2018 Election Results: Our Members Made History!

Nationally, with several races still yet to be called, it is a foregone conclusion that we won the House of Representatives.

The U.S. Senate is an entirely different conversation.

Several club members traveled to Nevada a few weeks ago to canvass for Jacky Rosen, and we’re happy to say we did our part there. Congratulations to Senator-elect Rosen!

Statewide, Gavin Newsom was elected Governor, and we elected the first woman Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis.

Xavier Becerra, Alex Padilla, Betty Yee, and Fiona Ma were all easily elected and re-elected, respectively.

LGBT history is being made, as Ricardo Lara looks to become the first statewide LGBT elected official in California as our next Insurance Commissioner!

The only statewide candidate whose election may come down to the wire with soon-to-be-counted provisional and absentee ballots is Tony Thurmond. Unfortunately, he is trailing in his election for Superintendent for Public Instruction.

It looks like we have taken back our two-thirds super-majority in the State Senate with the possible elections of current Assemblymember Anna Caballero, and health care advocate Melissa Hurtado in Central Valley elections. A handful of elections look like they may come down to the wire in the State Assembly, however Democrats will maintained their super-majority status — it’s just a question of how many more seats will it be.

Locally, Mike Levin has won the hotly contested 49th Congressional District race, and Tasha Boerner Horvath has won the 76th Assembly District race. With 80% of the precincts reporting and still plenty of votes, provisionals, and absentees left to count, Sunday Gover is slightly behind in the 77th Assembly District.

Nathan Fletcher was overwhelmingly elected the the County Board of Supervisors, and Matt Brower unseated controversial birther judge Gary Kreep!

The biggest story of the night has to be the unexpected races for the San Diego City Council!

This election in San Diego was a change election. Simply historic.

Longtime club member Dr. Jen Campbell trounced Trump Republican Lorie Zapf by a resounding 11-point victory, on her way to become the THIRD LGBT member of the San Diego City Council!

San Diego will have more LGBT members of our city council than any other major American city, outside of New York and Chicago. Words can’t describe how groundbreaking this is.

It also means we have won a veto-proof super-majority on the San Diego City Council — something that may give Mayor Faulconer major heartburn in his final two years in office.

Also, it appears that our club’s endorsed candidate Monica Montgomery pulled off a victory against City Council President Myrtle Cole in District 4! Monica is currently ahead by 9 percentage points.

It’s important to note that no city council incumbent has been defeated in San Diego in over 25 years.

Last night, two went down to defeat and likely for similar reasons. Those communities have spoken and had their voice heard loud and clear — they wanted change!

In another hotly-watched campaign, longtime club member Vivian Moreno is ahead in her bid for City Council in District 8. She fought a tough race against hard odds, and unnecessary negative ads from our own party. Vivian is a fighter. She won, and she’s going to be dynamite on city council.

On Voice of San Diego’s elections podcast the money quote was: “You know what one group really got this right? That San Diego Democrats for Equality club. They picked Vivian, Monica Montgomery, and Jen Campbell and helped recruit her for that race.”

Our club got these elections right, when so many others were unsure or hedged their bets.

Elsewhere throughout the county, our endorsed candidate Craig Milgrim becomes the FIRST LGBT elected to the San Diego Community College District. Sean Elo is also slightly ahead in his race.

Carlsbad: our endorsed LGBT candidate Cori Schumacher is behind in her Mayor’s race, but there’s an incomplete count of the votes.

Encinitas: our endorsed LGBT candidate Joe Mosca is leading for city council in District 4.

Imperial Beach: our endorsed candidates Serge Dedina was overwhelmingly re-elected as Mayor, and Paloma Aguirre looks like she has been elected to an open seat.

La Mesa: With an incomplete count as of now, it’s a mixed bag for our endorsed candidates. It looks like Dr. Akilah Weber has been elected, but we are hopeful that Dave Myers can come from behind to take the second seat, and become the FIRST LGBT elected official in East County.

National City: our endorsed candidate Alejandra Sotelo-Solis is leading for Mayor. Despite an incomplete count as of yet, Mona Rios and Jose Rodriguez still have a shot to come in the top two for both city council seats.

One of our club’s priority measures — Measure D — which would follow the city in forcing top-two elections for countywide offices into November elections, was overwhelmingly passed by voters.

Measure E (SoccerCity) went down in flames, and Measure G (SDSU West) looks like it passed.

We can’t overstate how amazing some of these results are.

Congratulations to all those who ran, and a BIG thank you to all those who stepped up to run.

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality

NO on Justice Carol Corrigan

It is the club’s position that we ask you to vote NO on Associate Justice Carol Corrigan’s retention to the California Supreme Court.

Here is why this is important:

In 2000, Prop 22 passed defining marriage in California as between one man and one woman.

In 2006, thanks to the leadership and boldness of then-Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom and the LGBT community that ended up in the courts. A trial court threw out the gender requirements, and then a series of cases went to the California Supreme Court which condensed and approved to be heard in what they called “In re Marriage Cases.” In a 4-3 ruling, Carol Corrigan issued a dissent saying she supported marriage equality, but that it should be decided by proposition.

