Thank you, Susan Davis!

Democrats for Equality,

Yesterday, Congresswoman Susan Davis announced that she will not seek re-election to Congress next year.

Susan has been a longtime ally and friend to our club and to the LGBTQ community. It wasn’t long ago that she was sued for displaying the Pride flag outside her congressional office in D.C.

We want to thank Congresswoman Davis for her leadership and steadfast dedication to legislation in support of equality, equity, and justice.

Susan has been a champion for us in Congress, and for that we are grateful for her representation and leadership.

Obviously, the prospect of an open Congressional seat covering the heart of San Diego’s neighborhoods, half of El Cajon, and half of Chula Vista provides an opportunity for a number of potential Democratic candidates and campaigns.

Make no mistake: the 53rd congressional district is a solidly blue district.

Hillary Clinton won the district by 35 points in 2016, and Gavin Newsom won the district last year by 30 points. Now, some Republicans may decide to run, but if Trump’s party is struggling to hold on to Duncan Hunter’s seat, they have little to no shot of winning this race.

That being said, there is no doubt there will be a number of Democratic candidates running. Jose Caballero and Joaquin Vazquez have already been campaigning and intend to continue.

We had scheduled an endorsement consideration for this particular race for our club meeting this month. However, given the gravity of the race and the potential for other candidates to now enter, our club’s executive board will meet this weekend to discuss possibly rescheduling our consideration for CA53 to a special meeting closer to the California Democratic Party’s pre-endorsement meeting in October.

In the event we decide to reschedule, we will absolutely let everyone know.

For now, if you are considering looking at running for Congress in the 53rd district, please reach out to us so we can at least get you a candidate questionnaire prior to our club’s endorsement consideration. E-mail me at

On a lighter note… so, yesterday, I had some fun with all the hoopla over the news. I posted across my various social media platforms:

“No — I am not running for Congress.
However, I am excited to announce my run to the kitchen for a glass of wine and a salad for dinner.”

To which I later posted an update about accomplishing my campaign promise (see below).

Real talk though… if you have not had the pineapple wine from FruitCraft in Hillcrest — highly recommend! (This is not a paid advertisement… I just really love their wine). Also, that salad was incredibly delicious, and it makes me think about cooking more often.

And now, a couple more things…

  • Our club-rated candidates running for Council District 1 are holding a couple of campaign walks. Joe LaCava is holding a volunteer walk THIS SATURDAY at 9:30am. Breakfast snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information, please contact Also, Will Moore is holding a campaign walk on Saturday, September 21 at 10am. Breakfast snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information, please contact
  • In July, our club joined several other Democratic clubs in endorsing the proposed San Diego city charter amendment regarding the city’s Community Review Board on Police Practices. There is a first reading of the proposed ballot measure scheduled for Wednesday, September 18th at 9:00am at City Hall on the 12th floor. If you’d like to attend or speak in solidarity, please reach out to for more information.
  • Finally, CNN and the Human Rights Campaign have announced that they will host a Democratic presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues for Thursday, October 10th at The Novo in Los Angeles. We may want to organize a watch party for this!

Finally, Our next club meeting will be Thursday, September 19th — and we’ll be again starting at a special time: 6:30pm. The meeting will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest.


Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality