At our annual Roosevelt Dinner last Saturday, we heard from incredible speakers, set a record for attendance, and raised twice as much as we ever have for a single event. We also unveiled a new logo for the San Diego County Democratic Party. The updated look is clean, modern, and open, with a nod to our region's treasured natural environment. Coupled with a new Executive Board and an expanding staff, it signals a new day in San Diego County politics. We are excited to share it with you today as the County Democratic Party enters the next phase of our progress.
In a nod to the theme of this year's Roosevelt Dinner, "Building Power for the People," our keynote speaker is a community leader and advocate who responded to gun violence in her own life by becoming an activist and then a local elected official. The first Muslim woman to serve in Pennsylvania's legislature, State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell took office this spring after a special election. She had previously created the CHARLES Foundation, a nonprofit focused on conflict resolution and gun violence prevention, after her son Charles was killed in 2011.
Last year Democrats throughout San Diego County worked tirelessly and won more local elective offices than ever before. Now our County Democratic Party is recognizing some of the leaders and volunteers who have shown their commitment to "Building Power for the People" -- the theme of this year's Roosevelt Dinner. You are invited to the dinner and gala on Saturday, May 11, to highlight the award winners, celebrate our recent victories, and unite around our common goals for 2020.
The California Democratic Party is looking for volunteers for the State Convention coming up May 31 through June 2 in San Francisco. Help is needed with registration, supporting meetings and panels, assisting with internal elections, and more. If you're interested, please sign up here to secure your spot. After completing their shifts, volunteers will have a pass giving them floor access for general sessions and other events throughout the weekend. Please note that travel, lodging, and parking accommodations are the responsibility of the volunteer.
If you've ever considered running for office but don't know what to expect or what to do next, the San Diego County Democratic Party has just the event for you. Our "Campaign Essentials" training is a great way for potential candidates and campaign workers to learn more about how to prepare. This short session will cover topics like opening a committee, deciding what to run for, seeking the endorsement of the Democratic Party, and laying the foundation for a winning campaign. Additional trainings later this year will dive deeper into the elements of building a campaign.
The electoral victories that we celebrated in November also boosted a key long-term metric: the percentage of local public offices held by Democrats. As a result -- for the first time in recent memory -- a majority of municipal offices and council majorities in San Diego County are Democratic.
After months of organizing and campaigning, our local Democrats who were elected in November have now all been sworn in, stepping into roles from city halls to the U.S. House of Representatives. Most of the officials new to their positions replaced incumbent Republicans; some highlights are listed below. These Democrats joined many others now serving on city councils, school boards, and special district boards throughout the county. With the campaigns behind them, their important work of policymaking and public service now begins.
San Diego's Third Annual Women's March will take place on Saturday, January 19. This year activists and people from all walks of life are marching to bring #TruthToPower. Since the 2016 election, women leaders have been organizing to create social change and make sure no group is disenfranchised or discriminated against by the current administration. It's time to dust off your marching shoes and join thousands of San Diegans eager to amplify the message that human rights, civil rights, women's rights, LGBTQIA rights, environmental justice, and progressive change cannot be silenced or stopped.
The official election results are in and Democrats won a record number of seats in San Diego County. Congratulations to all of our newly elected Democratic officials and to all of our endorsed Democratic candidates for running and helping us turn our county a deeper shade of blue. For a full election recap visit www.sddemocrats.org/results.
Elections for delegates to the California Democratic Party Convention are coming up in January of 2019. If you're a registered Democrat in California, this is your chance to elect grassroots leaders who will help set the agenda for our state's majority party -- and set a strong example for the rest of the country. For more information, please visit www.sddemocrats.org/adem.