“I think of voting as a chess move, not a valentine.” Rebecca Solnit, feminist writer and organizer
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is a nationwide organization of people who are committed to social justice and compassion. One of our goals is to help to elect political candidates who will build a humane and democratic society. We believe that we can make this a better world by treating everyone fairly and running businesses for the good of the people. We are not a political party. We do not run candidates, and we often endorse candidates who do not identify as democratic socialists. The Ventura County chapter of DSA (DSAVC) presents the following endorsements. We hope you find them useful as you make your decisions.
U.S. President – Democratic Primary
Bernie Sanders - President of the United States of America
The overriding goal of a progressive candidate must be to defeat Donald Trump. We believe that Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to do this. Bernie stands for the Green New Deal (comprehensive climate action including green jobs for displaced employees of fossil fuel companies); free college tuition and student debt relief; single payer healthcare (medical, prescriptions, dental, vision, hearing, long-term care, and more with no pre-existing condition exclusion and no deductibles or co-pays); workplace democracy with equal rights for women, LGBTQA people, and people of color; affordable housing; Social Security expansion; and a welcoming and safe America for all (reinstatement and expansion of DACA, humane asylum policy, dismantling of detention centers and reunification of families, and immigration enforcement reform).
California Assembly District 37
Jonathan Abboud - California State Assembly - District 37
Jonathan Abboud will be a committed progressive Assembly Member with roots in the community. In 2014 Jonathan was elected as Trustee to Santa Barbara Community College District, the youngest Trustee in the District's history. A contributing factor to his election was that he was the founder of the Isla Vista Self Governance Initiative. After graduating from UCSB he remained in the community, serving as General Manager of the Isla Vista Community Services District. His policies include improving education (universal preschool, increased K-12 funding, tuition-free public colleges and trade schools); defeating climate change (clean water infrastructure, investment in clean renewable energy, robust public transportation, affordable housing, good jobs for those impacted by changing labor market); holding private utilities accountable for power shutoffs and wildfires and eventually making them public-owned; strengthening our democracy (move to a publicly financed campaign system, support unions, improve access to governmental workings); single payer healthcare for all; prisons and criminal justice reform (transition from punishment to rehabilitation, end school-to-prison pipeline by funding education and social services).
Ventura County Board of Supervisors
Voters often overlook the importance of the County Board of Supervisors. However, the Board of Supervisors oversees a budget of more than $2 billion, which finances public safety, public health, justice, and services to protect vulnerable children and adults.
Carmen Ramirez - Ventura County Supervisor, District 5
Carmen Ramirez came to Ventura County in 1978, when she began her career in Oxnard as a legal aid attorney working to protect the health and economic well-being of individuals and families. In 2007 she was a leader in the successful fight to prevent a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal at the environmentally sensitive Ormond Beach. She was first elected to Oxnard City Council in 2010 where she has served on the Transportation Policy Committee and the Homeless Committee. She is on the board of the bilingual Ventura County theater company, Teatro de las Americas, and was named 2009 Woman of the Year in California Senate District 23.
Kim Marra Stephenson - Ventura County Supervisor, District 3
Kim Stephenson is a longtime resident of Ventura County and comes from a working-class family. Her grandmother was a farm laborer in the Central Valley. Kim started working at age 14 helping her mother sell shoes. She has worked in education for over 25 years and served as union representative for Oxnard Federation of Teachers and School Employees AFT 1273. As principal of Adolfo Camarillo High School she led the school to become one of the top 14% statewide. She is also a founder of the Ventura County Women's Forum Collaborative. She is running against incumbent Kelly Long, who has consistently supported more drilling for oil and gas in Ventura County.