A Fresh Start for Our Democratic Party

Democrats for Equality,

This week, I had the incredible honor being elected the new Chair of our San Diego County Democratic Party.

I am so grateful, but even more so… I am ready to get started.

Over the last few months, Craig Roberts and I engaged in a spirited and honest dialog about the direction of our party heading into the 2020 elections. We may have seen differently when it comes to style and vision, but there was so much more we agreed on when it came to substance.

Although it was a close campaign, I believe the challenge and spirited debate was not just an exercise in our democratic process, but inspired us both to be better candidates throughout. Those conversations and debates have made us stronger. It is my hope — not in spite of, but — because Craig was my opponent, that it will make me a better Chair and a better leader of our San Diego County Democratic Party.

Thank you, Craig.

It has been an honor to lead this club. We have diversified our membership and achieved great heights:

  • We registered over 4,000 new voters
  • We expanded our voter outreach to 80,000 households up from our peak at 20,000.
  • We helped elect 1/3 of our council as members of the LGBTQ+ community
  • We helped elect a female majority on our council
  • We expanded LGBTQ+ representation into North and South San Diego County
  • We empowered scores of Young Democrats and invested in a new generation of leadership
  • We strengthened our place in San Diego Politics as a powerhouse Democratic Club
  • We have established ourselves as an inter-sectional and objectively progressive voice in our party

We have accomplished so much together and I will always remember my time as your club president, but the time has come for me to pass the torch.

While I will remain an active member of the club, I must inform you that this will serve as my letter of resignation. To be effective at our meeting on March 21st, 2019.

On February 21st, I will chair my last full meeting as your president. I will preside over the elections, and then at our meeting in March, after swearing-in our new officers, I will hand the gavel to my best friend and Vice President for Resource Development, Ryan Trabuco.

Ryan will lead our club from there. He has significant experience as a president having served four terms as president of the Clairemont Town Council. He will do an excellent job and I have complete faith in his abilities to take the lead.

Our next club meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21st, 2019. We will be hosting club elections for the following positions:

  • Vice President for Resource Development (short term)
  • Vice President for Political Action
  • Treasurer
  • Board Member At-Large
  • Board Member At-Large

Nominees for club officer must have been dues paid members for 90 days prior to their taking office on March 21st, 2019. That would mean that you would have had to be a member before December 21st, 2018.

Should you wish to serve as a San Diego Democrats for Equality Club Officer please email president@democratsforequality.org

Finally, we would be remiss to not mention the results from the final round of ADEM elections:

Congratulations to club member Matt Corrales who was elected as a delegate in AD 75.

Congratulations to club member Cori Schumacher who was elected as a delegate and to E-Board in AD 76.

The unity slate in AD 77 swept. Congratulations to club members Andrea Cubitt, Judy Ki, Fayaz Nawabi, and Ryan Trabuco who were elected delegates. Ryan was also elected to E-Board.

Congratulations to club members Alyce Pipkin-Allen and Dave Myers who were elected delegates in AD 79. Alyce was also elected to E-Board.

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality