Club Member Highlights: Mike Thaller

Mike Thaller

Michael Thaller grew up in a very political family. He worked on his uncle’s campaign for City Council when he was 15 years old and has been an active Democrat ever since. He moved to San Diego in the late 1970s to teach Television and Film Production at San Diego State University.

Mike first joined the South Bay Democratic Club, and eventually founded and became president of the Eastlake-Bonita Democratic Club. He became involved with the San Diego County Democratic Party’s Central Committee, and spent six years on the party’s Executive Board as Director of Media Relations. Mike eventually ran in the ADEM Elections, and was elected to the California Democratic Party’s Executive Board, and was eventually elected Chair of the Progressive Caucus.

A stalwart progressive activist, Mike is also the Chapter Leader of the San Diego Chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), and had the opportunity to be a Bernie Sanders DNC delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

This year, Mike was a candidate for Controller of the California Democratic Party, waged a competitive race, and received endorsements from party leaders and elected officials throughout the state. Recently, he became Co-Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Organizational Development Committee, where he will be introducing ideas to empower activists within the party through the Caucuses, Clubs, Central Committees, delegates, voters, and the legislature.

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