It’s 2014 and another year has gone by too quickly. Many important things happened locally in 2013, so it’s worth a few moments of reflection before we start marching into the upcoming Mayoral election.
In 2012 our get-out-the-vote efforts helped elect Dave Roberts as the first new San Diego County Supervisor in 18 years. His election had major consequences throughout 2013 on decisions by the Board of Supervisors.
The 2012 election of Congressman Scott Peters, serving California’s 52nd Congressional District, was divisive for our club. As many of you know, Lori was my first choice. But Scott has won my whole-hearted support with his outstanding staff and constant attempts to connect with his constituents, to stay in touch and to listen to us. I will work hard for his re-election.
Our initial jubilations with the election of Mayor Filner turned to bitterness during the summer. We Democrats were divided and sad, upset and angry, with an acute sense of loss for the man himself and for our hopes and dreams for our beloved city. This saga revealed that a sense of sociability and collaboration among local Democrats appeared to be temporarily lost.
Starting in this new year of 2014, we have a unique opportunity to affect positive, long-lasting changes in San Diego. We are on the verge of making history with this election, San Diego’s first Hispanic mayor David Alvarez.
David may not have been your first choice during the primary but remember Scott wasn’t mine either and he has proven me wrong. I firmly believe David is a great candidate.
We also have an opportunity with the election of both Sarah Boot in District 2 and Carol Kim in District 6, to push our City Council into a progressive majority. We have a lot of work to do and we need to work together to achieve these goals.
It is a personal hope that working together on David’s successful election, will be the salve that heals our party and tranforms our city into a better place for us all to live and thrive.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year!
Susan Peinado, President
Pt Loma Democratic Club