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 Race November 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)
- Benicia election results – UPDATED details and analysis (Nov. 5) “The Solano County Registrar of Voters have completed the count of Election Day ballots, and added those results to previously received mail-in ballots. The result is still unofficial.” (continued)
- Benicia election results – winners Steve Young, Tom Campbell, Terry Scott, and the Cannabis referendum November 4, 2020 “Here are Benicia election results as of 8:15 a.m. on November 4, from the Solano County Registrar of Voters website.” (continued)
- Benicia election results – Steve Young handily defeats Strawbridge and the Valero PAC November 4, 2020 “I called it at 10:48pm last night. It wasn’t even close. Steve Young is Benicia’s Mayor-elect. This morning, with all mail-in, early and precinct votes counted, Steve won by a wide margin – 51.9% to 30.6%, a spread of over 21 points!” (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.
Meeting of Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7pm, on ZOOM…
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.
Everything you need to know to VOTE EARLY
- 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.
- That’s why Women’s March is partnering with Working Families Party, Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project, and dozens of other organizations around the country to organize Election Defenders at local polling places on November 3rd.
- 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).
Letter from Mary Jane Bowker of Rep. Mike Thompson’s office:
Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 19th from 11:30-12:30!
We are thrilled to invite you and your extraordinary volunteers (no charge!) to a conversation with Congressman Thompson and Representative Cheri Bustos. Representative Bustos is Chair of the Democratic Congressional Committee, where she’s leading the effort to protect and expand our new Democratic Majority. Hear firsthand about the status of the House races across the country, which races to focus on with money and grit as we get close to the finish line.
I am contacting all the leaders of the activist organizations in District 5, covering Napa, Sonoma, Lake Contra Cost and Solano counties.
Please send this invitation to your group of activists and have them RSVP to www.mikethompsonforcongress.com, go to events on September 19th
Please RSVP by Friday, September 18th, and I will send the Zoom link within 24 hours of the call.
We look forward to a robust conversation!
Marching to the finish line!
Mary Jane Bowker