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For those interested in running for public office – Close the Gap free online webinar series

Close the Gap California is hosting a really interesting and informative free online webinar series for anyone considering a run for office.  See below for description.  (Details for registration will show on the CTGCA website soon.)

We are impressed that they will have Ann Ravel as main speaker for the first webinar on March 8, “Dark Money.  Clean Money.  Can an Ethical Candidate Compete?”  Ann Ravel is the former director of the Federal Elections Commission.

In 2017, Federal Elections Committee chair Ann Ravel resigned saying: “The mission of the FEC is essential to ensuring a fair electoral process. Yet, since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, our political campaigns have been awash in unlimited, often dark, money.”
Ann Ravel is now a lecturer at Berkeley Law.   kalw.org/post/former-fec-chair-ann-ravel-discusses-her-resignation-and-money-politics#stream/


Close the Gap California WEBINARS
2019 Schedule
closethegapca.org/webinar/

Campaign Finance: “Dark Money. Clean Money. Can an Ethical Candidate Compete?”
Friday, March 8th @ Noon

Party Politics: “CTGCA’s How-To Guide: Working a Convention to Advance Your Candidacy”
Friday May 17th @ Noon

Women & Elections: “Catching a Wave or Building a Movement?”
Friday, Sept. 20th @ Noon

Non-Partisan to Partisan Focus: “From Non-Partisan Office to Partisan Progressive Candidate”
Friday, Nov. 15th @ Noon

From: Susannah Delano <susannah@closethegapca.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 1:14 PM
Subject: Mark your calendar now for CTGCA’s 2019 Webinars

Close the Gap: Big win for women in 2018, keep up the good work in 2019!

From an email by Susannah Delano, Executive Director at Close the Gap CA

Keep up the good work in 2019

They’re sworn in and at their desks. You helped them get there and you’ve had an impact. Women are now 30% of the CA Legislature, up from 21% at the start of 2018. In state rankings, CA has jumped from 30th to 22nd for our proportion of women legislators.

An unexpected moment of parity, California-style: As the 2019-2020 session begins, four new Latina Senators from CTGCA target districts bring the number of Democratic women in the Senate even with the total number of Republicans, at 10.

California Legislature

State Senate:
State House/Assembly:
Total Senators: 40          Total Women: 13
Total Members: 80          Total Women: 23
Percentage of Women: 30%
Ranking among state legislatures for the proportion of women: 22

Congratulations! We sent flowers, too!  Filing for 2020 opens in 8 months. Not a moment to waste.  Click here to find out how you can pitch in.

Board President Sonya Logman and volunteer Barri Babow delivered CTGCA bouquets to 9 new women legislators (Asm. Christy Smith, pictured in the center)