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November 4, 2014 Election 

For the first time in many years, an uptick in the state economy and sound planning by our elected officials have resulted in fully funded public education and an ability to look toward the future. This Nov. 4, CSEA is supporting a number of candidates who are longtime friends to classified school employees and have the ability to keep things moving in the right direction.

“We’ve accomplished so much in the past few years,” Association President Michael Bilbrey said. “Join me in voting for candidates that help us keep up that progress.”

It all starts at the top. Under the leadership of Gov. Jerry Brown, California has gotten back on track. We stood together during the Proposition 30 campaign to make public education a priority again. At this year’s Annual Conference, Brown said that classified employees are a key piece to success in public schools.

“I see your role as a key ingredient,” he said. “You’re the ones who take kids to school, who provide hot meals, and when kids get suspended, you’re the ones who help them get back on track.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction
The most important race for CSEA is the election for Superintendent of Public Instruction. CSEA members have been working since early this year to re-elect Tom Torlakson, a longtime friend to classified school employees. Torlakson’s opponent is a former investment banker seeking to run schools like a business.

Torlakson understands the vital role classified employees play in education.

“As a former teacher, I know that school employees are the heart and soul of a school. They’re critical members of the team that has to work together to keep students safe and provide the kind of supportive school environment students need to succeed,” Torlakson said. “It means the world to me to have the support of CSEA and its members in my campaign.”

State Controller
CSEA has also endorsed Betty Yee for State Controller. This race is important to CSEA members because the Controller automatically gets a seat on the CalPERS Board, which oversees classified employees’ pensions and votes on health care plans and rates for our members.

Yee has been vocal in her fight to protect pensions for all workers, especially public employees. Currently serving on the State Board of Equalization, Yee has more than 30 years of experience in dealing with tax policy, bond oversight, and financial audits of state programs and is the right choice for State Controller.

Other state endorsements
CSEA is supporting candidates in every state constitutional office election. CSEA recommends supporting the follow candidates: Lieutenant Governor
Gavin Newsom, Treasurer John Chiang, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

Ballot propositions
CSEA has taken a neutral position on all but two state ballot propositions:
Yes on Proposition 45: Health Insurance Rate Regulation
Yes on Proposition 47: Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act

Local endorsements 
View a custom-generated list of all the local candidates and bond measures that CSEA supports in your area with the CSEA Voter Guide.

Every vote counts, so send your ballot early!
More than half of all ballots cast in 2012 were mail ballots—evidence that the convenience of voting from home and mailing ballots is now the norm. However, getting the ballot out of your mailbox is only part of the battle. Don’t forget to mail it back!

It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life and all of the sudden, it’s the day after the election and you never even opened your ballot. Don’t let that happen by completing your ballot when you receive it. You can also return vote-by-mail ballots at any polling precinct or at your county Registrar of Voters before polls close on Election Day. Remember that if you lose your mail ballot, you can request a provisional ballot at any polling precinct as well.

CSEA Voter Guide

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Cast your ballot or hand in your vote-by-mail ballot. All polling places will be open Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Two key state races for CSEA members:
With the the polls close and the stakes high, these two statewide races are especially important for classified employees.

  Elect Tom Torlakson
Schools Chief understands value of classified employees

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is a longtime friend to classified school employees. His opponent is a former investment banker seeking to run schools like a business.
“As a former teacher, I know that classified employees are the first people to greet students in the morning and the last to see them off on their way home in the afternoon. You set the tone for everyone at the school, for students, for parents and for teachers. You’re the glue that holds a school together—and sometimes the kind word that keeps a student engaged and involved.” — Tom Torlakson

  Elect Betty Yee
As Controller, she would safeguard your pension benefits.

Betty Yee has been vocal in her fight to protect pensions for all workers. As State Controller, she would automatically get a seat on the CalPERS Board, which oversees classified employees’ pensions and votes on health care plans and rates for our members.

California needs to work diligently to ensure public employee and teacher retirees as well as private sector workers can realize retirement security at the end of their careers. While some will quickly dismiss defined benefit plans as obsolete, eliminating defined benefit plans would significantly exacerbate the crisis of income inequality, potentially driving more of our retirees into poverty.— Betty Yee