Congratulations to our endorsed candidates, Mayor-elect Steve Young and Councilmember-elect Terry Scott!
Here are links to an important KQED report by Ted Goldberg, and other Benicia election details and analysis by Roger Straw on the Benicia Independent:
KQED: Candidate Targeted by Valero Wins Benicia Mayoral RaceNovember 5, 2020 Significant quote: “The fact that Young withstood the Valero PAC’s campaign is hugely significant, according to Matto Mildenberger, an assistant professor of political science at UC Santa Barbara, who focuses on oil politics. ‘It means that Benicia voters are willing to take their climate future into their own hands and are going to resist efforts by oil companies to control local politics.’” (continued)
For additional incoming Benicia updates and information on our local vote totals for California races and propositions and the US Presidential race, go to the Solano County Registrar of Voters ELECTION RESULTS PAGE.
Kathy Kerridge and the Progressive Democrats of Benicia sponsored 12 letter writing parties to train people how to write letters for Vote Forward and to write and send the letters.
Letters were written to low propensity voters (those who did not vote in at least three of the last four elections) located in “super states.” Super states are not only key for the Presidential election, but also either have a Senate race or a need to elect a democratic state legislature for redistricting reasons.
The letters encouraged people to vote. They were hand addressed and had a personalized handwritten message. This has been shown to be effective in increasing voter turnout.
Kathy hosted the 12 parties on Zoom. They started in May and went through October 12.
The Big Send date was October 17. Kathy wrote, “I had over 40 people participate. Many people came to several parties. We were from all over the country and ranged in age from high school to 90 years old. We wrote 8,395 plus letters.”
Over 16 million letters were sent to voters all over the country. This far surpassed the original goal of 10 million letters. Kathy continued, “Our top letter writer wrote 2600 letters. One couple wrote 1340. With every letter went a hope to get that person to the polls. This was a fun way to contribute to the election without having to leave home.”
Our HUGE thanks to Kathy Kerridge and her 40+ helpers!!
No more “Election Day” – this is Election Month!
Ballots have arrived – help is needed NOW!
OUR GUESTS on Oct 13:
Mayoral Candidate Steve Young
and City Council Candidate Terry Scott
PDB’s meeting on Oct. 13 focused on Benicia’s Mayoral and Council races. Our endorsed candidates, Steve Young for Mayor and Terry Scott for Council, discussed their campaigns and provided suggestions on how we could further support their election to office.
During the meeting we also discussed how we should prepare for possible “election problems” on Nov. 3 and afterwards. Here’s the link to an article that raises such concerns and what we can do to prepare: 10 things you need to know to stop a coup (by Daniel Hunter of 350.org, on WAGING NONVIOLENCE.org). Mary Susan Gast presented Hunter’s 10 points and encouraged all of us to sign the pledge to Choose Democracy, and sign up for a training. Here are links:
As one of our members wrote, “It’s always best to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. We are in a situation where if Trump tries to stop the counting of votes, then we need to be prepared to act in the face of a coup. And we need to call it what it is.”
In the meantime, here is information on tonight’s Benicia Candidate Forum and on mail-in ballots, and also what you can do to counteract actions already being taken by Trump supporters to suppress voter turnout.
Didn’t get a mail-in ballot? You can still register to vote! The California deadline to register is October 19th. Register online now. If you miss the deadline, you can vote provisionally on Election Day, Nov 3rd. You can check your registration status here.
Trump supporters disrupted early voting in Virginia. On the second day of early voting in Virginia, a group of right-wing Trump supporters gathered outside a polling location – waving flags and chanting in a clear attempt to intimidate voters.
Sign up now to become an Election Defender and join a training to make sure everyone can vote safely no matter what. Join a training session here– a virtual 3-minute training session (choose one, scheduled for 4:30pm on Tuesday, Oct 6, 13 and 20).