48th Congressional District Democratic Candidates’ Forum



January 2018 Promises to be a Busy Month for Club!

All Leisure World residents, regardless of party affiliation, are invited to attend the Club’s 48th Congressional District Democratic Candidates Forum on Friday, January 19th at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  It is vitally important that everyone who will be voting in the upcoming June 2018 open primary election become as familiar as possible with all of the candidates. The Club’s Forum, with all eight Democratic campaigns participating, will be moderated by 72nd Assembly District candidate Josh Lowenthal. There will be no charge for the event. More information will follow in the weeks to come.

Save the Date!  Get to know Josh Lowenthal, Democratic candidate for California Assembly District 72, on Wednesday, January 17th at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.   Members are encouraged to bring questions.  More information about Josh can be found at:  https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/joshlowenthal/.

Club members and their supporters will be participating in The Women’s March-Orange County on Saturday, January 20th.   As they did last year for the Women’s March, the SBLW Club will be chartering a bus for the convenience of their members and friends.  Seats on the bus will be available on a first come, first served basis for a donation of $20 each.  A limited number of scholarships will be available if donation for the bus creates a hardship.  Please email Laura Wilson at lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com reserve your seat!


Club to Participate in the Women’s March January 20th

On January 20th, SBLW Democratic Club members and their supporters will be participating in The Women’s March – Orange County 2018This non-partisan event – open to all – is being designed as part of a national movement to once again unify and empower people in every state and major metropolitan area who are looking for ways to stand in solidarity for women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for allAs they did for the tremendously successful first Women’s March in January 2017, the SBLW Club will be chartering a bus for their members and friends.  Seats on the bus will be available on a first come, first served basis for a minimal donation to cover expenses. Stay tuned for more detailed information about this exciting event in the weeks to come!


January will be a busy month.  Josh Lowenthal, Democratic candidate in California Assembly District 72 (which includes Leisure World) and son of Congressman Allen Lowenthal, will help ring in the new year as the Club’s featured speaker at their Wed., January 17th membership meeting. Learn more about Josh Lowenthal by visiting: https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/joshlowenthal/.


Those interested in learning more about the seven Democratic candidates competing for election to Congress in the 48th Congressional District will want to attend the Club’s Candidate Forum on January 22nd at 1:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  The Club has invited all Democratic candidates running in the 48th or their representatives to participate. There will be no charge for the event but reservations will be required.  For information, please contact Club President Mary Larson at lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

Leisure World Dems and friends are also invited to a festive holiday potluck beginning at noon on Wednesday, December 20th in Clubhouse 4.  The potluck will be followed by the Club’s regular monthly meeting at 1:00 p.m.  Gerrie Schipske, Democratic candidate for the 34th State Senate District, will be the featured speaker! She is running on several issues that include women’s healthcare, the environment and education.  The Club extends a warm welcome to this talented guest.  To learn more about Gerrie Schipske, please visit: https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/gerrie-schipske-democratic-candidate-for-the-34-state-senate-district/.  Questions about the potluck? Please email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

For more information on other Club activities and events, contact President Mary Larson at  lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.  Sign up to receive Club emails by visiting the website at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/.


Brett Murdock

OC District Attorney Candidate Brett Murdock to Speak Nov. 15th

Brett Murdock, Democratic candidate for OC district attorney, will present at the November 15th Club meeting at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  As always, there will be informal discussions and a bring-your-own brown bag luncheon beginning at 12:15 p.m.  Coffee will be provided.  Members are encouraged to come prepared to ask questions!

Brett Murdock only recently entered the OC district attorney race and has many residents excited to learn more about his qualifications.  He was elected to the Brea City Council in 2010, and served as Mayor in 2014.  He is a lifelong resident of Orange County, and has a long history of community involvement.  He served as President of the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities.  He was Chair of the OC Council of Governments, the OC Waste Management Commission, and the Operations Committee of the Orange County Sanitation District.  He is an active member of the Brea Rotary Club, and the President of a non-profit organization that provides and maintains low-income housing for seniors.

He holds a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from Chapman University School of Law.  He lives in the City of Brea with his wife, Roni, and their two children.



Laura Oatman to Address Club October 18th!


Laura Oatman, a candidate challenging Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher in the 48th Congressional district, will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, October 18th at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  As always, there will be facilitated informal discussions and a brown bag luncheon at 12:15 p.m. 

Laura Oatman, a local business owner, mother, and community leader became active in politics after the election.  She was inspired to go into public service by walking with her daughter in the Washington D.C. Women’s March in January. 

Oatman names climate change as the number one issue that led her to become a candidate for the 48th.  She states that “97% of scientists agree that manmade global greenhouse gas emissions are contributing significantly to climate change” and she views it as a significant threat.  Her approach is to “think globally and act locally.”  Just as the Club is working to promote a climate action plan with community choice energy for the City of Seal Beach, Laura Oatman believes that all cities in our district should reduce carbon emissions using these approaches.

She believes that heath care is a right and not a privilege and supports a transition to a universal, single-payer health care system to include dental, vision and mental health care.

Oatman sees our economy as shifting due to the “combined forces of technology, globalization and climate change” and she advocates the need for a social safety net as a result of the rapid rate of change that society faces.  To meet the growing challenges, she believes in education that prepares us for jobs of the future and radical entrepreneurship while maintaining a protective stance toward the planet.  She promotes “policies that create incentives and streamline tax structures.” 

Harley Rouda to Speak at Club Meeting on September 20th


Harley Rouda

Harley Rouda, widely recognized as one of the leading candidates challenging Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher in the 48th Congressional district, will address the SBLW Democratic Club on Wednesday, September 20th at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  Rouda, a Laguna Beach real estate businessman and attorney, received his MBA from The Ohio State University and his J.D. from Capital University Law School.  He announced his candidacy for the 48th seat on March 3rd  

Rouda has indicated that he would run a campaign based on the notion of “moving our country back to the center.”   Growing up as a Republican, he feels that the Democratic Party better represents his current perspective.  Indeed, he supports traditional Democratic issues such as gay marriage, abortion rights and immigration reform that would include a path to citizenship for most of those that are here illegally.  His views on health care policy are based on a belief that healthcare coverage is a right for every American.  Leisure World Democrats & friends wishing to learn more about Rouda are encouraged to bring questions to the September 20th meeting.  More information can also be found on the Club website: https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/

Laura Oatman, another Democratic candidate for the 48th, will be the Club’s featured speaker on October 18 in Clubhouse 4 at 1:00 p.m.


Record Crowd to Hear Dr. Hans Keirstead at August 16th Meeting!

Record Crowd at August 16th Dem Club Meeting!

 A record crowd turned out to hear Dr. Hans Keirstead speak at the August 16th Democratic Club Meeting.  Dr. Keirstead, one of the leading Democratic candidates for Congress in the 48th congressional district, shared his personal and professional history and explained why he is running.  He responded to questions freely throughout the presentation and stayed afterward to talk with individuals about their concerns.

Dr. Keirstead grew up in Canada and was schooled in England.  He came to the United States seventeen years ago with nothing and knew right away that he would never leave. He studied, taught and became a renown stem cell researcher—launching and selling several biotech companies.  As he described it, he worked hard for his accomplishments while, at the same time, being very aware of the opportunities that this country provided for him.  He referred to himself as a “serial entrepreneur.”  He went on to say that he came to California for its beauty as well as for the infrastructure.   From his perspective, California leads the world with initiative and is the “American dream realized”.

During his presentation, Dr. Keirstead addressed health care extensively, beginning with a well-received declaration that everyone in the United States needs and deserves affordable health care.  He made it clear that he views a single payer system as the ultimate goal but that the price tag involved with jumping into it immediately is not politically realistic given the current cost estimates.  He believes that a gradual step by step approach to such a system would be ideal and that addressing the inefficiency in the current health care system would be the way to begin.  He also strongly embraced the idea of bipartisan efforts to resolve this challenge.

From his work at UCI, Dr. Keirstead is also keenly aware of the challenges faced by our young people.   He spoke of the need to focus attention on the educational system.   He stressed the need to give students time to find the right jobs after graduating without being burdened with large tuition debts on which they are expected to immediately begin making payments with interest at market rate.  He is also currently working with the Dean of the UCI law school to design local internships for students while they are still in school which would allow universities to help integrate them into the community.

Dr. Keirstead went on to address Climate Change, stating that 96% of scientists – including himself – believe that climate change is real and that humans are responsible.  He raised the question that, even if all of the scientists are wrong, “shouldn’t we be doing something to improve the situation?”

More issues were discussed ranging from business development to mental health.  Please check the Club’s website for more informal notes on Dr. Keirstead’s presentation: www.sblwdems.wordpress.com

Save the dates!  The Club will host more candidates for the 48th Congressional District in the coming months.  On September 20, Harley Rouda will visit the Club to present his views and on October 18 it will be Laura Oatman.  Both presentations will be in Clubhouse 4 at 1:00 pm.