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Tuesday, January 27, 2015   

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Nominations for Club Officers Now Open 



The Club's By-Laws require officer elections each February.  To ensure continuity on the Executive Board, we elect officers to two year terms with President, Vice-President for Resource Development, Secretary and one At-Large Board Member elected in even years and Vice President for Political Action, Treasurer and one At-Large Board Member in odd years. Next month we will elect our Vice President for Political Action, Treasurer and one At-Large Board Member. Elected candidates will take office at a swearing-in ceremony in March.

Vice President for Political Action. The Vice President for Political Action shall be responsible for coordinating the club's candidate evaluation and shall appoint and the Legislative Advocacy Director.


Treasurer. The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records of the club; receive and disburse funds of the club; prepare an annual budget of anticipated revenues and expenses; provide addenda to the budget as required; report the financial status of the club to the Executive Board on a regular basis; make an annual report to the membership; prepare and submit all required state and federal tax forms and political reports on a timely basis; and provide all information necessary for periodic audits as may be directed by the Executive Board.


At-Large Board Member. At-Large Board members attend and vote at Board and General Membership meetings and events and may be called upon to represent Democrats for Equality at community or Party events. They may be called on to manage committees or events at the request of the President or Board.


Nominees for election must have been dues-paid members for at least 90 days prior to taking office.


At our January meeting the following were put into nomination by the Executive Board acting as a nominating committee:


Vice President, Political Action:  Georgette Gomez

Treasurer:                                   Craig Roberts

At-Large Board Member:            Cindy Green


Gail Mackler was nominated for At-Large Board Member from the floor.


Nominations will remain open through Thursday, February 12th. Nominations can be made online by following the link below or by sending in nominations via US Mail to:


San Diego Democrats for Equality

PO Box 33050

San Diego  CA  92163

Nominate a Candidate for Club Officer HERE





Dems for Equality Takes to the Red Carpet 


Join the Club for an Oscar viewing party at the home of Denice Feldhaus and Susan Guinn. It's a great opportunity to talk about the movies, clothes, speeches and lack of diversity amongst Academy voters while enjoying food and drink with your Club friends. This year's nominees should provide a good deal of fodder for all.

 Please bring a dish to share (finger foods, salads and desserts preferred) and your best knowledge of the nominees. While it's an honor just to be nominated, there will be prizes for picking the winners.

February 22, 2015     3:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Home of Susan Guinn, Denice Feldhaus and family

2828 Hartford Court

San Diego  CA 92117

Its a beautiful, big home but it can't hold everyone so make sure your spot is assured by telling us how many are coming and what you're bringing 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





Our Issues Are Everywhere




We got involved in a game of charges and counter-charges over our campaign to elect delegates to the State Democratic Convention. That is not surprising when you have two groups, each of whom think their own slates are best. One of the specific charges surprised me though. The charge that as an LGBT focused Democratic Club, we were a single issue group. To be absolutely fair, no one specifically called us that. They used an old trick I've used myself many times where you describe an attribute you feel your group has and let the reader infer that the other side, us in this case, does not have that high minded attribute.


It's not an unfair tactic and I don't blame the folks on the other side for using it. What surprised me is that some on our side bought into the argument. So let me set the record straight.


San Diego Democrats for Equality is chartered by the Democratic Party to be a representative of the LGBT community to the Party and to be a representative of the Party to the community. All Democratic Clubs are chartered in this way. Some are representative of communities who are fixed to a specific geographic location and some are representative of communities or interests that have common traits regardless of where they live. So, if we are a single issue organization because we represent an identifiable community, all Democratic Clubs are single issue organizations.


So let's talk about what our single issue is.







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