President’s Message – September 2018

We may recall that several members of our club participated in the GO Team during the primary and general elections of 2016. I like to think that those of us who participated made a difference. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our club didn’t field a GO Team this year.

Coronado happens to be a community that consistently has a high voter turnout. We also have a high percentage of permanent vote-by-mail voters. So there are other areas in which our participation in get-out-the-vote campaigns can be more effective. Our own Congressman Scott Peters is expected to enjoy a relatively easy path to re-election this time; however, there are two Congressional districts in the vicinity in which the Democratic candidates could use our help. I’d like to discuss those here.

The first is the 49th Congressional District, in which Mike Levin is running to succeed Darrell Issa, who is retiring. This is a real pickup opportunity for the Democratic Party, but it’s going to take some work. The campaign recently opened a Solana Beach office (I attended the opening and have volunteered). There are opportunities to volunteer for phone bank and for canvassing. To donate or volunteer, please visit the website at mikelevin.org.

The other candidate for Congress who could really use our help is Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is running against the incumbent Duncan Hunter to represent the 50th District. This district historically was safely in Republican hands, but recent accusations of corruption against Hunter have made this race competitive. I’m personally acquainted with Ammar, having worked with him in the Obama re-election campaign in 2012. He also worked in the Obama White House and at the Department of Labor. Ammar is a relentless campaigner, and I enjoyed working with him. To donate or volunteer, please visit the website at campacampaign.com.

California has the most Red-to-Blue opportunities of any state; two of them are here in San Diego County, and we need to deliver in order to flip the House. Please help!

Frank King

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