Andrew Janz has my vote for mayor

The local primary election for the next head of our city is less than a month away on March 3rd. A really good article dropped today authored by Fresno Bee Editorial Board endorsing Democrat Andrew Janz. It’s a really good article that speaks to many of the pressing issues facing the next leader of the 5th largest city in the great state of California.

I attended the Fresno Stonewall Democrats monthly meeting in January and one of the guest speakers was from “Rising Together, No on Dyer for Mayor 2020” and I was blown away. I would be inclined to vote for Andrew Janz anyway because he’s an out and proud Democrat. What I learned about Jerry Dyer was eye opening and riveting.Jerry Dyer regularly appears on conservative talk radio opining and speaking about his desire and vision of a conservative city. Dyer will undoubtedly try and obstruct progress and advancement of blue collar advancement. For over two decades the mayor’s office has been dominated by Republican after Republican. It is way past time for a change of course in the top job in City Hall.

Fresno PD and their budget has swelled to over half of the entire budget for the entire city. All the while our ex-chief of police has enjoyed a salary that was higher than the police chief of New York City! How unfair is that. Dyer as mayor will surely continue to try and rob the pantry of progressive and labor causes in order to fund this Police City. Let’s not forget that his second in command was convicted in federal court of drug trafficking while occupying the office right across from Dyer. Organized labor, liberals and progressives, and every registered Democrat in the city should be worried and working to break the grip of conservationism on the mayor’s office.

If you would like to read more about the Rising Together, No on Dyer for Mayor 2020 (FPPC #1421652) you can check out their web portal after the jump.

Stonewall Democrats officially endorse TJ Cox for U.S. Congress

The Fresno Stonewall Democrats officially endorsed TJ Cox and his reelection bid in California Congressional District 21. The Fresno Stonewall Democrats meet on the second Tuesday of every month. Last night’s agenda was centered around what endorsements would be made from congressional district races. The gay-centric group will take up the task of voting on any mayoral or city council candidates at next year’s January meeting.

According to Stonewall bylaws candidates seeking the club’s endorsement must apply by filling out their questionnaire. After consideration by its members candidates then must secure 60% majority vote of those in attendance of the endorsement meeting. TJ Cox (CD 21) was the only congressional district candidate who met the voting threshold. Democratic incumbent Jim Costa (CD 16) missed the endorsement threshold by one vote. Additionally, none of the Democratic challengers in CD 22 secured enough votes to secure an endorsement either.

If you would like to know more about the local Stonewall club you can after the jump. If you would like to know more about Rep. TJ Cox you can visit his official campaign site here.

Democrats unite!

I attended the monthly meeting of the Fresno Stonewall Democrats last night and was very happy to see over 40 people in attendance! There were men and women, young and old, liberal and progressive, gay and straight represented and it made me proud to be a card carrying member of the Democratic party. There were several guest speakers in the house as campaigns and candidate hopefuls gear up for 2020. Here is a list of the speakers we got to hear from:

Tyler Johnson, Candidate for Fresno City Council District 7, Official website here.

Phil Arballo, Candidate for Congressional District 22, Official website here.

Andrew Janz, Candidate for Mayor of Fresno 2020, Official website here.

There were also representatives from the Bernie Sanders campaign. They just opened their field office in Fresno and preparing for his visit Green New Deal Rally at Fresno City College this Friday, November 15th, at 6pm. You can check out his official website here.

My big takeaway from last night’s meeting and the presentations from the candidates was just how big of margin we have in Fresno. Did you know that there are 33K more registered Democrats than Republicans? I was shocked to find that out. What the hell are we doing? With that kind of margin in everyday citizens from all different walks of life, forget turning Fresno purple, we can turn this city blue! We just need to get together, get organized, and get to work for the under represented and those who feel they have no voice at City Hall.

Let’s get together, get organized, and get to work! If you’d like to read more about the Fresno Stonewall Democrats check out the official website after the jump.

Local valley dems running for office

I attended the October monthly meeting of the Fresno Stonewall Democrats and I had the chance to hear two speakers that I enjoyed a lot. The first was Esmeralda Soria who is challenging Jim Costa for his congressional seat. Here is a short video clip from her campaign website:

If you’d like to check out her campaign website you can after the jump.

We also got to hear from Bobby Bliatout who is running to unseat Devin Nunes in Congressional District 22. I couldn’t find a current video from his website but here is a recent photo.

If you would like check out his campaign website you can after the jump.

My first local drag show

So I went to the Fresno Stonewall Democrats fundraiser last night to hang out with like-minded peeps. There was great food, some sharing of coming out experiences, (October 11th was National Coming Out Day) and eventually, a few drag queens! I’ve never seen drag performance in person before, so for me, this was a great first taste of what good drag queens in Fresno look like!

And here is a pic of our fearless leader, Mike Martinez, and Leilani Price!