The Fresno County Democratic Party and the Fresno County Young Democrats invite you to view President Obama’s State of the Union address at the Democratic Party HQ (1035 U St., across from Office Depot in downtown Fresno) on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
We will also have a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish to share.
The potluck starts at 5:30 p.m. and the address begins at 6 p.m.
For more information, call Christine Conley at 559-495-0606.
The November 2014 election was a real eye-opener for the work still to be done in educating and motivating voters in the Central Valley. We must spend 2015 finding good candidates to seek open offices in 2016, as well as developing and implementing strategies to better engage voters. The problem is voter participation and turnout, and we have to fix that. That’s our mission in 2015. We are adding a staff person specifically to coordinate such activities, and we would welcome your input, your volunteer time and, of course, your contributions toward making these efforts successful.
To help us create a real democracy in the Central Valley, call your Democratic Party HQ at 559-495-0606, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us Monday–Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 1035 U Street in downtown Fresno.
On Jan. 5, Christine Conley joined the Fresno County Democratic Party as the office manager for our headquarters (1035 U St., downtown Fresno). Christine played a key role in Esmeralda Soria’s successful campaign for Fresno City Council. She recently returned to the Central Valley (she is from Sanger) after a number of years Back East, most recently in Virginia. While there, she worked on Krystal Ball’s Congressional campaign. We are thrilled to have someone with her experience and expertise running our headquarters.
Drop by your Democratic Party HQ and meet Christine. You will find the headquarters an engaging venue and often a beehive of activity. We have numerous volunteer opportunities, and we are always looking for your input on how we can be more effective. Contact Christine at 559-495-0606.
The city of Fresno and Democrats, in particular, lost one of our truly significant leaders when Les Kimber passed away this weekend. Les was a two-term member of the Fresno City Council and the conscience our community in governmental affairs circles. He started the California Advocate newspaper almost 50 years ago, and it’s still going strong (now run by his son, Mark).
Widely recognized for his leadership in the African-American community, the issues for which he advocated would benefit the entire community. He was a leader for all Fresnans. Les was instrumental in starting the city’s groundbreaking Martin Luther King, Jr., events, and these are now highly anticipated each year. He was not afraid to take on issues that others would prefer not to talk about.
In recent years, Les co-founded Citizens for Civility and Accountability in Media to address the rising tide of hate and deceit on our airwaves. Later, he served on the City of Fresno’s Charter Review Task Force, where he was the lone minority voice. Most recently, he assisted in the successful effort to defeat Measure G, an initiative from Fresno’s mayor to privatize residential trash service.
Les was typically in strong demand to participate in press conferences and speak before City Council because of his extraordinary eloquence in addressing the causes in which he believed.
The Fresno County Democratic Party honored Les in 2011 at our inaugural annual fund-raiser.
Les Kimber’s leadership and commitment to our community will certainly be missed.
—Michael D. Evans, Chair, Fresno County Democratic Party