November 2018 Endorsement Meeting

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EBWPA November 2018 General Election Endorsement Meeting

Meeting Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018

Time: 10am-4pm*

Location: 310 Gallery- 310 14th Street, Oakland (between Webster and Harrison)

Email questions to: [email protected]

*Subject to change

Last day to become a NEW member of EBWPA and be eligible to vote at the August 26th endorsement meeting is July 28, 2018.

If you are a candidate seeking endorsement, you must fill out our EBWPA Candidate Questionnaire. Questionnaires are due no later than August 17, 2018 at 5pm (PT). Please note: This is a public document and is subject to review by members of EBWPA. For questions, email [email protected] 

In order to be eligible to vote in our 2018 endorsement meetings you must be:

  • A continuing member in good standing within the past 12 months; or
  • A new member who has joined at least 30 days prior to the scheduled endorsement meeting

Membership in the East Bay Women’s Political Alliance means you are joining your voice with others to amplify our collective power in the political arena. 

Benefits include:

  • Access to exclusive membership events.
  • Participation in the annual election of Board members.
  • Ability to vote on electoral endorsements.
  • Access to other networking opportunities.

Annual membership levels are:

  • Honorary (women under 18 years old) Free
  • Student  $15
  • Young Professional (under age 30) $25
  • Regular Membership  $50

To join, visit our website.


2016 Primary Election Endorsement Meeting


EBWPC PAC 2016 Primary Election Endorsements


The EBWPC PAC Primary Election endorsement meeting is Saturday, March 26 from 12pm to 5pm at I-SEEED 1625 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94612. We will be considering a number of races in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. 



The EBWPC Political Action Committee (PAC) endorses candidates and ballot measures on our bottom line issues and supports endorsed campaigns with volunteer activities and financially. We are grateful to our donors whose support gives us the tools to fulfill our mission.


Please note your race's scheduled time for March 26. All candidates (or candidate proxy) must arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled interview. 


For County Central Committee Candidates: You have 1 minute for your statement


For All Other Candidates: You will have 2 minutes for your opening statement, 2 minutes for your closing statement and 1 minute for responses to the audience's questions during Q&A


1:00pm                U.S. Congressional, District 13


1:05pm               County Central Committees

Contra Costa District 1

Contra Costa District 2

Alameda County District 15

Alameda County District 18

Alameda County District 25

1:35pm                BREAK

1:40pm                Alameda County Superior Court

District 1

District 2

District 14 

2:00pm                Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors

District 3

District 5

2:30pm                Alameda County Board of Education, Area 2

2:40pm                Water Agency, Zone 7

2:45pm                BREAK

3:00pm                California State Senate, District 9

3:20pm                BREAK

3:30pm                California State Assembly

District 16

District 15

District 14

3:55pm             Hayward City Council

4:15pm             Endorsement Process Closing Remarks

4:30pm             Member Discussion

5:00pm             Last Call for Ballots


Key Dates

March 23 by MIDNIGHT - Extended deadline for Questionnaire Submissions

March 25 by 12n - Deadline for candidates to confirm participation in forum

March 26 - Endorsement meeting from 1-5pm (See Details Below)

March 28 - Endorsement results released

April 11 - Endorsed candidates notified of expressions of support


Our Process 

After the filing deadline, EBWPC PAC sends all filed candidates, in races where a woman is running, a questionnaire to complete. Our questionnaire gives candidates the opportunity to introduce themselves to the organization and to mutually determine whether they meet the EBWPC PAC's bottom line issues. Candidates who submit their questionnaire timely and, importantly, meet our bottom line issues will be considered for the endorsement. They are then invited to speak before our membership at an endorsement forum and vote.


To candidates appearing on the November 2016 General Election ballot: You will be invited to participate in an endorsement process in August 2016. Questionnaires will be sent out following the filing deadline on August 12, 2016.


Gaining our Endorsement

Importantly, EBWPC PAC endorses women candidates only. Men candidates are invited to complete the questionnaire and may be eligible to speak before members, pending a number of factors.


A 60% threshold is needed from members attending the endorsement meeting to secure EBWPC PAC's endorsement. Votes are tallied the same day as the endorsement meeting. Candidates are notified within 24 hours. Endorsement results are posted the following Monday.


Voting Eligibility

In order to vote, EBWPC PAC members must be in good standing and new members must join at least 30 days before voting takes place (February 26, 2016).


Support for Endorsed Candidates

Endorsed candidates will receive support from EBWPC PAC to help them get elected. The PAC Board determines levels of support based on a number of variables, such as the number of women on the elected body, number of women in the race, competitiveness of the race, etc.

·    Use of name and logo on campaign & promotional items

·    Inclusion in EBWPC PAC election materials

·    Inclusion in EBWPC PAC slate cards

·    Financial contributions

·    Sponsored canvassing, phone-banking & GOTV

Please email us with any questions or comments at [email protected].



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Overwhelming gratitude is extended to our 2014-2015 caucus leadership: Amelia Lopez, Amy Shrago, Annie Flores, Ces Rosales, Jamila English, Dr. Jennifer Ong, Jennifer Root, Jennifer Webber, Julie Waters, Kerry Birnbach, Maria Henderson, Rose Sutton, Sbeydeh Viveros-Walton, Susan Rosenthal and Winnie Anderson. These women led our caucus through a pivotal evolution into the East Bay Women’s Political Caucus (EBWPC). They are talented. They are strong. They are brilliant. They create. They inspire. Thank you.

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