CPF Digital Voter Guide: From Resolution to Reality
Resolution introduced at CPF’s biennial convention spurs action on digital endorsement tool
It started out as a simple idea, one that found its way into a resolution introduced on the floor of CPF’s Biennial Convention back in April.
It became one of the more innovative ways of leveraging the firefighter endorsement during the 2016 election.
California Professional Firefighters’ Digital Voter Guide, allowed union members from across the state to cue up endorsements from the firefighter locals serving the communities in which they live. The new online tool made its debut during the 2016 Presidential Election. More than 30 firefighter locals, serving communities from San Diego to Redding, submitted their list of endorsed candidates, creating a database that could be accessed by any professional firefighter in California.
“The digital voter guide allowed us to bring the value of the firefighter voice into the 21st century,” said CPF President Lou Paulson. “Any firefighter with an internet connection could easily enter their address and see the firefighter-endorsed candidates for local and statewide races.”
The inspiration for the tool came about from a floor resolution submitted at CPF Convention by Mike McCliman, president of Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters, Local 2274.
The resolution, which was adopted by convention delegates, noted significant weight carried by the firefighter endorsement, as well as the fact the political action by local affiliates in the “cornerstone of their ability to protect the lives and livelihoods of firefighters.”
“The manner in which this resolution was introduced, adopted and implemented is a testament to how our union operates,” Paulson said. “This idea was generated from within the membership, and ultimately the union is stronger because of it.”