Solidarity, Success, and a Solicitation

Club members Dr. Jen Campbell, Nathan Fletcher, Vivian Moreno, and Monica Montgomery celebrating their success with friends, family and supporters!

Democrats for Equality,

It is really easy for us to look at Tuesday’s results and be disappointed about some of the candidates who did not prevail in the primary but in truth we have much to celebrate!

Of the 42 races we took positions on in the primary election 36 of those races, or 85.71%, of races were settled in our favor. Now with 220,000 ballots yet to be counted this may change but (possibly in more in our favor) the reality is that for members of the San Diego Democrats for Equality we stuck to our motto: Our Members Make History!

Some of the highlights from that evening:

  • A San Diego Democrats for Equality member has advanced into the General Election of every single San Diego City Council seat up this year: including Dr. Jen Campbell, Monica Montgomery, Tommy Hough, and Vivian Moreno.
  • Club members Rep. Scott Peters, Ammar Campa-Najjar, Asm. Todd Gloria, Asm. Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, and Trustee Kevin Beiser each won massive super majorities in their respective re-election bids.
  • Club members James Elia, Sunday Gover, Tasha Boerner Horvath, each advanced into their respective state legislative General Election
  • Club member Nathan Flecther came in first place in his bid for San Diego County Supervisor, District 4
  • Club member Matt Brower won his primary to advance into the general election in Superior Court Judge, Office 37
  • There were 19 club members who were on the ballot this primary, of which 14 have advanced to the general election!

I cannot overstate how big of a deal that is.

I am not even sure there is a Democratic club in California that can claim that many members who have achieved that level of success!

From reaching tens of thousands of voters, to registering thousands of new voters, from empowering a new generation of Young Democratic leadership, the San Diego Democrats for Equality have been at the forefront of Democratic Politics and now that the primary is over, we need to prepare our war chest for the coming fight in November.

It is Pride month and for those of you who remember, we moved to an annual membership cycle. This means that it is time to renew your membership! We have two fundraisers coming back in which you can do that:

  • On June 16th, you can join us to celebrate DNC Member, SDCDP Chair Emeritus and DFE Member Emeritus Jess Durfee’s 60th birthday. All contribution will include your membership renewal for 2018! You can get tickets here!
  • On July 12th, we will have our annual Pride Kick-off Fundraiser. 2018 renewed members can attend for the very affordable rate of $10! You can purchase tickets here.

Should you be feeling extra generous any contribution large or small is greatly appreciated as we approach the general election! Upgrade your membership to help us continue making history! You can do that here!

As we head towards the primary election we can afford no less than solidarity. The San Diego Democrats for Equality will work hard to reunify our party after the primaries. The hard work of de-escalation, outreach and reunification starts today.

I am in, I hope you are too!

Re-join, up your membership, contribute, the fight ahead is ours to win!

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality

GOTV! Primary Election is Tuesday!

Democrats for Equality,

I know what it’s like to lose.

To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail nonetheless.

As canvassing turns the legs to jelly.

I ask you, to what end?

Dread it. Run from it. Election Day arrives all the same.

This weekend, get-out-the-vote operations are happening for many of our endorsed candidates. If you feel the need to lace up your walking shoes and pound the pavement, NOW is the time to do it.

According to PDI — Statewide, Democratic ballot returns are 11-points above Trump’s Republican Party, and the San Diego region is pacing as the second-highest number of returns outside of the Bay Area. Locally, Democrats are fired up and voting early!

In fact, in the hotly contested 49th Congressional District, Democratic ballots appear to be outpacing the GOP in early ballot returns. This is great news for our candidates: Doug Applegate and Sara Jacobs!

Since there is enough overlap with the 36th Senate District, 76th Assembly District, and the 5th Supervisor District, this will likely be great news to our endorsed North County candidates also: Marggie Castellano (SD36), Tasha Boerner Horvath (AD 76), and Michelle Gomez (Supervisor D5).

For those who have not voted early — we need to get them out to the polls. Also, feel free to direct your friends and neighbors who have not voted to our club’s Voter Guide.

On Election Day, polls open at 7:00am and will close at 8:00pm.

The San Diego County Democratic Party will be hosting an Election Night Party at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego (910 Broadway Circle). The festivities will not start until after the polls close.

On Saturday, June 16th, our very own DNC member Jess Durfee is turning 60! We are hosting a 60th Birthday Party celebration and fundraiser for the club at 1:30pm at the beautiful home of Bob Nelson in Hillcrest. Tickets can be purchased here.

Finally, on Sunday, June 17th, we will be gathering of a celebration of life for our longtime member and dear friend Fentress Ott who sadly passed last month. The celebration of life for Fentress will be from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the home of Bruce Abrams (3130 2nd Ave., San Diego, 92103).

In Solidarity,

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

No Club Meeting This Week

Democrats for Equality,

There will not be a club meeting this week.

We will be back in full-swing next month on Thursday, June 21st at Joyce Beers Community Center, 7:00pm.

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a Hillcrest Town Council-sponsored LGBTQ Debate at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

Thank you to all of our club members who attended! For those of you who did not get a chance to attend, check out the full debate video hosted here.

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Our Friend, Fentress

Wendell Fentress Ott
September 21st, 1931 – May 3rd, 2018

Dear Democrats for Equality,

I often think of our club as an extended family. The history that so many members have together, the relationships built in times of struggle and times of triumph run deep. That is why days like today are particularly difficult. It is my sad duty to report that our friend, Wendell Fentress Ott, passed away yesterday evening.

Fentress has been a long time member of this club. He attended every meeting he could. He listened, he engaged, he was always a friendly face in the room. His stalwart and long support of our cause has endured for decades and he was a beloved member of our club, of our party and our community.

For some time many of our club members and friends and family of Fentress had kept up to date on his activities via a Facebook group lovingly called “Fentressnet” and we know in his final days that he was visited by many and surrounded by people who loved and cared for him.

We will keep you updated as plans for a memorial come together. Today, I hope you will join me in keeping his friends and family in your thoughts and remembering our friend, Fentress. May he rest in peace.


Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality