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August 2018 AADC Newsletter

Auburn Area Democratic Club E-News

Serving Democrats of the Auburn area since 2004             August 28, 2018



The Auburn Area Democratic Club is an organization dedicated to informing the public on issues of common concern and advancing democratic ideals. AADC holds open public meetings on the 1st Thursday evening of each month featuring speaker presentations on our “Topics of Community Interest.”

AADC has members from the city of Auburn and its surrounding area, including Colfax, Weimar, Meadow Vista, North Auburn and Newcastle.   Membership is $25 per year.  Learn more about the Club by subscribing to our AADC monthly newsletter. Join us by contacting Roke Whitson (see Membership).
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Gomez Arts and Events Center
808 Lincoln Way, Auburn 91603
5:30- Join us before the meeting to write GOTV post cards for Audrey Denney and Jessica Morse. Sierra Forward will have anti-McClintock postcards to be addressed.
6:30- club announcements, followed by a presentation from Business Alliance for a Healthy California.
Dan Geiger will provide an overview of the benefits of a Single Payer “Medicare for All” type health care system. He will cover the status of the single payer health care movement in California and recent legislative and electoral developments on health care reform.

Following a short break we will have an AADC business meeting. Stick around. We need your input!


Thurs. Sept. 6, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. AADC Monthly Meeting, General Gomez Arts and Events Center.  “An Update on the Single Payer Movement in California,” Speaker:  Dan Geiger, Business Alliance for a Healthy California

Sat. Sept. 15, 9:30 am-3:30, pm. Be the Change Youth Summit for Placer County high school students and young adults. General Gomez Arts & Events Center

Sun. Sept. 16, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. Audrey Denney for Congress Meet & Greet. To attend RSVP to or (530) 637-5808.

Wed. Sept. 19, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Alliance for Environmental Leadership Workshop, Auburn Placer County Library

Sun. Sept. 23, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. AADC’s 15th Fundraiser Gala – Catch the Blue Wave, General Gomez Arts & Events Center

Mon., Oct. 22, all-day. Last day to Register to vote in November 6th Mid-Term Election

See more listings at AADC Calendar.
Check the Indivisible Facebook Page for the most current information on activism and candidate events!!
“Be the Change” 2018

AADC’s 2018 “Be the Change” Youth Summit.

This is another of our blue values- and -arts-oriented events in our youth outreach effort to facilitate the Blue Wave in 2018! 
We need your support!  To contribute, please contact Leslye Janusz at
Check out the AADC WEB SITE for more information and registration forms for the youth summit.

Lots going on in the month of September!  Please join us at:
The Gold Country FairAuburn Fairgrounds from September 6th thru the 9th.
Our annual Fundraiser Gala “Catch the Wave, the Gomez Center, Sunday, September 23rd.
The Auburn Home Show, Auburn Fairgroundsfrom September 28th thru the 30th.
Our “Be the Change Youth Summit” for high schoolers will also be held at the Gomez Center, Saturday, September 15th.

Rosie Wohlfromm     Co-chairs

Sunny Carraway


Dear AADC member:
We still haven’t received dues payment for a number of our members for the current year.
We really, really hope you’re planning to renew your membership.  The club bylaws require payment within 30 days of the renewal date, July 1,  for membership to remain active.  Right now we can’t count you as an active member, and you won’t be able to vote on club business.

We’re doing all we can to help Democratic candidates in the November election, and member dues are the club’s principal source of income.  Please take a moment to renew now.  You can click on the link to pay your dues online,or you can mail a check to us at:

 Auburn Area Democratic Club
                 P.O. Box 6851
Auburn, CA 95604
Many thanks for keeping AADC strong!
Roke Whitson, Membership Committee Chair

NEW MEMBERS:  Please fill out the form attached and mail your $25 dues (checks made payable to AADC) to: AADC, P.O. Box 6851, Auburn, CA 95604  or pay on-line at Auburn Area Democratic Club – Join us
Your dues support the Club’s advocacy activi-ties  and never obligate you to get more involved than you want to be, although participation is always, welcome!  Dues-paying members are eligible to vote at our monthly AADC meetings. For more information, email 
Alliance for Environmental Leadership

Look for upcoming events and meeting reports on our AADC web page.

 Indivisible Auburn CA activities are in full swing (see below)


Growing Peace Camp 2018
Growing Peace Camp was again a great success!  Click this link to see a cool video of the activities! 

