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Progressive Democrats of Benicia endorse Delaine Eastin for CA Democratic Party Chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2021 

Progressive Democrats Endorse Delaine Eastin for California Democratic Party Chair

The two candidates running this year for Chair of the California Democratic Party attended the February 9th monthly meeting of the Progressive Democrats of Benicia.  Members heard presentations by current Chair Rusty Hicks and challenger Delaine Eastin, followed by question and answers.

The Party Chair will be elected for a four-year term during the Party’s state convention.

Delaine Eastin, endorsed for CA Democratic Party Chair

Our endorsement vote was held virtually on the PDB website, with a resounding win for Delaine Eastin.

Delaine, known personally to a few of us and remembered by many Benicia Democrats for her impressive run for Governor in 2018, garnered 96% of our votes for Party Chair.

“PDB is excited to support Delaine Eastin” said Ralph Dennis, Chair of the Progressive Democrats.  “Eastin presents herself as a Champion for Education, a Defender of the Environment, and a Warrior for Civil Rights.  Those values speak to Progressive Democrats of Benicia.”

At our recent meeting (see 7 minute video below), Eastin called for new leadership in California’s Democratic Party, citing significant losses in the 2020 election and top-down decision making as problems she would tackle.

Eastin is a professor by education.  She was the first and only woman to date to be elected California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  She was elected to that post twice and served from 1995 to 2003.  Earlier in her colorful career, Eastin represented parts of Alameda County and Santa Clara County in the California State Assembly between 1986 and 1994.  See more at DelaineEastin.com.

More at DelaineEastin.com

Progressive Democrats of Benicia is a local political club chartered by the Solano County Democratic Central Committee, organized in 2017 to promote progressive issues and support progressive candidates for public office.  For more information visit the group’s web site at http://progressivedemocratsofbenicia.org/.

CONTACT:
Ralph Dennis, Chair
Redennis5156@gmail.com

Progressive Democrats of Benicia endorse Kimberly Ellis for CA Democratic Party Chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2019

Progressive Democrats Endorse Kimberly Ellis for California Democratic Party Chair

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Kimberly Ellis, 2019 candidate for chair of the California Democratic Party  voteforkimberly.org

At its May 14th monthly meeting, the Progressive Democrats of Benicia voted to endorse Kimberly Ellis for Chair of the California Democratic Party. The Chairperson will be elected for a four-year term during the Party’s state convention in San Francisco which begins May 31.

“PDB is excited to support Kimberly,” said Ralph Dennis, Chair of the Progressive Democrats. “I remember her speaking in 2017 at an awards dinner in Benicia, when she gave a passionate speech focusing on environmental justice concerns in California communities, and she really fired up the audience,” Dennis said.

More recently, according to Dennis, during an April 7 forum in Vallejo for candidates running for Chair of the Democratic Party, Ms. Ellis presented her progressive credentials as she answered questions posed by PDB. “She opposes candidates taking money from corporations and supports public financing of elections. And, she also supports race and gender equity for candidates seeking public office, promoting a target of 50% women and 50% people of color,” according to Dennis. Ms. Ellis also wants to end fracking in California, a position the Progressive Democrats encourage the California Legislature to embrace. Fracking is a method of oil and gas production that blasts water, mixed with sand and toxic chemicals, under high pressure deep into the earth to break up rock formations for oil and gas extraction. “But it can also pollute local air and water and endanger wildlife and human health,” Dennis said referring to various studies performed.

Ms. Ellis is also the former Executive Director of Emerge California, a non-profit organization working to encourage and train women to run for office. She has also served on the California Democratic Party’s Finance Committee and its African American Caucus. In 2017, she narrowly lost a bid for the Chair position.

The Progressive Democrats is a local political club chartered by the Solano County Democratic Central Committee, organized in 2017 to promote progressive issues and support progressive candidates for public office. For more information visit the group’s web site at http://progressivedemocratsofbenicia.org/.

CONTACT:
Ralph Dennis, Chair
Redennis5156@gmail.com