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19 May
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Mike Thaller, Candidate for CDP Controller, says “Goodbye” to Progressive Caucus.


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Mike Thaller says Goodbye
to Progressive Caucus.

Progressive Caucus Chair years says “Goodbye” as he runs for CDP Controller.

 

Mike Thaller, an officer in the Progressive Caucus for 8 years, said “Goodbye” to the Progressive Caucus this morning so he could concentrate on the CDP Controller race and whatever follows it.  Mike has been active in the San Diego County Democratic Party and the CDP for about 14 years and has no intention of leaving either…or the Progressive Caucus.  He declares that it is time to move on from the leadership of the Caucus as he puts his professional experience as a Controller in two separate industries to work for the CDP.

Mike has been a strong advocate of the Caucuses and co-founder of the “Caucus of Caucuses,” empowering the members of the CDP.  We recommend that you read what he had to say to the Caucus…

 

 

Goodbye From Mike – at Least For now.
Those of you who are returning Progressive Caucus members probably noticed that I am not running for re-election as Chair.   After two years as a Vice Chair (or was it four?) and four years as the Chair, I am proud of what we have accomplished and the things we have learned.  It’s time to move on to other things, assured that the Caucus will be n good hands.As you are probably aware, I am running for Controller of the CDP.  My concern for the party is the of money from some corporations that put their interests above our platform and resolutions.  The result is that Caucuses, Central Committees, and DSCC members often hit a proverbial brick wall making progress on bills and propositions that we all believe in.  This only serves to make it more difficult to get our candidates elected and the quality of life improved for all Californians.

Most of the other candidates have picked up my mantra on weaning the party from this “Dark Money.” It needs to be carefully done and will take time, but we must take the mood of the country in mind and start.

The choice this Saturday is simple.  Elect a qualified (I was a controller in the film production and then the educational material industries in my professional life) person to be part of the team of officers to return us to being the “Party of the People.”  OR elect someone who has a history of raising money from those very industries that fight our platform and who may well have a conflict of interest by profiting from the position.

I hope you will vote for me for Controller and support me and the other officers in our work towards clean money.  Thank you in advance.
We are the Democratic Party!
Mike Thaller, Chair (for a few more days)
The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party
bit.ly/ThallerController

 

If you agree that the party needs to move back to the people and away from big corporations…

…Please support and vote for Mike Thaller for CDP Controller at the CDP Convention this weekend.
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Transparency, Accountability,
Positive Branding, Unity, Access,
Coalition Building, listening,
Bottom up and top down organization.
We are the CDP!

Mike Thaller, Chair
The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party

MikeForController@Thallers.com

 

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19 May
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CA NURSES ASSN. THROW WEIGHT BEHIND RICARDO LARA’S STATEWIDE BID


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

May 18, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
CA NURSES ASSN. THROW WEIGHT BEHIND RICARDO LARA’S STATEWIDE BID
Senator Ricardo Lara Scores Impactful Endorsement from California Nurses Association, Grows Coalition of Support Among Working Families

LONG BEACH, CA — Demonstrating the continued strength and force of his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara received a sought-after endorsement from the California Nurses Association.

In announcing their support of Senator Lara’s Insurance Commissioner bid, Deborah Burger, RN co-president, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United released the following statement:

“The California Nurses Association are thrilled to endorse Senator Ricardo Lara for California State Insurance Commissioner. He’s been a fearless leader in the pursuit of healthcare for all, co-authoring California’s innovative single-payer healthcare bill SB562. Moreover, Senator Lara’s spent his career fighting for social and economic justice to help lift up disadvantaged and less fortunate communities from working families to immigrants, and myriad others. We know he’ll be a bold force on behalf of California’s nurses, everyday consumers and all Californians as our state’s next Insurance Commissioner.”

Today’s announcement follows the release the Senator’s new digital video ad, titled, “Embolden,” which takes aim at Donald Trump’s backwards agenda and the President’s comments saying that “California is out of control,” by illustrating the sharp contrast between the Oval Office’s agenda and that of Lara’s.

