Celebrate Women’s History Month with
MARIN WOMEN’S POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
at the ELECTED WOMEN’S LUNCHEON
Friday, March 11. 2016
Piatti Ristorante , 625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, Ca. 94941
Doors open at 11:30AM Luncheon at 12:00Noon
Special Guest Speaker
Jennifer Welch, Chief of Police, SMART
Oakland Unified School Board Director
Principal, Torres Law Group
“Women in Politics-Expanding Our Base”
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MWPAC Elects 2016 Officers
MWPAC held its election for 2016 officers on January 20 at the Redwoods Presbyterian Church in Larkspur and re-elected Gina Brewer, president and Tammi Hull, treasurer. Sharon Jackson was elected vice president and Eliana Reeves, recording secretary. The program committee served a hearty dinner of minestrone soup, pizza and salad and showed the film, This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein. This was an excellent, inspiring, soul-searching and frightening film about climate change and man’s destruction in the name of progress, and the actions we must take to prevent further damage to our planet.
Holiday Festivities close out the year
MWPAC held its annual holiday party at the Redwoods Presbyterian Church in Larkspur on Wednesday, December 16. As usual, the evening was full of food, fun, and festivities. The annual White Elephant gift exchange was rousing, as each person chose a wrapped package or “stole” someone else’s previously opened gift. Certain items such as a warm red scarf and pair of salt and pepper shakers, which turned out to be grinders, made the rounds. It’s a wonderful evening of visiting with old and new friends as we prepare for an exciting 2016 election year.
In addition, party guests could choose to donate to Book Passage’s Giving Tree, which provides books for underprivileged children. Others donated items or money for Marin County’s Adopt A Family program. A few days later several holiday bags full of presents which were delivered to the county office for distribution to the chosen family.
ELECTION WRAP-UP leads to vigorous discussion
Some 40 people filled the back room at the Brick and Bottle restaurant in Corte Madera on Wednesday, November 11, yes, Veterans Day, to hear three political pundits discuss the results of the November 3 election in Marin. The three included Richard Rubin, political and business consultant and frequent guest columnist for the Marin IJ; Brad Breithaupt, Opinion Page Editor for the IJ, and Jeanne MacLeamy, Mayor of Novato.
The consensus was that several issues lead to the very low voter turnout in Marin, averaging around 30% of the voters in any city. One issue is that elections in odd numbered years don’t draw the attention of the even numbered years, especially when the presidential election takes place. Also, voters don’t feel they have enough information to intelligently vote. Only the IJ offers endorsements across the board on many races and propositions. The Pacific Sun stopped doing that this year under new management. The League of Women voters and other organizations include MWPAC do offer endorsements, but voters need to know where to look for the information.
One solution might be to consolidate all the races on even numbered years. It would be a longer ballot, but would include more races of interest to voters. Perhaps holding election day on a weekend would be more convenient. Many people vote by mail, but still the turnout was low.
Another issue was that some city council incumbents were not returned to office. This could be because the tide is turning as new people move into the county, and the old establishment is eased out. Or it could simply be that voters don’t like what’s going on.
All in all, it was a lively evening of discussion, fellowship and good food. This is an annual event that has proven to be very popular with members and guests.
CANDIDATES RECEPTION AND ENDORSEMENT NIGHT
MWPAC’s annual Candidates’ Reception and Endorsement Night was held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. This is an opportunity to meet the candidates one on one and have questions answered. Candidates submitted responses to an in-depth questionnaire and addressed MWPAC members and guests in forum.
After a caucus of members, the following candidates were chosen for endorsement or recommendation. The Marin Women’s PAC may only recommend male candidates:
NOVATO CITY COUNCIL
DIXIE SCHOOL DISTRICT
Ruth Carter, Marnie Glickman
SAN ANSELMO TOWN COUNCIL
MILL VALLEY CITY COUNCIL
Stephanie Moulton Peters, Sashi McEntee
Candidates’ Workshop Offers Sound Advice
A roomful of hopefuls ranging from school district to Congressional candidates heard speakers provide helpful advice on how to run a successful campaign for public office at MWPAC’s Candidates’ Night, June 15, 2015..
Speakers included Dottie LeMieux of Green Dog Campaigns, who gave the nuts and bolts for the local candidate and Lise Stampfli-Torme, a communications consultant, who spoke on creating an effective web site. Laurie Earp of Earp Events and Fundraising talked on how to meet campaign costs; Steve Burdo of Kathleen Russell Consulting covered how to organize a field campaign; and Brad Breithaupt of the Marin IJ and Michele Barni of MWPAC described their organizations’ endorsement processes. Finally, Barbara Coler, Mayor, Fairfax Town Council, shared her experience as a candidate.
Two important tips emphasized by the speakers were to develop a realistic budget for your campaign and to try and meet as many potential voters as possible face-to-face to learn firsthand what they think the key issues are in your race.
The lively evening, held at the Redwoods Presbyterian Church in Larkspur, began with a gourmet Greek-themed dinner provided by Caterer Suzy Denning.
(Because of interest expressed in the fundraising portion of the program, it has been broken out as a separate video.)
New Members Tea
Our New Members Tea was a big success! Held at the charming Margie Belrose Theater in San Rafael, our event honoring new members attracted a good-sized turnout including several high school students and young professionals from the Young Democrats Club, plus other guests who are not members yet, but we hope they will join us soon. Guests learned about the long history of MWPAC and about our mission to get more women elected to public office. With soothing harp music in the background, guests enjoyed tea poured from beautiful tea pots, wine, finger sandwiches, pastries and sweets. It was a lovely high tea and a chance for everyone to chat and catch up, and meet new people.