A message from the Board:
This past weekend, our Political Action Committee met with candidates on the June ballot. Below are our recommendations to you, our general membership, and we invite you to cast your vote at our event this Thursday.
But before you review our recommendations below, we want to call your attention to something we think is really important:
We are recommending more female candidates on one ballot than ever before – including all 24 seats for the DCCC.
Wait. It’s 2016 – how is that possible? But it’s true. One of SFWPC’s core values is to support and elevate women to positions of power and leadership, but we don’t rubber-stamp endorse every single female candidate on the ballot – we take many factors into account, including qualification for the office sought, past commitment to issues that impact women and families, and demonstrated record of mentoring and elevating women to positions of leadership.
We are lucky that in San Francisco, we have no shortage of male candidates and elected officials who demonstrate strong commitments to supporting and empowering women and the causes important to us. We have supported many such male candidates in the past and will do so again in the future.
But for this June’s primary, we saw something very different on the ballot and in our PAC endorsement interviews this past weekend.
This June, voters will elect 24 members to the Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC). The talk of the town in recent weeks has been the sheer number of candidates running – 60 total, running for 24 seats.
But we saw something else unprecedented.
In that field of 60 candidates, half are women.
Not only is this an unprecedented number women running and more women running than seats available, it is an amazing field of smart, talented, respected, and hard working women that represent the diversity of San Francisco. It is perhaps the most impressive group of women, from well-seasoned current DCCC members to first-time yet well-qualified candidates, that we’ve seen run for DCCC since SFWPC was founded nearly 15 years ago.
Our Political Action Committee sat down to talk with these candidates over the weekend and were universally impressed by each and every woman we met. We are inspired and excited that so many of these women have a demonstrated ability to roll up their sleeves and serve, organize, and empower their communities. We also see a promising, growing group of women currently serving on the DCCC who we’d love to see run for other positions in this city someday.
That is why the PAC made a conscious decision to recommend to our membership an all-female slate of DCCC candidates.
Every endorsement process is political. But when presented with such a deserving group of candidates — some progressive, some moderate, all hard working and well qualified – we must stay true to our values and our purpose as an organization. These women are already doing amazing community building work, and the San Francisco Democratic Party would be lucky to have any or all of them leading the party. Our membership doesn’t always agree with our recommendations — that’s certainly part of the democratic process, but we hope that, no matter whether you lean progressive or moderate, you can agree each of these women is the kind of candidate this club was created to help empower and elect. We hope you agree and will support our PAC committee’s recommended candidates. They are each certainly deserving.
Please reach out to the SFWPC Board members if you have any questions or feedback. We love hearing from you.
Join us THIS Thursday for SFWPC’s
from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
at Redford (673 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102)
Come out this Thursday 3/31 to vote for SFWPC’s endorsements for the June 2016 election with special guest: SF Board of Supervisors President London Breed!
WHAT: Membership Endorsement Vote – June 2016 Ballot
WHEN: Thursday, March 31 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
WHERE: Redford Bar|Eat, 673 Geary Street
All members who are current on their dues and have attended at least 3 events in the past year – prior to the mixer – are eligible to vote.
For questions about your qualifications to vote, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SFWPC PAC RECOMMENDATIONS
State Senate, District 11
State Assembly, District 17
State Assembly, District 19
SF DCCC, District 17
Petra De Jesus
Melissa San Miguel
SF DCCC, District 19
Superior Court Judge, Office No. 7
(Dual Recommendation) Sigrid Irias & Victor Hwang
Measure AA: Yes
San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program
Prop A: Yes
Bond: Public Health and Safety Bond
Prop B: Yes
Charter Amendment: Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund
Prop C: Yes
Charter Amendment: Affordable Housing Requirements
Prop D: Yes
Initiative Ordinance: Office of Citizen Complaints Investigations
Prop E: Yes
Initiative Ordinance: Paid Sick Leave