Number 2 in a series…
If you’re “lucky” enough to be on the Breakfast Club mailing list, then you may have received an email about the upcoming campaign…and the attempt of the Club’s members to once again derail an election and discredit the opposing candidates.
They even want you to keep an eye out for funny business. That’s funny, when they’ve participated in so much of their own.
Their claims – That the Strength and Unity party have violated two tenants of the SDEA election rules. Let’s peel back the paperwork and analyze their claims…and the actual truth:
In a previous post by the Breakfast Club, members have complained that Bill Freeman, our current SDEA President, has violated several campaign/election rules by supporting one party over another. This claim was shot down during a Rep council meeting with facts from our election committee. These are the rules they cite for this claim:
Election Standing Rules: D11, E8, E10:
D11: Candidate’s Rights
a. Privileges extended to one candidate shall be extended to all candidates
b. Each candidate shall receive a copy of the election timeline, procedures, and guidelines.
c. Each candidate shall have the right to a list of the name and address of work sites and the number of Active members at each site for the purposes of campaigning.
E8: Privileges extended to one candidate shall be extended to all candidates. Treating all candidates the same by refusing to honor requests for distribution of campaign literature at candidate’s expense (with the exception of Procedures 7‐10 above) is not permitted.
E10: A candidate cannot use the official logo of the unit or official logo of the unit or official Association title in a way that suggests that the candidate has the support of the unit, CTA or any of its affiliates. This prohibition includes candidate email addresses.
D11-a: During this campaign, all candidates have enjoyed the same privileges. They have the opportunity to ask others to campaign on their behalf. It’s a time-honored tradition to have incumbent officers endorse a candidate for their office. Happens in this country all the time. Bill happens to support the Strength and Unity Party. While he is the president, he is also a teacher and a union member, and is free to support whomever he chooses. Sounds like the Club is just upset that he’s not supporting them.
D11-b: No question this was handled above board, since all of the candidates have had their names/faces in the public eye for weeks.
D11-c: I imagine this list is theirs for the asking. Any candidate worth their salt would take advantage of this clause. So, no question here.
E8: I wonder if anyone has asked Bill to distribute campaign literature from the Club. Can’t really answer this. However, as long as Bill is not saying I Am Your President And I Demand You Vote For…, then there’s no foul. He’s allowed to endorse anyone he chooses, because he is also a private citizen, a teacher, and a member of SDEA.
E10: Note the key words “A Candidate.” A candidate cannot use their official SDEA title or office when campaigning. None of the flyers have the current SDEA titles of the Strength and Unity Party on them, so I’m wondering what the problem is. Bill Freeman is not a candidate; therefore, this rule doesn’t apply to him.
The challenges against this election are disappearing faster than waffles at the Hotel Del buffet.
Hang in there, team. With truth comes clarity.
I’m Dennis Schamp and I approve this message. These are the musings of me, myself, and I. I do not represent any other individual, group, or breakfast pastry. Please vote for the members of the STRENGTH AND UNITY PARTY. They are what’s right for SDEA and will lead us to better days.