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Vallejo Times-Herald on Progressive Dems endorsements

Repost from the Vallejo Times-Herald

Birdseye gets nod from Progressive Dems of Benicia

Staff report, 08/15/18, 4:55 PM PDT 

BENICIA >> The Progressive Democrats of Benicia have endorsed Kari Birdseye in her bid for a seat on the Benicia City Council.

The group’s membership voted on the endorsement during a membership meeting Tuesday night.

Birdseye is current chair of the city’s Planning Commission.

Fellow candidate and former Councilwoman Christina Strawbridge failed to secure the endorsement of the Progressive Democrats, group officials said.

Strawbridge, who served on the council from 2011 to 2016, is also a member of the Progressive Democrats of Benicia.

Two seats are open on the Benicia City Council this fall. Incumbents Mark Hughes and Alan Schwartzman are leaving the council after their terms end this year. Current Economic Development Board Chair Lionel Largaespada is also a candidate for a council seat.

Members further endorsed Dana Dean for the Solano County Board of Education Trustee Area 3. Dean was the only person to pull and submit candidacy paperwork prior to the Aug. 10 deadline. Thus, her contest was removed from the ballot and she was automatically re-elected to a new four-year term.

The election is Nov. 6.

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Progressive Democrats endorse Kari Birdseye & Dana Dean

Kari Birdseye for City Council, and Dana Dean for Solano County Board of Education

At its August 14 membership meeting, the Progressive Democrats of Benicia interviewed Democratic candidates for Benicia City Council and Solano County School Board. Ballots were cast, and today were made public.

Kari Birdseye for Benicia City Council

Only one of two declared Democratic candidates for City Council received a majority vote earning endorsement: Kari Birdseye. The Progressive Democrats of Benicia are proud to endorse Planning Commission chair Birdseye. Find out more about Kari and offer your support at her campaign website,, and be in touch on her Facebook page.

Christina Strawbridge, candidate for Benicia City Council

Democratic candidate for City Council and member of Progressive Democrats of Benicia Christina Strawbridge narrowly lost her bid for endorsement.  Find out more about Christina at her campaign website,  and be in touch on her Facebook page.

Dana Dean for Solano County Board of Education

Also interviewed was candidate for Solano County School Board Dana Dean.  Dana is unopposed in her bid for re-election, and was also endorsed by a majority of Progressive Democrats at last night’s meeting. In her presentation, she declared victory, as no other candidate has filed to run against her.  Find out more about Dana at her campaign website, and be in touch on her Facebook page.

Three Benicia candidates pull papers for election in November

Repost from the Vallejo Times-Herald
[UPDATE ON 8/13: City Council race: Hughes & Schwartzman not running, Birdseye & Strawbridge official]
[NOTE: The Progressive Democrats of Benicia have not yet endorsed any candidates for the November election.  Posting of this article does not constitute endorsement.]

Dean, Strawbridge, Largaespada all official candidates

By John Glidden, 07/20/18, 6:27 PM PDT 

Benicia City Council challengers Christina Strawbridge and Lionel Largaespada became official candidates on Friday after they each submitted their own candidacy paperwork, according to the Solano County Registrar of Voters website.

Strawbridge is seeking another council run after residents declined to re-elect her in 2016. Largaespada is also running for the Benicia council for the second election in a row.

Councilmen Mark Hughes and Alan Schwartzman are up for re-election on the five-member Benicia City Council.


Meanwhile, Dana Dean became a certified candidate on Friday [for] the Solano County Board of Education, representing Trustee Area 3.

She was first appointed to the board in March 2013 and then ran uncontested for the same seat in 2014. Prior to joining the county, Dean served on the Benicia school board for five years.

Trustee Area 3 includes the city of Benicia, a portion of East Vallejo, sections of South and East Fairfield, the city of Cordelia, Collinsville, and Travis Air Force Base.