Katrina Foley’s Campaign Kick-off

Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are reminded that the election in our District 2 to replace outgoing Michelle Steel on the Orange County Board of Supervisors will take place on March 9th.  Vote-by-mail will begin on February 8th, with vote centers beginning to open on February 27th.

On Saturday, January 9th, Democratic supporters, volunteers and friends from around the county participated by ZOOM in the official kickoff of the campaign to elect Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley to represent our District 2 on this county-wide Board.

The gathering, ably led by California Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, featured presentations by California Senators Josh Newman and Tom Umberg as well as newly elected Senator Dave Min.   Min had unseated Republican John Moorlach in the Nov. 3 election.

Petrie-Norris pointed out the incredibly high stakes involved in this special election, given what she called the current board’s “deep failure” during the coronavirus pandemic.

During the meeting, candidate Foley described her priorities in office would be overseeing COVID-19 vaccine distribution, getting businesses back up and running and protecting public employees and essential workers, in part, by continuing to support mask wearing in public.  She also said she would side with teachers on education and mental health issues, work with cities to reduce homelessness and focus on creating a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse emissions.

During their January 6th meeting, the Leisure World Democratic Club board unanimously voted to endorse Mayor Foley for election to the Board of Supervisors. She will be the speaker at the Club’s Wednesday, January 27th membership meeting.  All Leisure World Democrats are invited to participate in this meeting.  However, non-club members will need to register in advance by phoning 562-296-8521.

For more information about this upcoming special election, readers are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

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Democrats are also reminded to vote in the California Democratic Party run election for the state party leadership body known as the California State Central Committee.  All Democrats who had registered with the Party for a mail-in ballot by January 11th are eligible to vote in this election.  Potential voters are once again invited to email  lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  for more information about candidates running in this election.

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If you are a Democrat or a supporter of Democratic principles and want to know more about our Club, subscribe to our electronic newsletter at no cost. Email the editor, Mary Larson, at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com  or call 562-296-8521.  Please remember to include your full contact information. 

The Leisure Democratic Club always welcomes new members and friends.  LW voters who are registered as Democrats are eligible for full voting membership.  Those registered as No Preferred Party voters may join as “associate” members.  All Club memberships are now calculated on a calendar basis. Please join or renew your membership before the end of January if at all possible.  Both new and renewal 2021 membership forms are available by phoning 562- 431-7275 or by going on-line at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/democratic-club-membership-2/.

Katrina Foley Endorsed

During their January 6th meeting, the Democratic Club Board unanimously voted to endorse Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley for election to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.  This election in District 2 to replace outgoing Michelle Steel will take place on March 9th.  Vote-by-mail will begin on February 8th, with vote centers beginning to open on February 27th.  For more information about this election, email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

The Board of Supervisors impacts all of Orange County, including Leisure World.  They manage a $7 billion budget including, among other things, oversight of the County’s COVID-19 response.   Mayor Foley is well qualified to provide leadership in administering this budget.  She has established lasting relationships at the city, county, state and federal level and will bring these attributes to bear at the county level.

As a longtime local official, Foley knows that ensuring our families’ and neighborhoods’ safety is of utmost importance. She believes that the only way to achieve this is by providing our local law enforcement and emergency response agencies the necessary resources and modern equipment to do their jobs.

 Mayor Foley is also committed to protecting our coastline from irreparable damage.  If elected as a member of the Board of Supervisors, she will do so, while also supporting economic growth through investing more in clean, green, and renewable energy, such as wind and solar.

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Leisure World Democrats are reminded that their next club membership meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 20th, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 27th at 12:00 p.m.  The meeting, to be held via ZOOM, will feature a presentation by Mayor Foley.  For more information about that meeting, email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

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Democrats are also reminded to vote in the California Democratic Party run election for the state party leadership body known as the California State Central Committee.  This election, usually held via Assembly-based caucus meetings, will be exclusively by mail ballot.  All Democrats who had registered with the Party for a mail-in ballot by January 11th are eligible to vote in this election.  Potential voters are invited to email  lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  for more information about candidates running in this election.

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If you are a Democrat or a supporter of Democratic principles and want to know more about our Club, subscribe to our electronic newsletter at no cost. Email the editor, Mary Larson, at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com  or call 562-296-8521.  Please remember to include your full contact information. 

The Leisure Democratic Club always welcomes new members and friends.  LW voters who are registered as Democrats are eligible for full voting membership.  Those registered as No Preferred Party voters may join as “associate” members.  All Club memberships are now calculated on a calendar basis. Please join or renew your membership before the end of January if at all possible.  Both new and renewal 2021 membership forms are available by phoning 562- 431-7275 or by going on-line at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/democratic-club-membership-2/.