Growing Peace Camp 2018 Group Song- Middle School Media Arts Program (Student-Led Music Video)
Millee Livingston
Video by Rocky Zapata

SB 1100
Call Governor Brown and urge him to sign SB 1100 into law!  Brown is always a wild card on gun bills and he needs to hear from you.  Call 916-445-2841.
SB 1100 raises the minimum age to purchase a long gun from a licensed firearms dealer from 18 to 21 in order to keep weapons out of potentially dangerous hands.
Persons under age 21 are disproportionally linked to crime, firearm homicides, and suicide attempts that result in death or treatment in a hospital.  Maturity, impulsive or reckless behavior, and responsibility vary greatly among 18-20 year olds.  This is recognized in other areas – those under age 21 cannot buy alcohol, rent a car or purchase a handgun – and the same age restriction should apply to long guns, including high-powered semiautomatic rifles -the weapon of choice for mass-shooters.
Thanks,  Amanda Wilcox, Legislation & Policy Chair
California Chapters, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

 President’s Message

Success! And a lot more work to do
Our Auburn area operations office is open in the Auburn Ravine strip mall, and we had a successful open house to celebrate that event. More importantly, we subse-quently held a joint canvassing program for the Audrey Denney and Jessica Morse campaigns. Both candidates were present and gave inspiring talks to activate about 50 participants in the canvassing operation. Debriefings were generally positive and indicate that our area may be ready for someone in Congress other than Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock.
But that is only the beginning. To use a dreaded sports analogy, this campaign is a marathon, not a sprint. And we will only succeed if we push to the end. Quite frankly, we need a lot more participation from our members, and not so much reliance on other groups. What can you do? First, make sure you have renewed your membership; those dues are the main support of our efforts. Second, plan to participate in our Gala Fundraiser in September, our other major financial support. Then, get involved in campaign activities, canvassing, phone banking and postcard writing. In the right context these are festive social activities that allow you to interact with new people of like mind. Auburn is no longer a Republican town; appreciate that.
Finally, we always need help with club activities, people to staff the office and help with special events. Contact Rosie or Sunny to volunteer or log onto to get onto the schedule to help with our campaign office. If it “takes a village to raise a child,” it takes full club participation to make a successful campaign.
The slogan for this month is: ENDURE!
 Kermit Carraway, AADC President

The 15th AADC Fundraiser/Gala is just one month away! The event will take place on Saturday, September 23, from 2pm to 5pm at the General Gomez Arts Center in Auburn. Click here to buy your tickets online now, or stop in and get tickets at the Auburn Democrats cam-paign office at 536 Auburn Ravine Road. Our keynote speaker will be Delaine Eastin, the only woman ever to have been elected CA Superintendent of Education. Delaine is a professor and a great believer in the power of education. She is an exciting speaker who supports an economy that works for everyone and healthcare for all. Our local candidates will join us as well.  Your ticket includes great hors d’oeuvres catered by Joe Caribe and even a free glass of good wine or beer. The jazz band Equinox will provide cool music. This event is our only fund raising activity for the year, and it’s an ideal way to show your support at this important moment in history.
Once again, we will hold our silent auction at the event. Please consider donating something for us to offer at the auction. Things that have sold well in the past include framed art work, beautiful hand-crafted scarves, jewelry, pottery or other crafts, gift certificates for local busi-nesses, restaurants, and B&Bs. Also popular are certifi-cates for holistic massages and  similar treatments. Antiques are welcome, and so are tickets to sporting or music events. Can you give a discount certificate for services at your own or a friend’s business? You could buy those cool cards at the supermarket checkout for use at Starbucks and similar popular businesses.
We provide free pickup and delivery for larger pieces. You can drop your donation off at our office at 536 Auburn Ravine Road. Just call first to make sure the office is open. The office number is 530-537-2268. Leave a message if no answer and someone will call you back. You can also call Mary Helen at 530-852-2260 (or email for further info about donating to the auction or volunteering to help. Now is the moment to step forward. You’ll always be proud that you stepped up and gave of your time and resources to support the values you believe in at this crucial time.
Mary Helen Fein, AADC Fundraiser Chair

Your vote counts. In presidential elections, 60% of registered voters vote. In mid-term elections, this drops to 40%. If we can get Democrats to turn out at 60% this mid-term, and Republicans are stuck at 40%, we will win.
In CD 1, as of May 1, 2018, there were 120,00 registered Democrats, 164,000 Republicans, and 116,000 Other and NPP. If 60% of the Democrats (71,000 votes) turn out and vote for Audrey Denney, while only 40% of Repub-licans (65,000) turn out and vote for LaMalfa, WE WIN!
In CD 4, the same scenario gives Jessica Morse 76,000 to McClintock 75,000. WE WIN!
Both of these districts are winnable, but we need to get out the vote. The AADC has two main programs: Voter Registration and GOTV – Get Out the Vote.
Our club is actively working with Indivisible Auburn, our Solidarity group, CalAway and both Audrey Denney’s and Jessica Morse’s campaigns in canvassing, phone banking and postcard writing GOTV efforts.
For our voter registration efforts we need volunteers to help register voters at three main venues: Sierra College, the Gold Country Fair, and the Home Show. The Events Committee is staffing the fairs, so our immediate need is for Sierra College: We’re on campus every Tuesday and Wednesday from now until the election, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  If you can help, contact Mark Havener: or text 530 305 2349.
Mark Havener, chair
I am reserving a table at the Galleria Shopping Center in Roseville every Saturday and Sunday, starting September 15, until the election, 10 am-3 pm, for voter registration, meet & greet, and to give away candidate swag. If your club would like to claim a weekend to staff, let me know. Otherwise, I will recruit to man the table with volunteers at large. Thank you.
Rosemary Dukelow

