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Imperial Beach Dems Discuss Districting

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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 1:59 pm

The Imperial Beach Democratic Club launched its bi-monthly educational series on April 4 with a panel discussion on council districts and other opportunities and challenges to make voting and government more inclusive and representative. Moderated by Marti Emerald, vice president of membership, panelists Consuelo Martinez, Theresa Quinoz and Cory Briggs discussed district elections, gerrymandering and grass roots efforts to engage voters and support potential candidates. The panelists agreed that, while it may take a few elections, districts are effective in increasing citizen involvement and participation in government.

“The way to change government is to elect regular people, your neighbors, not politicians,” said Cory Briggs.

Escondido Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez added that districts give people a stronger sense of community and more of a voice in government. Theresa Quinoz spoke about the importance of establishing a non partisan, citizen based commission to ensure that districts reflect popular sentiment and are not established for partisan reasons.

Anna Webb, president of the Imperial Beach Democratic Club, stated that the Club is planning a series of educational programs for the community on timely topics. “We are very pleased with the turnout and interest in our first program. For this reason, we are excited to present more programs like this over the course of this year and leading up to the 2020 elections.”

The Imperial Beach Democratic Club meets on the first Thursday of each month. Additional information is available at www.imperialbeachdemocrats.com

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