Results of Endorsement Meeting

The Coastside Democratic Club would like to present the results of its endorsement meeting. It is said that Democracy is messy – our process resulted in an endorsement only for Senate candidate Josh Becker, whom the club endorsed enthusiastically. There were no endorsements for local candidates. However, we do believe the process was valuable for our members. There were two good candidates for many of the seats, and our members had different priorities and split their votes.

Participants read the statements from the candidates, heard them speak, and were able to ask them questions. Members had the option to vote to endorse candidates, vote for “no endorsement”, or to decline to vote in each race. In order to be endorsed, 60% of the voting members needed to vote for any candidate. We are proud that we were able to bring additional insights to our members and provide a fair process for endorsement.

Here are the results:

City Council of Half Moon Bay, District 3
No endorsement
Adam Eisen: 57%
No endorsement: 43%
Cabrillo Unified School District, Area D
No endorsement
Sophia Layne: 49%
Yvonne Seeley: 37%
No endorsement: 14%
San Mateo Community College District, Area 1
No endorsement
Lisa Petrides: 59.459%
Eugene Whitlock: 29.7%
No endorsement: 10.8%
SM County Harbor District, District 4
No endorsement
Lee Fernandez: 6%
No endorsement: 94%
State Senate
Endorsed by the Club
Josh Becker: 100%

Advisement of Change in Endorsement Ballot

The SMC Democratic Central Committee (SMCDCC) rules for candidate endorsement require that each candidate is registered as a Democrat at the time they file as a candidate. Two of the candidates who were on the endorsement meeting email that we sent yesterday learned after their filing that they were actually registered as “No Party Preference – NPP” at the time they filed. Both candidates have long been registered as Democrats, and in both cases it appears that when they renewed their drivers licenses they were re-registered to vote. Unbeknownst to them, and probably to many, the DMV process vacates any prior party affiliations and requires that you update your affiliation. In fact one of the candidates reports that he specifically asked the DMV not to touch his registration, but it appears they did. Both candidates have since updated their party affiliation, but this correction does not meet the SMCDCC criteria for endorsement.

The Coastside Democratic Club Board has assessed that the SMCDCC bylaws are clear and the Club bylaws require adherence to them, so with regret we must remove the two candidates, Tom Mattusch for SMC Harbor District and Joaquin Jimenez for HMB City Council, from our endorsement process.

Only eligible candidates for local races will have an opportunity to speak about their candidacy, take questions and receive a vote. The vote choices on 3 September will include “endorse”, “no endorsement” and “decline to vote”. A candidate must receive 60% “endorse“ versus “no endorsement” votes to receive the Club’s recommendation for endorsement to SMCDCC.

We regret having to make these changes so late in the process, but still look forward to an informative meeting tomorrow. The Club will be expressing its concerns about the deregistering of Democrats to its state elected officials.

These candidates are not eligible for the Club’s endorsement. We are posting their completed questionnaires for your information only.

Joaquin Jimenez

Tom Mattusch

Candidate General Meeting

On 3 September at 7pm, the Coastside Democrats will review and endorse local candidates for the upcoming November 2020 Election.

Click here to register on Zoom and join us. Members must be paid up 30 days in advance of the voting meeting.

Proceed to our Election 2020 web page for information on local, state, and federal candidates.

Democratic National Convention

The Democratic Party will formally nominate the next president and vice president of the United States at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, anchored in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Click here to register on Zoom and join our Watch Party.

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