On Saturday, April 7, the San Diego County Democratic Party held its 38th Annual Roosevelt Dinner, called “Building the Big Blue Wave,” at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.  Around 1,000 Democratic leaders, candidates, activists and friends came together to affirm our values, celebrate our successes, honor our heroes, and recommit to fight for equality, justice and opportunity for all.

Among the guests attending were 10 members of the Coronado Democratic Club: Councilwoman Carrie Downey, President Frank King and his wife Joan, Vice-President Tom Bernitt, Treasurer Patrick Callahan and his wife Debbie, Patti and Chuck Charter, Edith Kaspin, and Judy Bambace.  The event included a reception, silent auction, three-course dinner, and awards presentation.

The highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Jennifer Granholm, the first woman to be elected as Michigan’s Governor in 2002.   She served two terms as Governor, leading a state with a $40 billion annual budget and more than 55,000 employees.  She pioneered clean energy innovation and economic development and led Michigan through the national economic crisis in the automotive and manufacturing sectors.

Former Governor Granholm gave an impassioned, entertaining and inspiring speech, encouraging us to fight for victory in the upcoming elections and reminding all of us about the fundamental Democratic value of taking care of each other like family.  

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