CAUSE Action Fund Endorsement Process for 2018

CAUSE Action Fund is conducting our 2018 endorsement process for offices in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties from school board to congress.

As a grassroots political organization, we hold a grassroots endorsement process.  Our grassroots leaders are local community members involved as volunteers year-round who work on issues from immigrant rights to affordable housing to environmental justice.  They're ordinary people doing extraordinary things, from farmworkers to high school students.  

First our grassroots committees in Oxnard, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Santa Paula come together to identify which elections are most important to them and discuss the most important issues in their community.  We invite candidates in those targeted races to fill out a written questionnaire, and then interview face to face with our committee members, who ask about the issues that affect them most, as well as the candidate's campaign plans, community involvement, and viability to win.

After interviewing all the candidates, the committee votes on who to endorse, and works to get out the vote in their neighborhoods by knocking on doors and talking to voters directly.  Learning about a local election directly from a trusted neighbor volunteering with a community group is far more valuable to most voters than robo-calls or glossy-mailers.  We talk to thousands of voters every election in the Central Coast's working-class immigrant neighborhoods and have proven results of raising voter turnout in the most underrepresented communities and winning elections.

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