Dems for Equality eNews

Tuesday, January 13, 2015   

Things Didn't Go As Expected with Our Democratic Coalition Slate in Last Week's ADEMS


They Went FAR Better



Last week we let you know that San Diego Democrats for Equality worked with California Young Democrats-South State Region, City Heights Democratic Club, College Democrats at UCSD and SDSU College Democrats to develop a slate of candidates for the ADEM (CA Democratic Party 2015-16 convention delegates) elections last Saturday. Well the results are in, and, in a word, the results were fantastic.


We fielded fourteen-candidate slates in AD 77, 78 and 80 plus we had a coalition member running in AD 79 who was assured election because there were less candidates than slots to fill. In AD 77 all fourteen  slate members were elected. In both AD 78 and AD 80, ten of our fourteen slate members were elected. And, as expected in AD 79, our coalition member from SDSU College Democrats, Connor Alarid, was elected. Overall, in the three ADs where we fielded slates in contested races of the forty-two slots up for grabs, our candidates took thirty-four, or, in other terms, we had an eighty-one percent success rate.


In the vote for Executive Board representatives, our record was not quite as high but still, very good.  In the 80th AD we did not take a position on E-Board but the winner, Lucas O'Connor, was a member of the 80th AD delegate slate. In the 78th AD, Club member Craig Roberts came within three votes (out of a record, 451 votes) of unseating the popular incumbent for E-Board. Farouk Al-Nasser, our endorsed candidate for E-Board in the 77th AD was elected.


We're ecstatic and while we would love to have had a 100% return, the eight candidates who fell short in Saturday's ADEMS are exceptional and we hope the Party will find other ways to get them to the State Convention in Anaheim this year. 


We can be proud of all the delegates elected over the weekend and the large number of younger members in the delegation speaks volumes for the future of the Party. The unofficial list of delegates elected are:


        77th AD                            78th AD                       80th AD

Farouk Al-Nasser           Maximillian Cotterill        Genoveva Aguilar

Lisa Alverson                 Susan Guinn                    Roberto Alcantar

Aaron Bercovitch           Gail Mackler                    Kelvin Barrios

Jason Bercovitch           Gretchen Newsom            Marco Briones

Julie Busse                     Rory Pendergast            Bridgette Browning

Anthony DeGuzman       Brian Polejes                 Sean Elo

Esther Escovedo            Rhoda Quate                   Georgette Gomez 

Thomas Hough               Jamie Quient                  Michelle Krug 

Judy Ki                            Jared Quient                  Sandy Naranjo

Ralph Peters                   Craig Roberts                 Paul Ochoa                      

Hugh Rothman               Fred Rogers                     Lucas O'Connor

Jennifer Sosa                Tanner Songer                Jose Preciado

Carol Waldman              Cynara Velazquez            Zarai Santos

Corinne Wilson              Andrea Villa                    Judy Walsh-Jackson



Farouk Al-Nasser           Fred Rogers                    Lucas O'Connor





Dems for Equality to Co-Host a Screening of Selma 


We've worked hard to advance equality for all. But we would be nowhere without the actual blood, sweat and tears shed at Selma, throughout the South and US as a whole for the advancement of civil rights for everyone.

In observation of our national holiday to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., San Diego Democrats for Equality and the San Diego LGBT Community Center will present a screening of the film, Selma, at the Center on January 17th at 7PM.

Please join us, our friends and our heroes to watch this important film about the times and people who created the progress we see today and provided a road map to progress where we need to be in the future.

A $5 donation is requested to benefit the Center's Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors.

The Center is opening up on the MLK Holiday weekend specifically for this worthwhile event. So that we can make their extra effort as smooth as possible - many of them are already taking part in the MLK Day of Service - we would like to recruit volunteers to help with the setup, tear-down, popcorn/soda management, etc. If you can volunteer to help out this Saturday evening, please let us know HERE.



Is it Time to Re-Up?


The Club depends on membership dues to keep the lights on and promote our candidates and issues to the community. A large number of community members depend on our Voters Guide to help them make an intelligent choice when marking their ballots so your membership renewal is critical to ensure those Guides get into those hands. If your membership has lapsed or if you know you're membership is soon to expire, please re-up now. You might also consider upgrading your membership to a higher level.


You can find out more about the Club's membership levels and benefits online HERE. You can also renew with a credit card there.  If you would prefer to use a check, send the check, made out to Democrats for Equality to:


San Diego Democrats for Equality

PO Box 33050

San Diego CA 92163





Nominations Are Open for Club Officers 


At the Club's January meeting - Thursday January 22nd - we will be accepting nominations for Vice President-Political Action and Treasurer as well as at-large Board member. Our Bylaws call for two year terms in alternate years. Because our President, Vice President for Resource Development and Secretary were elected last year for two year terms, those offices will not be up for election until next year. The officers elected this year will serve until early 2017.


If you are interested in serving in one of the positions, or, if you would like to nominate another Club member, please come to our meeting on Jan. 22nd. Elections will be held at the Club's February meeting and the new officers will take office at a ceremony in March.


Thursday, January 22, 2015        Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center 

                                                       3900 Vermont St
                                                       (across from Trader Joe's) in Hillcrest.
6:30 PM for Social Time, Program 7:00 PM




Jonathan Dunn-Rankin



We lost a member, benefactor and friend last Friday. Jonathan Dunn-Rankin was a part of San Diego Democrats for Equality for decades, opening his home for events and meetings, performing Master of Ceremony duties at the Freedom Awards as well as where ever his strong voice could be of use. He was also a friend to many in the Club and within our community.


On February 2nd, a memorial service - This Is Your Wonderful Life, Jonathan Dunn-Rankin - will be held at Cygnet Theatre. Jonathan Dunn-Rankin's life will be celebrated by family, friends and colleagues. But I'm sure that in Jonathan's mind everyone he met became family. Please come together to celebrate the life of this wonderful man.

There will be a reception followed by a celebration in the theater. RSVP and keep up with the plans for the celebration here


Ashish T. Agrawal & Bryan H. Wildenthal 
Assembly SpeakerToni Atkins 
Laurie Black 
Susan Guinn & Denice Feldhaus
Eric Isaacson & Susan Weaver 
Chris Kehoe & Julie Warren
John McConnell & James Kinney 
Don Mullen
Dr. Bob Pedrick & Josť Guzman 
Craig Roberts 
Stephanie J. Swift


Thank you for your continuing support of San Diego Democrats for Equality.

Self Evident Truths
David Warmoth, President 
San Diego Democrats for Equality 
Defending LGBT Equality since 1975