Next Democratic Club Meeting Changed

Leisure World Democrats are reminded that their next club membership meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 20th, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 27th at 12:00 p.m.  The meeting, to be held vis ZOOM, will again feature the importance of the upcoming special election for our District Two representative on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.  The position is currently being vacated by Michelle Steel.

There are 130,958 registered Democrats and 192,160 Republicans in the Board of Supervisors’ District 2. Both parties will be vying to attract the district’s remaining 64,146 potential voters.  It is significant that the district overlaps 66% of California’s 48th congressional district. 

Email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com for information about how you can be involved in the campaign to elect Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley as our District 2 representative on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

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With the recent presidential election heavy on his mind, our California 72nd District Senator Tom Umberg introduced four new measures on the first day of the 2021-22 legislative session. Each measure centers around voting. 

In addition to authoring SB 29, SB 34 and SB 35 to protect voters and election workers, Senator Umberg is the Principal Co-Author of AB 37 by Assembly member Berman. AB 37 will make California a permanent universal vote-by-mail state, where every eligible voter will receive a ballot.

When Senator Umberg was an Assistant US Attorney, he investigated and eventually was intramental in passing laws making voter intimidation at the polls a crime.  In introducing the news bills, he is quoted as saying, “It is time for California to follow the lead of Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado, and Utah and make sure eligible voters have safe and accessible access to the polls.”

Watch this space for more information as these bills are being addressed.

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Democrats are also reminded that they are all eligible to vote for up to 14 persons in the California Democratic Party run election for the state party leadership body (the California State Central Committee), regardless of whether or not they are members of a club.  This election, usually held via Assembly-based caucus meetings, will be exclusively by mail ballot.  To vote in this election, participants must register for a mail ballot by January 11, 2021. Go to  adem.cadem.org or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  for more information about how to register and vote in this election.

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If you  are a  Democrat or a supporter and want to know more about our Club,  subscribe to our electronic newsletter at no cost by emailing the editor, Mary Larson, at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com  or by calling 562-296-8521.  Include your full contact information. 

The Democratic Club welcomes new members and friends. Please note that all Club memberships are now calculated on a Jan.- Dec. calendar basis.  Both new and renewal 2021 membership forms are available by phoning 562- 431-7275 or by going on-line at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/democratic-club-membership-2/.

Preparing for Board of Supervisors election

The next Democratic Club membership meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 20th, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 27th at 12:00 p.m.  The meeting will feature another presentation and further discussion about the importance of the upcoming election to fill the vacancy on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The Orange County Registrar of Voters will announce the date to fill this vacancy in District 2 in early January.

In addition to Leisure World, District 2 includes the cities of Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Cypress, Stanton, Buena Park, La Palma, the unincorporated Rossmoor and the rest of Seal Beach.  The district overlaps 66% of California’s 48th congressional district.  There are 387,464 registered voters in the district; 130,958 of whom are Democrats and 192,160 are Republicans. 

A handful of candidates have expressed interest in the non-partisan District 2 seat. Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley’s decision to run for the position came one month after she was elected to a second term on the Costa Mesa City Council, earning 52.2% of the vote in a race against four other contenders. Huntington Beach Councilman Mike Posey and Kevin Muldoon, a Newport Beach city councilman, have indicated they plan to throw their hats in the ring.  California State Senator John Moorlach who just lost his bid for reelection in the 37th District to Dave Min has the official support of the Republican party. Moorlach has also received the backing of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. 

The Democratic Party of Orange County governing body has unanimously supported Foley in the election for the Board of Supervisors. In support of this endorsement, County Democratic Chairwoman Ada Briceño stated: “Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley is a recognized champion for our health and safety. When the pandemic hit, Mayor Foley collaborated with every level of government to find immediate solutions for businesses, workers and residents. In addition to hosting public town halls to keep us informed, she is committed to strong economic recovery that includes everyone. She is the best possible person for this job — period.”

An attorney and president of the Foley Group, PLC, Foley has served on the Costa Mesa City Council for 14 years and previously served on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of trustees.

Email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com for information about how you can be involved in the Orange County Board of Supervisors District 2 campaign.

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If you  are a  Democrat or a supporter and want to know more about our Club,  subscribe to our electronic newsletter at no cost by emailing the editor, Mary Larson, at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com  or by calling 562-296-8521.  Include your full contact information. 

The Democratic Club welcomes new members and friends. Please note that all Club memberships are now calculated on a Jan.- Dec. calendar basis.  Both new and renewal membership forms are available on line at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/democratic-club-membership-2/ or by phoning 562- 431-7275.    

