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Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club, during its January meeting, looked at results of the 2020 election to understand how they might improve chances of winning Assembly and Congressional seats in the next election. Paul Mitchell, Founder of Redistricting Partners, presented his analysis of the vote. He explained that the 2020 election was unique because of high voter turn-out. At 80%, it was the highest number of total voters in California history. The high number was because anxiety promotes voting, and the pandemic and the vote-by-mail process got people to the polls. Mitchell said this rate may not continue in the next election and low turn-out is unfavorable for Democrats.

Another factor in elections is redistricting which is scheduled to take place after the census is completed. Sophia Gomez, an associate of Redistricting Partners, explained some of the possible outcomes. She said California growth is below the national average, and since districts are drawn based on population, the state may lose a congressional district.

Candidates for Assembly District Delegates were also present at the meeting. Sandy Reding, Neil Sannappa, Nicholas White, and Megan Russell each introduced themselves and described their work within the Democratic party. The Club noted that Nicholas White, who now lives in Bakersfield, grew up in Tehachapi and is an enthusiastic worker within the Party.

Salvador Solorio Ruiz was unable to attend the meeting, but he sent a video thanking the Club for endorsing him in his successful election to Delano City Council. He is the youngest member of the Council and is bringing new ideas to that body.

Information is available on www.tehachapidemocrats.com.



All California Democrats interested can run to be an Assembly District Delegate and must file and submit their candidacy with the State Party by 5 pm PST on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail application is Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST. All voters must apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by registering to vote via an online form at:

https://ademelections.com/?isCandidate=False


If a person does not have the ability to request a vote-by-mail ballot online, they can request a ballot by calling the Sacramento CADEM HQ at (916) 442-5707.


The deadline to return the 2021 ADEM ballot is Wednesday, January 27, 2021.


More information on the role of Assembly District Delegates is available at the ADEM page on the CADEM website:

https://adem.cadem.org/

Democrats Will Hear Analysis of Election Votes


Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club will meet via Zoom at 6:00 on Thursday, January 7, to learn how votes changed from 2018 to 2020 in California and Kern County. They will also hear an analysis of votes cast in the 2020 presidential election as compared to 2016. This can help members plan for future Democratic growth.


Paul Mitchell, the guest speaker, has a Masters in Public Policy with a focus on urban planning and econometrics. He is Vice President of Political Data Inc. and owner of Redistricting Partners. Paul is a well-known expert on redistricting, appearing in state and national publications and was featured in a CNN Presents documentary on the State’s new redistricting process. He has worked with several statewide organizations on legislative and congressional redistricting, and dozens of local agencies on voting rights issues and implementation of the California Voting Rights


With Political Data, Paul helps run a company that provides data to campaigns on both sides of the aisle. The company is an invaluable tool for Democratic and Republican campaigns as they attempt to contact registered voters, model voter behavior, target their constituencies and Get out the Vote. Paul is also a leader in working with academic institutions, the Public Policy Institute of California and other nonprofit groups.


Salvador Solorio-Ruiz will also make an appearance at the Zoom meeting. He was a candidate endorsed by TMDC and was successful in being elected to the Delano City Council.


For information about the Club, see the website, www.tehachapidemocrats.com. To access the January Zoom meeting, call Kathy at 916-878-6453 for the access code.