WHEREAS a recall is an off cycle electoral event where the decision is made by smaller, less diverse electorates and disenfranchises BIPOC voters and working families; and recent off cycle elections produced dismally low turnout including: the 79th Assembly District Special Election with turnout at 21.2%, the Senate District 30 special election with 12.6% turnout; and the last San Diego City Council Special Election which produced 35.5% turnout.
WHEREAS four Democratic women leaders in San Diego are being targeted for recall in San Diego County - Martha Alvarado, Dr. Jen Campbell, Chardá Bell-Fontenot, and Cori Schumacher - all of whom were previously endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party and identify as either women of color or LGBTQ+,
WHEREAS the bylaws of the California Democratic Party dictate automatic opposition to the recall of any Democratic elected official, unless a 60% majority votes otherwise and the recall in San Diego City Council District 2 would be a distraction and detriment to the Party’s efforts to defend against recalls that are being organized by right-wing Republicans and Trump mega-donors in an effort to overturn Democratic electoral victories and undermine California’s COVID recovery;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the San Diego County Democratic Party unequivocally opposes the recall campaigns against the following elected officials: Vista Unified School District Trustee Martha Alvarado, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Trustee Chardá Bell-Fontenot, San Diego City Council Member Dr. Jen Campbel, and Carlsbad City Council Member Cori Schumacher;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the San Diego County Democratic Party affirms that except in extreme circumstances that the time to hold elected officials accountable at the ballot box is in regularly scheduled primary or general elections where the most voters and voices are able to be included and that this resolution does not imply the Democratic Party’s position on any race that is to be considered in the future and solely applies to the recall attempts against the four aforementioned elected officials.
Adopted by the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee on April 20, 2021