All posts tagged: Jess Durfee

Notes from the April Meeting – Straw Presidential Caucus and How to Vote for Delegates to the Democratic National Convention

Club President Susan Peinado thanked everyone for coming, thanked Phil Currier for the snacks, noting he was the new Refreshments Chair, asked everyone to make sure they’d signed in, welcomed all guests, and introduced new members Doug Case, Melissa Diaz, Dave Engel, Ramon Espinal, Michelle Krug, Susan Orlofsky, Mary Witzell, Anita and Will Tuchrello, and Thurman Hampton. Reports Vice President Mike Johnson called for members to help out at the OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off, to be held Saturday, June 25, 10 AM – 8 PM. About 10 volunteers were needed to work 2-hour stints. The club will be registering people to vote and trying to attract new members to the club. Susan added that the Democratic Woman’s Club and the Veteran’s Club will be sharing the club’s booth this year and said the event was a great opportunity for members of the community to meet up. Treasurer Jonathan Wubbolding gave details on the club’s bank balance, E-Board authorization for a Facebook ad fund, and the purchase of stickers on which to advertise the club and …

Francine Busby Plans Outreach and Growth for San Diego County Dems

Francine Busby has been elected to serve as Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, vowing to reach out to varied constituencies and build on the achievements of her predecessor, Jess Durfee. A resident of Cardiff by the Sea, Busby has been a leader in the Democratic Party since her first campaign for Congress in the 50th District in 2004 – when she ran against Randy “Duke” Cunningham – and in subsequent high-profile campaigns against former Rep. Brian Bilbray. Busby on KPBS: “We’re eager to put our policies into place because people voted for Democrats.” She has served as the North County Vice Chair of the County Party and has represented the Party in other leadership roles ranging from fundraising and strategic planning to candidate training. Busby is also the Executive Director of Run Women Run, an organization that mentors, trains, and supports pro-choice women for elected office. “I am honored to follow in Jess Durfee’s footsteps,” said Busby, noting that at the end of his nine-year tenure, 71% of the County Democratic Party’s …

S.D. County Tilts Democratic Days Before Voting Begins

In what may be the largest month-to-month voter registration shift between San Diego County’s political parties since the 2008 election, Democrats jumped nearly 4,000 votes ahead of Republicans countywide in September — a key sign of momentum for Democratic candidates just before many ballots hit mailboxes next week. Last month California Secretary of State Debra Bowen launched a website at where Californians can sign up to vote online for the first time ever. More than 100,000 people registered on the site during the first week it was introduced in September. “While some states are making it harder to register and participate in this election, in California it’s easier than ever for eligible voters to make their voices heard,” said Jess Durfee, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. “In San Diego, we’re already seeing our countywide majority of voters grow, and we plan to turn that into a countywide majority of votes for Democrats on November 6.” For more information, please contact Jess Durfee at (619) 750-5377 or

Oct 3 – Local Volunteers to Gather for Presidential Debate Watch Party After Phonebanking

The momentum is building among volunteers, some of whom will be phonebanking in San Diego’s Democratic Unity Campaign Center hours before the first debate between this year’s presidential nominees on Wednesday night. News media representatives are also welcome to the Debate Watch Party: WHEN: Wednesday, October 3 ~ Debate begins at 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Democratic Unity Campaign Center, 8322 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 202, San Diego (92111) WHO: Democratic activists, volunteers, and supporters from throughout the county. San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jess Durfee, also a member of the Democratic National Committee, will address attendees before the debate and will be available for interviews prior to the event. For more information, please contact Jess Durfee at (619) 750-5377 or