To view the ad, click on the screen shot below:

Since the inception of his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has amassed wide-ranging support from leaders and organizations, including:
Elected Leaders

  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Tony Mendoza
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby

Organizations Representing Working People

  • UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • United Steelworkers Legislative Education Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277

Organizations 

  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • HONOR PAC

In recent weeks, Senator Lara, who recently co-introduced Californians for a Healthy California Act (SB 562), which amounts to single-payer healthcare for the state, announced that he is running to serve as California’s State Insurance Commissioner – a statewide elected office dedicated to protecting consumers, enforcing all insurance regulations, and safeguarding Californians’ economic and health security.
Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as the “Point man in the push for immigrant rights,” Senator Lara, who also previously served as Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and currently serves as Vice Chair of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus, announced his candidacy by previously releasing the following statement:

“Our nation is in full blown crisis mode right now. We have a man in the White House with no popular mandate, who is methodically working to strip Americans of their healthcare, their economic security and their civil liberties.

“I’m running to be California’s next State Insurance Commissioner because I believe at my core that California needs a strong defender, and a counterpuncher, who will stand up to fight our bullying President, Donald Trump, and his increasingly reckless federal government on issues from healthcare access to economic security and more. If millions of Californians begin losing their health insurance because of actions taken by Donald Trump, I will be there to fight him tooth and nail at every pass.

“As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I’ll work tirelessly to represent the great people of California, not the corporations, the billionaire class, the pharmaceutical or the insurance companies. I plan to work with anybody who is willing to come to the table, but my allegiance will always be first and foremost to the consumers, the patients, our working families, and our most vulnerable communities in our Golden State.”

As a State Senator, Ricardo Lara has already been a leader on numerous issues that the office of the Insurance Commissioner interacts with. As stated above, he recently co-introduced a single-payer healthcare system for the state, and also spearheaded the groundbreaking law that provided health care for 170,000 immigrant children, and has played a strong, dynamic role in shaping, implementing and expanding Covered California.

In 2016, Senator Lara engineered the successful statewide campaign to allow for multi-lingual education in California’s schools. He was also one of the key leaders behind a landmark effort to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in California. This legislation is more important than ever, now that Donald Trump has instructed border patrol agents that they may deport undocumented immigrants for the “crime” of driving without a license.

Senator Lara was born and raised in East Los Angeles and attended schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  He graduated from San Diego State University with a double major in Journalism and Spanish. He worked as a legislative staffer for years, including working for State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and for then-Assemblymember and now State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Léon. In 2010, Senator Lara was elected to the California State Assembly, and in 2012, he was elected to the California State Senate, where he made history as the first openly gay person of color in the State Senate.

His 33rd Senate District is expansive, encompassing nearly one million people, roughly 70% of which is Latino. The district is located in the heart of the South Bay and stretches from Long Beach to Lynwood, and from Huntington Park to Lakewood and Los Angeles.

Significantly, if elected, Senator Lara would be the first openly gay statewide elected official in California. Today, Senator Lara serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate, considered to be perhaps the most influential committee in the California State Senate.
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19 May
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BAUMAN UNVEILS NEW DIGITAL VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING BOLD IDEAS FOR CDP


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

May 18, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

 

BAUMAN UNVEILS NEW DIGITAL VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING BOLD IDEAS FOR CDP
Titled, “Bold Ideas,” New Video Illustrates Bauman’s Vision for the California Democratic Party
LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, California Democratic Party Vice Chair, Eric C. Bauman, released a new digital video ad, titled “Bold Ideas.”

