A Fresh Start for Our Democratic Party

Democrats for Equality,

This week, I had the incredible honor being elected the new Chair of our San Diego County Democratic Party.

I am so grateful, but even more so… I am ready to get started.

Over the last few months, Craig Roberts and I engaged in a spirited and honest dialog about the direction of our party heading into the 2020 elections. We may have seen differently when it comes to style and vision, but there was so much more we agreed on when it came to substance.

Although it was a close campaign, I believe the challenge and spirited debate was not just an exercise in our democratic process, but inspired us both to be better candidates throughout. Those conversations and debates have made us stronger. It is my hope — not in spite of, but — because Craig was my opponent, that it will make me a better Chair and a better leader of our San Diego County Democratic Party.

Thank you, Craig.

It has been an honor to lead this club. We have diversified our membership and achieved great heights:

  • We registered over 4,000 new voters
  • We expanded our voter outreach to 80,000 households up from our peak at 20,000.
  • We helped elect 1/3 of our council as members of the LGBTQ+ community
  • We helped elect a female majority on our council
  • We expanded LGBTQ+ representation into North and South San Diego County
  • We empowered scores of Young Democrats and invested in a new generation of leadership
  • We strengthened our place in San Diego Politics as a powerhouse Democratic Club
  • We have established ourselves as an inter-sectional and objectively progressive voice in our party

We have accomplished so much together and I will always remember my time as your club president, but the time has come for me to pass the torch.

While I will remain an active member of the club, I must inform you that this will serve as my letter of resignation. To be effective at our meeting on March 21st, 2019.

On February 21st, I will chair my last full meeting as your president. I will preside over the elections, and then at our meeting in March, after swearing-in our new officers, I will hand the gavel to my best friend and Vice President for Resource Development, Ryan Trabuco.

Ryan will lead our club from there. He has significant experience as a president having served four terms as president of the Clairemont Town Council. He will do an excellent job and I have complete faith in his abilities to take the lead.

Our next club meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21st, 2019. We will be hosting club elections for the following positions:

  • Vice President for Resource Development (short term)
  • Vice President for Political Action
  • Treasurer
  • Board Member At-Large
  • Board Member At-Large

Nominees for club officer must have been dues paid members for 90 days prior to their taking office on March 21st, 2019. That would mean that you would have had to be a member before December 21st, 2018.

Should you wish to serve as a San Diego Democrats for Equality Club Officer please email [email protected]

Finally, we would be remiss to not mention the results from the final round of ADEM elections:

Congratulations to club member Matt Corrales who was elected as a delegate in AD 75.

Congratulations to club member Cori Schumacher who was elected as a delegate and to E-Board in AD 76.

The unity slate in AD 77 swept. Congratulations to club members Andrea Cubitt, Judy Ki, Fayaz Nawabi, and Ryan Trabuco who were elected delegates. Ryan was also elected to E-Board.

Congratulations to club members Alyce Pipkin-Allen and Dave Myers who were elected delegates in AD 79. Alyce was also elected to E-Board.

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Club Meeting Tomorrow & ADEMS!

This week, teachers in Los Angeles Unified went on strike advocating for higher pay, more nurses and counselors, and smaller class sizes.

Our next club meeting is this Thursday at 7:00pm at Joyce Beerss Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street)!

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.

Also, We’ll be welcoming guest speakers from our brothers and sisters at the San Diego Labor Democratic Club for a “Labor 101” presentation.

The timing of this presentation could not be more appropriate given events of the past week. 35,000 teachers in Los Angeles Unified are on strike for the first time in more than 30 years, advocating for higher wages, more nurses and counselors, and smaller class sizes. In solidarity, thousands of parents and students have joined the marches.

Finally, the last round of 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.

Congratulations to club members Evlyn Andrade-Heymsfield and Ryan Darsey who were elected delegates in AD 71!

Congratulations to club members Bernadette Butkiewicz, Gretchen Newsom, Codi Vierra, Jordan Beane, Joe LaCava, Kevin Lourens, and Brian Polejes who were elected delegates in AD 78!

Congratulations to club members Georgette Gomez, Michelle Krug, Sara Kent, and Nathan Fletcher who were elected delegates in AD 80!

There are two more days of ADEM elections coming up on the weekend of January 26 and 27. A number of our club members are still running, some on uncontested slates, and we wanted to highlight them here:

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 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

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

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
President
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
President
San Diego Democrats for Equality