The Coronado Democratic Club supports the California and National Democratic Party’s values and principles, including access to opportunity for all through respectful and equal treatment regardless of race, gender identity, beliefs, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin. We believe in an accountable government that promotes business, supports the American worker, provides equal access to a high-quality education, facilitates the provision of healthcare to all, protects the environment and fights climate change, designs a fair and equitable tax structure, advances the causes of peace, prosperity, and democracy at home and throughout the world and continues the traditions of freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness provided us in the United States Constitution. We are students and retirees, Naval Officers, retired judges, writers, surfers, tradesmen and women, graphic artists, working moms, and dads, stay-at-home moms and dads, and come from all walks of life.

The Club has over 225 members and our general meetings are held monthly on Saturday mornings on Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic in the interests of safety. We invite you to join our meetings whether you are a member or “just visiting” to hear great speakers and information on local government and news, great ideas, and political interest. You – and everyone – are invited to join us and hear our speakers and members in a spirit of inclusion and interest in our community.

One totally fun highlight of our year is the Club’s participation in the festive and famous annual Coronado Fourth of July Parade. Our members are also active in various special Democratic activities throughout San Diego County. The club’s Grassroots Organizing Team (GO Team) was one of many that helped turn Coronado blue, electing Joe Biden as our 46th President and Kamala Harris as our first female, Black and Asian Vice President, making American history; and turning San Diego County blue in 2020 by electing our own districts first Latina, Nora Vargas to represent San Diego County as a supervisor. In addition, the Coronado GO team was instrumental in phone banking to stop the Republican recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom

The Coronado Dems also support with time and money our neighbors in need to demonstrate our generosity of spirit in our community.

Whether you’re a resident, a visitor to our beautiful island or you’re serving in the Armed Forces on Coronado, we invite you to come to mingle and meet with some terrific neighbors who share our Democratic values. Please check our Events Calendar for meeting times. All are welcome, always.

Our Distinguished Volunteer Leadership:


President:  Susan Marrinan
Vice President: Brian Trotier
Secretary: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Treasurer: Patrick Callahan
Member at Large: Frank King
Membership Committee Chairs: Tom Bernitt
Program: Brian Trotier
Hospitality Chair: Jenna McIntosh
Legislative: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Newsletter: Laura Wilkinson/Anna Webb
Go Team: Frank King
Technology/Outreach: Laura Wilkinson/Anna Webb

Special Committees 2020-2021

Action Alerts: Judy Bambace
CHS Student Liaison: Ronald Mandelbaum
Club Historian: Jenna McIntosh
Parliamentarian: Ronald Mandelbaum
Phone Committee: Patricia Leahy
Photography: TBD
Scholarship Committee: Patti Flores-Charter
Special Events: Patti Flores-Charter
Strategic Planning: Judy Bambace & Gail Bardin
Endorsement Policies: Frank King, Patricia Leahy, Susan Marrinan
Voter Registration: TBD

Legislative Committee Members 2021-2022
Alexia Palacio-Peters, Chair
Gail Bardin
Stephanie Knaupp
Michelle Krug
Gayle Lorenc

Nominating Committee Members 2021-2022
Carrie Downey
Frank King
Jenna McIntosh
Charlie Pinkus
Terry Zack

Special Events Committee Members 2021
Patti Flores-Charter, Chair
Whitney Antrim
Marely Ramirez
Michelle Krug

Strategic Planning Committee Members 2021
Judy Bambace, Co-Chair
Gail Bardin, Co-Chair
Anna Webb
Laura Wilkinson
Tom Bernitt
Kevin Ashley
Akshay Sateesh
Marely Ramirez
Rob Howard
Cladia Garcia
Terry Zack