To view the ad, click here or on the screen shot below:

Below is a copy of Bauman’s “Bold Ideas” video ad script:

  • This is a bleak time for our country, with Donald Trump and his dystopian worldview attacking every one of our closely held values. But just it’s not enough for the Democratic Party to be the anti-Trump Party.
  • We must unite around our shared progressive agenda. 
  • As Democrats across our nation struggle to stay relevant, the successes of the Democratic Party right here in California provide the roadmap back to power.
  • To accomplish this — we must harness the innovation and passion of California’s grassroots Democratic activists, and embrace three core pillars:
  • That we are the Party of the Big Tent.
  • The Party of Bold Ideas.
  • And the Party that is Building the Future.
  • These pillars can’t just be empty rhetoric —  they have to be our reality.
  • That’s why when I’m elected Chair, I will immediately begin live-streaming our meetings so that every Democrat in California, no matter where they’re located, can participate.
  • I am committed to taking on Schwarzenegger’s top-two Primary, which pits Democrat on Democrat and wastes millions of our dollars.
  • And I’ll create the California Democratic Center for Progress and Action — part think tank, part learning and resource center, where activists, elected officials, and our brothers and sisters in organized labor can sit together to solve some of our most vexing problems.
  • I’m very excited about my bold ideas, but they’re just the start.
  • I believe our Party’s greatest strength is the energy and passion is from our diverse grassroots activists.
  • So I want to hear from you, so please email BoldIdeas@EricBauman.com and let me know your thoughts.
  • Together can we raise our Party to the next level, and keep California as the big, blue beacon of hope for our entire nation, and be at the forefront of the resistance to Donald Trump and his hateful agenda.

Eric C. Bauman is the Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party and Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the largest local Democratic Party in the nation. His campaign for CDP Chair is building a wide-ranging coalition of support that represents every corner of our state and all of its great diversity.

For more information please visit www.EricBauman.com.
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19 May
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Closing argument


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


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At its core, a campaign is a job interview. Candidates put forth their best plans, demonstrate their strategic abilities and try to persuade potential supporters. And in the end, the voters get to decide who is the best for the role.

Rather than talking about what we would do, we took the initiative to show you. It’s reflected in our campaign and in our ability to create an organic, statewide operation aimed at achieving one singular goal: winning at the ballot box.

For those delegates still on the fence, here’s a final pitch.

Think about each candidate and where they started. Think about what skills and abilities they brought to the table. Think about the opportunities that presented themselves and all of the tools at their disposal. Now think about what they did with all of it. Put this all together and then decide who is your candidate.

That’s how merit-based systems work. It’s never about where you start. It’s always about where you finish.

In the nearly two years since we launched our campaign, our team has built a statewide operation and offered a clear vision of where our Party needs to go next and developed a concrete plan on how to get us there.

Below is an infographic that shows, by the numbers, what we accomplished together.

In the end, a candidate has to put faith in the voters that they will decide for themselves who has proven to be the best.

We stand by our message. We stand by our work. We stand by our achievements. We stand by our campaign to redefine what it means to be a Democrat.

As this first phase of our journey together comes to a close, we are incredibly proud of everything we have accomplished together and I humbly ask for your vote.

California Democrats, as I’ve always said, this election is about our delegation and what we want for our Party’s future. The decision is now yours.

Democratically yours,

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19 May
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Party Leaders, Elected Officials, and Community Leaders Agree Carolyn Fowler is Our Best Choice for CDP Secretary


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


 

For Exciting Campaign Updates Text ‘ITSABOUTWE’ to 48421

 

Convention time is near and I’ve been traveling up and down the state sharing our ‘Fowler Fights For You’ Back to Basics Campaign. I would be thrilled to serve as your secretary providing 21st century leadership in communications and civic engagement, reconnecting our communities to their democracy.

Our mission as a party is to elect Democrats and advance our progressive agenda igniting change from the bottom up. As your next CDP Secretary, I feel extremely prepared to help achieve that mission by bringing all of the institutional knowledge, leadership experience, and energy I have to our party.

I am asking for your vote because this campaign is more than building a Statewide Party organization – more than just gathering votes. Our effort together is about connecting Californians with their democracy. It’s about energizing people, allies and activists like you at every level to come together and fight for the common good and a government that’s clean, honest, and solves real problems.

