GOOD UPDATE! Support Democrat Wendy Carrillo’s Primary Bid To Run For California State Assembly (Update March 2019)

Update March 2019: We at OTYCD are nudging this because Carillo is up for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2020. Please keep her in mind when you’re planning your 2020 donating and volunteering schedule, especially if you live in California.


This OTYCD entry originally posted in November 2017.


Good Update! Wendy Carrillo WON the December 5, 2017 special election. Hooray for her!


Support Democrat Wendy Carrillo’s primary bid to run for California state assembly.


Carrillo was one of the two top finishers among the 10 Democrats who ran in the special primary. She came first, with 22.2 percent of the vote. She will face off against the number-two finisher, Luis Lopez, who gathered 18.6 percent of the vote.


It appears that no Republicans ran in the special primary–just Democrats, an Independent, a Libertarian, and a representative from the Peace and Freedom party–so if Carrillo wins the December 5, 2017 special election, it looks like she is the winner proper.


Carrillo is solidly and admirably progressive. She supports affordable healthcare, debt-free college, a $15 minimum wage, civil rights across the board, and social justice issues generally. When she arrived in the U.S. from El Salvador as a small child, she was undocumented. She gained her citizenship as a young adult.


She is endorsed by Run For Something, Emily’s List, the California Democratic Party, #VoteProChoice, Democracy for America, Voices for Progress, and scores of unions, among others.



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Support Democrat Mai Khanh Tran’s Bid to Unseat California House Rep Ed Royce (Update June 9, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.


Update, June 9, 2018: Tran came eighth in the top-two primary held in California’s 39th District on June 5. Democrat Gil Cisneros came in second, with just over 19 percent of votes cast. He will face Republican Young Kim in the fall, as Ed Royce has since decided to retire from Congress. We thank Tran for running and we hope she’ll run for public office again in the future.


Support Democrat Mai Khanh Tran in her effort to push longtime Republican incumbent Ed Royce out of his Congressional House seat in California in 2018.


Tran is a pediatrician who was among the last of the children airlifted from Vietnam. She worked her way through her Harvard undergraduate degree as a janitor. (Pell grants helped, too.) She went on to Dartmouth-Brown Medical School.


She was moved to run after the election when she ministered to a girl suffering from a brain tumor who would lose her insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act was repealed, as Republicans were threatening to do. She herself is a two-time breast cancer survivor and became a mother at age 46 following eight rounds of IVF treatment.


Tran is going up against Republican Ed Royce, a 12-term House rep in California’s 39th District. The area and Orange County in general used to be a Republican stronghold, but it’s been gradually shifting blue. Tran hopes to take advantage of those facts, but she knows she faces a real fight.



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Support Democrat Aruna Miller, Who Is Running for a House Seat in Maryland’s 6th District

Support Democrat Aruna Miller, who is running for a House of Representatives seat in Maryland’s 6th District.


Miller’s family moved from India to America when she was seven. She relied on Pell Grants, student loans, and her job earnings to get her college education as a civil engineer. She has more than two decades of experience working as a transportation engineer in local governments in California, Virginia, Hawaii, and Maryland.


In 2010, she ran and won a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates from the state’s 15th District, and has held that elected position ever since. Her state-level accomplishments include pursuing bills that repealed the death penalty, established marriage equality, prevented the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, expanded background checks for gun purchases, and increasing the minimum wage.


If elected she would fight Trump’s attempts to trample on civil rights, reproductive rights, and voters’ rights. She would protect veterans’ benefits, Social Security, and Medicare. She believes health care is a right and would vote accordingly. She wants to expand STEM education and make college more affordable.


Three-term Democratic incumbent John Delaney is vacating the seat to run for president in 2020. The Cook Political Report rates Maryland’s 6th District as Solid Democrat.


Miller will face seven other Democrats in the June 26, 2018 primary. Four Republicans, a Green Party candidate, an Independent, and a Libertarian have all committed to run.



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Support Women Who Run for Office and Donate to She Should Run and Emily’s List

Support women who run for office with both your time and your money, and donate periodically to Emily’s List, which helps pro-choice Democratic women get elected.

One of the silver linings of the outcome of the presidential election was the surge of interest from women who want to run for elected office. More than 4,500 women have stepped forward since November 8, 2016, joining incubators such as She Should Run and other programs that teach them how to run.

Read your local paper and learn about female candidates who might run, or are running, for local office. See if you can support them with your time and your money.

Another venue that allows you to support female candidates across the country is Emily’s List. Founded in 1985, it has helped hundreds of women get elected to Congress and lower-level offices, including Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, and delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. (BTW, there’s no Emily–the letters are an acronym for Early Money Is Like Yeast.)

Important: Hey, are you a woman? Why don’t you run? Don’t tell yourself you’re unqualified, or lesser than. You know that phrase, ‘Lord, give me the confidence of a mediocre white man’? Well, the white man running the country right now doesn’t even rise to the level of mediocrity. You can do this. Really, you can.



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