“For the first time in 40 years we have a team that can depose the Hunter dynasty!” So said Ammar Campa-Najjar as he spoke at the monthly meeting of the Lake San Marcos Democratic Club.
Ammar was invited to address the club as to how he, and all of us, can help “Flip Congress and the Republican Rule.” Things look bright for Democrats in November. We are only 24 seats away to take back the House. “We hold in our moral hands the chance to change history,” Ammar excitedly explained. He continued by describing the support he is receiving from all over the county, including big endorsements from unions. But he cautioned that Democrats can not take things for granted.
Seriously, Ammar explained the importance of the June primary, cautioning that we can’t just wait until the November election. (See our recent article on how the primary works and why its important.) The June primary is key as it will select the top two vote getters regardless of party to run against each other in the November election. Ammar is determined to be one of those top two. “I want to spare you that feeling you had on November 8th when Trump was elected” he said. And we are less than 24 days away from when the first mail ballot will be sent out. Given that 50% of voters will vote before the actual June 5th primary, there isn’t much time to spare.
Ammar played out what he called his “nightmare scenario” – two Republicans, Duncan Hunter and Bill Wells, making the top two and freezing out all Democrats. Not only would this eliminate chances for Democratic representation for CD 50, it would also hurt turnout for the November election and impact down ballot races. Participation favors Democrats so it’s extremely important that we all work hard to get out the vote on June 5th.
Moreover, there are approximately 100,000 eligible but unregistered voters in our District. Help is needed to get them registered and to the polls as well.
You can help out in many ways, whether it’s phone banking, door knocking, envelope stuffing, talking to your neighbors, holding fund raisers/coffee gatherings, or simply donating. If you can help for even just a few hours between now and June 5th, please contact the campaign at https://www.campacampaign.com
To see more details and demographics of our district see Ammar’s presentation below.
Please join us May 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Coronado Library Winn Room to hear Karin Winner, former editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune, discuss “Fake News” and its effect on our current political and social worlds.
For 16 years Karin Winner served as Vice President/ News & Editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune (which won two Pulitzer Prizes under her leadership). She retired in 2010 after 33 years with the U-T.
Today, she chairs the board of inewsource, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization that partners with KPBS, San Diego’s public broadcasting station, and serves on the boards of The Old Globe Theater, San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation, the KPBS advisory council and the Chancellor’s Community Advisory board at UCSD. She is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club 33, The Wednesday Club, Women Give and the International Women’s Forum. A graduate of The Bishop’s School and the University of Southern California (BA, Journalism), Karin was the recipient of the Ellen Browning Scripps Distinguished Alumna from The Bishop’s School; San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “The Courageous Leadership” award; the outstanding alum award of the USC School of Journalism and a Girl Scouts’ “Cool Women” honoree.
Coffee and snacks served starting at 10:30 AM.
While most of our general meetings are on a Saturday morning, once in awhile we do have an event in the evening. We have some members who would like to attend our meetings or events but need transportation. If any member needs a ride to a meeting or event, please do not hesitate to call any of the board members and we will provide transportation for you.
Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the Coronado Democratic Club will not have a GO Team for this year’s mid-term elections. However, you may not have noticed but one Donald J. Trump (so aptly characterized by his former Secretary of State) is still with us as a national embarrassment. Therefore, we encourage everyone, whether you were a GO Team volunteer in years past or not, to get involved. There are multiple opportunities where we can make a difference. Pick a contested race (can anyone say Duncan Hunter?), choose a candidate you like and contact their election headquarters to see where they need help, or volunteer for a phone bank to try and tip the scales blue (Wyoming governor’s race comes to mind). Just to get you started, here are some websites that would provide preliminary information:
Did you know that 16- and 17-year-olds in California can now preregister to vote? According to California’s Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, more than 100,000 teenagers have already done so. This comes in the wake of a nationwide tide of youth activism over gun control that now has young people ready to take their collective power to the polls.
“We are seeing the impact that young people can have when they stand up and engage,” Padilla said in a statement. “Since California launched pre-registration, 100,000 soon-to-be voters have answered the call to participate in their democracy. As Secretary of State, I want to do all we can to encourage civic engagement among our youth.”
According to the Huffington Post, young voters nationwide consistently have some of the lowest election turnouts of any age bracket. Studies have shown preregistration can help boost their numbers. A 2014 Duke University study found states that have introduced preregistration laws typically see an increase of youth voter turnout by an average of 2 to 13 percentage points. California is one of 13 states, along with the District of Columbia, that allow citizens as young as 16 years old to preregister to vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. This preregistration process allows youth to become automatically eligible to vote when they turn 18.
California youth who preregister to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old. Preregistering allows 16- and 17-year-olds to complete the online voter registration form (www.registertovote.ca.gov), providing sufficient time and opportunity to get ready to vote.
So, if you are the parent, grandparent, relative or friend of a teenager, please encourage preregistration. These young people have the potential to save our democracy. For more information, go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/pre-register-16-vote-18