Opportunities to flip CD10 from Red to Blue – Oct 2017

What’s happening in the Central Valley –
Work you can sign up for in CD 10 for October 2017

by Vincent Casalaina, Sept. 24, 2017

Many organizations are at work to flip CD 10 from Republican to Democratic. Read all about their work below and find some orgs that you might want to work with. All of them will be glad to accept your help!

We recommend you first orient yourself to CD-10 with this terrific research document from SwingLeft.



CANVASSING CALENDAR for CD-10 October 2017:

Working America

If you want to support labor, Working America is where you want to volunteer.  Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, is a “knock on every door” in-depth canvassing operation. They reach out to a broad spectrum of working-class people and bring them together to make change.

Working America is looking for volunteers to supplement their field team headquartered in Modesto. The Modesto office is headed by Cindy Reed.

Here’s a first person account of Jim Roberts, one of our volunteers: “A young woman answered the first door I knocked on. Within four minutes I had signed her up for Working America with her email and phone number. I have canvassed in electoral and issue campaigns and in four minutes I had gotten past all the usual stumbling blocks. We didn’t digress into discussion of major issues or careen off into partisan discussion. She didn’t put up the defensive wall against a stranger at the door and without hesitation she gave me her email and telephone number.”

Another volunteer talked to me about her canvass experience in Modesto. “Is it far? Yes. Is it hot? Yes. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely! I plan on coming back once a month till the election””

Working America’s strategy does not stop with the initial contact.  They send those who join periodic emails on the specific issue the people felt most strongly about. Not only did the volunteers listen at the door, Working America follows up with information and occasional action items related to their important issue – becoming a “trusted source”.

You can find out more information about their campaign and sign up for the training/canvassing here:  http://www.workingamerica.org/centralvalley/volunteer

The canvassing takes place virtually every Saturday afternoon (starting 11 am) as well as some Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the late afternoon (starting at 4 pm) all the way through November.

Even though each person’s canvass does not reach many people, the response rate from the people you talk to is outstanding. Using a mix of their paid staff and volunteers they have knocked on 19,205 doors with conversations at 52% of the doors and 5,792 signed on to be a part of Working America. That’s an amazing 70% of the people who were talked to that joined. Keep in mind, in most canvassing operations, you are excited if you get to talk to 25% of your list and overjoyed if you get 10% of your list to be supporters.


Democratic Club of Greater Tracy

Headed by Vecky Elliot, President of the Democratic Club of Greater Tracy, the club is in full swing with their “GO Team” operation (Grassroots Organizing Team). It’s a “deep canvass” program developed by the San Diego Democratic Party. This program has proven successful in San Diego, raising Democratic voter turnout by 14%. The GO Teams are being coordinated with the county Central Committee to make sure there is no overlapping being being done.

At the Sept. 16th canvass, there were forty volunteers, and half of them were new to canvassing. It seemed clear that with the GO Team approach, people’s reservations about knocking on strangers’ doors quickly disappeared and everyone had a good time knocking on 346 doors. More than 25% of those knocks resulted in meaningful conversations and more than a few new voter registrations.

All of the canvassing will be in Tracy. If you are not sure about the date you want to canvass or want to learn more about the GO Team concept click here: http://greatertracydems.weebly.com/join-the-tracy-go-team.html

If you belong to one of the 19 Dem clubs or insurgent groups, that are already working with the Tracy Dem’s, reach out to your local GO Team Partner Lead Contact. They will be able to tell you what dates they have signed up for. If you’d like to sign up to be a Partner Lead Contact, you can sign up here: www.tinyurl.com/GOTeamLead.

New canvassers will be assigned to Democratic houses or partnered with experienced canvassers knocking on every door. The object or the canvassing is to form a bond with the people in the precinct. This long term strategy looks to make you a “trusted source” that can influence voters.

Below are the dates for canvassing in October and they will all run from 2-6pm.

  • Sunday October 1
  • Saturday October 7
  • Sunday, October 15
  • Saturday October 21

To sign up for any of the October events, please go to http://www.tinyurl.com/OctoberGOTeam. When you sign up you’ll get the staging location.

In an effort to form lasting relationships, the GO Teams will follow up the initial contacts with information on local events, issues of importance, and ways that they can become involved. The mission of the Tracy GO Team is to help support Democrats running for local, state, and national seats in 2018 and beyond.

Indivisible Berkeley has lined up two Saturdays in October to help with the Dem Club of Greater Tracy’s canvassing. Here are the dates for October:

  • Saturday October 7 – Canvass 2-6pm
  • Saturday October 14 – Canvass 2-6pm

You can email either of the Indivisible Berkeley two coordinators; Jeff Carlock (carlockjeff@gmail.com) and Billy McDonald (billymcdonaldnp@gmail.com) to sign up. They’ll fill you in on the staging locations and any other questions you might have.