Nathan Searles Speakes on Board of Supervisors Race

The upcoming County Board of Supervisors District 2 election was the topic of the LW Democratic Club’s December meeting.  Featured speaker Nathan Searles, president of the Seal Beach Democratic Club, spoke about the importance of this election by pointing out how our County Sheriff Don Barnes and District Attorney Todd Spitzer relate to the Supervisors. Both are among those persons elected directly by Orange County voters as a whole. Nevertheless, they are dependent upon decisions made by the Supervisors as to how much money they will have to carry out their respective responsibilities.  Searles also lead an informative discussion about four of the candidates likely to be in the running for this non-partisan District 2 race to be held sometime early in 2021.

Searles is a longtime friend and supporter of the LW Democratic Club.  He was recently elected as one of the directors of the neighboring Rossmoor Community Services District.   He is also a candidate for membership on the California Democratic Party’s leadership body in an election to be held in January.
Democrats are reminded that they are all eligible to vote for up to 14 persons in this California Party run election, regardless of whether or not they are members of a club.  This election for state party leadership, usually held via Assembly-based caucus meetings, will be exclusively by mail ballot.  Participants must register for a mail ballot by January 11, 2021.  For more information about how to register, go to adem.cadem.org or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

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On December 14th, the Orange County Democratic Party unanimously endorsed Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley for the Board of Supervisor District 2 election referred to above.    The Orange County Registrar of Voters will announce the date to fill the vacancy in early January. 

Foley had originally planned to “term out” as mayor of Costa Mesa in 2022 and then run for a seat on the Board of Supervisors when the current Board Chair Michelle Steel would also be termed out.  However, when Steel defeated U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda in the race for the 48th Congressional District, she decided it was time to act.

Mayor Foley’s decision to run for the position came one month after she was elected to a second term on the Costa Mesa City Council, earning 52.2% of the vote in a non-partisan race against four other contenders.

The rescheduled Wednesday, January 27th LW Democratic Club membership meeting will feature further discussion about the importance of the five-member Orange County Board of Supervisors.

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If you  are a  Democrat or a supporter and want to know more about our Club,  subscribe to our electronic newsletter at no cost by emailing the editor, Mary Larson, at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com  or by calling 562-296-8521.  Include your full contact information. 

LW Democrats are urged to join the cub or renew their membership. Go to https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/democratic-club-membership-2/ or phone 562- 431-7275 .    Memberships received during December need not to be renewed until January 1, 2022.

Club President to Run for CA State Central Committee

SBLW Democratic Club President Mary Tromp has announced that she will be a candidate for reelection to the California Democratic Party’s leadership body (known as the state Party’s Central Committee) in an election to be held in January. If you are a registered Democrat living in our 72nd Assembly District, you are eligible to vote for up to 7 women and 7 men in this election, which will be exclusively by mail ballot. 
You do not have to be a member of the Democratic Club in order to vote but you must register for a vote by mail ballot by January 11, 2021.  The registration form is available on-line at https://ademelections.com/?isCandidate=False

Delegates to the state Central Committee whom we Democrats will be electing in January are responsible for voting on behalf of the community they represent at regional meetings, as well as at the California Democratic Party Convention. They are also charged with voting for the endorsements of the California Democratic Party for partisan legislative and statewide offices in California, positions on Ballot Propositions (as needed), establishment of the official California Democratic State Party Platform (in even-numbered years), and CDP Resolutions.   For more information, go to adem.cadem.org or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

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The January 20th Democratic Club membership meeting will feature further discussion about the importance of the five-member Orange County Board of Supervisors. With our current Second District representative on that board heading to Congress, a special election to fill the remaining two years in her term will be held in the first few months of the new year.  The most likely candidates are Republican John Moorlach, who represented the district before Michelle Steel, and Katrina Foley, the Democratic mayor of Costa Mesa.

This election will be important for a number of reasons.  Every year the Orange County Supervisors determine how to prioritize billions of dollars in taxpayer funds.  They also wield influence over a huge number of people.

The Supervisors appoint 17 different directors of various county departments.  They also appoint a county CEO who, in turn, appoints 11 other directors.  Supervisors also appoint members to the 85 different boards, committees, and commissions.  Based upon the results of the 2020 US census, the Supervisors will also be tasked in 2021 with re-drawing their district boundaries for the next decade.  

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If you  are a  Democrat or a supporter and want to know more about our Club,  subscribe to our electronic newsletter at no cost by emailing the editor, Mary Larson,  at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com  or by calling 562-296-8521 with your full contact information. 

