IADC Endorsement Process

The IADC will consider endorsing candidates who are registered Democrats and who have demonstrated that they are: aligned with IADC’s mission and values; and/or are members or allies of the Iranian American community. 

The endorsement process is twofold: 1) candidates for Federal, State and Legislative offices that follow the California Democratic Party’s (CADEM) endorsement process 2) candidates for county and local offices.

 

Candidates for Federal, State and Legislative Office

The IADC Endorsement Committee will agree upon a series of issues against which to consider candidates.  Upon completion of the CADEM’s endorsement process, the committee will review all who have received the Party’s endorsement against its evaluation standards.  Candidates who have received CADEM’s endorsement do not need to complete any endorsement request form.  

The Endorsement Committee will provide a list of CADEM’s endorsed candidates  to all voting members of IADC to seek input on candidate(s) requesting endorsement with a set deadline for testimonials.  Upon consideration by the Endorsement Committee, candidates who receive 60% of the Endorsement Committee’s (voting members present) approval will be forwarded to the Steering Committee; those who receive 60% approval of the voting members of the Steering Committee will receive IADC’s endorsement.  

Candidates in races that were not endorsed by CADEM may ask for endorsement by following the process for county and local office candidates. However, please keep in mind that IADC is unable to endorse candidates whose opponent was already endorsed by CADEM in the current election cycle.

 

Candidates for County and Local Office

At the beginning of each two-year election cycle, the Endorsement Committee will formulate a questionnaire for candidates seeking endorsement.  IADC will publicize an endorsements timeline at least 60 days in advance of the Endorsement Convention; this allows us to endorse grassroots emerging candidates early in the cycle.  The Endorsement Committee will review applications as they arrive.  Each candidate should have at least one member of the Steering Committee who would advocate for them in the Endorsement process.  The Committee may set interviews for qualified candidates if the simple majority of the committee members present deemed it is necessary. 

Prior to the interview, the Endorsement Committee will send out an email to all voting members of IADC to seek input on candidate(s) requesting endorsement with a set deadline for testimonials.  Upon consideration by the Endorsement Committee, candidates who receive 60% of the Endorsement Committee’s (voting members present) approval will be forwarded to the Steering Committee; those who receive 60% approval of the voting members of the Steering Committee will receive IADC’s endorsement.

 

WHAT DOES IADC ENDORSEMENT ENTAIL
  • Recognition on IADC website, newsletter, and social media platforms
  • Ability to use our logo on candidate material
  • Outreach to our 2000+ member list
  • Joint fundraising opportunities
  • Access to crosstab information obtained in the 2023 Poll of Iranian American Voters

In some circumstances, IADC may elect to provide a direct contribution to the campaign committee.

 
ALL ENDORSEMENT REQUESTS MUST COMPELTE THE IADC ENDORSEMENT FORM BY THE DEADLINE:

IADC’s 2024 Endorsement Review Form

 

TIMELINE FOR THE NOVEMBER 2024 GEBERAL ELECTION: 

Application Acceptance period: June 15 – July 15

Initial review meeting: Monday July 29th,

Interview period: July 22 – August 5, 2024

Announcement: August 15, 2024

 

TIMELINE FOR THE MARCH 2024 PRIMARIES: 

Application posted: 9/18

Application Acceptance period: October 20th through November 20th

Initial review meeting: Monday November 27th

Interview period: December 1 – 3, 2023

Announcement: December 15th

The endorsement for primaries were completed in January 2024

 

TIMELINE FOR PRE-ENDORSEMENT CONVENTION RACES:

Application posted and publicized: 9/18

Deadline to submit application (ONLY for races that are part of the CADEM endorsement convention): 9/22

Initial review period; 9/18 – 9/24

Potential Interview Period: 9/25 – 9/30

Announcement: October 17th

Ballots go out: October 14th

Pre endorsement convention: October 22nd

 

ALL ENDORSEMENT REQUESTS MUST COMPELTE THE IADC ENDORSEMENT FORM BY THE DEADLINE:

IADC’s 2024 Endorsement Review Form

To contact the IADC Endorsement, please use the form below.

Name as appears on the ballot
Office or position running for
Municipality or district
Name and contact info for Campaign Manager
Optional message to the Endorsement Committee