If you need a ride, or can take people to the canvass in your car, make sure to let Jeff or Billy know and they will make sure you get what you need.


California Democratic Party (funded in part by the DCCC March into ’18 initiative)

The California Democratic Party (CDP) is working to flip House seats in 2018. They have put paid field organizers into three districts here in California; CD 10 (Jeff Denham),  CD 25 (Steve Knight), and CD 49 (Darrell Issa). The program in CD 10 is headed by Lucia Nunez and is working throughout the district.

Here’s what Lucia has to say; “This summer we knocked on tons of doors across CA-10 and I want to thank all of you who joined us. There’s till canvassing to do this year and if you’d like to bring a bigger group and adopt an event, please get in touch with me to see which event needs the most help.” Contact Lucia at LNunez@cadem.org

The CDP is doing “deep canvassing” similar to Working America and Greater Tracy Democratic Club. The canvass asks the person’s support for the President, the top issues they are concerned about and, where the conversation permits, a discussion of Democratic positions versus those of Jeff Denham. They are also doing voter registration at the door for anyone in the household who is not currently registered.

The October canvasses will be staged in Modesto (Sept. 10) and Turlock (Sept. 17). Here are the canvass dates with the links to register:

  • Canvassing in Riverbank, Sunday, October 8. 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. RSVP: Reserve spot here.  WHERE:  Sorensen Park, 2522 Donner Trail, Riverbank, CA, 95367. Join Lucia and other Swing Left volunteers as we go out to talk to voters. Swing Left is a national grassroots network that helps people take action in the their closest Swing District – with the goal Swinging the House in 2018.
  • Canvassing in Turlock, Sunday, October 15, 1:30 pm. RSVP: Reserve spot here. We will meet at Crane Park and then go door-to-door in strategic neighborhoods of Turlock to chat with voters about the issues important to them and the upcoming 2018 elections.  We will also work on voter registration and getting voters to pledge to vote.


California Away Team

The California Away Team is headed by Shabbir Safdar. It is a group of passionate Democrats who volunteer to leave safely Democratic places to go to battleground elections and volunteer.  This is their fourth election cycle running this program and in this election they are focusing specifically on Congressional districts in California where the number of Democrats who skip the midterms is close to or greater than the margin of win.

They run a program to activate registered Democrats who skip the midterms with a Get Out The Vote campaign targeted solely at those missing Democrats.

Currently they are focused in CD-07 where there were 50,000 missing voters in the last mid-term election. Energizing those missing voters will help keep this seat blue.  Shortly they hope to open a new front in CD 10 to take down Jeff Denham.  To make this happen they will need some organizing team members to get the program off the ground.

You can read more about the California Away Team and the opportunities in CA-10 to activate midterm-skipping Democrats at their website: http://www.calawayteam.com/midterm_skippers_in_ca_10


Democratic Women’s Club of Stanislaus County

The Democratic Women’s Club of Stanislaus County is headed by Patty Hughes and now that the weather is cooling off she’s heating up CD 10. The Club just did a forum with eight of the candidates seeking to replace Denham in attendance. We need more forums like this to get our Democratic candidates some exposure.

If you are looking to volunteer in person, you can go to her volunteer site – http://defeatdenham.com/

If you want to help without needing to leave the Bay Area, she’s also putting together a phone bank hub to get pledged votes and do volunteer recruitment.. For more information contact her at 209-303-4042 or by email at HughesCo.Political@gmail.com.


Organizing for California

Organizing for California, also headed by Patty Hughes in Modesto, is a 501c4.  This organization can take donations for candidates from computers and office supplies to software and food.  The idea is to find the resources that progressive campaigns can rarely find the cash to pay for.  Before you toss that old iPad or the next time you go to the office supply store, think about Organizing for California and what your donation can do: http://organizingforcalifornia.org/


Super PACs

Super PACs are targeting all seven of the Congressional Districts that Hillary won in California last year and that still have Republican Representatives.  You can give money to the PACs or you can wait, pick your progressive candidates in early 2018, and then give the money directly to your favorites.

Ellen Tauscher – CA 07 Project – focus just on Congressional District 7: https://www.ca7project.com/
Article about Tauscher’s Super PAC: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/23/borenstein-tauscher-has-a-plan-to-unseat-seven-congressional-republicans/

Michael Eggman – Red to Blue California PAC – focus on 7th Congressional District:   https://www.redtoblueca.org/
Article about Red to Blue: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-midterm-elections-democrats_us_594fe14be4b02734df2b15fb?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

In addition, Patty Hughes has a PAC called Californians for a Democratic Congress.  The PAC has already started an aggressive push to hold Republicans accountable in the Sinful 7 districts as well as CD 22 Devin Nunez and CD 04 Tom McClintock.

Let’s make sure we win every competitive race we can in California!


Vincent CasalainaPast Northern Vice ChairProgressive Caucus CDP


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