In issuing endorsements, KABA-SD is guided by its mission to offer legal, educational, political, charitable, and other services to the Korean-American community, and to advance Korean-Americans in the legal profession. An endorsement by KABA-SD shall signify that KABA-SD has found the endorsed candidate suitable for the office or position sought, and that such endorsement is consistent with KABA-SD’s mission. KABA-SD will not be limited in the number of candidates it may endorse where it has been approached by multiple candidates for the same office or position, nor will KABA-SD issue any endorsement for which it does not find a suitable basis. To that end, KABA-SD may take into consideration each of the following when considering requests for its endorsement:
Who May Apply: KABA-SD will consider requests for endorsements from candidates seeking judicial office, candidates seeking office on the San Diego County Bar Association (“SDCBA”), and those seeking requests for letters of support or endorsements for local, non-partisan elected positions, such as district attorney and city attorney. KABA-SD will not contact candidates or endorse any candidate who has not specifically approached KABA-SD for an endorsement.
Ad Hoc Endorsement Committee: When it receives an endorsement request, KABA-SD may appoint an ad hoc endorsement committee to vet and interview the candidate seeking endorsement. Such ad hoc endorsement committees shall consist of three members of KABA-SD, at least two of whom shall be officers or members of KABA-SD’s Board.
Required Materials: Although KABA-SD retains the right to request additional documents as needed, a candidate seeking endorsement must submit the following materials
Confidentiality: The names and application materials of all candidates seeking endorsement shall be kept confidential.
Expenses: KABA-SD will not dedicate or use any part of its funding towards supporting or endorsing a candidate.
Reservation of Rights: KABA-SD reserves the right to decline endorsement requests based on insufficient time for its evaluation, and generally reserves the right to decline to review any endorsement request in its discretion.