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Represent! – A Non-Partisan Beginners Guide To Running For Local Office / Register and Help Get The Word Out

Represent! – A Non-Partisan Beginners Guide To Running For Local Office / Register and Help Get The Word Out

Central Valley Partnership,

Together with sponsoring and supporting organizations, we are hosting a candidate training workshop. 

(Our co-sponsoring organizations include the Dolores Huerta Foundation, FMKT Central Labor Council, Sierra Club-Tehipite Chapter & Valley Voices.)


Titled Represent! – A Non-Partisan Beginners Guide To Running For Local Office, the program has three parts:

  • A series of inspiring videos featuring advice from recently elected representatives from the valley
  • An accessible, practical handbook detailing a ten-point framework covering: campaign strategy, candidate assessment, building your team, candidate development, finance, fundraising, field, marketing, campaign support, and governing.
  • A webinar offering the expertise of local representatives, community leaders and campaign consultants.

The training is free to the public and its materials are open-source.


The webinar is scheduled for next Thursday, July 9th starting at 5:30pm. 

It is necessary to register for the webinar at:


The entire training is to prepare people to run for local office. Its information will be useful to anyone wanting to more effectively engage in the political process, and can also be seen as a hands-on civic engagement practicum. 


Please share this important opportunity. All ages are welcome – if you know young adults who are politically savvy, natural leaders or just care about our communities, have them sign up or watch with you as a family.


We are honored to have Dezie Woods-Jones, the founder and statewide president of Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) open our July 9th webinar, followed by a panel of African American women who will share their experiences, perspectives and wisdom as elected leaders. Additional panels and speakers will offer advice on campaigns, youth engagement, financial reporting and other topics.


The opening video of the training has been posted to the Partnership’s Facebook Page at:


Feel welcome to take a look at the opening video, listen to the motivations of some of our recently elected representatives, be inspired, share it, and sign up.


We understand that the transformation of the valley’s political culture is underway, do your part to hasten it by getting involved – there is a role for everyone.


A flyer that can be shared is attached.


In solidarity, 


Daniel O’Connell, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Central Valley Partnership

Pronouns: he, him, his

Cell: 559-967-1940

CDP Region 8 Meeting This Weekend

CDP Region 8 Meeting This Weekend

Please join us for a virtual meeting for California Democratic Party Region 8 on Saturday, June 27, at 11:30 a.m. See the attached flyer for more details. The agenda is below. Register
June 27, 2020
  1. Welcome and Introduction:
Special Guests:
  1. Dr. Angel Bettis, M.D.(Founder of LEGNA Rehabilitative and Support Services Inc.)
  1. Curtis Wright(Vice President of Student Affairs, Xavier University of Louisiana)
  1. Kerri Alexander(Education and Public History Fellow, National Women’s Museum)
  1. CDP Chair Rusty Hicks
Any important updates that we need to know about or any information that he would like to provide.
  1. Rep. TJ Cox
Federal legislative updates, Updates on Congressional race in CA 21
  1. Taisha Brown, Chairwoman of the African American Caucus
Any updates for the chair to share.
  1. Presentation, Open Forum with our Special Guests, Open to many Topics but will be concentrating on the issues regarding
  • Disparities in COVID19 in Black and Brown Communities
  • Defunding of Police Departments
  • Black Lives Matter
  1. Announcements and Closure
  • CDP Coordinated Campaign
DNC Convention News – Just released info on Convention

DNC Convention News – Just released info on Convention

June 24, 2020


Anchored in Milwaukee, 2020 Democratic National Convention will be a “Convention Across America”

Convention will engage and unite more Americans than ever before
Delegates will conduct official party business without risking public health

MILWAUKEE, WI—The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced today their convention plan to broadcast from Milwaukee and across the nation, in a convention geared to reach out to all Americans. The DNCC reiterated the Democratic Party’s commitment to holding a convention that would protect public health while transforming the convention experience for delegates and viewers. Convention planners said that host city Milwaukee would anchor the events for the week, and that programming would include both live broadcasts and curated content from Milwaukee and other satellite cities, locations and landmarks across the country.