Democrats interested in joining the cub or renewing their membership can find an application blank on the club’s website at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/.    Memberships received during November or December will not need to be renewed until January 1, 2022.

Club to Address Importance of Board of Supervisors

Both the December 16th and January 20th Leisure World Democratic Club membership meetings will feature discussions about the importance of the five-member Orange County Board of Supervisors. With our current Second District representative on that board heading to Congress, a special election to fill the remaining two years in her term will be held in the first few months of the new year.

This election will be important for a number of reasons.  Every year the Orange County Supervisors determine how to prioritize billions of dollars in taxpayer funds.  They also wield influence over a huge number of people.

In addition to directly electing Supervisors, we – as voters – also indirectly choose other members of our county government.  The Supervisors appoint 17 different directors of various county departments.  They also appoint a county CEO who, in turn, appoints 11 other directors.  Supervisors also appoint members to the 85 different boards, committees, and commissions.

Based upon the results of the 2020 US census, the Supervisors will also be tasked in 2021 with re-drawing their district boundaries for the next decade.  Although this upcoming election in District two is officially non-partisan, the stakes are high for both major political parties.  Democrats will be working hard to elect a second member of their party to the Board.

Among the most likely candidates are Republican John Moorlach, who represented the district before Steel, and Katrina Foley, the Democratic mayor of Costa Mesa.

Contrary to what was erroneously reported previously, Republicans have a 5-percentage point advantage in party registration in the 2nd District, and an even bigger advantage when it comes to voters who actually cast ballots in the just completed November General Election. The voter registration breakdown is 38% Republican, 33% Democrat and 29% with no party preference or members of smaller parties.  Once again, the no party preference votes will hold the key as to the outcome of this special election.

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Democratic Club members will vote to officially elect their 2021-2022 Board during the business portion of their December 16th meeting which will be held by ZOOM beginning at 12:00 p.m. The list of the nominees is posted on the Club’s website.  They can also expect an update on progress being made on guidelines for the implementation of AB 3182 in Leisure World.  This legislation recently passed by the legislature and signed by the governor will allow for the rental of housing units in communities such as our own.

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If you  are a  Democrat or a supporter and want to know more about our Club,  subscribe to our electronic newsletter at no cost by emailing the editor, Mary Larson,  at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com  or by calling 562-296-8521 with your full contact information. 

Democrats interested in joining the cub or renewing their membership can find an application blank on the club’s website at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/.  .  Memberships received during November or December will not need to be renewed until January 1, 2022.

Orange County Near End of Counting

This year has been the toughest for the U.S. in recent history.  A recent editorial in the Los Angeles Times reminds us that “the pandemic revealed that an employment-based healthcare system can crumble when it’s most needed; that warehousing our elderly is not just unkind but deadly; that our social safety nets have been dangerously frayed by the complacency of a long economic expansion; and that policies that perpetuate racial and economic disparity are still deeply embedded in our society.”

Nevertheless, there are reasons to be thankful as the year winds down.   The 2020 General Election is finally over, at least as far as Orange County goes.  As of Nov. 25th, there were only 17 ballots left to be counted. Every contest has been decided, even the one in which the challenger won by a single vote.  One and one-half million people (87.3% of the County’s registered voters) cast their ballots at the vote centers, by mail, or by use of drop boxes.  This was 25% higher than in the 2016 presidential election.  There was an even higher turn out of voters in Leisure World.

Both President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will finally start receiving the president’s daily intelligence brief, marking another step toward a transition of power.  All elements of the Democratic Party at the national level appear to be working with one another.

However, as much as we might want to take a vacation from the political scene, elections are not over for Leisure World residents. We will be voting again in late Feb. or early March to replace Republican Michelle Steel as our District 2 representative on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Republicans have had a monopoly on county government for over 30 years, but with a 44,644-vote advantage over Republicans in District 2, Democrats have the numbers to change that.  As they prepare for this upcoming election, Democratic Club members and an expanded list of supporters mobilized during the last few months will focus on lessons learned during the recently completed General Election.  

For background information on the importance of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, readers are encouraged to review a 2017 presentation to club members by Attorney Brandon Love. This article attempts to shine some light on a particular blind spot of our collective political conscience.  It can be downloaded from the Club’s website at:

https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/analysis-of-orange-county-government/

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If you  are a  Democrat or a supporter and want to know more about our Club,  subscribe to our electronic newsletter at no cost by emailing the editor, Mary Larson,  at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com  or by calling 562-296-8521 with your full contact information. 

Democrats are urged to join the cub or renew their membership.  An application form can be found online at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/democratic-club-membership-2/ .  Memberships received during November or December will not need to be renewed until January 1, 2022.

