Will’s Birthday Message

At the CDP Executive Board meeting in Oakland, I had the opportunity to have some heartfelt conversations with Kevin de Leon — our party’s endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate.

Democrats for Equality,

Thank you for all the birthday wishes today.

When I ran to be President of San Diego Democrats for Equality, we set out a mission to continue our status as the largest Democratic club in San Diego County.

Never in my wildest dreams was it possible to have the success our club has had in the last 2 years.

The elections of Georgette Gomez and Cori Schumacher in 2016 proved that our club could make the difference — be the difference. Today, it’s unfathomable to envision a political landscape without these two incredible LGBTQ elected leaders.

This year, we have a number of opportunities to impact the regional landscape, and I wanted to take the time on my birthday this year to highlight our endorsed LGBTQ candidates (thus far) for November’s election:

In fact, we can make history with all of our candidates.

Craig Milgrim, our endorsed candidate for San Diego Community College in District C, would be the first LGBTQ candidate elected to the San Diego Community College District Board. Craig is a community college professor in Grossmont, and helped his students found a campus LGBT club in 1994 where he’s served as their faculty club advisor.

Together, we can win these local elections across San Diego County, and build a formidable, progressive bench that will pay dividends — not just for our club, or our Democratic party — but for local public policy for decades.

Finally, a friendly reminder about our next club meeting on Thursday, August 16th. We’ll be meeting at 7:00pm inside the Joyce Beers Center in Hillcrest.

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality