We have a lot to talk about before the Primary, which will be held on March 3rd 2020 in California. The Democratic Primary is wide open with wonderful candidates. The entire Democratic field offers any choice that is far superior to Trump and the Republican ideology. All of the Democratic candidates offer exceptional experience, expertise, and historic service to our great United States. All of them. We are fortunate to have candidates that we can get into the nitty-gritty about.
The narrative that Democratic in-fighting will result in political cannibalism and folks staying home on Election Day in November 2020 is a right-wing driven conversation that conservatives hope is true.
The truth is that every single Democratic Candidate vying for the Presidency is above and beyond better than what the Republicans have to offer in Trump and they know it. Conservatives continue to push the false narrative that civil discourse among Democrats somehow harms the party.
Talking about our outstanding choices only strengthens us further. The primary is an opportunity for Democrats to fall in love with a candidate or candidates. It’s an opportunity to talk about our values. It’s an opportunity to share our values with our community.
The Democratic field as of Feb 27th 2019 (in alphabetical order by last name):
Cory Booker, a U.S. senator from New Jersey
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Julian Castro, a former U.S. secretary of housing and urban development and San Antonio mayor
John Delaney, a former U.S. representative from Maryland
Tulsi Gabbard, a U.S. representative from Hawaii
Kirsten Gillibrand, a U.S. senator from New York
Kamala Harris, a U.S. senator from California
Amy Klobuchar, a U.S. senator from Minnesota
Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont
Elizabeth Warren, U.S. senator from Massachusetts
Marianne Williamson, an author and lecturer
Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur and author from New York
There are merits and concerns with every Democratic candidate. It’s important to have spirited discussions with our neighbors. We can talk about our choices without sliding into divisive or insulting language. As my friend Meri Mohr, treasurer of the Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club noted, “It’s okay for us to pick apart the nuanced issues. It’s not okay for us to pick apart each other.”
Social media and online conversations don’t always lend themselves to healthy debates. It’s important that we take our conversations back to the grassroots level, neighbor to neighbor. With this in mind, the Nevada County Democrats will be hosting conversations at local coffee shops once or twice per month until the Primary Election. Join us to talk about our next United States President, whomever he or she will be.