Nov. Election – Voter Turnout Records

In the Nov. election that broke records for voter turnout and campaign spending, voters delivered a convincing victory for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.   As a Democratic club, we continue to celebrate this victory.  However, Republican Michelle Steel’s recent narrow win over Democrat Harley Rouda in our 48th Congressional District means there is still much work to be done. Elections are not over yet for Leisure World Democrats.
As one campaign ends, others are just beginning.   The first actual election is scheduled to take place early in 2021.
Leisure World voters will be among those being asked to vote sometime between late February and mid-March to replace Michelle Steel as our District 2 representative on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
The election of a second Democrat to the five-member Orange County Board is possible with an aggressive get out the vote effort.  According to a recent Registrar of Voters report, there are 119,065 registered Democrats in the district, with only 74,421 registered Republicans. The outcome of this election may well depend upon how many of the 71,206 persons in District 2 who are registered as Declined to State decide to vote for our endorsed candidate.  It will be important for all 2,578 Leisure World Democrats to vote and to talk whenever possible to their neighbors about why they are doing so.
Congressman Rouda plans to run for Congress again in 2022. His campaign has already begun.   There are currently 25,413 more Republicans than Democrats in our 48th Congressional District.   The 110 thousand persons in the district who are not registered with any party will be key to this election.  Rouda believes the Democratic Party will need to deliver a more assertive and moderate message if it wants to claim districts like ours.  

As we look to the 2022 elections, the extent that the country can be unified under the leadership of President Biden will be extremely important.  Hopefully the Party can continue to energize its base without alienating a bigger share of the electorate.

What will this mean for Orange County, which now has 652,743 registered Democrats to 611,997 Republicans?  Can we increase this margin?  Will the Democratic Party be able to win the support of the over 400 thousand persons in the County who are currently registered as Declined to State?  What role will we, as a club chartered by the Democratic Party, have in the future?  There will be much to talk about in the coming months.

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If you  are a  Democrat or a supporter and want to know more about our Club,  subscribe to our electronic newsletter at no cost by emailing the editor, Mary Larson,  at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com  or by calling 562-296-8521 with your full contact information. 

Democrats interested in joining the cub or renewing their membership can find an application blank on the club’s website at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/.    Memberships received during November or December will not need to be renewed until January 1, 2022.

Biden/Harris Victory

A recent Washington Post column titled “Readouts of Biden’s calls with foreign leaders signal a return to pre-Trump normalcy” says it all.  Leisure World Democrats, along with a majority of the American electorate, are exhausted and want a return to normalcy as well as an end to the covid-19 pandemic.
As a club and as individuals, we are celebrating the Biden/ Harris victory and look forward with great anticipation to the Jan. 20th inauguration. However, Michelle Steel’s recent win over Harley Rouda in our 48th Congressional District means working on elections is not over yet for Leisure World Democrats.  As one campaign ends, others are just beginning. 
Rouda has already declared his intention to challenge Steel again in 2022.  That campaign should begin almost immediately.  In addition, Leisure World voters will be among those being asked to select a replacement for Steel as our representative on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.  That important election will take place early in 2021, sometime between late February to mid-March.

Steel was reelected as Second District supervisor in 2018, which leaves two years in her term.  State Sen. John Moorlach, who just lost his reelection bid to Democrat Dave Min has already expressed interest in running for the position to replace Steel.  Moorlach, who’s a well-known name in Orange County politics and a former county Supervisor, is facing his first stint in more than two decades without holding public office.

Many more people are expected to throw their hats into the ring to finish out the remaining two years of Steel’s term.  There is speculation that Democrat Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley — who became the city’s first elected mayor in 2018 and who was reelected to that position in Nov.— will also run to replace Steel.

Both the December and January Democratic Club membership meetings will feature the importance of this Board of Supervisors’ election.  We anticipate that Brandon Love, our club’s favorite authority on Orange County politics, will speak about the importance of this election during the December 16th meeting. Democrats running for the position will be scheduled to make presentations in January.

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 During the business portion of the December meeting, club members will vote to officially elect the Club’s 2021-2022 Board.  The list of the nominees is posted on the Club’s website  https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/

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If you  are a  Democrat or a supporter and want to know more about our Club,  subscribe to our electronic newsletter at no cost by emailing the editor, Mary Larson,  at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com  or by calling 562-296-8521 with your full contact information. 

Democrats interested in joining the cub or renewing their membership can find an application blank on the club’s website at the address listed above.  Memberships received during November or December will not need to be renewed until January 1, 2022.