I would like to thank the following county parties, democratic clubs, elected officials, party & labor leaders for their endorsements (partial list):

Organizations
International Machinists & Aerospace Workers – IAM Local1932
Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Riverside County Democratic Party
Yolo County Democratic Party
New Frontier Democratic Club
Northeast Democratic Club
Westchester-Playa Democratic Club
West Hollywood Beverly Hills Democratic Club
Los Angeles African American Women PAC
Executive Officers of Stonewall Democratic Club

U.S. Congress
Maxine Waters, U.S. Rep 43rd Congressional District
Karen Bass, U.S. Rep 37th Congressional District
Judy Chu, U.S. Rep  27th Congressional District
Brad Sherman, U.S. Rep 30th Congressional District
Mike Thompson, U.S. Rep 5th Congressional District

California Constitutional Officers
Betty T. Yee, CA State Controller
Fiona Ma, Chair, Board of Equalization District 2
Jerome E. Horton, Board of Equalization District 4

State Legislature
Kevin Deleon, Senate President Pro Tempore, SD 24
Steven C. Bradford, Senator 35th S.D.
Holly J. Mitchell, Senator 30th S.D.
Ricardo Lara, Senator 33rd S.D.
Ed Hernandez, Senator 22nd S.D.
Connie Leyva, Senator 20th S.D.
Autumn Burke, Assembly 47th A.D.
Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Assembly 59th A.D.
Chris Holden, Assembly 41st A.D.
Miguel Santiago, Assembly  53rd A.D.
Matt Dababneh, Assembly  45th A.D.
Jimmy Gomez, Assembly  51st A.D.
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas 54th A.D.

DNC Members
Aleita Hueguin, Western Region Director
Steven K. Alari
Shawn Bagley (Former)
Becca Doten
Jess Durfee
Mary Ellen Early
Alice Huffman, California President NAACP
Andrew Lachman
Otto Lee
Kerman Maddox
Bob Mulholland
Christine Pelosi, Chair, Women’s Caucus
Melehat Rafei
Susie Shannon
​Keith Kaz Umemoto
Roz Wyman
Laurence Zackson

CDP Leadership
Eric Bauman, CDP Vice-Chair, L.A. County Chair
Daraka Larimore-Hall, CDP Secretary
Hilary Crosby, CDP Controller
Becky Curry, Chair, Lake County
​Michael Evans, Chair, Fresno County
Lori Gallian, Chair, Sonoma County
Stephen Gale, Chair, Sonoma County (Former)
Lori Godsey Anzini, Chair, El Dorado County
John Griffin, Chair, Ventura County
Cecily Harris, Chair, San Mateo County
Jessica Hayes, Chair, San Diego County
Brigette Hunley, Chair, Solano County
Francine Busby, Chair, San Diego County (Former)
Howard Katz, Chair, Riverside County
Bill James, Chair, Santa Clara County
Daraka Larimore-Hall, Chair, Santa Barbara County
Chris Robles, Chair, San Bernadino County
Terry Schanz, Chair, Sacramento County
Christine Pelosi, Chair, Women’s Caucus
Tim Paulson, Chair, Labor Caucus
R.L. Miller, Chair, Environmental Caucus
Judy Jacobs, Chair, Children’s Caucus
Clark Lee, Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
Olivia Lee, Vice-Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
Thomas O’Shaughnessy, Chair, Irish American Caucus
Norma Alcala, Vice-Chair, Chicano Latino Caucus
Darren Parker, Chair, African American Caucus
Agi Kessler, Senior Caucus Chair
Mike Thaller, Progressive Caucus Chair
Ray Bishop, Business Caucus Chair
Brigette Hunley, Chair, Computer Caucus
Evan Minton, LGBT Caucus Northern Co-Chair
Denise Penn, LGBT Caucus Southern Co-Chair
Shawn Teris, Chair, Veteran’s Caucus
Ces Rosales, Northern Vice-Chair Women’s Caucus
Lynn Shaw, Chair, Women’s Caucus, Former
Marilyn Grunwald, Chair, Disability Caucus, Former
Ruthee Goldkorn, Chair, Disability Caucus, Former
Anita Narayana, Secretary, O.C. Democratic Party
Debra Broner, Regional Director
Sergio Carillo, Regional Director
Martha Gamez, Regional Director
Florice Hoffman, Regional Director
Royce Kelley, Regional Director
Jeannie Kleaver, Regional Director
Clark Lee, Regional Director
Diana Love, Regional Director
Miguel Martinez, Regional Director
Craig Roberts, Regional Director
​Susie Shannon, Regional Director
Patty Sculpizio, Regional Director
Karen M. Wingard, Regional Director

