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Each year, at our annual gala in September, the Democratic Women of Monterey County honors someone who has significantly contributed to a sustainable society – a respect for nature and the earth’s ecosystem; universal human rights; socio-economic equality and justice; and/or a culture of peace.
Past recipients include Kay Cline (Sustainable Seaside), Tanya Roos (Bialek Habitat), power couple Amy Anderson (Chamber Music and Political Advocacy) and George Somero (Protecting Our Oceans), Julie Packard and Nancy Burnett (Environmental Activism), and Cindy Walters (Sustainable Dining – Pasion Fish Restaurant).
DWMC Members are encouraged to submit a nomination by May 8 to the Gala Committee. The Committee will recommend a first and second choice to the DWMC Board, which will make the final decision. Please provide the information requested in this form and submit it to Anne Sanchez, Gala Committee Chair, at the email/fax addresses provided on the form.
This article from the Los Angeles Times presents some startling facts about women’s representation in California’s political offices: it’s shrinking.
Despite the fact that women make up more than half of California’s population, just 25.8 percent of California’s 120 legislators are women – down from a high of 30.8 percent. What’s worse, many current women legislators are leaving office.
These points were highlighted by the DWMC’s January speaker Betsy Cotton, Director of Close The Gap CA, and March speaker Kimberly Ellis, Executive Director of Emerge California. Both speakers emphasized the need to recruit, train and support qualified Democratic women to enter political life.
Democratic Women of Monterey County Endorses Eight Candidates: Adams, Luis Alejo, Caballero, Ellis, Monning, Panetta, Parker, Stone earn support from March membership process.
The Democratic Women of Monterey County has announced its membership’s endorsements for local and statewide elections in 2016. In closely watched races, DWMC members voted to endorse the following:
U.S. House of Representatives
District 20: Jimmy Panetta California State Senate
District 17: Bill Monning California State Assembly
District 29: Mark Stone California State Assembly
District 30: Anna Caballero
Monterey County Board of Supervisors
District 1: Luis Alejo
District 4: Jane Parker
District 5: Mary Adams
Chair, California Democratic Party: Kimberly Ellis
If we value what we've inherited for free - from other women - surely it's right morally and ethically for us to wake up and say, 'I'm a feminist.