Voter Outreach Coordinator, Placer County Democratic Party 

Candidates and GOTV

The Auburn City Council has three vacancies and four candidates running.  Here are two of them.

Attorney Sandy Amara for Auburn City Council
Sandy Amara, a lifelong resident of Auburn and member of the AADC, is an educator who teaches in public schools.  She is also a practicing attorney and mediator and member of the Auburn City Planning Commission.  She has a compassionate heart and wants a vibrant economy in Auburn and a high quality of life for families.  She is very concerned about fire protection and public safety and will be a great council member.
Sandy will kick off her campaign on Sunday, September 2 at Crooked Lane Brewery from 5 to 7 p.m. Drop by for a free beer and some of Maria’s famous tacos and help launch one of our members onto the Auburn City Council.
Paul W. Comiskey

   Christopher (Kit) Kershner for Auburn City Council
Christopher Kershner, MBA – Philanthropist / Downtown Auburn Business Owner / Civil Rights Activist
Facebook page
Christopher plans to tackle closing Auburn’s budget deficit, establish online resources for viewing upcoming events, promote better parking, encourage new businesses including lifting food truck and dispensary restrictions, and approve a police chief with demonstrated ability to significantly cut hard drug use and operate in an open environment.

He will be donating all city council compensation to Auburn nonprofits and is excited to add a fresh young perspective to city government.

Candidate contacts/info

For an ongoing, frequently updated description
of candidate events and activities see
Indivisible Auburn’s weekly newsletter alerts.
CD01:  Terry Rodriguez, Auburn Hub Captain, Audrey Denny for Congress
CD04:  Zoe Kipping, Deputy Field Director, Morse for Congress 
 AD-05:  Carla J. Neal-   Get info on Carla’s candidacy on her FB page and on DFA endorsement site
AD-06:  Jacalyn Smith: Learn more about Jackie, her experience and her interests here.
       Sac Bee. Issues:  Jacalyn Smith vs Kevin Kiley
AD-01:  Frank Treadway, campaign coordinator, Friends of Calleen Sisk- AD1
(530) 2041-5003

For a more complete update on candidates and activities, visit our Indivisibles Auburn calendar.

Morse-McClintock Debate on

Sept. 23rd in Mariposa!!
People who want tickets for the 9/23 debate in Mariposa should enter the ticket lottery by emailing with:
  • sending name
  • address
  • phone number
You can also enter by calling the Gazette. Telephone (209) 966-2500 and give them the same info.
Since this event date conflicts with our AADC fundraiser and other area events, we can hear it live on the radio (including live streamed online) on KRYZ Radio in Mariposa. It will be available worldwide. The time is unknown at present. 

See Audrey Denney’s video from the hospital on problems in health care in CD-01.
And don’t forget the “Old Broads for Audrey” program. It is really easy, and if you know someone who would like to know more, they can contact Shirley Ballinger, Gail Bartlow, Sietske Rauwendaal or Kathy Kolster.
Peter Kolster

Editor’s Corner

Our office is a happening place!
Our first event in our newly opened office was the Denney-Morse joint canvass kickoff , held on Aug. 19th. Despite the last minute date change over 50 people showed up for the candidate intros and pre-canvass training sessions, while another dozen or so “veterans” joined later for canvassing.  Some photos of the event are shown below.
Since that time we’ve had  more planning and training sessions, postcard writing and phone banking gatherings and meetings of some of our committees.  We manage to disburse candidate swag, register voters, provide all sorts of voting information and answer questions of all kinds from drop-ins.
WE NEED HELP WITH STAFFING OUR OFFICE UNTIL ELECTION DAY!  Please contact Kermit Carraway at to schedule shifts as often as you have time.  T   his election is HUGE, and our very democracy is at stake.  We have highly qualified, very impressive candidates in our districts and they CAN win, if we give it our all!
Wouldn’t it be terrific to see Audrey and Jessica inter-viewed by Rachel on MSNBC?!!
Sunny Carraway, Newsletter Editor