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The process of endorsing Marty Walters

This statement is from Kim Solga, one of the seven endorsement committee members who evaluated and recommended a candidate in the Indivisible Shasta endorsement process.

I became active in the Indivisible movement a year ago because it is a non-partisan effort to resist the democracy-killing, oligarchic agenda of the Trump administration. The folks in Indivisible are moderates and progressives of many different views. We work together to defeat this regressive threat to our country and our planet.

The core of the Indivisible movement is that each local group focus on the actions of our own Congressional representatives. For us in Siskiyou County, this means Senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and our District 1 Representative Doug LaMalfa. Feinstein and Harris already seriously oppose the far right GOP bloc in the Senate. We thank them and do what we can to support their work. But LaMalfa is a deep Trump supporter, and steadily rubber-stamps his approval on every repressive action that comes before him.

Voting LaMalfa out of office is clearly the single most effective thing we can do to resist the Trump Agenda.

Therefore as I agreed to help Indivisible Shasta select a candidate to endorse and support, I tackled my evaluation from one specific point of view. Who can beat LaMalfa in the November General Election? Who will appeal to the widest range of voters?

It does not matter to me if the candidate agreed with my personal stands on issues. All of the five candidates are reasonable people. Any of them would be a fabulous replacement for arch-conservative LaMalfa.

So which of the candidates (DeMocrats and Green Party) would be able to bring together the diverse coalition of voters that will be needed to unseat an incumbent Republican in District 1? Would it be Audrey Denney, a passionate young millennial with a strong backing among the Chico student community? Would it be Jessica Holcombe, a powerful young lawyer from Auburn funded with personal wealth and out of district financial support? Or Lewis Elbinger, a dedicated “Berniecrat” Green Party intellectual, or Larry Jordan from his Mt. Shasta ranch? Or could the most electable candidate be Marty Walters, a hard-working activist from Quincy who has been building a grassroots campaign throughout the District for nearly a year.

I chose Walters:

  •  her progressive (even libertarian) approach to issues will appeal to a wide variety of District 1 voters – from traditional Democrats, to independents, even to moderate Republicans and the 40% of eligible voters who are not yet voting in elections.
  • her approach allows her to reach beyond the traditional Democratic base while maintaining progressive values
  • she has vast experience in the real world of business, activism, raising a family in District 1 since 2004
  • her energy, personality, and common sense are appealing
  • she shows a willingness to meet with and listen to constituents face to face
  • she has clear speaking skills…no rhetoric, no evasions. She tells the truth and holds her values in a way that includes other views and opinions.
  • her grassroots organization ability
  • her pledge to fund her campaign through individual donations and her commitment to get corporate money out of politics
  • her potential to work in a bipartisan manner
  • she demonstrates knowledge of all the important issues here in District 1, not just a few major speaking points. She has clearly done her homework.
  • the fact that she has concrete ideas about improving our rural economy, about water issues and infrastructure, about healthcare and education, allows her to run a positive campaign…not merely a reactive campaign against the status quo.
  • she is part of the groundswell movement of strong women candidates entering politics in 2018

These are the criteria for electability that the Indivisible Shasta members had specified were most important to them (and a few more of my own).

The seven member endorsement committee was unanimous in the selection of Marty Walters as the strongest candidate in the race. Indivisible Shasta will support Walters in the June primary, and hope she gets the votes then to make it onto the final ballot against LaMalfa in November. It is time for LaMalfa to go!

Electability Survey

Indivisible Shasta will be endorsing, then actively supporting, one of the five candidates running against District 1 Representative LaMalfa in the June 2018 Primary.

In our group process to select the most electable candidate…the one most likely to successfully oust LaMalfa in the November 2018 General Election…we sought the help of all involved Indivisible Shasta followers. A short survey was sent on January 22 asking what criteria for electability is most important. Our endorsement committee will then use these measures to select our endorsed candidate.

You are welcome to view and complete the survey here:

We thank all the folks who take the time to fill out this survey!  Please watch for our endorsement after we complete the evaluation process.

