable.”

The higher ed candidates on the ballot include four current or former CFA members (Raul Bocanegra, Susan Eggman, Anthony Rendon and Shirley Weber), two University of California faculty members (Adam Gray and Richard Pan) and a former CSU dean (Marty Block).

The opportunity to elect seven strong voices for public higher ed to office in a single election is unprecedented.

Khopkar said, “In the past we have felt lucky to have one maybe two higher ed candidates in a given election. If we are successful in electing these men and women to office, faculty members will make up one of the largest voting blocs in the Assembly.”

Meet the Candidates

CFA Members running for Assembly.

Anthony Rendon served as an adjunct professor in the departments of Political Science and Criminal Justice at CSU Fullerton before becoming the executive director of the early childhood education organization Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services.

Raul Bocanegra is a lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning at Cal State Northridge. He previously taught at Cal State Long Beach and is a local non-profit board member.

Susan Eggman is a Social Work professor at CSU Sacramento and a member of the Stockton City Council.

Shirley Weber is a past chair of the African American Studies department at San Diego State. Weber also taught at CSU Los Angeles and Los Angeles City College before coming to SDSU.

Other Higher Ed Supporters Running for office.

Marty Block is a former dean and retired CFA member from San Diego State University. He is the current chair of the Assembly Higher Ed committee. He is looking to move from the state Assembly to the state Senate.

Adam Gray manages a small public affairs and communications firm in Merced and serves as a course assistant/lecturer on the state legislature at UC Merced.

Richard Pan is a pediatrician in the Sacramento area and a member of the state Assembly. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Pan was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UC Davis.