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Lunch is at noon, followed by the program beginning at 1:00 p.m. We hope you will be able to join us for both. We have a stimulating program for you. Our speaker will be Cindy Croyle. She works for Heifer International, and will be speaking to us about her organization’s unique approach to ending world hunger and poverty. Cindy …View full post
Our beloved Redlands Area Democratic Club president, Steve Chapman will be greatly missed after his passing on April 24th. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need and was an integral part to the leadership of the Democratic Party both at the local and state level. Steve truly enriched the lives …View full post
The election is coming up in a few days, and some of you are already voting by mail. We thought you might appreciate some guidance from club members on whom and what to vote for. We are providing you with the attached list to help guide your selections. At the RADC meeting on May 24, all candidates and propositions on the ballot were discussed. This was not a forum in which candidates were invited to speak, and the attached list does not represent a set of formal endorsements. However, some of the selections were obvious (e.g., official endorsement by the state party, previously endorsed by the club, or only Democrat on the ballot). Other listings are candidates who drew the most favorable comments at the meeting, as explained on the list.
Statewide Primary Election Tuesday, June 3, 2014
(No formal RADC endorsement votes were taken, but the following were preferred at club meeting of 5/24/14, and/or are endorsed by state party (see footnote)
Governor: Jerry Brown*
Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom*
Secretary of State: Derek Cressman (VP for state operations at Common Cause, has worked for fair elections
for years, recommended by former regional director John Smith): drew the most favorable comments.
Controller – Two favorites: Betty T. Yee (member of Board of Equalization, energetic and popular at state convention) vs. John Perez (visionary progressive former Speaker of state Assembly): both drew favorable comments. State party has no endorsement.
Treasurer: John Chiang*
Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris*
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones*
Member, State Board of Equalization District 4: Nader Shahatit (only Democrat on ballot)
US Representative District 31: Pete Aguilar*(formally endorsed last year by RADC)
Member of the State Assembly District 40: Melissa O’Donnell*
(State) Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson*
County Superintendent of Schools: Rita Ramirez (only known Democrat on ballot; has background in education)
County Assessor/Recorder: Dan Harp (more progressive than opponent Bob Dutton, thought by some to be a Democrat)
Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector: Larry Walker (Democrat; spoke at George Brown dinner)
District Attorney: Michael A. Ramos (moderate; opposed by more conservative candidate Grover Merritt)
Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator: Clifton Harris (progressive African American with sensitivity to criminal justice concerns of minorities, drew favorable comments); one member noted that incumbent John McMahon has wide support within Sheriff’s department.)
Proposition 41 (Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014): YES*
Proposition 42 (Public Records. Open Meetings. State Reimbursement to Local Agencies.
Legislative Constitutional Amendment): YES*
*Asterisk denotes a candidate’s/proposition’s endorsement by the CA state democratic party
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