Endorsement Meeting Update – Aug 25

The 2018 ECDC endorsement process for the 2018 election will continue through the next two meetings scheduled in August — and possibly include the September meeting. Members are encouraged to come hear participating candidates and vote for those they wish to be endorsed by ECDC.

These events encourage candidates and ballot measures to present their case for endorsement and to answer specific questions created by the ECDC Executive Board. All local Democrats are welcome and encouraged to attend. Only eligible ECDC members, according to bylaws and standing rules, will be able to vote at these events for endorsement. Other clubs will do their endorsement voting at their own meetings at a subsequent date.

Revised August 2018 Agenda

SPECIAL ENDORSEMENT MEETING of Candidates – August 25, 2018

Revised Agenda

Where: El Cerrito High School Cafeteria, 540 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito, CA.

Voting Begins at 11 AM and ends at 4 PM.

Club members will vote to endorse according to our endorsement rules. A candidate must receive 60% of the vote (voting members who attend) to receive the Club’s endorsement. If no candidate receives 60% of the vote, then there will be no endorsement. Only members in good standing for 45 days prior to the endorsement forum may vote, and the ECDC may only endorse Democrats in any race whether partisan or non-partisan.

  • 10 AM Doors Open and set up begins: Bagels, cream cheese, coffee, and OJ will be provided by DPCCC and Janet Abelson
  • 11 AM Call to Order, Voting Begins, Speakers Begins
    For each of the listed contests, there will be opening candidate statements, responses to specific questions, and closing candidate remarks.
  • 11AM John Marquez – Contra Costa County Community College District Board of Trustees
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Assembly 15 candidates Buffy Wicks and Jovanka Beckels
  • 12:30 – 1:00 Lt. Governor candidates Ed Hernandez and Elani Kounalakis
  • 1:00 – 1:30 Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools candidate Lynn Mackey
  • 1:30 – 2:00 AC Transit At-Large Board of Directors candidate Joel Young
  • 2:00 – 2:30 El Cerrito City Council candidates Gabe Quinto and Janet Abelson
  • 2:30 – 4:00 West County Unified School District Board of Education Candidates:
    • Anthony Caro
    • Carlos Toabada
    • Consuelo Lara
    • Madeline Kronenberg
    • Tiffany Grimsley
  • 4 PM Voting Ends and clean up begins. Election Judge will complete tallying of ECDC ballots and announce results
  • 5 PM Event ends. Vacate the space


Volunteers Valued at ECDC

In 2006 and 2008 I organized the club’s campaign walks as a volunteer.  That is how I began to participate in the El Cerrito Democratic Club.  It was a discreet task with a defined goal – get the club’s endorsements to the residents of El Cerrito.  It was a way to help the club function and achieve its mission.  The club does not walk endorsements every year, just even years, however, we have other activities that do occur every year and your help would be appreciated.  Since this is an election year, with a few more activities than non-campaign years, we have even more opportunities for you to help!  Here is a list of five (5) remaining volunteer opportunities in 2018:

  • Register voters at Loving Day in June
  • Staff our booth on the 4th of July
  • Assist at the endorsement forum on Saturday the 25th of August
  • Organize endorsement walks in September
  • Set-up and staff the Annual Dinner in October

Also, we would appreciate a helper to set up the monthly meetings and clean up at the end.  If you are interested in any of these tasks, please see President Janet Abelson or me at one of the next meetings or email Janet at ECDC.Pres@gmail.com.

On behalf of the Board, I thank everyone who plans to volunteer, Greg Lyman.