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Newsletter: October 20, 2020

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Volunteer Now! Two Weeks to Election Day!

We’re down to the wire. Ballots are dropping. Connect with voters now. See opportunities to engage and tools to assist with those efforts below. For more info, contact Krista De La Torre at 559-313-4345 or [email protected]Your assistance is essential to our success.

TJ Cox for Congress (CD21) Phone Banks

Four shifts each day: 9 a.m.–noon, noon–3 p.m., 3 p.m.–6 p.m., 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Sign up for any phone bank:
The compliance call system phone banks are as follows:

  • Mondays: noon–3 p.m., 3 p.m.–6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 3 p.m.–6 p.m., 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 3 p.m.–6 p.m., 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
  • Saturdays/Sundays: noon–3 p.m., 3 p.m.–6 p.m.


Phil Arballo for Congress (CD22) Phone Banks

Mondays 5 p.m.–8 p.m.:
Wednesdays 6 p.m.–-8:30 p.m.:



Phone Bank for Jim Costa, Daren Miller & Abena Cruise in CD-16

Tuesdays/Fridays, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.:

Daren Miller, candidate for Board of Education Trustee Area 3; Abena Cruise, candidate for State Center Community College District Trustee Area 7; and Rep. Jim Costa, candidate for reelection

Swing State Virtual Phone Bank (Biden-Harris & U.S. Senate races)

Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 3 p.m.–5 p.m.:
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.:
Saturdays/Sundays/GOTV Weekend:

CADEM Endorsements
Forward to any voter to find the endorsed candidates/ballot measures for a specific address.

Truth Squad Toolkit

Statewide Phone Bank for Props 15, 16 & 21

Thursdays 5 p.m.–8 p.m.:

  • Prop 15: Schools and Communities First - SUPPORT
  • Prop 16: Repeals Proposition 209, ending the ban on affirmative action - SUPPORT
  • Prop 21: Rent Control - SUPPORT

Black Votes Matter: GOTV Rally & Vote 2020 Truth Squad Training
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.


A poll observer will stand outside high-density polling places to monitor the election site. You will take note of whether there are lines, whether voters are turned away for any reason, and whether there’s any electioneering or intimidation happening there. If you volunteer to be a poll observer, you will be extensively trained ahead of time and provided PPE, snacks and water the day(s) you volunteer. Poll observers are needed Oct. 31 through Election Day. Volunteer at

We will have poll watchers at high density precincts during early vote AND on Election Day. Early vote varies by county, but we will likely have most poll watchers work the weekend before Election Day, which is when most early voters should be expected to show up. Shifts will vary in length, with the shortest being 4 hours. 

Local Candidate Focus: Part 3

State Center Community College District Trustee Area 2    
Nasreen Johnson is a communications strategist for the ACLU of Northern California. Johnson says that it is her personal mission “to be an advocate for and defend those who are vulnerable.” She does this through her volunteer work, her professional work and how she parents her children. “Having a strong community college system is critical, particularly in a community like ours where we have high poverty.”

State Center Community College District Trustee Area 3    
Dary Rezvani is an accountant and small business owner. He ran unsuccessfully last March in Congressional District 22. Rezvani’s stance on issues is progressive, and his knowledge and experience will make him a fine trustee, especially regarding issues with career and technical education.

State Center Community College District Trustee Area 7    
Abena Cruise is community outreach director for Table Mountain Casino and currently serves on the recently formed Fresno Commission on Police Reform. In a recent interview with GV Wire, Cruise stated that she represents the cultural diversity of Trustee Area 7 and that it is time for the board to exemplify that diversity with “progressive and new innovative ideas.”

Calwa Recreation and Park District Director    
Laura Garcia is running for this position because she feels children and families in southeast Fresno deserve better. Garcia says that the community deserves accountability and transparency and that her neighbors deserve to be involved every step of the way. Garcia wants to ensure all Calwa’s children and families can enjoy Calwa Park as she once did as a child.

Sanger Unified School District Trustee Area 1                    
Sebastian Ardemagni has served as a consultant for United Way and the Dolores Huerta Foundation. He feels that as a Sanger resident who left home and returned with a wealth of education/experience, he can inject a unique and informed perspective to better his community and promote democratic ideals toward the success of Sanger Unified students.

Sanger Unified School District Trustee Area 4                    
Vao Pa Her is a karate instructor and youth mentor who served in the U.S.Navy from 2001 to 2005 and in the California Air National Guard from 2007 to 2015. If elected, he promises to work on the issue of “lack of support for teachers.” He wants to work with parents and teachers to ensure that “the administration is not top heavy.”

Selma Unified School District Trustee Area 2                
Jaspreet Nagra is a recent graduate of UCLA. She is motivated to implement what she has learned to make a positive difference in the community that raised her. Nagra is concerned by what she says is the “lack of transparency” in the decision of the Selma School Board to stop funding the Doctors Academy program in Selma schools, which she feels is essential for students in a rural area such as Selma.

