Category Archives: 2020 election

Progressive Democrats endorse Mike Thompson and Monica Brown

Congratulations to Mike and Monica!!!
Endorsed by PDB for Reelection!!!

At our General Membership meeting on Nov. 12 2019, members met to consider endorsements for two races in the March 2020 Primaries. And the winners are …

Congressman Mike Thompson received the endorsement of PDB members for reelection to the U. S. Congressional District 5 seat, and incumbent Solano County Supervisor Monica Brown was endorsed for reelection as District 2 Supervisor.

Both Mike and Monica received 67.6% of the votes cast at the meeting.

During the meeting, we also heard from Jason Kishineff, who is running against Mike Thompson, and from two challengers for the District 2 spot – Rochelle Sherlock and K. Patrice Williams.

Huge spike in young voters in 2018 could be bad news for Trump in 2020

From The San Francisco Chronicle, submitted by Jack Kolk

By John Wildermuth, April 30, 2019
Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle

Young voters turned out in huge numbers for the 2018 midterm elections, which could be bad news for President Trump and GOP hopefuls next year.

According to a new report from the Census Bureau, 36% of 18- to 29-year-olds turned in ballots in November, a 79 percent jump from the 2014 midterms.

A similar spike appeared in California among the youngest eligible voters, where turnout among 18- to 24-year-olds soared from 8% in 2014 to 27% last year, according to a study by the California Civic Engagement Project at the University of Southern California.

That trend is likely to continue into the 2020 election, and young people are the most reliably progressive voting bloc, said Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc., which provides voter information to campaigns and other groups.

The 65% overall turnout in 2018 is likely to jump to 80% in November 2020, “and that new 15 percent isn’t going to be older, whiter and more conservative voters,” Mitchell said. “About 80% of the new voters are going to be younger and more progressive.”

Those are also the voters who dislike Trump the most. A March poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California found that 75% of adults ages 18 to 34 disapproved of the job Trump was doing, compared with 67% of all the state’s adults.

The new voting numbers are a glimpse into a bleak political future for Republicans, at least in the short term.

“There was a blue wave in 2018, and the numbers suggest it might not have reached its peak,” Mitchell said.

Democratic turnout across the country was way up in 2018, which is one of the main reasons the party flipped 40 Republican-held seats in the House, including seven in California. New state voting and registration rules have become even more friendly to young California voters, Mitchell said.

A youth dance group performs during a Democratic Party election-night watch party in Beaumont, Texas, in November. Photo: Kim Brent / Beaumont Enterprise

Not only are more people being automatically registered via the “motor voter” program at Department of Motor Vehicle offices, but their registrations also are automatically updated when they file change-of-address notices.

“This has been most beneficial to the people who move a lot,” and in California, those are most likely to be young people, Mitchell said. Now, instead of falling off the voter rolls whenever they change addresses, those young voters stay registered.

The USC study found that 62% of citizens ages 18 to 24 were registered to vote in 2018, compared with 52% in 2014.

Voter turnout in 2018 also rose in ethnic communities, both nationwide and in California. In the state, four times as many Latinos ages 18 to 34 cast ballots in 2018 as they had four years earlier. And the growing number of young Asian American voters tend to be far more liberal than their GOP-leaning parents and grandparents, Mitchell said.

Combine those 2018 turnout numbers with the boost Democrats typically get in a presidential election that attracts plenty of occasional voters, and 2020 looks like a hard climb for the GOP in California, especially with Trump on the top of the ballot, Mitchell added.

But better times could be ahead for the state’s Republicans.

“You can assume that the increased turnout will carry forward to 2020,” Mitchell said. “But if there’s a Democrat in the White House, turnout numbers might fall off the cliff in 2022.”

The 2022 midterm election also will be the first with California’s congressional and legislative seats redrawn after the 2020 census, and no one knows what effect that might have on the state’s political landscape.

“With reapportionment and a possible Democratic president, 2022 could present an opportunity for Republicans,” Mitchell said.

Meeting of March 8 – Celebrating International Women’s Day

We celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 with a great crowd at Arts Benicia, 991 Tyler St., Suite 114.

See the video of the event on Constance Beutel’s Youtube channel: full-length version or 20-minute edited version.  From our previous announcement:

2020: Women Stepping Up in Benicia

  • Celebrate International Women’s Day – Women making a difference!
  • Women’s leadership forum – learn about leadership opportunities for women of all ages and life stages from local leaders.


  • Betty Yee, California State Controller since 2015
  • Susannah Delano, Executive Director, Close the Gap California
  • Linda Escalante, So. CA Legislative Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Cora Young, Field Representative, Congressman Mike Thompson

Opening remarks by Mayor Elizabeth Patterson
Moderated by Kari Birdseye


Download the poster – distribute far and wide!