Precinct Walkers Needed

Time to Step Up and Get Steps – Precinct Walking

One of the missions of ECDC is to elect democratic candidates.  This means walking literature to El Cerrito and Kensington houses to inform resident who we support.  After the August meetings, ECDC will have endorsed several candidates for the November election, and the rubber needs to hit the road – literally.  We have about 75 separate 1-hour walks in El Cerrito and Kensington.  We walk from the third weekend in September to the second weekend in October.  ECDC needs volunteers for this fall’s walking campaign.  You can help in one of three ways!

Campaign Coordinator: The Coordinator sets up the walk maps, arranges and manages the literature stuffing and organizes the volunteers on two organized campaign days.  This is about a 5 hour a week task between September 1 and October 11.

Literature counters/stuffers: These volunteers bundle literature into groups of 10, 20 and 50.  This helps the Coordinator to get the right number of flyers into each walk folder.

Walkers: Get your steps in as you walk around various neighborhoods in El Cerrito and Kensington.  We bundle into 50 to 75 household walks over a 6 to 8 block area.  Designed to take about 60 to 90 minutes to walk to the target households, we are looking for 30 to 40 volunteers to each do one to three routes.  Yes, you can do more, and, every little bit helps.

To volunteer, please email Greg Lyman at

ECDC Endorsement Results for August 25, 2018

50 El Cerrito Democratic Club members, over 40 West Contra Costa Democratic Club members and over 15 members of the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County listened to candidates from six races including Lieutenant Governor, Assembly District 15, AC Transit, Contra Costa Community College, Contra Costa Superintendent of Schools, West Contra Costa School Board and El Cerrito City Council. Due to a scheduling issue, the endorsement for AC Transit was rescheduled to our normal monthly meeting on September 25, 2018. In March, the Club Already endorsed Lynn Mackey for CoCo Superintendent, so this was an opportunity for other organizations to hear from Lynn. We endorsed candidates in Lt. Governor , CoCo Community College, El Cerrito City Council and WCCUSD. Here are the results:

Contra Costa Cty Community College (Up to 1) Votes Result
John Marquez 34 Endorsed
No Endorsement 2
AD 15 (Up to 1) Votes Result
Buffy Wicks 25 No position
Jovanka Beckles 20 No position
No Endorsement 2
AC Transit At Large (Up to 1) Votes Result
No Endorsement NA  RESCHEDULED
Lieutenant Governor (Up to 1) Votes Result
Ed Hernandez 7
Eleni Kounalakis 33  Endorsed
No Endorsement 6
El Cerrito City Council (Up to 2) Votes Result
Gabriel Quinto 40 Endorsed
Janet Abelson 40 Endorsed
No Endorsement 0
West Contra Costa Unified School District (up to 3) Votes Result
Anthony Caro 8
Carlos Taboada 9
Consuelo Lara 29 Endorsed
Elizabeth Block 3
Madeline Kronenberg 34 Endorsed
Michael Gonzales 4
Patricio Dujan 10
Stephanie Hernandez-Jarvis 38 Endorsed
Tiffany Grimsley 5
Valerie Cuevas 13
Vanessa Anita Calloway 3
No Endorsement 2

ECDC Endorsement Results for August 28, 2018

Thirty-five El Cerrito Democratic Club members listened to candidates from the Stege Sanitary District race and considered El Cerrito Measure V and other Local, regional and State offices and Statewide ballot measures. Propositions 3, 5, 7 and 10 will be discussed at the September 25, 2018 meeting along with Candidates for AC Transit Board. Here are the results from August 28, 2018:

Stege Sanitary District

  • Al Miller 29 Endorsed (83%)
  • Dwight Merrill 28 Endorsed (80%)
  • Juliet Christian-Smith 29 Endorsed (83%)

El Cerrito Measure V, Charter City

  • Yes 29 Endorsed (83%)
  • No 2
  • No Endorsement 3

Democratic Candidates

  • Yes 32 Endorsed (91%)
  • No Endorsement 2

Democratic Candidates include:

  • Gavin Newsome, Governor
  • Alex Padilla, Secretary of State
  • Betty Yee, Treasurer
  • Fiona Ma, Controller
  • Ricardo Lara, Insurance Commissioner
  • Malia Cohen, Board of Equalization
  • Xavier Becerra, Attorney General
  • Mark DeSaulnier, U.S. Representative
  • John Gioia, Contra Costa County Supervisor

Statewide Ballot Measures passed the following positions unanimously:

  • Support: Proposition 1 – issue $4 billion in bonds for housing programs and veterans’ home loans
  • Support: Proposition 2 – Authorize $2 billion of millionaire’s tax for homelessness prevention housing
  • Support: Proposition 4 – Issue $1.5 billion in bonds for children’s hospitals
    Oppose: Proposition 6 – Repeal 2017 fuel tax and vehicle fee
  • Support: Proposition 8 – Requires dialysis clinics to issue refunds for revenue above specified amount
  • Oppose: Proposition 11 – Allow ambulance providers to require workers to remain on-call during paid breaks
  • Support: Proposition 12 – Bans sale of meat from animals confined in spaces below specified sizes