“Vice President Biden intends to proudly accept his party’s nomination in Milwaukee and take the next step forward towards making Donald Trump a one-term president,” said Jen O’Malley Dillon, Campaign Manager, Biden for President. “The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we are committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state at our convention this August. This will be a convention for all Americans who wish to join our mission to win the battle for the soul of this nation and build a fairer, more united country for us all.”

Convention planners are also developing new ways to organize and engage online with more voters than ever before during this critical election year. Later this week, convention organizers will launch the first of a series of engagement campaigns that will allow Americans across the country to share their ideas and add their voice to convention programming.

Anchored every night in Milwaukee, the Democratic National Convention will include four nights of programming from August 17-20, 2020. The overall production of the convention’s program—including the satellite broadcasts—will be led by nine-time Emmy-award winning producer Ricky Kirshner. Kirshner has served as the Executive Producer of the Tony Awards since 2004, the Super Bowl Halftime Show—the most-watched television event of the year—since 2007, and has worked on every Democratic National Convention since 1992.

At the convention, Democrats will officially nominate Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for president. Through multiple formats and mediums, it will also celebrate the promise of America by featuring the people and their stories that represent the strength and collective humanity of our nation and demonstrate that Vice President Biden is the leader the country needs right now—with the experience, steady hand, and compassion to lead us out of the crisis of the last four years, and strengthen our nation for all Americans.

“Leadership means being able to adapt to any situation,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “That’s exactly what we’ve done with our convention. Unlike this president, Joe Biden and Democrats are committed to protecting the health and safety of the American people. I couldn’t be prouder of the way our team has organized and mobilized to get out the vote and ensure a successful convention anchored in Wisconsin, and I’m grateful for the extraordinary leadership of our partners in the city of Milwaukee. Donald Trump’s days in the Oval Office are numbered.”

Additional updates unveiled by the Democratic National Convention Committee today include:

·  Conducting official business without risking public health—After consulting with public health officials about the COVID-19 pandemic, convention organizers are announcing today that they have determined state delegations should not plan to travel to Milwaukee and should plan to conduct their official convention business remotely. A process is being developed to ensure all delegates can cast their votes on all convention matters, including the presidential nomination, remotely during the convention. DNC standing committee meetings will take place virtually as well, with the first standing committee meetings set for the last week of July.  

·  Announcing our Convention Chair—U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson will serve as Permanent Chair of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The Convention Chair presides over all official convention business.

·  Developing robust health protocols—In addition to continued collaboration with local, state, and federal public health officials, the DNCC is bringing on nationally-renowned epidemiologists and infectious disease experts Dr. W. Ian Lipkin and Dr. Larry Brilliant, who will help advise on efforts to protect the health and safety of convention staff, attendees, and the people of Wisconsin. Dr. Lipkin, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, is an expert in diagnostic testing and collaborated with the WHO on coronavirus outbreak control for SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Dr. Brilliant, a former professor of epidemiology, is best known for his work on the successful eradication of smallpox.

·  Updating the convention campus—With fewer people gathering in person at this year’s event, convention planners are modifying the convention campus. All convention proceedings will move from Fiserv Forum to the Wisconsin Center, the convention center located in downtown Milwaukee. Specifics regarding delegation representation on the convention floor will be provided after public health officials complete their assessment of the trajectory and impact of the coronavirus pandemic and determine how many people can safely gather in person later this summer.

·  Eliminating official auxiliary events—Previous conventions have included several large-scale events attended by thousands of people, such as a welcome reception for media and delegates as well as an event for volunteers. In keeping with the commitment to deliver a convention that poses no unnecessary risk to public health, convention organizers will no longer proceed with hosting these in-person parties.

“Everything is on the line this November, which is why we must find creative and forward-looking ways to organize, mobilize, and unite our party around our shared values at the convention so that we can launch Joe Biden to victory this fall,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention. 

As convention planners continue to monitor the coronavirus health crisis and its impact across the nation, they will continue to examine all options for the success of the convention that ensure the safety of any participants and the host city. More details will be made publicly available as the convention’s plans are further finalized.

Warm Regards,

Susie Shannon

Cell: (213) 880-3065

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