I have tendered my resignation from the Placer County Democratic Central Committee (DCC) effective December 15, 2022. The past 10 years (or so) have been a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, some recent challenges are forcing me to move on.
I started dabbling in local politics in 2008. Barack Obama was a serious contender for the Democratic nomination. I felt it was important for me, a person of color, to do what I could help elect another person of color to the highest office in the land. I volunteered with the Fresno County DCC.
In 2012, I had the opportunity to help with the Obama campaign phone banking in Placer County. It was at one of these phone banks that I met Lou Loera, then the Placer DCC Chair, and chair of the nascent Placer County Latino Democratic Club. Through him I met Wes Clark and was soon helping with the DCC’s Mobilize, Organize, Elect (MOE) account (AKA the voter file). Eventually, I was appointed as a DCC representative from Placer County’s 5th supervisorial district. I served as the Chair of the Voter Engagement committee for several years.
In 2018 I ran for the position of Chair of the Placer County DCC and won. In 2020, I was re-elected as Chair of the DCC just as COVID was beginning to tear through our community.
During that term, the DCC members created a very dedicated and efficient DCC organization. We helped in the election of Joe Biden as POTUS. We helped fight off a needless recall of Gavin Newsom as our governor. We were able to elect a DACA recipient as a delegate to the California Democratic Party (CADEM) convention before any other DCC.
In 2021 I sought the help of a counselor to deal with some personal struggles. The counselor recommended that I spend more time at home and less time in the political arena. Increased challenges at work had made down time even more important. But with the responsibilities of the serving as Chair of the DCC, free time was rarely available.
Fast forward to fall 2022. I had my annual physical and was informed that there were some issues that I needed to address regarding my health. Sooner, rather than later.
With a somewhat stressful day job and some health matters that I need to address today, I simply am not able to perform the job needed of a DCC Committee Chair, or member.
Serving on the DCC has been a wonderful experience. I have met many terrific people and made some life-long friendships. But I need to put my needs, and those of my family, first.
Thank you for letting me work with you to advance the cause of democracy. I look forward to seeing more great things from the Placer DCC.