Endorsements

NOVEMBER 2020 ELECTION:
Progressive Democrats endorse
Steve Young for Mayor,
Terry Scott for City Council

By Ralph Dennis, August 18, 2020

In this age of pandemic distancing, the Progressive Democrats of Benicia convened about 50 members and interested parties in a digital ZOOM Candidate Forum on August 11.

Candidate for Mayor Steve Young and candidates for City Council Trevor Macenski and Terry Scott gave opening statements, answered prepared questions and audience questions, and finished with brief closing statements.

Members of the Progressive Democrats voted whether and whom to endorse by an online poll on the PDB website.  Voting was open for a week following the Forum.

For endorsement, PDB bylaws require a vote of 50% plus one of those present and voting.

For Mayor of Benicia – Councilmember Steve Young

Results were overwhelming in the Mayoral race.  100% of the 43 members voting chose to endorse Steve Young for Mayor in 2020.  Congratulations, Steve!  Christina Strawbridge, who declined to attend, received no votes.

For Benicia City Council – Arts and Culture Commissioner Terry Scott

The race for City Council presented members with a wider choice.  Members could vote for up to two to fill the two vacant seats.  Incumbent Tom Campbell, who also declined to attend, received only 5 votes, or 11.6% of those voting.  Planning Commissioner Trevor Macenski received 13 votes, or 30.2% of those voting.  Arts and Culture Commissioner Terry Scott received support from 40 members, or 93.0% of those voting, and snagged our only endorsement for City Council.  Congratulations, Terry!

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PREVIOUSLY…

March 2020 Primary Election
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.


California Democratic Party Chair Election
PDB Candidate Endorsement Discussion
May 14, 2019

The California Democratic Party (CADEM) will elect its State Chair during the State Convention in San Francisco, May 31 – June 2. Five candidates are running for the four-year term as CADEM’s State Chair. The candidates are:

    • Lenore Albert-Sheridan
    • Kimberly Ellis
    • Rusty Hicks
    • Daraka Larimore-Hall
    • Mike Katz-Lacabe

Progressive Democrats of Benicia will discuss the Party Chair race during our May 14 General Membership meeting. After the discussion, members will be given an opportunity to vote to endorse one candidate for State Chair. A candidate receiving 50% + 1 of the votes cast by members present will win the PDB endorsement.

More:
  1.  summary of responses from the candidates to PDB questions asked at an April 7 candidates’ forum in Vallejo

NOVEMBER 6, 2018 GENERAL ELECTION

(* Asterisk * indicates official Club ENDORSEMENT. Otherwise, these are RECOMMENDATIONS of the Club’s Steering Committee.)

LOCAL ENDORSEMENTS:
    • Benicia City Council – *Kari Birdseye
    • Benicia Unified School District Trustee – *Mark Maselli
    • Benicia Unified School District Trustee – *Gethsemane Moss
    • Benicia Unified School District Trustee – *Sheri Zada
    • Measure E, Cannabis – YES
    • Solano County School Board Trustee – *Dana Dean
STATEWIDE ENDORSEMENTS:
    • U. S. Senate *Kevin de Leon
    • U. S. Congress District 5 *Mike Thompson
    • Governor Gavin Newsom
    • Lieutenant Governor *Eleni Kounalakis
    • State Assembly District 14 *Tim Grayson
    • Attorney General Xavier Becerra
    • Superintendent of Public Instruction *Tony Thurmond
    • State Controller *Betty Yee
    • Insurance Commissioner *Ricardo Lara
    • Secretary of State *Alex Padilla
    • State Treasurer *Fiona Ma
STATE PROPOSITIONS:

Recommendations of the Steering Committee (no membership vote taken, so no official endorsements)

    • Prop. 1 YES – General Obligation (GO) bond measure of $4 billion to build and rehabilitate more affordable housing.- YES
    • Prop. 2 YES – GO Bond issue for housing for the mentally ill-YES
    • Prop 3 NO – Water Bond issue-put on ballot by signature drive. One of key beneficiaries are farmers who have over-drawn water acquifers in Central Valley, and now want $750 million to re-build the Friant acqueduct. Sierra Club opposes. -NO
    • Prop 4 YES – Build Childrens Hospitals- YES
    • Prop 5 NO – Allows people to transfer property tax value to replacement properties. Would cause huge losses to local governments. Main advocate is real estate industry- NO
    • Prop 6 NO – Repeals gas tax increase. First increase in state gas tax in many years. Funds pay for road repairs. Repeal would cost Benicia $2.5 million over 5 years-NO
    • Prop 7 (no recommendation) – Makes daylight savings time permanent (if Congress approves).
    • Prop 8 YES – Kidney Dialysis: Dialysis clinics are 5 times more profitable than hospitals. Would direct some profits back to customers. Largely a fight between Big Labor which is spending $17 million to pass it, and the Dialysis Clinics who are spending $53 million to oppose it.- YES
    • Prop 10 YES – Rent Control- gives local governments authority to enact rent control if they choose to do so. Does not enact rent control- YES
    • Prop 12 (no recommendation) – Confinement of farm animals-limits the sale of meat and eggs from animals kept in small enclosures.

JUNE 5, 2018 PRIMARY ELECTION
Propositions & Measure 3
Proposition 68 Support
Proposition 69 Support
Proposition 70 Oppose
Proposition 71 Support
Proposition 72 Support
Regional Measure 3 Oppose
Candidate Endorsements
U. S. Senate Kevin de Leon
U. S. Congress District 5 Mike Thompson
Governor Delaine Eastin
Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis
State Assembly District 14 Tim Grayson
Attorney General Dave Jones 
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
State Controller Betty Yee
Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
Secretary of State Alex Padilla
State Treasurer Fiona Ma
Solano County Superior Court Judge Steve Gizzi

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