Survey Results based on 40 replies received by January 27

Questions 1 through 9 called for a rating of importance on a sliding scale, with 100% being the highest importance, 1% being the lowest. The figures below show the average of the 40 results:

1. The candidate must have lived and worked in my district for 5 years or more. 49%
2. The candidate must have a history of volunteering or holding office in my district. 45%
3. The candidate must know and understand my district’s issues and problems. 75%
4. Regarding the candidate’s stand on the issues, it is important to me that (choose one or the other):
The candidate should agree with me on all my main issues and concerns. 10.26%
The candidate’s stand on issues must appeal to a broad coalition of voters. 89.74%
5. The candidate must have a strong spiritual or religious base. 14%
6. It is important to me to know where the candidate gets his or her campaign funding. 68%
7. The candidate must be a compelling public speaker. 64%
8. The candidate must inspire grassroots volunteer support. 68%

Question 9. asked if there was a criteria for electability that was not listed on this survey.  Answers to this question included:

Honesty and credibility
Someone who has a strong and ethical character
Groups that support this candidate
Is the candidate able to draw independent voters
Not Pro-Life, pro Protection Abortion, Environment , National Parks Protection, Protection SS and Medicare
A woman’s right to choose.
Being able to cross the aisle and work with the Red
The ability to reach beyond the traditional Democratic base while maintaining progressive values
Broad base of experience, real solutions, appeal to moderate republicans as well as democrats
Proven ability to bring opposing sides together and reach agreement.
Passionate about issues
Able to work in a bipartisan manner, not beholden to the “democratic base”
avoid saying “we won’t let the Bay Area tell us what to do” A lot of people here from there still aligned/connected with SF etc. Be willing to LISTEN to what locals think and why.
Voters in the middle will determine the outcome, candidates must understand and connect with moderate voters
Integrity – their actions should reflect their stated values.
Knows the people
They are comfortable with diversity, economic, race, religion, gender, etc.
Clear speaking and not given to too much rhetoric
Support of Rural Platform
Willingness to meet with and listen to constituents face to face
Clean air, food, and water. Conservation. M. class $
Strong opposition to Trump; financial knowledge; not corrupt; support for the environment and public lands
Appreciation and understanding of the importance of maintaining the nature around us!

Question 10 asked which candidate, if any, they currently support.  The results of the 40 surveys were:

  1. Audrey Denney (Democrat) 1
    Lewis Elbinger (Green Party) 1
    Jessica Holcomb (Democrat) 1
    Larry Jordan (Democrat) 1
    Marty Walters (Democrat) 11
    Haven’t decided 25

Monday June 5 – An Evening Event – Resistance Can Be Fun

Join us for some fun Resistance activities hosted by Indivisible Shasta on Monday June 5th, 6:30 pm at Upper Lodge, Mt. Shasta City Park. Bring friends and family for an evening of learning from others and sharing your own action skills. Get silly or get serious.

Get your photo taken with our new and improved substitute Congressman, then turn that photo into a postcard expressing your opinions and mail it to Doug LaMalfa. We’ll help you video a message using your own smartphone. Discover a new app for sending video messages to your members of Congress.   Share “phone a Member of Congress” techniques and learn how important personal phonecalls are.  Learn how to write and send a letter to the editor to inspire and inform others, and find new ways to turn your social media time into a more effective resistance tool. It’s an evening guaranteed to boost your spirits! Everyone welcome!

Join us and have a little fun with others who are also working hard to resist the Trump/Pence/Ryan agenda.

Indivisible Shasta community meeting

On Wednesday March 29th at 6:30pm newly formed Indivisible Shasta will hold an introductory meeting at POPS Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 5819 Sacramento Ave, Dunsmuir, California 96025.

Everyone is invited to attend and to bring friends.

We are a nonpartisan group of Siskiyou County citizens who want to make sure that our Members of Congress understand the impacts of their votes on the lives of local people. We are formed to resist the Trump agenda as the impact of his policies become clear to people who voted for Trump as well as those who didn’t. All our efforts will be focused over the next four years on influencing the actions of our three members of Congress.”

The Indivisible Shasta Steering group will explain the Indivisible strategy and show how people can become involved in the organization. Over 5000 Indivisible organizations have been formed throughout the United States. Come discover how you can be a part of our local Indivisible group.