Dr. Cody Petterson will discuss the current state of play within the San Diego County Democratic Party and describe a progressive path to victory throughout the County in 2018. His talk will begin with an overview of the results of the California Democratic Party’s 2017 Convention. He will then discuss the lingering effects of the 2016 Democratic Primary and continue with a brief description of the current San Diego Democratic political environment, including the current split in the county Labor movement and the ongoing conflict on the City Council. After a brief review of the local races that are likely to draw the Party’s attention in 2018, Dr. Petterson will detail some of the ways in which the local progressive movement is working to revitalize the Party and insure strong, populist progressive victories across the county in 2018.
Jonathan ‘Cody’ Petterson is a lifelong Democrat, born, raised, and now raising a family in La Jolla, California. He is committed to making San Diego, California, and the United States more equitable, sustainable, and democratic. He is currently the Director of the Sequoia Foundation, a non-profit social science research firm dedicated to impact assessment, fisheries management, climate mitigation, and community resilience. He received his PhD in Anthropology from UCSD, and spent two years in the Peruvian highlands studying land reform, municipal politics, and ethnic conflict. He splits his time between his home in La Jolla and Santa Ysabel, in the San Diego backcountry, where he’s currently implementing the largest private reforestation and habitat restoration in Southern California. He is also a newly elected delegate of the 78th Assembly District. His polemical and conservation writing can be found on Medium and Instagram, under the handle @theguessworker.
Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share.