Labor Leaders
Alex Caputo-Pearl, UTLA President*
Cecily Myart-Cruz, UTLA/NEA Affiliate President*
Jerilyn Stapleton, President, California NOW
Mimi Kennedy, PDA Board Member
Ray Cordova, South Orange County Labor Chair
Linda Perez, CSEA President, Retired
Alice Goff, President AFSCME District 36, Retired
Willie L. Pelote, Sr., President, AFSCME California, Retired

*Asterisk indicates individual endorsement not organization

All my best in unity,

“Fowler Fights For You”
Candidate, CDP Secretary

 

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19 May
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My other choices for CDP Officers


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Dear CDP E-Board Member,

Thank you for all the positive feedback regarding my email supporting Eric Bauman for CDP Chair.  I would also like to share with you my planned votes for the other CDP officers.

Vice Chair FemaleAlex Gallardo Rooker.   Alex is the incumbent vice chair and has been  phenomenal.  In California she has been a relentless voice for labor, Latino, and women candidates.  On the national level, she has been the lead at the DNC since the Chair does not attend the DNC meetings.  Since our chair will be new to national politics and the DNC, her leadership will be critical to ensure continuity at the national level.  Also, since our male vice chair will be new, having Alex at the table will be important to maintain balance and unity in leadership. Her opponent Norma Alcala is wonderful and is an effective advocate, but you don’t remove incumbents unless they are doing something wrong.   Alex Rooker deserves another term.

Vice Chair Male – This one is a tough one because believe or not, only one of the three major candidates has even asked for my vote for this open seat.  Here is a summary of the candidates.  Cullen Tiernan is the only candidate who bothered to reach out to me.  He got involved with the party with the Sanders campaign just last year and is a veteran from Alameda County.  While Cullen and I come from different perspectives, I appreciate that he is willing to reach out to find common ground and discuss differences in the party without the ad-hominem attacks so prevalent in the chair’s race and the Democratic presidential primaries.  His approach and willingness to ask thought-provoking questions about the party while reaching out to others offers some real potential and fresh air in the races for CDP officers. CDP Secretary Daraka Larimore Hall who is chair of the Santa Barbara Democratic Party, teaches at UCSB and works as a political consultant for European leftist parties is a smart and eloquent advocate in the party who has been willing to travel the state to help Democrats and at times build political bridges where they are critically needed. Roger LaPlante is running on a platform of representing rural areas and is an inspiring speaker as well. There is another candidate, Mr. O’Donnell, but his divisive Islamaphobic rehetoric make him out of step with the inclusive nature of our party.  In addition, if I am to stand against those who would accept the use of Anti-Semitic rhetoric in the party, I too must stand against Islamaphobia as well, as hate speech should be condemned and not accepted or criticism of it dimissed under the guise of “robust” or “difficult” conversations. With respect to the other three candidates who should be taken seriously,  I have not yet made up my mind in this race.

Secretary –  Carolyn Fowler. While there are three excellent candidates for CDP Secretary, I am voting for Carolyn Fowler.  Carolyn ran against Daraka the last time the role became open.  Although I did not support her then, her continued work on election protection and security issues and leadership in LACDP and New Frontier Democratic Club has given her a broad network and reflected her great work ethic. San Martin is running, as is  Jenny Bach the CYD Parliamentarian (a role I held for 3 years), who has a great future and I agree with her that we need APIA leadership in the party, but Carolyn has greater depth of experience applicable to the role.

