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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.


Michael McConnell, homeless advocate, to speak at June 23, 2018 meeting.

Michael McConnell is the founder of Homeless News.  He has spent many years on the streets meeting and photographing the plight of homeless persons in San Diego County.  He advocates for permanent solutions to homelessness which includes permanent housing and services.  Larry Kornit, DEMCCO’s First Vice President for programs, said that he is scheduling programs that both inform members and give us direction on what we can do to address the issues discussed.  As Democrats, we are gravely concerned about homelessness and how we can help solve the problems faced by homeless persons.  

June DEMCCO General Meeting

June 23, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

     *note that there will be no PAC meeting at 9:00 a.m.

Carlsbad Women’s Club

3320 Monroe Stree

Carlsbad, CA 92008

Vote for Approval of Revised Bylaws on June 23, 2018

For more than one year, the Ad Hoc Committee for Revising the Bylaws has been working to revise DEMCCO’s Bylaws.  The committee sought to improve our Bylaws by:

  • bringing them into alignment with the rules of the San Diego County Democratic Party as required to maintain our club charter
  • streamlining them to include the rules governing the club while utilizing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to provide the operational detail on how the rules are to be carried out
  • clarifying and simplifying the language to improve interpretation

The Executive Board has reviewed and revised these Bylaws and recommends that the membership approve them.  The vote will occur at our June 23, 2018 meeting.

Please review these Bylaws at the link below and be prepared to vote on June 23, 2018.  Please contact any member of the Executive Board if you have questions. 

Revised Bylaws Draft 2018

The 2018 Election Results

Elections were held on Saturday, March 24, and some new and some old members will be serving as your representatives.  Winners of this year’s election include Larry Kornit for First Vice President, Mike Bullock for Second Vice President, Linda Slater for Secretary, Blair Daniels for Communication Chair, Bradon Schwarz for Fundraising Chair, and Ethan Johnson-Moore for the remaining one year term of the Political Action Chair.  The other E Board members whose terms expire at the end of this year are Bill Fowler, President; Mary Meyers, Treasurer; Sheila Kadah, Membership Chair; Destiny Savage, Special Events Chair.

Three members of the Nominating Committee were elected to represent all members of DEMCCO.  They are Pat Amador, Andrea France and Vince Loughney.  The E Board appoints two of its members to the Nominating Committee as well.

The E Board is ready to go forward for the remainder of this year.  Our main goal is getting out there and electing Democrats for office.  Let’s all work together to make sure 2018 is the year of the Blue Tsunami!

Officer Elections: Apply and Run in March

Notice: Officer Elections will take place at our March 24th General Meeting.

We have the following positions up for election:
– 1st. Vice President
– 2nd. Vice President
– Secretary
– Fundraising
– Communications
– Three (3) members of the Nominating Committee
– Political Action Chair (1 year left in a 2-year term)

Our Nominating Committee (Pat Amador, Andrea France and Donna Rencsak) have provided the following information:

“We encourage members who are interested to run for an office to read the DEMCCO By-laws so that you are aware of the requirements and responsibilities of the office.

How to Apply:
-Send an email Nominating Committee Member, Andrea France:

-When notifying the Nominating Committee of your intention to run for an Office, please include a brief statement indicating your statement of qualifications for the Office, and list the Office which you are running for.

Any questions regarding the position or the process, please contact the Nominating Committee (Andrea) via the email above.

For more information of responsibilities of the Office and to read the bylaws, read below or read our full bylaws here. 

Notice: Election Of Officers – March 2018
Article II Membership
Section I
All voting members shall be registered Democrats. Decline to State or No Preference registered voters may be members but may not vote.
Article III Executive Board
Section 3
All Executive Board members must be voting members of DEMCCO.
Article IV Elected Officers and Chairs.   Candidates for elective office must be voting members. (Article II, Section 3)
Section 2
– The Officers and Chairs shall be elected for terms of two years by DEMCCO members at an annual election meeting.
– The Vice Presidents, Secretary and Directors of Fundraising, and Communications shall be elected in even numbered years.
– Even if the Group consents to and elects co-chairs, she/he shall have only one vote between the two co-chairs. 
  The Officers to be elected in March 2018 are:
  •         1st. Vice President
  •         2nd. Vice President
  •         Secretary
  •         Fundraising
  •         Communications
  •         Three (3) Non-Board members of the Nominating Committee
Section 5
Election of Officers
The regular election meeting of DEMCCO shall be held in the first quarter of the calendar year.  Nominees shall be selected by a Nominating Committee (See ARTICLE VI, Section I.). The officers shall be elected by a majority of the voting members who are present and voting at the election meeting.  The membership must be informed as to the time, place, and agenda of the meeting, including the slate presented by the Nominating Committee, at least ten (10) days before the meeting.  Members shall be informed in this notice that they may place names in nomination for various offices other than those names proposed by the Nominating Committee.  Candidates may be nominated from the floor at the election meeting with the prior permission of the nominee.

