North Coast People’s Alliance Opens Endorsement Period
This is a press release from the North Coast People’s Alliance:
The North Coast People’s Alliance, the powerhouse, multi-partisan group that is building grassroots electoral power and supporting candidates and ballot issues that serve the interests of the people, has opened its endorsement period for June 2018 elected offices.
Candidates who support economic justice, social justice and environmental justice are encouraged to read NCPA’s 2018 endorsement process, fill out the endorsement application and save the date for 10 a.m. Jan. 20, the first opportunity for candidates to answer questions from NCPA members.
After backing three winning candidates and two successful ballot initiatives in 2016 and 2017, NCPA plans to play a bigger role in 2018 elections, in part by encouraging progressive candidates to get started earlier.
“We know that with enough time — and enough volunteers walking door-to-door — everyday people can win elections against big money,” said Tamara McFarland, chair of the NCPA Steering Committee. “We want to make sure time is on the people’s side.”
Prospective candidates will be required to fill out an endorsement application, abide by NCPA’s “People Funded, Corporate Free” donation standards, and appear before an NCPA general meeting to answer questions. Full details are available online in the “civic engagement” section of NCPA’s website, northcoastpeoplesalliance.org.
The North Coast People’s Alliance has chosen to open its 2018 endorsement periods roughly six months before the June and November elections to provide more time for people-power to work its magic and triumph over big money in politics. For June 2018 elections, the endorsement period opened on Dec. 15, and for November 2018 elections, the endorsement period will open on May 6.
Local offices that could be contested in the June election include two of Humboldt County’s five county supervisors (4th and 5th districts) and three of its judges, as well as the county assessor, auditor-controller, clerk-recorder-registrar, district attorney, sheriff, superintendent of schools and treasurer-tax collector.
NCPA encourages candidates who share its values to get started early, and it offers training and informal mentoring to help those considering a run. The group’s popular “Run, Serve, Lead!” forum helps regular folks learn how to run for office, help manage a campaign, or become empowered to engage with civic processes at any level.
The next “Run, Serve, Lead” event will be held in Fortuna from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Multi-Generational Center, with Fortuna Indivisible and Ferndale Indivisible among the co-sponsors. Two earlier “Run, Serve, Lead!” forums over the past year, in Arcata and McKinleyville, have offered tips and resources to more than 140 people, including some who are now preparing their 2018 campaigns.
In all its efforts, NCPA welcomes people from multiple political parties as well as those with no party preference, as long as they want work together around shared issues that transcend party labels.
The North Coast People’s Alliance evolved from Northern Humboldt for Bernie, a grassroots group that helped Bernie Sanders win a huge majority in the Humboldt County Democratic primary in June 2016.
The group then turned its focus to local elections, endorsing Measure V (mobile home rent control), Measure P (true wards in Eureka) and Austin Allison for Eureka City Council. All three won in November 2016. This year, NCPA endorsed Bonnie Deister and Dan Kelley for the College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees. Both candidates challenged long-term incumbents, and both won in November 2017.