DEMCCO Holds Endorsement for Oceanside Mayor

On September 28, 2019, DEMCCO held a vote to endorse a candidate for Oceanside Mayor.  While the election for this office will not occur until November 3, 2020, a majority of the members attending the August meeting voted to hold the vote at the next meeting.  The Mayor of Oceanside race is open (no incumbent) for the first time in a very long time.  We have a chance to elect a Democratic mayor if we have a candidate with a likelihood of winning and who is able to receive the support of the San Diego County Democratic Party through designating the race as strategically critical.  In August there was one Democratic candidate running for this race.  Since announcing the intention to hold an endorsement vote, three additional candidates came forward including Ruben Major, Chuck Lowery and Zack Beck.  Chuck Lowery subsequently removed himself from consideration and put his support behind Zack Beck.

The result of the vote which was held by written ballot is:

Zack Beck – 12 votes (11.5%)
Chuck Lowery – 0 votes
Ruben Major – 15 votes (14.4%)
Esther Sanchez – 61 votes (58.7%)
No Endorsement – 16 votes (15.4%)
Total: 104 votes (100%)

One late ballot was received with a vote for Esther Sanchez.  It was decided not to count it as it would not change the outcome of the vote.

Since the required threshold of 60% was not reached, DEMCCO made no decision regarding endorsement for Oceanside Mayor.  Another endorsement vote may occur at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SD DEMS CONVENTION

The San Diego County Democratic Party will be holding their 8th Biennial convention all day on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the Center for the Arts in Escondido.  Click on this link to see the flyer.

Convention_Flyer_2019

Environmental Talk with Congressman Mike Levin

See the flyer by clicking on the link below.

Pilgrim Church Flyer on Levin Speech

DEMCCO Endorsement and Resolution Votes at Sept 28 Meeting

Notice of Endorsement and Resolution

This is an official notification for DEMCCO members that voting will take place at the September 28, 2019 meeting to consider endorsement of a candidate for the Mayor of Oceanside, CA and adopting a resolution.

ENDORSEMENT
“DEMCCO endorses candidates who are registered Democrats and have demonstrated a commitment to Democratic values and involvement with, support of and responsiveness to, Democratic policies and policy aspirations.” (DEMCCO Bylaws)  The Mayor of Oceanside race is an open race (no incumbent).  No Democrat has held the position of Mayor in the history of Oceanside, San Diego County’s third largest city.  We are at a critical time requiring leadership to work to solve problems of housing, homelessness, transportation, etc.  

There are 3 candidates at this time although more candidates may emerge later.  The current candidates in the order of their application for endorsement are Esther Sanchez, Rubin Major and Chuck Lowery.  Candidates are asked to complete a questionnaire that includes questions about their candidacy and views.  Their responses will be available to the members during the September 28 meeting.  At the meeting, each candidate will be given up to 4 minutes to discuss their qualifications for the position.  2 questions selected from the questions submitted by the members will be asked and each candidate will have 2 minutes to answer each question.  Candidates will then be asked to leave the room and up to a total of 3 members may speak for 1 minute in favor of or against each candidate and NO ENDORSEMENT  Members will vote for one candidate or NO ENDORSEMENT by paper ballot.

RESOLUTION
Members will vote on the following resolution, approve or not approve.

Resolution Opposing Oceanside City Council Majority to convert from elected offices to appointed positions of City Clerk and City Treasurer

WHEREAS on August 21, 2019, the Oceanside City Council majority proposed to convert the City Clerk and City Treasurer from elected to appointive positions, and placed this as a ballot measure on the March 3, 2020, municipal election ballot; and

WHEREAS appointive City Clerk and City Treasurer represents a significant threat to the people’s choice of elected representatives of Oceanside city government, the long-standing democratic principles of Oceanside, the importance of publicly elected “watchdogs” as part of city government, and in fact the California Democratic Party’s platform has long opposed eliminating important elected offices in all jurisdictions; and

WHEREAS one-third of City Treasurers statewide and one-fourth of City Clerks statewide remain as elected offices, and must remain as elected offices, if the various governments statewide are to have any hope of staving off a stranglehold on our democracy by deep-pocketed special interest groups, while continuing to advocate for more cities to convert their appointive positions of City Clerk and/or City Treasurer to join our ranks of elected offices, and thus increasing our democracy as well as the number of publicly elected watchdogs while preserving those we already have;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Club of Carlsbad and Oceanside demands that DEMCCO’s board and members of our esteemed organization take all necessary steps within their powers to protect and defend Oceanside’s voters and their interests from any conversions of elected offices into appointive positions which reduce our representative government.  Thus, we all need to unite and mount a city-wide campaign to defeat this coming ballot measure which will appear on the March 3, 2020, Oceanside municipal election ballot.

Author: Victor Roy, the currently elected City Treasurer of the City of Oceanside

If you have questions, please contact DEMCCO at: info@demcco.org

DEMCCO Endorses Levin, Boerner Horvath; Rates Diaz and Lawson-Remer Qualified

On July 27, 2019, DEMCCO members resoundingly endorsed Mike Levin, 49th District Congressmember and Tasha Boerner Horvath, 76th District Assemblymember for their 2020 races.  The vote for endorsement in the Board of Supervisors, District 3 race failed to reach the 60% threshold for any candidate or for “No Endorsement.”  Candidates Olga Diaz and Terra Lawson-Remer were subsequently voted as “Qualified.”

DEMCCO’s endorsement means that candidates can count on DEMCCO and its members for support in their campaigns.  The 2020 race is on.  What are you going to do to insure victories for our candidates?

Resolutions on Climate Change Passed by DEMCCO Members on July 27, 2019

Please see the menu at the top.  Click on “Info” then scroll down and click on “Resolutions.”

CDP Resolutions Report – May 2019 State Convention

This is the resolution report that Cori Schumacher referenced in her remarks at the June 22, 2019 DEMCCO meeting.

CDP Resolutions Committee Report May 2019 State Convention

DEMCCO Members Survey

As a result of the Retreat on March 31, 2019, it was recommended that we conduct a survey of DEMCCO members to find out how we are doing and where we need to improve.  Your participation is very helpful.  Please click on the following link and rate each statement from 1 to 5 (strongly disagree to strongly agree).  You can include comments at the end.  Thank you for your participation in this survey.

Survey link: https://forms.gle/c4Yx9BToXNaBD7yg9

 

Report from the DEMCCO Retreat

On March 31, 2019, 28 members of DEMCCO met to share ideas and develop goals and plans of action for our club.  This exercise was quite satisfying.  The results of our work is presented by clicking on this link: Retreat Report 2

DEMCCO Elects Officers

At the Annual Election Meeting on February 23, 2019, new (and returning) officers were elected. The results are:

President: Linda Slater

1st Vice President: Pat Amador

Treasurer: Mary Meyers

Fundraising Chair: Dee Forsberg

Membership Chair: Shirley Anderson

Political Action Chair: Kyle Krahel-Frolander

Special Events Chair: Vince Loughney

The following officers have one more year on their term of office:

2nd Vice President: Mike Bullock

Communications Chair: Blair Daniels

A vacancy now exists in the office of Secretary. According to DEMCCO’s Bylaws, the Executive Board will appoint a member to a vacancy and that member will serve until the next regularly scheduled election meeting. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please let us know at info@demcco.org.