Endorsement Policy

Endorsements are overseen by the LACYD Board, led and organized by the Political Committee, and ultimately confirmed by a vote of the membership.

As our membership is based in LA County, LACYD does not consider endorsements in elections occurring elsewhere except when the Board determines that special circumstances warrant such consideration.

Request for Endorsement of a candidate or ballot measure in any given election can be submitted at any time. The LACYD Board may reach out to campaigns regarding elections considered important for the organization.

For any election in which the LACYD Board has decided to make an endorsement, each Democratic candidate or each representative of a ballot measure shall have the opportunity to respond to a detailed Candidate Questionnaire. 

All candidates for local and state offices, as well as Congressional offices, will be required to sign the Racial Justice Candidate Pledge to be considered for Endorsement.

All endorsements must be approved by a membership vote, with those endorsements recommended by the Board placed on the consent calendar.

Endorsements placed on the consent calendar can be removed (or “pulled”) if 15% of voting members present vote to do so.

An endorsement will be voted on by only those dues-paying members who have been members at least four days in advance of that vote.

For further details regarding voting on endorsements by the membership, please consult the by-laws.