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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 78

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Kevin Lourens

Campaign Organizer/Lifeguard
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protecting our Democratic Party: By minimizing the conflict of interest with the developers, consulting firms and campaign staff within the Democratic Central Committee by working to mandate recusal by those in conflict.
  • Cultural change: We have a Democratic Central Committee which does not take seriously the crises of homelessness and housing. This is reflected in its endorsements, and I plan to be a voice which makes rent control and affordable housing priorities.
  • Listening to Affected Communities: Whether it is working, diverse communities affected by unaccountable law enforcement, or whiter neighborhoods affected by bad land-use decisions, our Central Committee must heed their concerns and act on them.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Campaign Organizer, Lifeguard, and Educator
Lifeguard & Swim Instructor, Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito (2008–current)
Volunteer Coordinator & Deputy Field Director, Joe LaCava for City Council 2020 (2019–current)
Field Director, Sarah Davis for Assembly 2020 (2019–current)
Assembly District Delegate, 78th Assembly District, California Democratic Party, Democratic State Central Committee — Elected position (2017–current)

Education

University of California, San Diego; Revelle College B.S. Environmental Systems: Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution; Minor: Political Science, The man-made consequences of carbon emissions, pollution, and bad land-use on our environments and affected communities (2017)
Miracosta Community College A.S. Biology (2013)

Community Activities

External Vice President, San Diego Progressive Democratic Club (2019–current)
Member At-Large, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action (2019–current)
Legislative Director, California Young Democrats, Progressive Caucus (2019–current)
Student Lobbyist, University of California Student Association (2016–2017)
Co-Founder & Campus Affairs Director, Students for Bernie, UC San Diego (2015–2016)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters San Diego (LWVSD) and the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (LWVNCSD) (3)

If elected, how much time and energy will you be able to devote to this volunteer position over the next four years, given your other personal and professional obligations?
Answer from Kevin Lourens:

As a campaign organizer, my schedule tends to be fairly flexible and within my control. There are two mandatory meetings as a Central Committee member to attend per month: the full Central Committee, and my Area Caucus which would be the Metro-West. The Central Committee is divided into four Area Caucuses: North, South, East, and Metro-West. Each meeting can range from an hour to five depending on the time of year and agenda. I am fully prepared to meet these minimal requirements.

The next requirement is the annual Convention with the California Democratic Party (CDP) which each Democratic Central Committee member is expected to attend as they also tend to be state party delegates per our bylaws. I have already been fulfilling this role as an elected Assembly District Delegate for the past three years, and I have both the time and the means to continue doing so.

There are optional ways which I can contribute further to the position by serving on Standing Committees for both the California and San Diego County Democratic Parties. For the CDP this would require attendance at quarterly Executive Board meetings, including the annual Convention where these Committees meet and conduct business. I have been attending these quarterly meetings already as Treasurer of the CDP Progressive Caucus and Legislative Director of the California Young Democrats’ Progressive Caucus. For the San Diego County Democratic Party this would require attendance at monthly meetings, as well as hours spent in-between working both remotely and in person with other members on projects. This could be platform amendments on the Platform Committee, dealing with complaints and ethics violations on the Ethics Committee, etc.

Finally, there are the hours throughout each month I could choose to spend working on personal projects such as resolutions, bylaw amendments, platform amendments and organizing for upcoming votes among the Central Committee members.

 

As aforementioned, I have experience already managing time commitment for the minimal responsibilities, and am prepared to commit further to my role.

2.

What is the most significant challenge facing this party in the next decade, and if you are elected, how will you help the party prepare to meet it?

No answer provided.
3.

What public figures, past and present, do you believe have given the most postive examples of what this party stands for? Please explain your reasons for thinking so.

No answer provided.

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