Thank you, San Francisco Democrats!
I'm honored and grateful to have won my bid for San Francisco's Democratic County Central Committee, and you can read more about the race in Steven Jones's report in the S.F. Bay Guardian, "Supervisors dominate DCCC race, but key newbies join them."
Among 30 excellent candidates vying for 14 seats, I finished in 8th place -- winning by a large margin in the June 5th Primary Election. In fact, I'm proud to have been the top vote-getter among first-time candidates, with 19,242 votes in the final tally.
As the governing body of a local political party that is among the most vibrant in California, San Francisco's DCCC plays an enormously important role in shaping local and state policy. Its endorsements are historically considered the most influential in local politics, and it brings much-needed attention to issues that matter to all of us as Democrats -- like protecting working families and our environment, expanding access to quality healthcare for all, and fighting for social and economic justice. It also plays a key role in statewide politics, as a coalition partner with labor, other local Democratic parties and progressive interests to offset the influence of more heavily Republican counties elsewhere. In close elections, San Francisco Democrats can be the margin of victory for our candidates and causes -- and that's why a strong DCCC is so important.
Thank you, San Francisco Democrats, for electing me to your DCCC!
One of the priorities I've sought to emphasize in my campaign for Democratic County Central Committee is the need for the Democratic Party to mount a serious voter outreach and registration program to better engage younger "Millennial Voters."
Millennials are the emerging generation of prospective voters born in the 1980s and '90s. And if I'm returned to the DCCC in the upcoming June 5th Primary, I hope to help create just such a program for San Francisco's DCCC over the next two years. Here's why it should be a priority for everyone concerned about the future prospects of the Democratic Party and its values: Millennials make up the largest generational cohort in American history. According to the New Democrat Network's 21st Century America Project, there are now about 17 million more Millennials alive than Baby Boomers (the generation born after World War II through roughly 1964). And there are 27 million more Millennials than members of Generation X (roughly 1965 through 1980).
The good news is that polls show a large majority of Millennials hold progressive values. When they vote, they tend to vote for Democrats. The bad news is they're not registering as Democrats, by and large, and they're not embracing the Democratic Party as their own.
It's a phenomenon that was covered in a recent Rolling Stone feature story, and it has been extensively studied by NDN's 21st Century America Project. And it's a troubling trend for Democrats for a couple of reasons.
- Bay Area Reporter political columnist and assistant editor Matthew Bajko reported on the news of Matt Dorsey's appointment to the Democratic County Central Committee by DCCC Chair Aaron Peskin on Dec. 22, 2011. Read the B.A.R.'s Political Notes column here.