Our October general club meeting will be this Wednesday, October 20. We are calling on all active voting members to join us as we consider our first endorsements for the 2022 election cycle. 

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San Diego Environmental Democrats at a 2019 endorsement meeting we held at the Musicians Association of San Diego County
Greetings Environmental Democrats,

Endorsement season is upon us! As environmentally-minded Democrats look to our club members to weigh in on candidates and ballot measures that will appear on ballots in the coming year, we have invited a few previously endorsed candidates to address the club at our general meeting this Wednesday, October 20. We need the participation of our active member body to make this work. Please read on for details. 


This Wednesday, October 20
SDCDEA General Club Meeting

As previously noticed, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action will be holding its first club endorsement considerations of the 2022 election cycle. We will hear from two previously endorsed elected officials who are seeking our continued support and stamp of approval. 

Our club by-laws provide for candidates who were endorsed by the club in their most recent election cycle and who won office to address the club in seeking our Friendly Incumbent Endorsement. We have invited San Diego City Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe (District 4) and County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher (District 4) to attend our October 20 general meeting. Both received the endorsement of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action when they ran for their current offices in 2018, and are running for re-election in 2022. 

Each candidate will address the club, speaking on their records as it relates to concerns of environmental voters, and club members may submit questions. As our club has never held an endorsement meeting on Zoom, there are a few changes and some reminders we want to go over.

VP for Political Action Kevin Lourens will be chairing the endorsement part of our meeting. All questions will be moderated by VP Lourens and/or club president Richard Ram. As with all of our endorsement meetings, the Zoom chat will be turned off. All questions will be submitted through an external link that will we will provide. Only eligible voting members may ask questions and participate in casting votes.

Disparaging comments or personal attacks will not be tolerated, and will be ruled out of order as we conduct respectful and fair hearings for all our candidates. If you have a pointed question you'd like to ask that relates to environmental issues and positions that the club has taken, please submit them for moderation. As our by-laws in fact state: 
Members are encouraged to ask questions relevant to the Club's mission of advancing environmental or green issues, of candidate viability, fundraising ability, endorsements, or the candidate's "vision."

In keeping with our community agreement of "step up, and step back" please keep questions brief and to the point in consideration for both our candidates and to allow space for fellow club members to step up and ask questions that might relate to other concerns you have.

As we prepare to vote, candidates will "step outside" into a break-out room, and we will recognize up to three speakers to speak for the Friendly Incumbent Endorsement of the official being considered, or to speak on encouraging fellow club members to vote no and not grant the Friendly Incumbent Endorsement. 

Similar to our ballot box procedure at past endorsement meetings, our online balloting on Zoom will be allow each member to cast votes unseen by other members.  Ballots will be made available only to eligible voting members. Per our by-laws, an eligible voting member is one whose club dues are current, and who has attended at least two club meetings as a member within the past 12 months.

If a tally of the votes shows that our official has reached the threshold of 60 percent of votes for Friendly Incumbent Endorsement, the official may use our club's name and logo on their campaign website and on campaign literature. The club shall instruct its Associate Member(s) to the San Diego County Democratic Party's area caucuses to cast votes in support of the endorsed candidate, toward the official endorsement of the County Party. The club will list the official as endorsed, and may act to publicize candidate events or to organize actions in support of the candidate. 

Shall the officeholder seeking our Friendly Incumbent Endorsement not reach the 60 percent required threshold of votes, endorsement is not granted at this time. Without endorsement, the club's logo and name shall not be used or inferred by the candidate to imply endorsement. The club shall not have any official position on the race, and reserves the option to notice the same race at a later date. If we notice the race for an open endorsement meeting, all eligible Democratic candidates who have filed and are running for the seat would be invited to participate in a forum, including the incumbent officeholder. For contested races, we have a ranked-choice ballot procedure in which a 60 percent threshold is needed for endorsement, and the official position of No Endorsement is an option. We will be doing a refresher on our ranked-choice voting procedures as we approach hosting open endorsements in contested races. 

Our October general meeting will also include candidate announcements, officer reports, and a motion for the club to vote in endorsing the Farm System Reform Act introduced on Capitol Hill by Senator Cory Booker and Representative Ro Khanna, and which was the topic presented on at our September meeting by our featured speaker Rebecca Wolf of Food & Water Watch.

We will begin checking in and credentialing members at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom, and come to order at 6:30 p.m. Our meeting are open to guests, but only members may participate in Q&A and discussion. If we should approach maximum capacity in the meeting, we will work to prioritize the admission and presence of eligible voting members.

To join or renew your membership with our club, visit

Zoom link (active at 6:00 p.m. on October 20):
Meeting ID: 875 1495 2966
Saturday, October 30
Special Endorsement Meeting
Our first special endorsement meeting for the 2022 cycle will be held on Saturday, October 30th. The exact time and Zoom link will be announced shortly. We have invited previously endorsed San Diego City Council members Vivian Moreno (District 8) and Dr. Jennifer Campbell (District 2) to address our club and take member questions in seeking our Friendly Incumbent Endorsement.

All aforementioned procedures and rules will apply for this special endorsement meeting. As this will not take place during a general club meeting, we will limit the admission of non-member guests to recognized party officials and recognized political staffers attending with the officeholders. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us on the 30th as we consider these endorsements. 

We look forward to your crucial participation as we begin determining endorsements for those candidates who will best work with us toward protecting our planet and building a greener San Diego for the next generation.

Environmentally Yours,

Richard Ram
Interim President

Mia Taylor
Communications Director

Board Members
Richard Ram, interim president;
  vice president for programs and outreach

Kevin Lourens, vice president for political action
Bridger Langfur, vice president for policy
Courtney Ransom, membership
Galena Robertson, treasurer
Mia Taylor, director of communications
Rick Guerrero, board member at-large
David Engel, board member at-large
Brandon Coopersmith, board member at-large
Czeska Cabuhat, board member at-large
Vianna Ledesma, board member at-large
Cody Petterson, immediate past president
Photo Credits
2019 SDCDEA Endorsement meeting photo by Richard Ram
All candidate photos courtesy of their official office, candidacy, or Facebook pages
Chartered in 2014, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action seeks to foster active interest in the Democratic Party, encourage greater support of the California Democratic Party environmental platform, contribute to party leadership and responsibility, provide a constructive role for volunteers in Democratic politics, promote an activist base, and assist and enable Democratic candidates to run, and win, on environmental and conservation principles.
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