Author: Linda Slater

Collection for Refugee Families at the Border – January 26

ATTENTION DEMCCO MEMBERS: At our next general meeting on January 26, 2019, we will be collecting items for the refugee families at the border.  Caritas International is coordinating efforts to get needed supplies to these families.  DEMCCO is asking members who want to help to bring the following items: large cans of tuna or chicken, bedding (sheets and blankets), adult warm jackets and socks, children’s socks, warm shirts, coats/jackets, small stuffed animals, small backpacks.  Additionally, children are meeting with therapists in the camp and need large blank paper tablets, and crayons/colored pencils.  Pat Amador will be taking the items we collect to the border.  For further information, contact Pat Amador at (858) 205-8557.

DEMCCO Elections February 23, 2019

Annual election of officers will occur at the general meeting on Saturday, February 23, 2019.  The Nominating Committee (Mike Bullock, Blair Daniels, Bill Fischer, Vince Loughney, Bob Spencer) is working at a feverish pitch to find qualified candidates to run for the open offices.  So far the candidates include:

President (2-year term) Bill Fowler, Jason Rosenberg, Linda Slater
First Vice President (1-year term) Pat Amador, Kathy Rallings
Treasurer (2-year term) Mary Meyers
Membership Chair (2-year term) Shirley Anderson
Political Action Chair (2-year term) no nominees yet
Special Events Chair (2-year term) Sheila Kadah, Vince Loughney
Fundraising Chair (1-year term) Dee Forsberg
Nominating Committee (3 1-year terms) 3 members-at-large, no nominees yet

If you are a voting member of DEMCCO (dues paid for 2019) and want to help lead the direction and activities of DEMCCO, please consider running for office.  You can contact one of the Nominating Committee members by January 26 or nominations will also be taken from the floor at the February 23 meeting.

To be eligible to vote for officers, you must have paid your 2019 dues by February 23, 2019.  New members must sign up and pay dues by January 24, 2019 to vote.

Check out the candidate statements:

Membership Chair Candidate Statement – Shirley Anderson
Last May I was asked to take over the duties of Demcco Membership Chair-Acting from Sheila Kadah.  Sheila had stepped forward to become the Fundraising Chair-Acting.  For the last 10 months I have been learning and performing the duties of the Membership position.  I have enjoyed this position and I am now asking for your vote to become the Membership Chair for 2019/2020 on the DEMCCO Executive Board.  Thank you for this consideration, Shirley Anderson
Vincent J. Loughney, Sr., Oceanside, CA 92056
Candidate for DEMCCO Special Events Director
I am running for Special Events Chair to register voters, attract new members to DEMCCO, to provide information or literature about endorsed candidates and propositions and to make new neighbors. I believe that this is an important position as it may be the “first impression” our club presents to our neighbors. It is important that the registration booth be staffed with friendly volunteers who know how to complete the voter registration form, who know important dates, and who protect voters’ personal ID information. Training will be available for new volunteers. I will also provide a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page to help volunteers answer questions. I value volunteers and their input to improve our presence at local events, and to add events to increase our success. I believe that my previous 4+ years in this elected position is of value to DEMCCO. Please vote for me at our annual election meeting.
My Progressive Values:
Single Payer Health Care        
Preserve the right to vote for all citizens        
Immigration Reform
Green Energy                          
Climate / Environmental Protection               
Expand Mass Transit
Gun Safety                              
Government Funded Elections                       
Pro Choice     
Race /Gender Equality            
Eliminate Corporate Prisons                          
Support Public Schools
Vince Loughney, Sr. 

And the Winners Are….

The results of the endorsement vote held on August 25, 2018 are given below.  Please note that a threshold of 60% must be reached in order to obtain an endorsement.

Carlsbad City Council – District 1: Endorsed Barbara Hamilton.

Oceanside City Council – District 1: No endorsement.

Oceanside City Council – District 2: Endorsed Larry Kornit.

Oceanside Unified School District – Area 1: No endorsement.

Oceanside Unified School District – Area 3: No endorsement.

Carlsbad Mayor: Endorsed Cori Schumacher.

Oceanside Treasurer: Endorsed Victor Roy.

Carlsbad City Council – District 3: Endorsed Priya Bhat-Patel.

Carlsbad Unified School District – Area 1: Endorsed Veronica Williams.

Carlsbad Unified School District – Area 5: Endorsed Kathy Rallings.

Vista Unified School District – Area 3: Endorsed Martha Alvarado.

Mira Costa Community College – District 1: Endorsed Anna Pedroza.

Mira Costa Community College – District 2: Endorsed Rick Cassar.

TriCity Healthcare District Board – Zone 2: No endorsement.

TriCity Healthcare District Board – Zone 6: Endorsed Tracy Younger.

TriCity Healthcare District Board – Zone 4: Endorsed George William Coultler.

U.S. Representative 49th Congressional District: Endorsed Mike Levin.

Measure Y (SOAR) City of Oceanside: Endorsed YES on Y.


Endorsement Meeting August 25, 2018

The November 6, 2018 General Election is approaching rapidly.  DEMCCO supports quality Democratic candidates for various offices in many ways.  One important way is through endorsement.  The Endorsement Committee is busy gathering information and paperwork from Democrats running for local offices in preparation for presenting them to the membership on August 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  Each candidate will speak briefly, then after a discussion, the membership will vote on that candidate.  A 60% majority vote is needed to obtain DEMCCO’s endorsement.

DEMCCO members are strongly encouraged to attend.  Candidates count on us to support their efforts to win elected office.  Did you know that while the majority of registered voters in San Diego County are registered Democrats, the vast majority of elected officials are Republicans?  This fact is clear evidence that our elected officials do not represent the majority of their constituents.  We need to change this!  Come to the meeting on August 25 and support our Democrats.  

DEMCCO’s Endorsed Candidates

DEMCCO chooses preferred candidates for elected office through our endorsement process.  Members support these candidates through donating and volunteering in their campaigns.  Here are the current candidates that have received DEMCCO’s endorsement:

Matt Brower: Matt is running to unseat Gary Kreep for Superior Court Judge, Office 37.  He won the right to a run-off election with the incumbent in the recent Primary Election.  Read more about Matt at this link Matt Brower for Superior Court Judge.

Michelle Gomez: Michelle is running for the open seat as a member of the Board of Supervisors, District 5.  She won the right to a run-off election with Jim Desmond, a Republican.  Read more about Michelle at this link Michelle for Supervisor.

Marggie Castellano: Marggie is running to unseat incumbent Pat Bates for State Senate, District 36.  Read more about Marggie at this link: Marggie Castellano for State Senate.