On Tuesday, the California School Employees Association, Davis Chapter #572, announced that they have endorsed Tom Adams and Barbara Archer for the four-year seats on the Davis Joint Unified Board of Education.
“We chose to endorse Tom, Barbara and Alan because we felt that they showed the best knowledge of all aspects of our schools sites including the jobs that our members perform and how that fits into the structure of the district.” said Jim Herrington, the chapter’s president, in a statement contained in the release.
The question came up on the Vanguard article on Wednesday, why the CSEA endorsed only two for the three four-year seats. Anonymous posters seemed to suggest, for example, that Madhavi Sunder, who had already received the DTA endorsement, was never contacted by CSEA.
Others countered that she had been, but never responded.
The Vanguard contacted Jim Herrington by email and he explained, “I announced our process a couple of times at Board Meetings, around the time of the appointment process; said we were not endorsing any candidates for the appointed seat, but were planning on endorsing for the November election and if anybody was interested they should contact me in person or by email, and gave my District email address; Tom, Mike, Barbara and Alan all contacted me almost immediately and we set up an interview panel in the last few weeks of school.”
He continued, “(I) expected to hear from others over the summer, nothing; announced the vote at the little meeting at the welcome back breakfast and twice on District email to all classified before our meeting yesterday evening; nice turn out.”
“(There was) overwhelming support for Tom and Barbara…and that’s pretty much it; haven’t heard a peep from any of the other campaigns till just now; which is not unusual, which is frankly why we do the ‘ask’ criteria as it shows at least the candidate knows we exist and has an interest in (our) support other than just collecting endorsements…”
The video shows Mr. Herrington’s very brief announcement at the May 1, 2014 meeting. While the candidates did not want to comment on the record, one person involved with a campaign noted that, in the video, it shows that Mr. Herrington, while he announced very briefly within other comments that candidates interested in the support of CSEA should contact him, never gave any contact information.
As the person points out, it is a two-second sentence within the framework of a lengthy three and a half hour meeting.
This, the person said, does not count as “notice.” Moreover, while Mr. Herrington states that he thinks he mentioned it before, we found no evidence that that was the case. That was the one and only notice.
As another person indicated to the Vanguard that this was not a fair and open process. Most endorsement bodies reach out to all of the candidates. It is possible, first, that potential candidates might have missed his comment and, second, had new candidates emerged after the appointment process, they would not have been privy to that information.
—David M. Greenwald reporting