2020 Endorsements: Bernie Delegates Pick Local Candidates


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OC’s Bernie Sanders delegates have chosen eleven local candidates to endorse in the upcoming election. See the story below for their names and desired offices.

Adapted (into a stunningly beautiful array) from a Facebook announcement by (OJB-endorsed!) OC Bernie DNC convention Delegate Sudi Farokhnia, who is quoted below:

During the past two months, Orange County Bernie Sanders Delegates to DNC2020 had the opportunity to meet several candidates who are running for various positions in OC. We appreciate all of the candidates who spoke to us about their goals, what has inspired them to run, and how their vision aligns with Senator Sanders’ platform.

We are happy to extend our collective endorsement for these 11 #progressive candidates and wish them best of luck in their races.

If you live in their districts, we encourage you to get to know them, support their campaign by volunteering or donating to it, and most importantly #vote for them.

#Vote2020 #NotMeUs

This is, as I’ve argued before (and demonstrated in the 2018 election) exactly the right way for an unjustly suppressed faction within a state or local party to proceed.  They’ve been constrained by certain rules (it would be hard for them to endorse against a DPOC-endorsed candidate) and ideological constraints (they probably were not going to endorse a moderate like Denise Barnesif she applied, which I don’t know — even over clearly more conservative/kleptocratic) competition).  The number of endorsed candidates are low, but from what I can tell the quality is high.

I know that there will be some controversy over who was left out (and I don’t know who applied but wasn’t chosen, OK? ) but just remember that the OJ Blog endorsements will be rolled out within the next couple of weeks — I’ve been working like a dog … a distracted dog … to get them done — and your incisive suggestions to us about who should receive them will each be given the attention that they deserve — which is great news for some of you and less so for others.

So without further ado, from, top to bottom,  left to right (they are arranged, as much as possible, so they were looking towards the middle of the graphic), here are the Berniecrat delegates’ endorsements!

Top row:

  • Martin Varona for Orange City Council District 2
  • Oscar Rodriguez for Huntington Beach City Council
  • Dr. Faisal Qazi for Fullerton City Council District 2
  • Danett Abbott Wicker for Orange City Council District 3

Middle Row:

  • Sen. Bernard Sanders, not an OC candidate, but patriotic and pleased
  • Kenneth Batiste for Anaheim City Council District 5
  • Dr. Alfonso Alvarez for Santa Ana Unified School District Board
  • Walter Muneton for Garden Grove School Board

Bottom Row:

  • Vicente Sarmiento for Santa Ana Mayor
  • Miguel Alvarez for North OC Community College District Area 4
  • Shani Moslehi for Laguna Niguel City Council
  • Jessie Lopez for Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3

Congratulations to all those who were endorsed, and a round of thanks for those who worked so hard and conscientiously on the endorsements!


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)