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Board Recommendations 2020

The Executive Board of the Santa Monica Democratic Club has met to deliberate over our recommendations for endorsement. As you know, this has been our most transparent endorsement process ever. Each candidate filled out a lengthy questionnaire and endured a 20-minute interview with our board. Using that process as the basis of our consideration, the Executive Board has made the following recommendations to the Membership for consideration in advance of our September 9 and 16 Endorsement Meetings. 

City Council:
Ana Maria Jara
Ted Winterer

City Council (special election):
Kristin McCowan

Rent Control Board:
Anastasia Foster
Caroline Torosis

Keith Coleman
Maria Leon-Vazquez
Jennifer Smith

SMC Board of Trustees:
Susan Aminoff
Rob Greenstein Rader
Margaret Quinones-Perez

Agree with these recommendations or not, please attend our candidate debates and endorsement meetings on September 9 and 16 to make your voice heard. Sign up via this formno later than September 8 to be sure you can vote at the meeting. Any candidate who receives 55% or more of the Membership vote will be endorsed by the Club.

The Board has also recommended the following ballot measure positions:

State Ballot Measures:
Prop 14 – YES
Prop 16 – YES
Prop 17 – YES
Prop 18 – YES
Prop 19 – YES
Prop 20 – NO
Prop 21 – YES
Prop 22 – NO
Prop 23 – NO
Prop 24 – no recommendation
Prop 25 – no recommendation

Local Ballot Measures:
Measure J – YES
Measure AB – YES
Measure SM – YES

We will go through all of these ballot measures in detail over the course of our two endorsement meetings.

SMDC has already made the following endorsements:
US President: Joe Biden
US House: Rep. Ted Lieu
CA Assembly: Asm. Richard Bloom
LA County District Attorney: George Gascón
CA Prop 15: YES

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