Presidential Candidates’ Forum
& Endorsement Vote
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30pm, Dona Benicia Room, Benicia Library
In advance of the March 3 California Primary Election, we took an internal poll of our Progressive Democrats of Benicia in order to offer Benicians a PDB endorsement for a Democratic presidential candidate. So we held a candidates’ forum at our February 12 meeting.
These are campaigns which were represented on the panel and the person speaking on behalf of their candidate:
- Pete Buttigieg, Nick Fletcher (or representative), CA Campaign Political Director
- Mike Bloomberg, Patty Mitchell, Regional Campaign Director, Contra Costa Co.
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Constance Beutel, Benicia supporter/local activist
- Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mark Van Landuyt, (2016 Sanders delegate/campaign organizer Contra Costa Co.
- Tom Steyer, Luis Sanchez, (CA Deputy Political Director)
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Anthony Galace, Oakland campaign office
- (NOTE: Invitations were sent to the other campaigns but no responses were received.)
After the presentations by the candidates’ representatives, everyone present participated in a Q&A, and then PDB members voted to endorse the candidate of their choice.
Members not present had a week to vote online via the website. The online Membership Poll went up on the website on 2/12/20 after the meeting.
Endorsement results were posted here on the website after online voting closed on 2/19/20.