Join us Wednesday: Step on Up to Run for Office

Join us Wednesday for our next meeting, to learn about finding the next generation of candidates to run for office.

We’ll hear from County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, La Mesa City Council members Colin Parent and Dr. Akilah Weber, and Helix Water Board Director Mark Gracyk, sharing stories and strategies for running strong campaigns, for those aspiring to a career of public service for the common good.

“Step on up” is the theme of the Wednesday, Oct. 2 general meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. With the recent shocking news that 53rd District Congress member Susan Davis has decided to retire, her personal story carries a great lesson for those seeking public service. She started as a social worker, joined the League of Women Voters and became chapter president, nearly stumbled into a winning candidacy for San Diego School Board, and followed those offices with tenures in the California Assembly and a whopping 10 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

We are looking for the next generation of Susan Davises. To that end, we’re bringing you a great panel of young politicos who ran against Republicans in traditionally conservative districts, and managed very successful campaigns to break barriers. But the struggle hasn’t ended; ultra-conservative values are affecting policy and law on local school boards, water boards, planning groups, city councils, judgeships, and other government entities. People still get appointed to local school boards simply because of their church affiliation.

We must continue our fight for middle class values such as science, women’s health rights, criminal justice reform, climate action, sensible gun laws, affordable health care and economic equality. We need more affordable housing, transit choices, immigrant justice, stronger union representation, living wages, and an end to discrimination and hate in all sectors of public life. How do we get activists on all levels of local government who share these progressive ideals?

Our October general meeting will take place at our usual meeting location, the spacious and recently remodeled La Mesa Community Center at 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with social networking (the old-fashioned kind — face-to-face, in person) with snacks. Programming starts at 7 pm.

November and beyond

Mark your calendars for these great programs:

November 6th: Well-known professor and political pundit Ric Epps discusses US foreign policy missteps and the danger they represent in the powder keg that is the Middle East. Also, Club President Tina Rynberg will give an update on Go-team efforts and recruitment in the coming election year.

December 4th Holiday Party: Always a big favorite, join us for a pot luck feast, club charity giving, and top name entertainment (to be announced). Bring friends and family to help recruit new members.

Jan. 8th Meeting: Join us for a scintillating forum of great Democratic candidates looking to replace Congressperson Susan Davis.

Catch the Next Blue Wave

Come to the San Diego County Democratic Party East County Fundraiser for our 2020 Democratic Candidates, Thursday Oct. 3, 6:3-8:30 pm at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., featuring Rusty Hicks, chair of the California Democratic Party, with Richard Lederer’s fascinating facts about our Presidents. Admission: $35 contribution, $30 for students and seniors, $60 for couples. Sign up here: Questions? Contact Bob Grand, (619) 334-4861,

You can make a difference!

Are you frustrated about the direction of our country under the current administration? Are you tired of yelling at the TV? Would you like to actually help make a difference? The La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club is seeking members to join our Board of Directors. Our club’s goals for 2020 are to continue our outstanding monthly programs, register voters, remove religious extremists from local school boards, support candidates for local planning groups, water districts, and city councils. Each club member offers a new perspective and passion that will make our Board better. In addition to VP for Laws and Legislation, we are looking for members to assist with Public Relations, Social Media, Special Events, and Membership. Email Tina Rynberg, LMFDC President.

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