2011/2012 Preview: Easy as 1, 2, 3:

Reese Aaron Isbell, Co-Chair Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club

With the advent of Labor Day, the election season is fully upon us in San Francisco.

First, we have the final months of this November’s citywide election. Mayor, District Attorney, Sheriff, and eight important local ballot measures to consider. As we pass Labor Day, all the campaigns shift into high gear. And we at Alice finalize our endorsements and move into promotion and citywide discussions. For the next few months we in the City will come to a final decision on our local matters before heading into the big presidential year of 2012.

Second, in June 2012, we are presented with new scenarios at the state level for primaries. Due to statewide passages of ballot measures, we begin a process of ‘top-two’ primaries that no longer are specific within our respective parties. While we at Alice fought hard against this proposal, it is now the way the state of California will conduct it’s primary elections in June and we all will see how this will unfold and its further ramifications beyond June soon. We will also be confronted with the new lines drawn by the statewide panel for our state Assembly and Senate districts. Additionally, in June of next year, we will have another big vote on the composition of our local party– the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. Alice will once again take a leading voice in the election of how we wish our party to look and work on matters of importance. For 40 years Alice has been at the forefront of LGBT issues within the Democratic party, and the forefront of Democratic issues within our LGBT community.

Third, in November 2012, we will be presented with some stark choices around this country for our collective future. Not only will this be a critical election for the nation as we decide on president, but also the constitution of our U.S. House, Senate, statehouses around the nation, and in California where we have the real possibility of finally achieving a 2/3rds Democratic majority in both houses in order to move our state past the extreme Republican partisanship stifling our state budget. Additionally, locally in San Francisco, we will see a new round of supervisorial elections for the odd-numbered districts with new district lines from the 2010 census. Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 will be up for consideration, and with that a new constitution of the Board of Supervisors always possible.

So gird yourselves my Alice family and friends. We are at the beginning of a big, fun, exciting year and a half as we pass Labor Day 2011 into the future. Know that Alice will be fully engaged throughout this time and we look forward to working with you in new and fruitful capacities. If you’re not already actively involved, now’s the time to sign up to help. Contact info@alicebtoklas.org at any time to offer your thoughts and support. We’ll see you in the trenches.

Reese Aaron Isbell, Co-Chair
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club

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