April meeting video: How Democrats elected officials won their first elections

Watch the video of our April, 2022 general meeting meeting, where we hear from three East County Democratic elected officials with experience winning: Jennifer Mendoza, Lemon Grove City Council member; Mark Gracyk, Helix Water Authority director, Division 3; and Racquel Vasquez, Mayor City of Lemon Grove. The panel moderator is Chris Pearson, the club VP political action, with experience working on several winning campaigns.

The candidates talk about the nitty-gritty of why they ran, how they raised money, the importance of knocking on doors and talking with neighbors, and more.

To achieve progressive goals, Democrats need to first win office. San Diego East County is a place where Republicans still wield power. To help turn East County blue—as Democrats have already done for the rest of the county and state—we need to run candidates and win elections.

You can help Democrats win even if you don’t run yourself. Sign up for GO Team, to go door-to-door in hour neighborhood, to get Democrats to commit to get out and vote. Hear from club President Tina Rynberg about volunteering—and to find out more, contact Tina directly at treehugger1309@yahoo.com.

This was our first in-person meeting since December—and the last in-person meeting before that was March 2020. We were all excited to get off Zoom and meet in person.

And we’ll do it again Wednesday, May 4, for our next meeting, when we’ll hear from local candidates in primary elections for county sheriff, US Congress, and school board. We’ll also observe Mental Health Awareness Month, where representatives from Recovery International will answer your questions about leading peaceful and productive lives during tough times. That meeting is at 7 pm, with informal networking time a half-hour earlier, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa, CA.

Author: Mitch Wagner

Just another monkey with a phone.

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