GO Public Schools Advocates West Contra Costa 2020 Endorsement Process & Candidate Information

GO Advocates West Contra Costa is unapologetic about keeping students and families from historically underserved communities at the center of every conversation. We believe that the best way to endorse candidates for school board is with input from our network of West Contra Costa parents, educators, and advocates.

How does your endorsement process work?

    We send a questionnaire to each candidate that focuses on their policy positions and leadership experience. Once we collect completed versions from the candidates, the questionnaires are shared with our community, who then have a chance to provide feedback and let us know what they think.

    We send invites to our community to attend a live interview day, where candidates are asked a series of questions in front of our community members. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s candidate interviews will be conducted virtually. Based on the candidates’ interviews, we collect feedback from our constituents in the room.

    Based on the candidate questionnaires, candidate interviews, and feedback from our community, our Leadership Council votes on endorsements.

    We are proud of how our candidate interview and endorsement process benefits our community:

    • Families, educators, and other community members gain important information and consider each candidate’s and/or measure’s qualifications.
    • The process creates dialogue that allows community members to clarify values and priorities for all students within our public education system.
    • We provide information for the general voting public as citizens consider how to vote.

    Meet the Candidates

    The year 2020 marks the first election cycle where school board candidates in West Contra Costa will be elected by wards, and not at-large. Because of this change, all five school board seats are now open. 

    In an effort to help our network get to know the candidates running for school board in advance of our endorsement event, we have provided their answers to our candidate questionnaire. Please note, while we sent the questionnaire to all candidates, some candidates chose not to respond.

    District 1

    Estela DePaz  English | Español

    District 2

    Audra “Golddie” Williams  English | Español

    District 4

    Kelly Reck  English | Español

    District 5

    Tom Panas  English | Español

    Carolyn Wysinger  English | Español

    Contra Costa County Board of Education Area 1

    Fatima Alleyne  English | Español

    Compare each candidate’s answers  English | Español

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