Sdao: It’s a Great Time to Be a Democrat in Orange County

Fran Sdao, Chair, Democratic Party of Orange County

What a great time to be a Democrat in Orange County! It is easy to lose sight of that when we read or watch what the President is saying. However, that is also exactly why it is a great time to be a Democrat here. The moment is ours.

Democrats turned out in record numbers to vote last November. For the first time in 80 years the Democratic candidate for President won in Orange County. Frustrated Democrats are now turning out in record numbers to Democratic club meetings, State Party delegate elections and to meetings/events in our communities. We must capture this energy and enthusiasm, and focus on protecting the values and principles of the Democratic Party as we prepare for the 2018 elections.

I am honored to have been chosen by unanimous consent to serve as Chair of the Democrat Party of Orange County. I am so grateful to have widespread support as I begin this term. I have been warned, and totally get the joke, that the chair’s job is that of herding cats.

Challenging as that sounds, that is what is best about the Democratic Party. We are a widely diverse and inclusive Party that represents the changing demographics of Orange County. We are deeply passionate activists committed to making our communities better places for all children, families, and neighbors. We organize and campaign to elect candidates who will advance our platform and promote the values and programs that generations of Democrats have worked to achieve.

We may not always be heading down the road on the same path, but we are guided by the same goals: quality child care, preschool and K-12 public education, access to higher education, good jobs with living wages, decent affordable housing, accessible quality health care, equal rights, clean air and water, and care for our veterans and seniors.

During the next several weeks, we will develop our strategic plans that will take us to the 2018 elections. These plans will be created around three key areas: communication, collaboration and candidates.

There are now more than 525,000 registered Democrats in Orange County. We need to communicate with them and actively engage them in the 2018 elections. Democrats are busy people doing great things everyday in our communities and we need to spread that word. I hope to engage our Party leaders and members through discussion groups, forums, workshops and events. We have a loud voice, let’s use it.

We can accomplish so much more by working together. We have partners with whom we must build and strengthen relationships to better focus on common goals. By collaborating with each other within the Party structure, as well as with our partners, good public policy and successful elections will be possible.

Lastly, we must focus on developing our future leaders. This past election has motivated an impassioned group of bright young people with progressive ideals to get involved in their communities and in our Party. We must embrace them as we look to develop and support candidates for seats on school boards, city councils, state offices and Congress. I encourage all Orange County Democrats to seek appointments and positions within their communities. Build your experience and knowledge. Get prepared for leadership.

As President Obama said,” If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Persevere”.

Let’s get the Party started.

Fran Sdao, Chair, Democratic Party of Orange County

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  • Marilyn Stanley McKellips

    Rah rah, this is our moment. Orange County led by the Dems will soon look like parts of greater LA. Elite enclaves (already here) and poor poor areas (on their way). Forgotten middle class. When they wake up and figure whose attitude that is, they might change their mind. or when the companies move to other friendlier states those Dems with jobs might go with them. Dems are big on hyperbola. 2 100 year old conservative newspapers endorsed Hillary. Guess someone forgot to mention that they had been sold to non-conservative corps. I saw people register to vote for the first time this last election. In spite of all my nagging over the years, they finally did it. Hillary scared them to death.

  • Jacki Livingston

    It is the end of the GOP, thanks to DumpTrump and his lunacy. His impeachment will be the lynchpin to finally getting rid of the racist and hypocritical right wing nutters, and the Dems need to let go of Clinton, Sanders and the old guard, and embrace fresh blood that is more to the center of the road. People like Caroline Kennedy, who is far more fiscally moderate, and still for human rights, are the future of the party.

    • LFOldTimer

      Caroline Kennedy? ha. Laughable. Another airhead who had everything handed to her in life.

      Why do you have to be a Bush, a Kennedy or a Clinton to be qualified for President in the minds of some?

      • Jacki Livingston

        Caroline has a brain, and a heart. She has worked hard, had a lot of experience. She is classy, and a solid family woman. She is scandal free, because she has always behaved with class.

        • LFOldTimer

          We have 330 million people in America. People who made it in life without the help of powerful relatives.

          Certainly we don’t need to look to the same old scandal clad dynastic families to grace us with another one of their high-brow pedigreed members to fill the office of the President.

          If you enjoy the glamour of Royal Families move to England.

        • Marilyn Stanley McKellips

          She supported Obama and now her kids are spouting the legacy of Grandpa. The decent one at least. How do you know how she has behaved??? Curious. The rich bury many sins.

  • Paul Lucas

    God Speed and Good Luck Fran.

  • Michael Fox

    Thank you, Fran, for taking up the challenge. We need, and look forward to, your leadership.

  • LFOldTimer

    “Democrats turned out in record numbers to vote last November. For the first time in 80 years the Democratic candidate for President won in Orange County.”

    Dear Fran,

    The OC Republican voter turnout was low in Nov since most conservatives already knew that Hillary was a clear favorite in liberal California which gave little reason to vote.

    But as you know, Trump won 30 states and Hillary only won 20 making Trump our new POTUS. Trump won. Hillary lost.

    I have no idea why democrats voted for Hillary – she was Wall Street’s sweetheart and loved to invade defenseless nations, kill their citizens and topple sovereign governments without any legal right to do so. I always thought democrats were anti-Wall Street (ie. Occupy Wall Street) and anti-war. Funny how that works. I guess it’s not about values anymore. Political party name supersedes all, right or wrong.

    As far as OC goes, you could fit the democrats who hold public office into a phone booth. That hasn’t changed in years. When it takes 2 phone booths let us know. We’ll take notice.

    Btw, I can’t stand most republicans who hold public office in OC either. Many are RINOS and don’t have a conservative bone in their bodies. At least Trump has the heuvos to say things that are true, albeit not always politically correct.

    When I travel to other states and mention that I’m from California I generally either get a snicker or a frown. So I generally don’t disclose my home state when traveling anymore. The feedback told me that the democrats have done a very poor job managing our state.

    If at some future time if I get outstretched hands or inviting smiles – I may consider joining your Party. But I won’t hold my breath.

    Good luck in your endeavors……

    • Bill Colver

      I proudly tell people I’m from CA. Especially when I’m in one of those red states that lives off the government they claim to despise. Financed by the revenues CA sends to the Feds.

      I’ve been to 45 states. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

      I’m not surprised someone like you would be embarrassed. You’ve shown over the years that while you may or may not be stupid, you certainly have bad luck when it comes to thinking.

      • Marilyn Stanley McKellips

        Boy are you brainwashed. Those red state? Live off the government? Guess you don’t care about the sanctuary city full of people who do the same? Shame on you. You have no business criticizing someone for thinking if you supported the evil nasty women and her buddies.

        • Bill Colver

          Which doesn’t change the reality that many of the so called conservative red states live off the tax revenues generated by the blue states.

          Given the actions of Trump. Which don’t surprise me in their level of juvenile behavior or incompetence. I have no problem telling people I proudly voted for Hillary.

          Trump has done a remarkable job of exposing the double standard hypocrisy of the conservative movement. Particularly the evangelical wing.