The November 2018 mid-term elections are a few months away. We all share the goal of flipping the House of Representatives from red to blue. But we live in Santa Cruz, possibly the bluest area of California. How can we make a difference in Swing Districts, where we don’t live?
SCI’s plan is to raise an army of volunteers to take actions that will have the most impact in the midterm elections. Talking to voters is one of the most effective ways to communicate with voters and get them to the polls on election day.
Santa Cruz Indivisible has taken on the job of supporting California’s 21st and 22nd congressional districts. Our SCI District Captains select dates between now and November when our Santa Cruz Indivisible teams of volunteers will visit the district and spend the day canvassing. Once you have signed up for a district, we will contact you to share the details of each canvassing event and coordinate transportation, including carpools. When you arrive in the district, you’ll be given assignments and all the materials you need to have a successful day canvassing.
In the same way that SCI is supporting CA-21 and CA-22, SwingLeft Santa Cruz is supporting California’s 10th congressional district.
Your next step is to select the district you would like to support. Please read the following descriptions, pick a district, then click the link to signup to support the district of your choice.
CA-21 is located in the Central Valley area and includes parts of Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare Counties. The current CA-21 area holds a solid Democratic majority over Republicans but does include a substantial number of decline-to-state and third-party voters. Registration is 41.83% Democrat and 31.42% Republican and 26.75% other (including independent, decline-to-state, and third party). Approximately 27% of families in District 21 live below the poverty line. Their congressional representative, David Valadao, has consistently voted against their interests on CHIP, SNAP, and the ACA. Valadao has served as the congressional representative in District 21 since 2012 and he currently votes almost 100% of the time with Donald Trump, despite representing a majority democratic district.”
CA-22 consists of the eastern portion of Fresno County and includes cities and communities along the Highway I-99 corridor. This includes the city of Visalia in Tulare County and Clovis in Fresno County. There are a lot of families struggling to make ends meet in CA-22 – people who have been neglected by their Congressman. Nunes has served as CA-22’s representative since 2013. He has consistently received around 61-72% of the vote in that district, while his Democratic challenger received around 28-38% of the vote. Registration in CA-22 is 42% Republican, 33% Democrat, and 25% other (decline-to-state or 3rd party).
California Districts Supported by SC Indivisible in the 2018 Mid-term Elections
|Current Representative||David Valadao||Devin Nunes|
|Democratic Candidate||TJ Cox||Andrew Janz|
|Composition||Centered in the San Joaquin Valley, and includes areas of Fresno County, Kern County, Kings County, and Tulare County||Centered in the San Joaquin Valley, in Fresno and Tulare counties|
|Cities||Coalinga, Delano, Hanford, and outer parts of Bakersfield and Fresno||Most of eastern Fresno, as well as all of Clovis, Tulare, and Visalia|
|Campaign headquarters address||2447 McCal Ave, Selma||2519 W. Shaw #107, Fresno
1528 S. Mooney Blvd, Visalia
|Miles from Santa Cruz||141.0 mile||150.5 mile|
|Travel time from Santa Cruz||2 hour 23 minutes||2 hour 32 minutes|
|Important local issues||Healthcare,Jobs||Water,Healthcare, Jobs|
|Canvassing goals||-Get out the vote, mobilize Democrats
-Increase name recognition for TJ Cox
-Get commitments from voters to vote for TJ Cox in November
-Inform voters that TJ Cox has set up health clinics in District 21 and wants to bring jobs to the area
-Inform voters that Republican Valadao votes against the ACA and with Trump almost 100% of the time
|Projections||The district is predominantly Democrat and voted for Hillary in 2016 – this is considered a close race!|