Nope, not good enough Justice Corrigan.

The 4-3 decision temporarily legalized marriage equality in California (no thanks to Justice Corrigan) and 18,000 couples got married.

Then, Prop 8 happened.

Justice Corrigan ruled in favor of sustaining Prop 8 as the law of the land in Strauss v. Horton.

That’s strike 2, Justice Corrigan.

Then, someone wrongfully outed her as a member of the LGBT community. Now… that’s a messed up thing to do to anyone. Shame on whoever did that.

Regardless, and irrespective of that fact, she voted twice against marriage equality and she took a misguided position in the second case which eventually took the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn in 2015.

As a result of her legal rulings against the civil rights of the LGBT community — her own community — I believe this is cause to not retain her as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Sadly, if Justice Corrigan is retained, she will be re-elected to another 12-year term. That means she won’t be back up for a retention election until 2030!

If she is defeated, it is likely that our new Governor will appoint a successor.

2018 Freedom Awards


2018 Freedom Awards Fundraiser

Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
at the Olivewood Clubhouse
541 E 24th Street
National City, CA 91950
Join the San Diego Democrats for Equality, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, and Senate President Pro Tem Emeritus Kevin de León as we honor the 25th Anniversary of the election of Christine Kehoe to the San Diego City Council. We will also be honoring other exceptional individuals as part of our annual awards ceremony, the Freedom Awards!
Awards to be given include:
Early Bird Tickets – $50
Ticket prices will increase on September 12th.
For more information or questions, contact Will Rodriguez-Kennedy at [email protected], or call 619-709-0675.

Will’s Birthday Message

At the CDP Executive Board meeting in Oakland, I had the opportunity to have some heartfelt conversations with Kevin de Leon — our party’s endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate.

Democrats for Equality,

Thank you for all the birthday wishes today.

When I ran to be President of San Diego Democrats for Equality, we set out a mission to continue our status as the largest Democratic club in San Diego County.

Never in my wildest dreams was it possible to have the success our club has had in the last 2 years.

The elections of Georgette Gomez and Cori Schumacher in 2016 proved that our club could make the difference — be the difference. Today, it’s unfathomable to envision a political landscape without these two incredible LGBTQ elected leaders.

This year, we have a number of opportunities to impact the regional landscape, and I wanted to take the time on my birthday this year to highlight our endorsed LGBTQ candidates (thus far) for November’s election:

In fact, we can make history with all of our candidates.

Craig Milgrim, our endorsed candidate for San Diego Community College in District C, would be the first LGBTQ candidate elected to the San Diego Community College District Board. Craig is a community college professor in Grossmont, and helped his students found a campus LGBT club in 1994 where he’s served as their faculty club advisor.

Together, we can win these local elections across San Diego County, and build a formidable, progressive bench that will pay dividends — not just for our club, or our Democratic party — but for local public policy for decades.

Finally, a friendly reminder about our next club meeting on Thursday, August 16th. We’ll be meeting at 7:00pm inside the Joyce Beers Center in Hillcrest.

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Pride 2018 Thank You!

Democrats for Equality,

Wow — what a crazy, colorful last couple of days!

If you didn’t get a chance to check out the front page of Sunday’s Union-Tribune, you’ll notice our Pride contingent is prominently featured in all its’ amazing glory.

BIG THANK YOU to club member and organizer for the Scott Peters campaign, Charlie Brown, for organizing and leading our parade efforts this year!

Clearly, nearly all of our endorsed candidates showed up and marched loud and proud. Thank you to all of our amazing candidates and fellow Democratic clubs for marching with us this year — we promise next year will be event better!

Also, another BIG THANK YOU to our board member Rickie Brown for taking the lead of our booth at the Pride Festival. Our club members and a number of campaign volunteers helped staff the booth this year. Thank you to Brian Polejes and Edwin Lopez, as well as Temika Cooke for helping us out this year!

It wasn’t easy with a number of us in Oakland over the weekend for the California Democratic Party’s Executive Board meeting, but we made it work — and ended up on the front page of the Union-Tribune, so we’ll call that a win!

Also, another shout out to our annual Pride Kick-Off — it was an amazing success! This year, we partnered with the Association of Cannabis Professionals and IBEW Local 569. Thank you everyone who turned out — it was one of our best kick-off events for Pride ever!

Special thank you to the amazing staff and servers at FruitCraft! If you’ve never been, please treat yourself to an amazing location and fantastic wine selection — highly recommended!

Special shout out to our event sponsors…

Ruby Sponsor: IBEW Local 569

Platinum Sponsor: Association of Cannabis Professionals, San Diego County Building Trades, and SEIU Local 221

Gold Sponsors: State Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Congressman Scott Peters, and Assembly Majority Whip Todd Gloria.

In Solidarity,

Ryan Trabuco
Vice President for Resource Development,
San Diego Democrats for Equality