2018 endorsement process
The Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC) has begun its endorsement process for the 2018 election cycle. BAYMEC is a political action organization representing the interest of the LGBTQ communities in Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Candidates for any elected office in our four-county region are eligible for a BAYMEC endorsement.
A BAYMEC endorsement is extended to those candidates with a history of supporting the LGBTQ members of their community, candidates who have been active in supporting LGBTQ-supportive policies or causes in their communities, and/or candidates who have a plan to improve the lives of LGBTQ people through the elected position they are seeking. BAYMEC does not limit its endorsement to LGBTQ-identified candidates, and all interested candidates are encouraged to apply.
BAYMEC’s endorsement process starts with a questionnaire that helps evaluate both an individual’s history of supporting the LGBTQ community as well as their plan to improve the lives of LGBTQ people through the elected position they are seeking.
The Board may invite candidates for an in-person interview to supplement the questionnaire, however, given the number of anticipated endorsement requests, the Board may limit in-person interviews to races where multiple pro-LGBT candidates are running, high visibility races, or races of particular interest to the Board. Whether a candidate is invited to an in-person interview is not an indication of the likelihood of an endorsement.
Each endorsement will be voted on by the entire board of directors. The Board reserves the right to make no endorsement in a race, even if a candidate for that office has requested an endorsement.
BAYMEC is committed to encouraging and supporting more LGBTQ-identified candidates to run for public. Therefore, LGBTQ-identified candidates are invited to request an early endorsement. Candidates seeking an early endorsement must submit their questionnaires by January 8th. The Board will consider all early endorsements at its January meeting. The Board may, in its sole discretion, choose to hold and re-consider an early endorsement candidate through the normal endorsement process.
All other questionnaires must be submitted by January 29th to be considered for endorsement in February. Any questionnaires received after January 29th will be considered on a rolling basis and only if a candidate has not already been endorsed in that race through the normal process.
To request a BAYMEC endorsement and have a questionnaire sent to you, please email VP@baymec.org.