Controller –  Daniel Weitzman.  After the CDP Chair, this is the most critical role for the party. The Controller needs to be the financial compliance leader of the party.  Fundraising ability is important as well, and the ability to lead the CDP Finance Committee (I served on it last year).  Our outgoing Controller get’s credit for inventing the ADEM program to take small recurring donations and put them to use for voter communications in competitive elections and starting a paid fellowship fund in the memory of her predeessor Eric Bradley.  However, the compliance aspect has been neglected due to reduced oversight and funding resulting in negative audits. The Controller needs to focus on compliance and raising money, not politics. The Progressive Caucus Chair, Michael Thaller is a great guy who is principled and an example of how to be a Progressive advocate without making things personal.  However, as a professional fundraiser, Daniel Weitzman knows this job in and out, including the critical compliance aspects that are needed to get CDP back on track.  He has also offered great ideas to ensure training and continuity, another area that has fallen into neglect.  Daniel Weitzman has my support for that reason.

 

 

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19 May
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My vision: It’s all about the local


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


 

Daraka for Vice Chair            Daraka for Vice Chair

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Our Party has to change. As a local Party activist and Statewide officer, my focus has always been on building a stronger link between the CDP and the battles on the ground to elect more progressive Democrats to local office and fight for working families and the environment in local policy. Under the leadership of John Burton, the Party has radically improved its support for local activism, but we need to make big shifts in our structure and priorities to take this work to the next level.

As your Vice Chair, I will continue to focus on local organizing. Here are a few ideas that will be my priorities in office:


SUPPORT LOCAL ORGANIZING AND BUILD THE FARM TEAM

As Secretary, I conducted the Party’s first ever analysis of Democratic representation at the local level and presented my findings to the Executive Board. The bottom line is that we are underperforming in local elections and many Democratic communities are represented by Republicans.

Our next step should be to develop a program for targeting important local races at the city and county level with statewide resources and attention. With thousands of local offices around the State, we can’t work on every race. But we also can’t afford to stay out of County Supervisor, City Council and School Board races that will build for progressive victories down the line.

MORE THAN ELECTIONS

Winning elections is only part of our Party’s mission. Achieving our goals takes advocacy and organizing to hold our elected officials accountable. Let’s start backing our platform and legislative positions up with coalition-building, grassroots lobbying and protest. As a gigantic, statewide network of activists with direct access to legislators and other leaders, we need to be an active part of movements pushing for Single Payer Healthcare, criminal justice reform, banning fracking and supporting unions. This is all in our Platform, and we need to do more than work on elections to make it happen.

CREATE A CDP OWNER’S MANUAL

While the CDP is more open and accessible than most State parties, our rules and structure are complex and information on how to navigate them hard to come by. Let’s remove this barrier to participation by creating an online tool that allows any Californian to easily find their local clubs, County committee information and information on how the Party works. More than a website, an Online Owner’s Manual would allow ordinary folks to enter their address and get information on where to go to plug in, and how their local organizations fit into the State and National Party structure.

Of course, I’m not the only one with ideas about how to move the Party forward. Statewide, thousands of new activists are engaging in and around the Party, and the bring with them a wealth of new organizing tactics and projects for building progressive power.  Our Party must listen.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to highlight two ideas proposed by the main candidates for CDP chair that I think are crucial for moving us forward. Kimberly Ellis’ proposal to hire grassroots organizers to service, train and energize the CDP’s base is a great idea. Likewise, Eric Bauman’s suggestion that we need a Party-affiliated think tank to create model ordinances and legislation and provide progressive alternatives to right-wing ideas in the public sphere is sorely needed. Unfortunately, like so much in this hotly contested election, these ideas are being pitted against one another. That’s a mistake.

Let’s keep discussing, sharing ideas and trying new programs and organizing strategies. The age of Trump means that we can’t be complacent, divided or afraid of new voices.

In Solidarity,

Daraka Larimore-Hall

CDP Secretary

 

Daraka Larimore-Hall
http://www.darakaforvicechair.com/

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