Candidates seeking the MLKCLC’s endorsement (or recommendation for endorsement in statewide or legislative races) are required to participate in the MLKCLC endorsement process. Many of our affiliated unions have their own individual processes, for which you need to contact them directly. A list of local unions can be obtained from the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), which has a list of unions statewide on their website.
If you are a candidate seeking an endorsement for the current election cycle, please contact Katie Garrow at (360) 580-7534 to schedule an interview date and to request a COPE questionnaire. Completed questionnaires for statewide and federal races should be returned to April Sims, Political and Strategic Campaign Director of the Washington State Labor Council. Questionnaires for municipal and judicial races should be returned to Katie Garrow.
The Committee on Political Education (COPE) will conduct interviews in some races. Our Executive Director will conduct phone interviews in other instances. The COPE consists of the Council's Executive Board and individuals from our affiliated organizations to represent them in this process.
Once all interested candidates for any given office have been considered, the MLKCLC Executive Board will consider input from other COPE members and make a recommendation for endorsement. This recommendation requires a 2/3 vote of the Board. The candidate’s voting records shall be reviewed, if appropriate. The viability and attitude of the candidate shall also be considered. All candidates must complete a COPE questionnaire and participate in our process in order to be considered for endorsement.
Any recommendation made by the Board shall be forwarded to the delegate body of the Council. This body meets the third Wednesday of each month and recommendations for endorsements to WSLC (or endorsements, in the case of local races) may be made only at these meetings. It requires a 2/3 vote of the delegate body to confirm an endorsement recommendation made by the Board. Any motion for endorsement made from the floor of the meeting without a recommendation from the Board will be brought back to the delegate body at the subsequent meeting of the delegates. Once an endorsement has been made, no further interviews will be held in that race, except in extenuating circumstances (to be considered on a case-by-case basis).
If you have any questions on our process, please contact Katie Garrow.
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