A College of DuPage faculty political-action committee has endorsed challengers Ed Agustin and Frank Flores Jr. for the COD Board over incumbents Dave Carlin and Joe Wozniak (and other candidates Kathy Hamilton and Mike Lanners). The endorsement has become a bone of contention between the candidates, the Daily Herald reports.
According to the paper, the endorsements made by Friends for Education COD Faculty Association PAC are notable, contentious and perhaps a double-edged sword in an election coming after 16 months of negotiations that led to a teachers' contract imposed on faculty without union approval last May. Both sides worked out a new deal that was unanimously approved in June.
"The board is elected by the community. It's not elected by the faculty senate. It's not elected by the faculty PAC," Carlin told the paper. "If I'm a taxpayer in District 502, I'm going to sleep with one eye open if individuals who were recruited by and financially supported by the faculty PAC get elected to the College of DuPage board."
"[Faculty] didn't buy me. They're just supporting my situation," Agustin responded to the paper.