“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.
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.
U.S. House of Representatives
Shahid Buttar - CA-12
As a California Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, we are proud to endorse Shahid Buttar in his race for CA-12. Shahid embodies the values of democratic socialism. As a fervent advocate for freedom of speech, social justice, and democracy, we believe in Shahid’s resolve to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. His opponent, Nancy Pelosi, stands in stark contrast to our progressive values. Pelosi has criticized ‘Medicare for All’ and the ‘Green New Deal’ - ideas that are overwhelmingly popular with the majority of voters. The United States is facing our greatest moment of uncertainty yet. Our fellow Californians have the opportunity to elect a leader whom we can trust to fight for working class people - Shahid Buttar.