Yes, They Did! The First 4 Transgender Elected Officials

Democrats for Equality,

Last night was beyond historic.

Pundits in Virginia were saying that Ralph Northam recorded the biggest Democratic win in over 30 years, and the record-breaking seats that were flipped was the most in over a century!

New Jersey wasn’t even close.

Democrats won (and ousted) Republicans in New York’s Nassau and Westchester counties.

Voters in Maine told their Trump-loving Governor to pound sand, and voted to extend Medicaid coverage.

Charlotte, North Carolina elected their first African-American woman mayor.

Among a couple Democratic legislative wins in Georgia, one includes a long-held Republican seat that will feature TWO Democrats in a special run-off election. Peachy.

And our brothers and sisters in Washington State delivered a state senate electoral win so notable, that now every legislative chamber and Governors mansion on the West Coast is dominated by Democrats.

The most historic moment though — the election of Danica Roem as the first transgender candidate elected to a statehouse in the United States — was quickly followed by 3 more electoral wins from our transgender community!

  • Andrea Jenkins became the first transgender candidate elected to a major city’s governing body (Minneapolis City Council), and is the first transgender woman of color elected to office in the country!
  • Tyler Titus became the first transgender candidate elected in Pennsylvania to the Erie School Board!
  • And finally, closer to home, Lisa Middleton became the first transgender candidate elected to a non-judicial office in California!

Despite the media hype and the naysayers, last night was a BIG WIN for Democrats!

It was a shot in the arm that we needed heading into 2018. Locally, as you know, we have some high-profile elections coming up with seats that have been held, and are held, by incumbent Republicans. Coupled with the excitement, buzz, and enthusiasm that Democrats have been showing this year, we could be looking at another historic night less than a year from now.

Finally, reminder that our monthly meeting is next week: Thursday, November 16 at Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest. Social time at 6:30pm, Meeting starts at 7:00pm.

As you can see from our Endorsement Calendar (below), we will be considering endorsements for:

  • San Diego Unified School District C (Friendly Incumbent)
  • Congressional District 49
  • San Diego City Council Districts 2 and 8
  • Chula Vista City Council Districts 1 and 2

Due to our Holiday Party in December, club endorsements will resume in January. We will be taking up endorsement considerations from some of our competitive, non-incumbent statewide campaigns.

In Solidarity.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality

November meeting information

Our next meeting will be Wednesday November 8 at 6:30 at Monte Vista Village lounge. The address is 2211 Massachusetts Ave. Lemon Grove 91945.

Our guest speaker will be Dave Myers, Candidate for San Diego Sheriff. We hope to see you there!

No November Meeting

There is no November meeting due to Thanksgiving.

Please mark your calendars for our Holiday party and potluck , December 9 at 5:00 p.m. at Joyce Beers.  Cost is $5.00 if bringing a side dish, or $10.00 without. The club will provide turkey and beverages.

Club Member Highlight: Jamie Quient

Recently, Jamie was featured in a high-profile San Diego Union-Tribune article regarding her extensive work helping victims of human trafficking.

Jamie founded the nonprofit Free to Thrive which helps provide free legal service to victims and survivors of human trafficking.
She was a civil litigation attorney at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch. Prior to joining Procopio, Jamie was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Anello in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Jamie founded the Lawyers Club of San Diego Human Trafficking Collaborative. She received the 2016 Hope Rising – Rising Star Award from Point Loma Nazarene University for her anti-human trafficking efforts. She also serves as a member of the University of San Diego’s Kroc School Dean’s Advisory Board.

Also, Jamie was the 2016-2017 President of Lawyers Club of San Diego, a feminist bar association with over 1,300 members with the mission of advancing the status of women in the law and society.

Our members make history. Join or renew your membership here.

Club Members Being Honored & Diaper Drive

Democrats for Equality,

Over the last month, we have had the honor of sharing highlights on longtime club members John Lockhart and Bob Leyh.

These two U.S. Navy veterans will be honored and inducted onto the The Benjamin F. Dillingham, III & Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor 2017 Induction Ceremony on Thursday, November 9th.

The ceremony will take place at the San Diego LGBT Center from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, and we’d love to see as many club members turn out to help honor and celebrate their service to our country.

Please check out the Facebook event page for more details. Congratulations again to our two club members on this honor!

We have joined the effort to help collect diapers to benefit Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher and the San Diego County Building Trades’ Diaper Drive. Diapers collected will go the families in need. So, please bring diapers to our upcoming club meeting on Thursday, November 16th!

You may also drop diapers off at our club office: 1238 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 (right above Uptown Tavern in Hillcrest).

In Solidarity.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Club Member Highlight: Susan Guinn

Susan Guinn received her Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from the University of New Mexico in 1988 and graduated from the University of Denver School of Law with her J.D in 1991. She has a San Diego based law practice dedicated to protecting and advancing consumer rights. Examples of Guinn’s cases include school bus safety, tobacco litigation, product liability and environmental law. She was a two-time President for the Western Trial Lawyers and is or has been a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (“CAOC”), the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, the Western Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Attorneys Information Exchange Group, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. In addition, she served as a Board Member for CAOC from approximately 1996 through 2000.

Guinn is President of the non-profit organization St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which provides legal and financial support to the St. Paul’s Center in Kampala Uganda. She serves as the Chair of the Environmental and Sustainability Committee for the San Diego Unified School District and assists the district with strategic partnerships. Guinn also serves on the Board of San Diego Zoo Global, and has served as a board member for Equality California, and Consumer Attorneys of California.

Susan Guinn has previously been elected as an ADEM delegate for the California Democratic Party, and ran for San Diego County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder in 2010. She has been a longtime patron member of San Diego Democrats for Equality and currently serves as Vice President for Political Action.

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