San Leandro Mayoral candidate and Councilmember Joyce Starosciak received the endorsement of the San Leandro Police Officers Association (POA) for the November 2010 election while the International Association of Firefighters Local 55 endorsed incumbent Mayor Tony Santos.
The San Leandro POA gave Starosciak $500 in November 2004, $100, in May 2007, and $300 in May 2008. Starosciak, whose husband works with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, also received $1,000 from the Peace Officers Research Association in October 2004 and January 2005 and another $500 in May 2008.
The firefighters contributed $500 to Santos in June 2005 and another $500 in February 2006. They also made contributions in the same amounts to OB Badger, Santos' opponent in the 2006 election.
Since 2004, the POA has not contributed to Santos and the firefighters have not contributed to Starosciak.
Although endorsements from the public safety organizations have historically been highly sought after, it's unclear how much impact they have. Charles Gilcrest had the endorsements of both groups when he came in third for the District 2 San Leandro City Council race in June 2008 and Rick Richards had the endorsement of the police when he lost his bid for re-election to the San Leandro School Board in 2008.Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at August 10, 2010 1:56 PM | TrackBack