Please vote in the current special election. This election will have a major impact on both our State and Nation. Registered voters should have received mail-in ballots and the Oakmont Democratic Club (ODC) encourages voters to just vote No on the Recall of Gavin Newsom and No on the Recall of District Attorney Jane Ravitch. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before election day September 14th. If voters wish to vote in person, they should have received a card with their polling place. You can also vote in person early at the Registrar of Voters office. If you have questions, please call that office at 707.565.6800. They are very helpful.
Republicans hope that in a special election they can pull a major upset by energizing their base, while most voters are not paying close attention and not voting. While Newsom has made some mistakes as Governor, we are leading most states in both defeating the pandemic and in our economic recovery.
At an August 25th Rally in her city, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf summed up the thinking of many Democrats regarding the leading Republican candidate “Voting no on the recall is a matter of life and death. I’m serious. What we have here is Larry Elder, a crazier Trumpster than Trump himself.”
The Ravitch recall was set in motion by none other than Bill Gallaher, notorious for the proposed Elnoka development next door to Oakmont. But also noteworthy, was his company’s negligence in the 2017 fire and for which District Attorney Ravitch sued him resulting in a $500,000 penalty. And even though she is not running again, Gallaher wants to discredit her- and according to the Press Democrat- spent over $750,000 to collect signatures for her recall.
At our General Meeting on September 23rd, we will analyze the outcome of the special election and look at what races will be important moving forward. Larry Martin, who coordinates the Indivisible Out of District Team, will lead the discussion. Indivisible is a nationwide movement of thousands of volunteer-led local groups that engage in progressive advocacy and electoral work at the local, state, and national level. Larry is a member of Indivisible Sonoma County, one of the eight Indivisible chapters in Sonoma County. He has been involved in electoral politics since late 2016. He will discuss his analyses of the upcoming elections in two broad categories:
• The Republicans want to retake the House in 2022. What are the chances it will remain in Democratic hands?
• Can Democrats hold the Senate? What are the chances of doing so? Can we flip even more Republican Senate Seats?
The Republicans are determined to regain power. How can we defeat their efforts?
The next ODC gathering will be Thursday, September 23 (6:30 PM Social and 7:00 PM General Meeting) at the East Rec and by zoom. All Oakmonters are welcome.
Please visit our webpage for updates and more information at: oakmontdemclub.com