Leisure World Democrats and their supporters warmly welcomed Josh Lowenthal at their Sept. 18 membership meeting. Josh had joined them to present his understanding about the political situation in Orange County in anticipation of the upcoming March 3rd Presidential Primary Election.
Josh was the 2018 Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for election to the California Assembly in District 72 but lost in the Nov. General Election to Republican Tyler Diep. He began his presentation by reassuring club members that he planned to remain active in Orange County politics and would be running again for public office in the future, although not in 2020. He then went on to paint an optimistic picture of what had been accomplished as a result of the Democratic victories already won at the state and federal level while – at the same time – pointing out the importance of working to develop a deeper bench at the county and local level.
The Club anticipates hearing even more about what has been accomplished at the state level during their Oct. 16th membership meeting. California Senator Tom Umberg will report during that meeting on what has been achieved during the 2019 legislative session which closed for the year on Saturday, Sept. 14th.
Umberg, who upset Republican Janet Nguyen in the 2018 State Senate District 34 election, represents Leisure World residents as well as the entire cities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Seal Beach and Los Alamitos. He is the chair of two Senate committees – Elections & Constitutional Amendments and Growing Impact of Artificial Intelligence in California – and co-chair of the Committee on the Census. He also serves on nine other committees. Members are encouraged to come to the meeting with questions for Tom.
Members are reminded that the Club’s popular Voter Awareness Series meetings have been moved from Tuesdays to the 4th Monday of the month. In preparation for the Oct. 28th meeting dealing with addressing commonsense gun legislation, members are encouraged to read Thom Hartmann’s new book titled The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment, available in paperback or kindle from Amazon for $10.
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