Date of Award
Political Science and Public Administration
Terry D. Norris
Candidates seeking public office must build a strong political following to be successful. This applies at national, state, and even local levels. The support generated for a candidate's campaign can be attributed to factors such as personal characteristics, political following, political resources, and endorsements. This analysis focuses on union endorsements in relation to other political endorsements. The case study of the race for Snohomish County Council in District Five illuminates the connection between endorsements, monetary contributions, and voting behavior. Union political coordinators were interviewed and results from the primary and general election 2005 were compiled. The findings support previous studies that candidates should have a strong coalition of endorsements from multiple sources, not just unions; and that monetary contributions are proportional to voting share in primary elections, but not necessarily in general elections.
Burr, Jonathan Stuart, "Organized Labor's Influence on Local Elections: A Case History of Snohomish County, Washington" (2005). Theses and Dissertations. 73.