Our next meeting

Next Tues Nov. 12, 6:30 pm
(Note early start time!)
Benicia Library
Dona Benicia room

Food Co-op & Candidate Endorsements

Our final meeting for 2019 is coming up next Tuesday night, our usual meeting place – the Benicia Library’s Dona Benicia room.  BUT, please note the early start time – 6:30 pm! We’re starting a bit early for this meeting to make sure there’s plenty to time for our endorsement process as this is something highly sought by the candidates and among our most important functions of the year.

We have two presentations on the program:

  • First, Paula Schnese, Executive Director of Cultivate Community Food Co-op, Solano Co.’s first community-owned natural grocery store, will update us on the Co-op’s activities and then introduce Jon Steinman, who is on a 130-stop book tour and author of Grocery Store: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants. Mr. Steinman will preview his book on concerns about trends among dominant grocers, and how the community food co-op model offers an alternative to the larger grocers’ influence on communities and food supply.
  • Beginning at 7:30, we will have two panels of candidates who will be on the Benicia ballot for the March 2020 Primary Elections. For each panel there will be prepared questions asked to each candidate, as well as Q&A with the audience. The panels are:
      • Panel 1: CA Cong. District 5: Mike Thompson (incumbent), and Jason Kishineff, challenger.
      • Panel 2: Solano Co. Board of Supervisors, District 2: Monica Brown (incumbent), and challengers Rochelle Sherlock and K. Patrice Williams.

Following the discussion with candidates, non-PDB members will be asked to leave the room. The remainder of the meeting will be closed to the public and open only to current PDB members. During this remaining time, members will discuss the candidates and be provided ballots for voting on whether and whom to endorse in each race.

Please remember: PDB bylaws state that to receive the Club’s endorsement a candidate must receive 50% + 1 of the votes from those present voting. PDB bylaws also state that members are entitled to vote 60 days after payment of dues.

This last PDB meeting of the year promises to be informative – on the food front and also about the candidates running for offices that affect each of us on a daily basis.

Mark your calendar now, and plan to attend this important Progressive Democrats of Benicia meeting at the Benicia Library, Dona Benicia room, Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 pm(Note earlier than our usual start time!)

Ralph Dennis

Equity & Justice for All