Candidate Survey on Poverty
The Ensuring Opportunity campaign distributed a survey to local candidates to learn more about their ideas on policy strategies that will help residents who are struggling to make ends meet. We sent the survey to Contra Costa candidates running for State Assembly, Board of Supervisors, and Mayor and City Council seats in three cities (Richmond, Concord, and Antioch). All candidates were sent several reminders to complete survey. If the candidate did not respond to the survey or to a particular question it is noted as Did Not Respond. Please note that as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, we cannot support or oppose any candidate for public office. These survey answers are intended to serve as an educational resource for voters.
Click on the links below to read the candidates’ responses.
Candidate Forums (State Assembly, Board of Supervisors, Mayoral* and City Council*)
Candidate Forums (updated 10/7) – Join us in learning more about the candidates and asking them questions on their plans to help residents who struggling to get ahead!
Candidate Forum Questions – A sample list of questions to ask candidates
*Ensuring Opportunity is following the elections in Richmond, Antioch, and Concord
Voter registration made easy!
To end poverty in Contra Costa, all of our voices must be heard. One of the best ways to speak up is to vote. The attached one-page guide compiled by the Family Economic Security Partnership (FESP) tells you everything you need to know about how to register yourself and others to vote. Please share this information with your friends, neighbors, colleagues and faith community. While voter registration forms are accepted (and encouraged!) year-round, the registration deadline is October 24 for those who want to vote in the November 8 election.
Information on state ballot initiatives for November 2016
The California state ballot this year is filled with a long and diverse list of proposed initiatives. Many of them have the potential to greatly impact the lives of Contra Costa residents who are struggling to make ends meet. This resource list, compiled by the Family Economic Security Partnership and the Ensuring Opportunity Campaign, will provide you with information and analysis from a variety of sources, both partisan and non-partisan.