SLOCDP Endorses Carlyn Christianson for SLO City Council
The San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party has endorsed Carlyn Christianson for San Luis Obispo City Council. The June 18th Special Election will fill a seat for the remainder of the term of former Council member, Andrew Carter, who left in February for a position as city administrator of Guadalupe.
Mike Heyl, Chair of the SLOCDP Endorsement Committee, said that Christianson was seen as the best candidate for the vacancy "because she has been a dedicated community volunteer in SLO County for 20 years and she also has deep experience in planning and land use issues."
Democratic candidates for office are reviewed by the Democratic Central Committee and voted in by a 2/3 majority vote. Christianson will receive a financial donation and other candidate support.
Pat Harris, Chair of the SLO County Democratic Party, says: "We are pleased to endorse Carlyn. She has a dynamic vision for the future of an economically sustainable San Luis Obispo. She has the support of Mayor Jan Marx and many other community leaders and we are happy to join them in promoting her election. I hope that our local Democrats will join in to help get her elected ."
If you are interested helping out, please visit the website at: carlynforcouncil.com
The Special Election will be held June 18, 2013. All votes will be mail-in and voters will receive their ballots beginning May 20, 2013.
2nd Dining With the Stars A Big Success!
SLO County Democratic Party and their guests enjoyed a gala evening at the Gardens of Avila Restaurant in the beautiful Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort on Friday, March 8th.
Over 100 guests attended the sold-out event and heard from their special guest, Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner. Jones is an impassioned defender of California consumers and has saved them millions of dollars by going head-to-head with big insurance companies. The Greenlining Institute gave Jones their "2012 Big Heart Award" for his work promoting insurance industry diversity.
In addition to Jones, the group heard from State Senator Bill Monning; Fiona Ma, former speaker pro tem of the California Assembly and current State Board of Equalization candidate; and the evening was masterfully emceed by California's Secretary of Natural Resources, John Laird.
The real stars of the evening, though, were the many guests who had done untold hours of volunteer work in the 2012 campaign, and ensured the major Democratic victories we enjoyed. SLOCDP honored their volunteers of the year:
Outstanding Democratic Club: Paso Robles Democratic Club
Outstanding Volunteer: Malena Maldonado
Labor Leader of the Year: Joe Gibson
Lifetime Achievement Award: Tom Rusch and Ron Sampson
Margaret Mehring Grassroots Activist Award: Walter Heath
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