Campaign Boot Camp 2.0: Fighting for a Democratic Future with Christine Pelosi Focus of Lamorinda Democratic Club's Thursday, April 12 Meeting

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's monthly meeting on Thursday, April 12 will feature a discussion about "Campaign Boot Camp 2.0: Fighting for a Democratic Future" with Christine Pelosi.

In her presentation, Christine will discuss her new book, Campaign Boot Camp 2.0, which presents leadership lessons from the campaign trail from a diverse array of over forty public figures. The book lends advice for anyone who wants to run for office, advocate for a cause, or win a public policy issue. Christine will also have books available for sale and a book signing as part of the program.

The club's meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting beginning between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. depending on the length of our agenda. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

Christine Pelosi has a lifetime of grass-roots campaigning experience, most proudly for her mother, United States House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Christine serves as chair of the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus, a vice chair of the Veterans and Military Families Council of the Democratic National Committee, and a board member of Young Democrats of America. She has worked as an attorney in the Clinton-Gore administration, a chief of staff on Capitol Hill, and a child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor in San Francisco.

Campaign Boot Camp 2.0 is basic training for future leaders who hear a call to service—a voice of conscience that springs from their vision, ideas, and values—and want to translate that call into positive change. Pelosi outlines the seven essential steps to winning: identify your call to service, define your message, know your community, build your leadership teams, raise the money, connect with people, and mobilize to win. Each chapter concludes with a “Get Real” exercise so readers can personalize and integrate these ideas into individual efforts.

Her latest book draws from her leadership “boot camps” conducted in over thirty American states and in three foreign countries, working with thousands of volunteers and dozens of successful candidates for office from city council to US congress.

In this edition, Pelosi updates the book’s “Call to Service” profiles of political leaders and their calls to service; details the expanding role of social media, the Internet, and technology as message multipliers; explores challenges unique to women candidates; and expands on the power of volunteers.

Pollster Alex Evans To Review Election 2010 During Club's Monthly Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 11

Alex Evans, the President and founding partner of EMC Research, will offer his expert analysis of the 2010 elections at the Lamorinda Democratic Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday, November 11. 

The club's social hour will begin at its regular 6:30 p.m. start time at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda. We will begin our business meeting at 7:15 p.m. with announcements about upcoming events and special short notices of interest to local Democrats. The main program with Evans  will begin at 8 p.m.

Alex has extensive experience in the design and execution of stratified proportional sampling plans, questionnaire development, all forms of opinion research, focus groups, voter polls, strategic design and development and public policy analysis. 

He has handled polling for many campaigns, including those for State Superintendent of Public Instruction-Elect Tom Torlakson, former Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Alameda County Congestion Management Agency, and many school districts for parcel tax and bond measures. 

Alex has conducted over two thousand public opinion studies. He has polled in every state and throughout the western United States. He has completed survey research at every level of politics and government and for large and small corporations, government institutions, and universities. Alex is considered one of the finest analysts of public opinion in the nation and is frequently asked to speak on the subject at some of the country's top universities. He has directed accounts for some of the nation's largest corporations, Presidential campaigns in this country and abroad, statewide elections, and hundreds of projects on regional and local issues.

Prior to forming EMC Research, Alex was Executive Vice President at Cambridge Survey Research (CSR) where he worked with world-renowned pollster Patrick H. Caddell. 

Alex has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan. He also recently retired from the Richmond City Council.

Kamala Harris for Attorney General Campaign Needs Our Help

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton is encouraging supporters of Kamala Harris to help ensure a fair and transparent voting process in her close Attorney General race against opponent Steve Cooley. As Chairman Burton writes:

Right now over 1 million vote-by-mail and provisional ballots have yet to be counted. There is a great deal of work to be done over the next few days to ensure the integrity of the vote canvass process and that's where you come in.

The Harris campaign needs people throughout California to help monitor the ballot count. They will take as much time as you're willing to give, and you will be asked you to travel as far as you're willing to go to help us and the Harris campaign cover every corner of California for Kamala!

Volunteers are currently being trained and dispatched all over the state so that the campaign can have a strong and positive presence in every last Election office. We can use everyone's help; attorneys, law students and those with legal knowledge are particularly helpful. And please let us know if you have experience monitoring votes.

You can sign-up now using this web site to help the Harris campaign. If you have any questions, you can email the Harris for Attorney General field team.