The deadline to request your ballot is May 28th at 5PM! Request your ballot HERE. In order to receive a ballot, and to cast a vote for delegate candidates, you must fill out the ballot request form.
As you can read below, club member Chris Pearson is running to be a CD 53 Biden delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Some of the other candidates might also be club members. Because this election will of course be virtual, people have to request an email ballot by May 28. The ballots will be sent out on June 7th, and must be returned by June 9.
I am writing to ask if it would be possible to email club members today to request that they sign up for a ballot. Thanks for considering this request.
Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club
…you will not always be able to solve all the world’s problems at once. But don’t underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own. ~ Michelle Obama
2020 is the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing and protecting the constitutional right of women to vote. Currently, almost a quarter of the 116th Congress is women, 108 of them Democrats. California ranks 18th among states for proportion of women elected in state legislatures with 31.7%. These policy makers tend to prioritize issues like education, health, and minority rights, that are considered to be important to women voters. It’s true that full and equitable participation of women in public life is essential to building and sustaining a strong, vibrant democracy.
Empowerment is political and requires community mobilizing and organizing to keep the pressure on. Here are some organizations that can help do just that. One might be right for you. Click the links for further information.
Women’s March You might remember how it felt to have a place to go the day after the 2016 inauguration to be with like-minded people. This women-led movement creates entry points for new grassroots activists and organizers to engage their local communities through trainings, outreach programs, and events. https://womensmarchsd.org
Supermajority Women make up the majority of Americans. This group offers tools for women-to-women voter engagement programs. https://supermajority.com
Get Her Elected Volunteers donate skills – from marketing to editing to speech writing – to progressive women candidates. https://getherelected.com
Center for American Women in Politics Locate state and national resources for women interested in elected or appointed political campaigns. https://cawp.rutgers.edu
National Federation of Democratic Women This PAC unites women of the Party to encourage full participation of women in every level of Democratic Party Structure. https://nfdw.org
After our club’s executive board met this weekend, we are excited to announce that we will be holding a special club meeting on Saturday, June 6 at 2:00pm!
We will be meeting via Zoom, and we’ll have the meeting registration link and more information forthcoming.
Also, we will consider a slate of friendly incumbent endorsements on consent (see our Club Endorsement Calendar below), as well as consider an endorsement for Imperial Beach City Council District 2, and hear a special presentation on ReWild Mission Bay — which the club may consider supporting after the presentation.
As a member of the Captain Planet generation, I’m excited to learn more about this much-needed conservation effort in Mission Bay. The power is yours!
Our 2020 Democratic National Convention was recently rescheduled to mid-August, and due to the ongoing pandemic the process by which to elect delegates to represent your presidential candidate of choice has changed.
We have several club members running in either the Bernie or Biden caucuses — but, before we get to that, here’s the process if you’re interested in voting in the district-level caucuses:
Step 1. Select which candidate’s caucus you would like to participate in. You may only request one ballot, and may not vote in multiple caucuses.
Step 2. Request an online ballot during the ballot request period May 19th-May 28th @ 5:00pm
Step 3. Complete your online ballot. Online ballots will be emailed to ballot requesters on June 5th.
Step 4. Submit your online ballot by the deadline of June 7th @ 5:00pm.
Note: You must complete the ballot with the same voter registration information the Secretary of State has on file for you. If you need to check that, check your voter registration here.
Finally, here are our club members running in each caucus, by congressional district. Bold names are members of our club’s executive board.
Congressional District 52: Ben Aguilar, Rebecca Phillpott
Congressional District 50: Matt Corrales Congressional District 51: Paloma Aguirre Congressional District 52: Cody Petterson, Kevin Lourens Congressional District 53: Evlyn Andrade, Michelle Krug, Chyann Cox, Jose Caballero
If you are voting in either caucus (remember, you can only vote in one caucus), then we’d encourage you to vote for these club members.
Finally, on the heels of some openly racist incidents in Santee over the last couple weeks, our County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher pushed for the Board of Supervisors to adopt the Leon Williams Human Relations Commission. If you’re interested in applying to be a member of this new commission, please submit an application here!
I love you all,
Ryan Trabuco Club President San Diego Democrats for Equality
NOTICE: The next GENERAL CDC Meeting will be held virtually via the ZOOM app.
DATE: Saturday, May 30, 2020 Social Time: 10:30 — 11 am Meeting: 11 am — 12:30 pm
We are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Dr. Christian B. Ramers, a nationally and internationally known infectious disease specialist.
Dr. Ramers oversees clinical programs for Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) and has consulted for the CA Dept of Public Health, WebMD, Medscape, and the CDC in Atlanta. Dr. Ramers serves as a co-investigator for several NIH sponsored projects.
We are fortunate to have him as our guest speaker. This will be an informative and helpful program that will be of interest to all of us.
Dr. Ramers will discuss the pandemic and our current situation. We all have many questions about the future and what experts are recommending.
Last night’s totally-not-overly-complicated endorsement meeting via Zoom (I hate Zoom) resulted in several new additions to our list of club recommendations for this 2020 election season!
We passed and have now officially endorsed in a number of post-primary races on consent, including Kate Schwartz for State Assembly District 75, Terra Lawson-Remer for County Board of Supervisors in District 3, and Sabrina Bazzo for San Diego Unified District A.
Terra’s election to the Board of Supervisors presents the opportunity of a generation — a Democratic majority — given the stalwart control by Republicans on the County Board for decades.
Marcus’s election as a Councilmember would make history in National City, as the first openly-LGBTQ councilmember (and one of the first openly-bi elected officials in San Diego County), first millennial, and first Afro-Latino.
Jose’s election would represent a similar sea change of progressive public policy, millennial leadership, and diversity in a city where nearly 60% of the population is Latino. Jose has come within a razor-thin-margin of less than 80 votes of winning a city council seat in 2016 and 2018. Third time’s the charm, so let’s make it happen for both of these outstanding candidates.
Finally, despite passionate support on each side of the contest for San Diego Unified District E, featuring Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne and Dr. LaWana Richmond, the club ultimately decided to not issue an endorsement in this contest. Each have a wide array of support from within their respective communities and San Diego would be served well should either of them prevail in November.
Thank you again to all our club members who joined us, and we’ll let you know soon about what’s on the agenda for next month’s meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 18th. We’ll definitely try and make sure we get the meeting started closer to 6:30pm next time!
Wear your masks! The faster we get out of this pandemic and onto some sort of normalcy, the faster we can get back to doing in-person meetings and not have to use Zoom! (shudder…)
I love you all,
Ryan Trabuco Club President San Diego Democrats for Equality