c. First Vice-President

Shall be responsible for program and meeting arrangements. The Vice-President may carry out the duties of the President when the President is unable to do so, or requests the Vice-President to perform such duties. Should the position of President become vacant, the First Vice-President shall act as President until the vacancy is filled.

d. Second Vice-President
Shall provide liaison with any/all North County Democratic organizations, San Diego Democratic Party, and others as identified. Should the President and the First Vice-President be unavailable, the Second Vice-President shall act as President until either is available.

e. Secretary
The Secretary shall record minutes of meetings of DEMCCO and the Executive Board. The Secretary shall handle correspondence at the direction of the President. The Secretary shall prepare and disburse official ballots when necessary, keep the bylaws and minutes of DEMCCO, and upon termination of office, give all records to the succeeding Secretary.

i. Fundraising Chair

The Chair shall be responsible for planning and implementing fundraising projects; prepare an annual fundraising plan, including one major event per year; carry out the fundraising plan; organize fundraising event(s) and chair the Fundraising Committee.

j. Communications Chair

The Chair or designee(s) shall be responsible for press releases, ensure preparation and distribution of the Club newsletter, inform and educate the membership about upcoming events and meetings, coordinate the maintenance of the Club website with the E-board and other such duties as may be assigned by the E- board.

Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee shall consist of five members: two Executive Board members and three non-voting Board members. The non-Board members shall be nominated by the current Nominating Committee and elected at the annual election meeting. Further nominations may be made from the floor of the meeting with the consent of the nominee. 
Nominating Committee members shall hold offices for a term of one year or until their successors are elected.  The Executive Board members of this (Nominating) Committee shall be appointed by the Board following the election meeting.  
The Committee shall select a chair at it’s first meeting.   Members of the Nominating Committee shall serve until the next regular election meeting. Any mid-term vacancy on the Committee shall be filled by the Executive Board. 


Please note, that due to conflicts with large events (Pre-Endorsement Conference, and the State Convention) DEMCCO has opted to move our meeting time so that we can accomodate the most member participation. 

JANUARY 27th Meeting will take place from 3-5pm

FEBRUARY Meeting will take place from 9a-12pm on the 17th (one week earlier than normal) 

Pre-Endorsement Club Representative (Delegate) Election Information!

Voting Procedures

  • 9:00 a.m. to begin check-in.  The ballot box will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the foyer
  • General Meeting begins at 10am. Candidates will have a chance to give short speeches (:30). 
  • Voting will close at 11am. 
  • Ballots will be counted and election results given at the end of the meeting. 
  • We will be electing 13 Representatives to the Pre-Endorsement Conference.

  • Of those 13 Representatives, there will be 6 males, 6 females and 1 person of either gender.

  • You can vote for as many as 6 males and 6 females.

  • Voting for more than 6 males OR more than 6 females will invalidate your ballot and your ballot will not be counted.

  • If you mark more than 6 males OR 6 females, you may turn your spoiled ballot in for a new unmarked ballot.

  • The 6 males with the highest number of votes among male candidates will be declared winners.

  • The 6 females with the highest number of votes among female candidates will be declared winners.

  • The individual with the highest vote count regardless of gender who is not a winner of their gender will be the 13th Representative.
    *Note that this means that it is possible for the 13th winner to have more votes than some other winners of the opposite gender.

  • In the event of a tie for the 13th representative, a coin will be tossed. 


All candidates have been vetted and approved as eligible with Region 18 Director and CDP. 

