The San Diego County Democratic Central Committee has unanimously elected Jessica Hayes as the new Chair of the County Party, tapping her to lead at a time of particular urgency and grassroots energy. In her previous role as South Area Vice Chair, Hayes raised funds, ran endorsement meetings, mentored candidates, oversaw coordinated campaign offices, and developed relationships with Democratic activists, community leaders, and elected officials.
Contact: Francine Busby, (760) 807-0399
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will join the San Diego County Democratic Party and top local Democratic leaders on Monday to urge women to vote to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, to send Reps. Scott Peters and Susan Davis back to Congress, and to help Colonel Doug Applegate defeat Darrell Issa.
Several political and community leaders in San Diego will be speaking Tuesday morning at a protest and media event calling out local Republican candidates who are backing Donald Trump or have been silent on his history of misogyny and sexual assault. At a time when many national Republican leaders have denounced their Party's nominee in no uncertain terms, some Republicans running for office in San Diego continue to back Trump, avoid responding to his outrageous behavior, or refuse to say who they're voting for.
The San Diego County Democratic Party Chair rebuked Donald Trump today hours before his campaign fundraiser in Del Mar, calling the presumptive Republican presidential nominee an unacceptable choice for voters of every political persuasion. "Donald Trump is a danger and a disgrace," said Francine Busby. "He has built a campaign around dividing and insulting the American people, and as a result he is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be president."
San Diego County Democratic candidates and supporters will meet at the Westin Gaslamp Hotel downtown after the polls close on election night, watching as the returns come in and rallying for favorable results in key local elections. The event will include opportunities for candidates to address supporters and media representatives as official results are updated throughout the evening. The County Democratic Party is organizing precinct walks and phone banks with endorsed campaigns over the next week to turn out our voters.
San Diego Democrats and allies are organizing a peaceful protest in response to a rally today with Ted Cruz at the Town & Country Resort in Fashion Valley. The protesters will gather beginning at 4:30 p.m. along the Riverwalk Golf Course side of Fashion Valley Road, across from the event venue. San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby issued a statement in response to his appearance, calling the Republican presidential candidate "reckless" and "a serious danger to the country."
“This hits so close to home. Many San Diegans have roots in San Bernardino and are hoping and praying for the safety of family and friends. Our hearts go out to them. But that is not enough. It is time that we acknowledge these acts as a form of terrorism. It is time that we focus attention and resources to protect American lives at home with the same determination that we do abroad. It is time for our leaders to stand up, grow a collective backbone, and organize to defeat the gun lobby and bring about common sense reforms that will save lives."
At the 6th Biennial San Diego County Democratic Convention, Gretchen Newsom, political director of IBEW Local 569 and Ocean Beach community leader, announced that she is running for mayor of San Diego. San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby responded to the news, praising Newsom for her courageous decision.
Francine Busby, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, issued a statement to the press regarding San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his association with extremist presidential candidates and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): "Express your disappointment that he has endorsed this extremist group. And let the legislators and lobbyists at the Manchester Grand Hyatt know that California, and specifically San Diego, is a ‘No ALEC Zone’!”
“This organization is a threat to democracy in the United States,” said Busby. “As the leader of one of the largest cities in the country, Mr. Faulconer should have the guts to stand up to this bill mill funded by corporate lobbyists and billionaires trying to drown out the voice of the people. The mayor claims to be a moderate Republican. He claims to serve everyone. He should prove that by standing up to corporate bullies and refusing to speak at the ALEC meeting.”