La Mesa candidates stir support | GO Team | Watch the video of our September 2022 meeting

At our September, 2022 meeting, we heard from more than a dozen candidates for La Mesa local offices—as well as a few surrounding communities—who will help make East County blue(r) this year. These include:

  • Mejgan Afshan and Patricia Dillard for La Mesa City Council. Kathleen Brand announced she’s dropping out of that race, leaving two Democrats running in contested elections for two open seats, and clearing a path for victory. We thank Brand for her sacrifice.
  • Matt Strabone for La Mesa City Treasurer.
  • For La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board: Rebecca MacRae, current board president, running for re-election; Brianna Coston; Caitlin Tiffany.
  • Andrea Beth Damsky, running for Helix Water District, Division 2
  • Debbie Justesen, for Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Goard. Justesen is currently board president.
  • Arnie Levine, for El Cajon Mayor
  • Mike Schaefer, for State Board of Equalization, 4th District
  • Victoria Abrenica for Spring Valley Community Planning Group
  • And Steve Jesionka, speaking on behalf of Stephen Houlahan, who’s running for US Congress against MAGA favorite Darrell Issa.

Also, club President Tina Rynberg provided tips on participating in the Grassroots Organizing Team—GO Team—volunteers who fan out over neighborhoods to go door-to-door to urge Democrats to vote for San Diego endorsed party candidates. That kind of precinct-walking is one of the best things you can do to help elect Democrats.

For questions about GO-Team, contact Rynberg at

We’ll be doing GO Team training at our October meeting. We’ll also hear from more candidates, from across East County.

The October meeting is Thursday, October 6, 7 pm at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive—but do come early for unstructured conversation, starting at 6:30 pm.

Important: We’re moving the meeting to a new day for October only, to avoid conflict with Yom Kippur. Beginning in November, we’ll be back to our normal meeting time, first Wednesday of the month.)

Also: Volunteer for Oktoberfest, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.