Vote for up to 6 WOMEN
JACOBS, Sharon M.
KADAH, Sheila
KORNIT, Lauren
LAW, Carol
LEWIS, Beryl 
SAVAGE, Destiny 
SCOTT, Nadine
VINEY, Mary Anne 
WOOD, Susan

Vote for up to 6 MEN

CHAMBERS, Frederick
DALPE, Kenneth
FLOCK, Brian
PRICE, Mason Crocker
ROY, Victor
SCHAFFER, Thomas E .

Pre-Endorsement Conference Delegate Information

A pre-endorsement conference for District 18 of the California Democratic Party will be held on January 27 and 28, 2018.
This conference will to make endorsement recommendations for the June 2018 primary election of Federal and State offices (Congress, Assembly, State Senate, etc.).
Currently, DEMCCO can send 13 delegates to the conference 
(7 or 6 female and 6 or 7 male delegates).

The E Board decided that the selection process will be as follows –

Delegate Candidates will be given a chance to speak to members prior to the election both at the October meeting on 10/28.
ALL Members will can vote to elect Delegates at the October meeting (10/28).


You were a paid member of DEMCCO as of July 1, 2017
You are a resident of Assembly District 76.
You have not been elected as a delegate from any other club that is chartered by the SDCDP and the CDP. Since you may be disqualified by the CDP from being a DEMCCO delegate if you are a member of another club (and may be simultaneously elected as a delegate from another club), we ask that you promise not to accept being a delegate for any other club. That may or may not help if you are disqualified by the CDP for whatever reason, but I think that would help.
All qualified members will be placed on the October ballot.

Do you qualify? Submit your name!
You can become a candidate by submitting your name via a Google form at this link 

Deadline to apply is October 10th

*Executive Board will provide a list of candidates before the 10/28 meeting. Paper ballots will be used for voting*

New Board Members and Thank You!

First and foremost, we want to Thank You for every single action you have taken since November. We recognize your countless acts of activism and advocacy. From phone calls, marches, emails, letters, posters, meetings, petitions, voting, volunteering, donating, and supporting in all of the other ways that we aren’t even aware of… we honor and appreciate you.

We thank you for being engaged.
We thank you for giving so tirelessly.
We thank you for standing up, speaking out,
and being a force of good.

As spring’s blossoms burst all over our local hillsides, so does our movement of resistance all over America.  Thank You for being on the right side of history, and continuing on this path with us all. 
It will truly take every one of us, working neighbor to neighbor, and starting on local issues right here in Carlsbad and Oceanside to bring about thoughtful and respectful change. We can do it. 
2018 is just around the corner, and we look forward to electing hardworking Democrats into local offices, and working on local issues starting NOW. 

There are many ways to get involved with DEMCCO, listed below. Choose the ways that best serve you and know we are grateful for your dedication and service, and we’ll see you “out there.” 

Get to Know the Candidates

The following candidates are running for the offices listed below for the Executive Board of DEMCCO. The election will take place at our next General Meeting on March 25th. Nominations can also be made from the floor. 

President – Bill Fowler, Barbara Mead
Treasurer – Mary Meyers
Membership – Sheila Kadah
Political Action – Ken Dalpe, Pat McFarlane
Special Events – Vince Loughney, Destiny Savage
Communications – Amanda Mascia 
Nominating Committee (3 spots) – Pat Amador, Andrea France Sanders, Donna Rencsak

In an effort to get to know the candidates running for DEMCCO offices at the March 25, 2017 election, candidates were asked to provide information they would like the membership to know about them.  Candidates submitting this information are included below:


Bill Fowler for President

Barbara Mead for President.

President-Barbara Mead statement

I am Mary Meyers and I am running for treasurer. I have been a member of DEMCCO since 2004 and the treasurer of DEMCCO since 2012. It has been an honor to be on the DEMCCO board and to work to support Democrats. I have a bookkeeping certificate from MiraCosta College, and I am an Enrolled Agent with the IRS. I do not do taxes for money. but rather volunteer each tax season with the AARP Tax Aide program at the Oceanside Senior Center on Country Club Lane. Please talk to me if you have any interest in finding out more about what the treasurer does (or about free tax preparation for low and middle income people).

Candidates for Special Events Chair: 

Vince Loughney Vince Loughney Special Events Chair
Destiny Savage

Candidates for Nominating Committee

Patricia Amador Patricia Amador Nominating Committe
Donna Rencsak Donna Rencsak Nominating Committee