Mendota Unified School District                    
Kevin G. Arias-Romero, as a candidate, has made it a promise to provide more resources and support to students, staff and administration especially in these tiring times of COVID-19. In his area, internet connectivity for students is an urgent problem, as well as ensuring that students have the emotional and administrative support they need, especially those with special needs.

Beware Unauthorized Ballot
Drop Boxes in Fresno County

California Secretary of State Alex Padila has received reports of possible unauthorized ballot drop boxes in Fresno County. These reports show unsanctioned receptacles labeled as “official ballot drop off box,” which is an illegal misrepresentation.

The Fresno County Repubican party has posted a list of “secure” ballot drop off sites, none of which are the real county ballot boxes. The California Republican party claims this is legal vote harvesting, citing a law that allows voters to designate a person to carry their ballot to an official voting site, however, these efforts do not clear that legal bar as there is no “designated person.”

We encourage all voters to be cautious. When you or someone you know is ready to return their ballot to an official drop off box, make sure to check the official list of locations at

Your Democratic Party Endorsements

Visit for the endorsements specific to your address. For more information, contact 559-495-0606 or [email protected].


Congress District 4                                                               Brynne Kennedy
Congress District 16                                                             Rep. Jim Costa
Congress District 21                                                             Rep. TJ Cox
Congress District 22                                                             Phil Arballo
Assembly District 31                                                             Dr. Joaquin Aramula
Fresno County Board of Education Trustee Area 3              Daren Miller
State Center Community College District Trustee Area 2     Nasreen Johnson
State Center Community College District Trustee Area 3     Dary Rezvani
State Center Community College District Trustee Area 7     Abena Cruise
Mayor of Kerman                                                                   Espi Sandoval
Mayor of Selma                                                                      Louie Franco
Fowler City Council                                                                Alexander Grimaldi
Fowler City Council                                                                Patric Jones
San Joaquin City Council                                                       Eva Luna
San Joaquin City Council                                                   Maria “Cristina” Covarrubia
Sanger City Council District 1                                                Esmeralda Hurtado
Sanger City Council DIstrict 3                                                Daniel Martinez
Fresno Unified School District Trustee Area 5                       David Paredes
Fresno Unified School District Trustee Area 6                       Claudia Cazares
Central Unified School District Trustee Area 4                       Shawn M. Brooks
Clovis Unified School District Trustee Area 4                         Noha Elbaz
Mendota Unified School District                                             Kevin G. Arias-Romero
Sanger Unified School District Trustee Area 1                       Sebastian Ardemagni
Sanger Unified School District Trustee Area 4                       Vao Pa Her
Selma Unified School District Trustee Area 2                        Jaspreet Nagra
Calwa Recreation and Park District Director                          Laura Garcia 


Learn more via CVPPAC Proposition Voters Guide

So, Devin Nunes Wrote a Book

Constituents in Devin Nunes district for the U.S. House of Representatives are again experiencing what it is like to have a representative awash with millions of dollars from out-of-state Republican donors who even before Covid always wanted to be distanced from any constituents who do not attend a fundraiser.

For the 2020 campaign, Nunes has so far received more than $20 million in campaign contributions. Back in 2016, a glossy magazine detailing his ranting conspiracy theories about the Fresno Bee went out to every household in his district, and this time people are being shipped copies of his 90-page book The Countdown to Socialism.

In this new screed, Nunes accuses Democrats of using journalism and reporting to make socialism look appealing. All the top universities in the world, along with every newspaper and media corporation save for Fox, are tarnishing the image of conservatism with their depictions of the world.

The irony of Nunes listing Donald Trump’s business school alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, as one of the leading forces inculcating the world with disinformation is lost on the representative.

The cost of purchasing and shipping out thousands of these books must be tremendous, yet oddly there is no mention of it in the campaign finance report Nunes just published. There is good reason to ask questions here, as candidates are not allowed to personally profit from campaign expenditures. Yet, on the surface it seems the campaign has just purchased thousands of copies of the Nunes book to mail to people who have shown no sign of supporting him. If you live in his district, you might see the evidence yourself soon.

Border Relief Screening

Fresno County Ballot Drop Box
and Vote Center Information

Be sure your vote is received and counted! With the potential for issues of mis-directed mail and fake ballot drop boxes we strongly encourage everyone sign-up to track your ballot and vote early.  The process is fast and easy and you can receive email and/or text messages when your ballot is received by the Elections Office, and again when your ballot is counted. All voters can now get critical updates on their ballots through California’s official “Where’s My Ballot?” tracking tool. Signing up takes less than three minutes!

More information at:

The Fresno County Democratic Party is holding an online fundraising auction. Bidding opens on October 23. 7:00 a.m. and continues thru 7:00 p.m. October 30. Items donated for this auction include original paintings of former Vice President Joe Biden and of Senator Kamala Harris, both donated by local artist Jason Esquivel. The online auction is at:

Democratic Party HQ

Contact the Democratic Party HQ ([email protected] or 559-495-0606today for your Biden-Harris yard sign. You can donate to support the local Democratic Party via ActBlue or by mailing a check to Fresno County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 5795, Fresno, CA 93755.

Our newsletter is prepared by Francis Horan.


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