January Club Meeting & ADEM Elections

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara took the oath-of-office on Monday (Jan 7) becoming California’s first LGBTQ statewide office holder.

Democrats for Equality,

On Monday, January 7th, we welcomed our new statewide elected officials into office, including Governor Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Treasurer Fiona Ma, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, and State Superintendent for Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.

Controller Betty Yee and Secretary of State Alex Padilla were sworn-in to their second terms, and Attorney General Xavier Becerra was sworn-in to his first full term.

Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis is the first woman ever elected as our state’s second-in-command, and Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Laracracked the pink ceiling (his words) becoming our first LGBTQ elected official in statewide office.

We have also updated the Resources page on our club’s website to reflect our new Democratic elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels.

Our next club meeting will be Thursday, January 17 at 7:00pm at Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street). We’ll be welcoming guest speakers from our brothers and sisters at the San Diego Labor Democratic Club for a “Labor 101” presentation.

Also, we will be holding elections for positions for Club Representative for the Democratic Party, and GO Team liaison. We will also select our Nominating Committee for club officer elections to be held in February.

Finally, ADEM elections are coming up this month! Assembly District elections are held every two years to elect delegates to our state party’s convention. 14 delegates (7 self-identified females, and 7 self-identified males) and 1 executive board representative are elected per Assembly District.

If you are not sure which Assembly District you live in, please check your address at this website.

A number of our club members are running, some on uncontested slates, and we wanted to highlight them here:

AD 71 (East County) – Saturday, January 12
Doors Open: 12:00pm, Voting: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: El Cajon Library, 201 East Douglas Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Club Members: Evlyn Andrade-Heymsfield, Ryan Darsey

AD 75 (Inland North County) – Sunday, January 27
Doors Open: 11:30am, Voting: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Discovery Elementary School, 730 Applewilde Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078
Club Members: Terry Corrales, Matt Corrales (E Board)

AD 76 (Coastal North County) – Sunday, January 27
Doors Open: 11:30am, Voting: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Oceanside Public Library, 330 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Club Members: Cori Schumacher (E Board), Chris Barroso (E Board), Jim Hesson, Kyle Bright

AD 77 (Inland North San Diego & Poway) – Sunday, January 27
Doors Open: 12:00pm, Voting: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade Street, San Diego, CA 92121
Club Member: Indroneal Banerjee
Slate: See below

AD 78 (Southern Coastal San Diego) – Sunday, January 13
Doors Open: 12:00pm, Voting: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Musicians Association Local 325, 1717 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
Slate: See below

AD 79 (Southeastern San Diego) – Saturday, January 26
Doors Open: 12:00pm, Voting: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Johnson Elementary School, 1355 Kelton Road, San Diego, CA 92114
Club Members: Alyce Pipkin-Allen (E Board), Andrea Beth Damsky (E Board), Mary Latibashvili, Temika Cook, Dave Myers, Ken Malbrough

AD 80 (Southern San Diego County) – Saturday, January 12
Doors Open: 12:00pm, Voting: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Olivewood Clubhouse, 541 East 24th Street, National City, CA 91950
Club Members: Georgette Gomez, Michelle Krug (E Board), Rickie Brown, Sara Kent, Manny Gonzalez, Nathan Fletcher, Rafael Perez, Ramon Marquez

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Congratulations to City Council President Georgette Gómez!

Today, HERstory was made in a momentous way.

Longtime club member, former club Vice President, and Councilmember Georgette Gómez was unanimously selected to be our new San Diego City Council President!

Thank you to all of our club members who made it into City Council chambers today to speak in favor of our Georgette.

On a personal note, I want to say how proud I am of Georgette.

In 2012, we were part of the first class of graduates through the San Diego LGBT Center’s Young Professionals Council Academy. They asked all of us towards the end of the Academy where we see ourselves in the next 5 years, and I remember Georgette saying that she wanted to be a member of the San Diego Planning Commission.

Safe to say that she blew past that goal.

Here is Georgette’s bio from that inaugural 2012 YPC Academy:

Georgette Gómez
Georgette is the associate director of the Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign at Environmental Health Coalition. Georgette has focused on improving the health and environment of low-income communities adversely affected by pollution due to discriminatory land use policies that limit the quality of life. Gómez graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental and Natural Resource Geography Policy-Analysis.

Georgette, you’ve come so far and I know we’ve got so far to go. Our club members, myself — your family at San Diego Democrats for Equality — we are so proud to see the leader you are and the incredible things we have yet to see.

Again, congratulations to San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez!

Also, I want to highlight these milestones made today:

  • San Diego’s first Queer Latina Council President
  • San Diego City Council’s first female majority
  • San Diego City Council is 1/3 LGBT
  • San Diego City Council Democratic Super Majority
  • 8/12 people on the dias were women. (Includes: San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot, IBA Andrea Tevlin and San Diego City Clerk Liz Maland)
  • Unanimous, bipartisan, unity for Council President

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality

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.