Democrats for Equality,
It has been a week, but we are excited to see our endorsed candidate Georgette Gomez advance -- and take the lead -- for the special election to succeed former Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez in the 80th District.
An updated tally of votes from the April 5th special election has Georgette in the lead with over 38% of the vote.
The run-off AND the 2022 primary election will be held the same day, so we'll need to lace up our shoes, charge our phones, and prepare for a big fight.
ARCO, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Shell have their candidate -- the same candidate whose greatest legacy was voting to build Morris Cerullo's legacy. The Legacy Center in Mission Valley is infamously known for their homophobic, anti-LGBT, anti-trans, pro-conversion therapy sermons from on high.
For our club members, it should be noted that, unfortunately, some candidates we've endorsed over the past several years have no problem supporting that candidate -- but, maybe we'll save that larger issue for a future discussion.
That's why we have our candidate, and that's why it's especially critical we elect Georgette Gomez on June 7th!
Georgette's election is PRIORITY ONE for our club!
Please donate, sign-up to walk, or help phone and text bank voters for this election!
If you have any questions, please reach out to Amy Castenada at [email protected].
Finally, save the date for our next virtual club meeting on Thursday, April 21st at 6:30pm.
We are going to follow the Central Committee's lead and get the jump on some local and regional races coming up later this year. We will be considering friendly endorsement considerations for LGBTQ Vista City Councilmember Corinna Contreras, and Chula Vista Elementary School Boardmember Cesar Fernandez.
We'll also consider endorsements for Mayors of Imperial Beach and Vista, Carlsbad City Council District 1, Oceanside City Council District 1, Vista City Council District 4, and Helix Water District 2.
Most of these races should not be contested and already have stellar candidates that have declared and are running some strong campaigns -- some might even have the Democratic Party endorsement by the time of our meeting, so we should be able to have decisions on these considerations fairly efficiently.
Finally, we were excited to see the United States Senate finally confirm the first Black woman to the Supreme Court! Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on making HERstory today!
I love you all!
Ryan Trabuco (he/him/his)
San Diego Democrats for Equality