Category Archives: Endorsements

PDB Meeting cancelled: INSTEAD, you are invited to a WORK PARTY!

TOMORROW, Tuesday, on October 9, instead of our monthly meeting, the Progressive Democrats of Benicia invites Benicians to come to a work party for Kari Birdseye.

IMPORTANT: Note that the LOCATION OF OUR PARTY HAS CHANGED.  We will NOT meet at the Library – please come to 1215 West Second Street for this phone/postcard make-a-difference party!

This will be an opportunity to put words and support into action. We will be making phone calls on behalf of our endorsed candidate for Benicia City Council, Kari Birdseye and writing postcards to Democrats in districts that the Democrats hope to flip. Kari will be present for a brief campaign update.

ALSO IMPORTANT: To help with the phone banking please bring a cell phone and a laptop along with necessary chargers. Training will be provided. Those without laptops will be able to send postcards to help flip a District.

There will also be a brief summary of the propositions on the state ballot with the PDB recommendations and an update on our endorsed and recommended candidates.

***Hope to see you there – remember, 1215 West Second Street!

Progressive Democrats of Benicia ENDORSEMENTS

Vallejo Times-Herald on Progressive Dems endorsements

Repost from the Vallejo Times-Herald

Birdseye gets nod from Progressive Dems of Benicia

Staff report, 08/15/18, 4:55 PM PDT 

BENICIA >> The Progressive Democrats of Benicia have endorsed Kari Birdseye in her bid for a seat on the Benicia City Council.

The group’s membership voted on the endorsement during a membership meeting Tuesday night.

Birdseye is current chair of the city’s Planning Commission.

Fellow candidate and former Councilwoman Christina Strawbridge failed to secure the endorsement of the Progressive Democrats, group officials said.

Strawbridge, who served on the council from 2011 to 2016, is also a member of the Progressive Democrats of Benicia.

Two seats are open on the Benicia City Council this fall. Incumbents Mark Hughes and Alan Schwartzman are leaving the council after their terms end this year. Current Economic Development Board Chair Lionel Largaespada is also a candidate for a council seat.

Members further endorsed Dana Dean for the Solano County Board of Education Trustee Area 3. Dean was the only person to pull and submit candidacy paperwork prior to the Aug. 10 deadline. Thus, her contest was removed from the ballot and she was automatically re-elected to a new four-year term.

The election is Nov. 6.

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Progressive Democrats endorse Kari Birdseye & Dana Dean

Kari Birdseye for City Council, and Dana Dean for Solano County Board of Education

At its August 14 membership meeting, the Progressive Democrats of Benicia interviewed Democratic candidates for Benicia City Council and Solano County School Board. Ballots were cast, and today were made public.

Kari Birdseye for Benicia City Council

Only one of two declared Democratic candidates for City Council received a majority vote earning endorsement: Kari Birdseye. The Progressive Democrats of Benicia are proud to endorse Planning Commission chair Birdseye. Find out more about Kari and offer your support at her campaign website,, and be in touch on her Facebook page.

Christina Strawbridge, candidate for Benicia City Council

Democratic candidate for City Council and member of Progressive Democrats of Benicia Christina Strawbridge narrowly lost her bid for endorsement.  Find out more about Christina at her campaign website,  and be in touch on her Facebook page.

Dana Dean for Solano County Board of Education

Also interviewed was candidate for Solano County School Board Dana Dean.  Dana is unopposed in her bid for re-election, and was also endorsed by a majority of Progressive Democrats at last night’s meeting. In her presentation, she declared victory, as no other candidate has filed to run against her.  Find out more about Dana at her campaign website, and be in touch on her Facebook page.