Can a superintendent endorse a board candidate running for their board? If they can't endorse, can they give a quote about the candidate?
May 10, 2013
According to the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, “A public employee cannot give a speech or presentation advocating a political position if they are on the job or acting in their official capacity. An elected official may give political presentations and speeches, so long as no public employee work time is utilized. “ Further, “When making a presentation that contains political advocacy during non-work time, the public employee should announce that they are acting in their capacity as a private citizen. The employee should also document that they were not on the job.”
A superintendent may find it difficult to be “not on the job”.
For more information, please refer to “Restrictions on Political Campaigning by Public Employees” which can be found at http://oregonvotes.org/doc/publications/restrictions.pdf
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