VOSD Podcast and Bylaws Proposal

Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy (left) and County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher (right)

Democrats for Equality,

The outpouring of congratulations from club members, elected officials, and friends across the state has been overwhelming, but very much appreciated.

This week, club member and our county party’s South Area Vice Chair Kelvin Barrios was elected Chair Pro Tem.

Along with Vice Chairs Becca Taylor and Jason Bercovitch, Secretary Orem Robinson, and GO Team Director Kyle Doria, this constitutes the youngest executive board for our county Democratic Party.

Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts, and Sara Libby from Voice of San Diego invited me into their studio to talk about our vision for the party going forward into the 2020 elections. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast, you can do that here.

Our next club meeting will be Thursday, February 21st. It will be my last full meeting as President of San Diego Democrats for Equality.

I will preside over our officer elections, and then after swearing-in our new officers at our March 21st meeting, I will hand the gavel over 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.

Although, it has been an honor to lead this club, we still have some work to do.

At our meeting this month, we will be discussing and voting on a couple bylaw proposals to diversify the club’s incoming executive board. Among the changes to be discussed, include:

  • Eliminating gender-specific language throughout the bylaws,
  • Re-naming and re-organizing the Treasurer position to Controller,
  • Creating the officer position of Sergeant-at-Arms, and
  • Elevating the club’s Associate Members to the county party into board-level Regional Director positions.

So, if the bylaw changes pass at our next meeting, we will also move ahead and have an election for Sergeant-at-Arms.

A full review of these proposed changes can be found here.

Hope to see you all at our next meeting on Thursday, February 21st!

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality