STEP 1: MANDATORY CANDIDATE ACADEMY
We realize that not every candidate has a strong understanding of the issues that face today's working families and organized labor. The candidate academy is designed to familiarize candidates with the political and policy priorities of working families in Orange County. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about pressing issues from union leaders, rank-and-file members and community leaders--ranging from wage and contract issues to the environment, education, health care and affordable housing. Our candidate academy is mandatory. If you are interested in receiving an endorsement or recommendation for endorsement by the Orange County Labor Federation, you must attend at least one academy session. The last academy session before the November election is scheduled for August 14th. Register online by clicking on the date or by calling Joline Cruz at (714) 385-1534.
STEP 2: COPE ENDORSEMENT INTERVIEW
After completing a COPE candidate questionnaire focused on the issues facing today's working families and organized labor, candidates will be interviewed by the COPE Interviewing Committee made up of union members appointed by active major unions in Orange County. After the interview process, an endorsement recommendation will be made by a two-thirds vote of the COPE Interviewing Committee. Interviews for the 2014 General Election are scheduled as follows; August 20th, for Municipal Candidates and August 21st for School Board Candidates.
STEP 3: ENDORSEMENT
The endorsement recommendation made by the COPE Interviewing Committee is then reviewed and voted on by both the Orange County Labor Federation's Executive Board and the delegates of all affiliated unions. If a candidate receives at least two-thirds vote from the Executive Board and the delegate body, then that candidate is endorsed by COPE. (Note: Federal and State Candidates are recommended to the California Labor Federation Endorsement Convention. The recommendations are final once the state delegates approve).
STEP 4: CAMPAIGN
Once a candidate is endorsed by the Orange County Labor Federation's Committee on Political Education, a campaign follows that includes at least one if not all of the following components: direct mail to voters in support of the candidate, door-to-door voter education, voter education via phone, and financial contributions.
To begin your endorsement request, please complete and submit your bio sheet and questionnaire to Joline Cruz at
. You may also send it by mail, but please be advised we do not accept packages from non-union carriers (FEDEX). We have extended the deadline for questionnaire submission. You now have until August 15th.
Please complete a bio sheet and a candidate questionnaire: