Presidential Straw Poll Results

Democrats for Equality,

First off, a special welcome to all of the new club members and those interested in our club who signed up at our booth over the weekend — all 94 of you!

Whether you are a new member, renewing member, or were just interested in learning more about our club and what we are about — there is no better opportunity to do that than at San Diego Pride.

Our San Diego Democrats for Equality club was founded in 1975, and we have grown into the largest membership-based democratic club in San Diego County.

The club has an incredibly rich history and remains one of the oldest active LGBTQ organizations in the United States.

As more and more become politically active heading into the 2020 elections, we hope that you can find a friendly atmosphere here among some stellar, progressive, LGBTQ activists — and hopefully future friends and family.

Welcome home!

Our next club meeting will be held this Thursday, July 18th at 7:00pm inside the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103). There’s more information about this week’s meeting below, and we’d love to have you join us!

Thank you again to everyone who attended our Pride Kickoff event last Thursday evening at Fruitcraft! We had over 125 attendees, and a fun time was had by all. Special thanks again to our partners Weedmaps and Equality California for an incredible event, and to Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assemblymember Brian Maienschein for helping to sponsor!

We’d like to also thank all of our fellow Democratic Clubs for joining us to march in the Pride Parade, including:

  • Democrats for Environmental Action
  • Progressive Democratic Club
  • Woman’s Democratic Club
  • La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club
  • Democratic Club of Vista

Equality, equity, and justice cannot happen without allies standing and marching with you, so to all of those clubs and candidates who marched with us, another special thank you!

Thank you to all of those volunteers who came out (no pun intended) to the festival and helped us at the booth on Saturday and Sunday! We had a ton of activity all weekend. As the kids say, “the place was poppin’!”

Special recognition to our Pride Committee this year: Amy KuhnMurphy WalshBrandon Coopersmith, and Matthew Burkle. It’s not easy to organize a kickoff event, parade contingent, and a festival booth all within days of each other, but they put in some serious effort to make sure the trains ran on time!

Of course, a lot of the activity was focused on the Presidential Straw Poll featuring all (declared) Democratic candidates running. And the votes have been tallied…

Kamala Harris
Bernie Sanders
Elizabeth Warren
Pete Buttigieg
Joe Biden
Beto O’Rourke
Andrew Yang
Cory Booker
Julian Castro
Tulsi Gabbard
Kristen Gillibrand
Mike Gravel
Wayne Messam
Amy Klobuchar
Marianne Williamson
Seth Moulton
Tom Steyer
John Delaney
Tim Ryan
Bill de Blasio

Michael Bennet, Steve Bullock, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, and Joe Sestak were featured among our Democratic candidates on the display, however did not receive votes.


Join us for our next club meeting this Thursday, July 18th at 7:00pm inside the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103).

At last month’s meeting, Melinda Vasquez was elected our new Controller, so we will consider filling a vacancy on our executive board for North Area Representative. If you live in the zipcodes below, are a member in good standing, and are interested in serving with our incredible leadership team, please let me know (!

  • The North Area includes 92003, 92007, 92008, 92009, 92010, 92011, 92014, 92024, 92025, 92026, 92027, 92028, 92029, 92054, 92055, 92056, 92057, 92058, 92059, 92060, 92061, 92064, 92067, 92069, 92075, 92078, 92081, 92082, 92083, 92084, 92091, 92096, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92672

We have a couple of endorsement considerations: friendly incumbent endorsements for State Senate District 39 and Assembly District 76, and endorsements for Congressional Districts 50 and 51.

Also, attorney Kate Yavenditti will present on a proposed Charter Amendment concerning the City of San Diego’s Community Review Board on Police Practices.

Our executive board made some updates to our endorsement calendar (see below). Yes, the next couple of meetings are going to be… what’s the word?… Fun!

So, if you have any general interest in these upcoming endorsement considerations then please take note.

Finally — and, this might be a little controversial — due to us moving some endorsements around San Diego City Council District 7 will be coming up in August.

I mention this specific race because a certain candidate who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault against three of our club members, and is now also under investigation by their employer has — for whatever reason — still not dropped out of running.

A couple months ago when this story broke, our club took the position to call for this individual to resign their current elected office and — for whatever reason — they still have not done so.

This brings us to a relatively simple question: Why would we call for this individual’s resignation, and then turnaround and consider them for an endorsement?

To even have to ask that question is just a little ridiculous, and it goes against our values as a club. So, at our next meeting we will consider voting on a resolution to not invite/consider that candidate to participate in our endorsement process.

Sure, that might be controversial to some (I can’t imagine why). However, my responsibility is to the health and safety of our club members, and if that means protecting our club and our members from an alleged sexual harasser than that is my duty to this club.

With great power, comes great responsibility.

See y’all Thursday!

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality