The Contra Costa Republican Party understands there is confusion over the sample ballot voters have received. We thank Halfway to Concord for the recent article about the absence of Republican Party Endorsements in the voter guide.
The absence of Republican Party Endorsements in the guide is due to the statewide California Republican Party (CRP) choosing to not endorse candidates for the Primary election under the new “Top Two” format. Further confusion may be generated by the decision of other parties to endorse Republican candidates. Additionally, it is important to note that other political parties can and have endorsed Republicans, even if it is not the preference of that candidate. Republican voters should look for candidates who are Republican.
Under its current principles of “Rebuild, Renew and Reclaim”, the statewide California Republican Party (CRP) enacted an endorsement process that is triggered by our county parties and prohibits the Statewide CRP from endorsing for statewide office. Generally speaking, candidates are encouraged to seek endorsements at the local and county level during the primary.
Statewide, the party is focused on building the strongest state and county party volunteer infrastructure and voter turnout operation possible, to help all Republican candidates up and down the ballot in the general election. If the Board of Directors and the County Central Committees represented in a contested district race all agree, the statewide party will entertain an endorsement discussion in certain circumstances.
In Contra Costa County, the local organization did chose to post Republican Party endorsements for a number of statewide candidates for the Primary. The endorsements and a Voter’s Guide can be found at the website at http://contracostagop.org/ or on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cocogop/
Through the November election it will remain the CRP’s mission to provide support to Republican candidates on the ballot in June and November.
The Contra Costa Republican Party ask that people access its website and/or FaceBook page for updated information and/or to have any of their questions answered.