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

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Codi Vierra

Congressional Campaign Manager
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve the Democratic Party through reforms to its endorsement processes, to ensure fairness and efficiency
  • Work to further transparency, accountability, and integrity within the Democratic Party
  • Promote candidates and legislation that support the issues important to our communities

Experience

Experience

Profession:Congressional Campaign Manager
Campaign Manager, Scott Peters for Congress (2019–current)
Alternate Central Committee Member, San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee — Appointed position (2019–current)
Elected Assembly District Delegate, Assembly District 78, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2019–current)
Finance Director, Scott Peters for Congress (2019–2019)
Finance Assistant, Deputy Field Director, Scott Peters for Congress (2018–2018)
Scheduler, Intern Coordinator, Event Coordinator, Call Time Manager, Doug Applegate for Congress (2016–2017)
Executive Director, Student Organized Voter Access Committee (SOVAC), Associated Students of UCSD (2015–2016)

Education

University of California, San Diego Bachelor of Arts, Political Science – American Politics; minors in Business, and in Urban Studies & Planning (2016)

Community Activities

Secretary, California Young Democrats (2019–current)
Vice President, San Diego County Young Democrats (2019–current)
Vice President, University City Democratic Club (2019–current)
Executive Board Member, College Democrats at UC San Diego (2014–2016)
Undergraduate Instructional Apprentice - Intro to Urban Studies & Planning, UC San Diego Department of Urban Studies & Planning (2016–2016)

Biography

Codi Vierra moved to San Diego in the fall of 2012 to attend UC San Diego. She earned her Bachelor’s degree with a major in Political Science, concentrating on American Politics, and two minors in Business, and in Urban Studies and Planning.

She began her entry into local politics while at UCSD, first volunteering on Congressman Scott Peters’ 2012 race for Congress, and then returning to serve as an intern on his re-election campaign in 2014. She later served on the executive board of the College Democrats at UCSD as the Communications Director and then as Associate Vice President of Internal Affairs. In these roles she sent weekly newsletters to inform the membership and managed the organization’s social media, as well as organized formal quarterly debates and joint meetings with the College Republicans and other organizations.

She also served as the Executive Director of the Student Organized Voter Access Committee (SOVAC) under the Associated Students (A.S.) Office of External Affairs. In this role, she negotiated a new agreement with several residential area administrators to allow for door-to-door voter registration in on-campus housing the week prior to voter registration deadlines. She was responsible for organizing the annual move-in voter registration drive in each residential area, in which she recruited, trained, and managed volunteers to register 1000 students, later registering a total of over 2000 students before the 2016 primary. She negotiated with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters (ROV) to have a new Mail-Ballot Drop-Off location on campus for the 2016 primary, in order to make voting easier and more convenient. She then recruited, scheduled, and managed 12 students that served as paid workers for the ROV, in order to manage it. She organized events for SOVAC and A.S. to increase engagement, including a San Diego City Council District 1 Candidate Forum. She also assisted with other goals and projects of the A.S. Office of External Affairs, including as a lead for UCSD’s delegation to the annual UC Student Lobby Conference in Sacramento, in which she helped train students on how to talk to their representatives about budget priorities and the issues that are most important to them.

In 2017 she served as Deputy South State Regional Director for the California Young Democrats (CYD), and then was elected South State Regional Director in 2018. In these roles, she helped start and grow Democratic clubs at local high schools and colleges in San Diego County, leading it to be the largest and most active region in the state. She raised funds to allow for increased participation by local chapters within CYD, including attending conventions and State Leadership Committee meetings. In 2019, she was elected Secretary, and was awarded the CYD Outstanding Leadership Award for her efforts.

In 2019 she was also elected to serve as an Assembly District Delegate to the California Democratic Party (CDP) from Assembly District 78. She was then appointed to serve on the CDP Voter Services Committee, through which she is helping the party with its goal of increasing student voter registration and participation. This year she was also able to pass a resolution through the CDP supporting the restoration of voting rights for Californians in prison or on parole, making it an official position of the party.

Codi also served as Secretary, Director of Membership, and now Vice President of the San Diego County Young Democrats (SDCYD). As Secretary, she kept meeting minutes, created a new ranked choice voting process, prepared ballots for endorsement meetings, and contributed extensively to the bylaws review process. As Director of Membership, she created a new process for joining and renewal to ensure the club had all required information for rechartering with the SDCDP, CDP and CYD, thus ensuring maximum representation for the club in each organization’s endorsement process. As Vice President, she chairs the Political Affairs Committee, responsible for determining the club’s endorsement calendar, candidate questionnaires, noticing candidates according to bylaws and party rules, and organizing political activities for the club.

In 2019 she was also elected Vice President of the new University City (U City) Democratic Club, and has helped guide the club through its first year, including the 2020 primary endorsement process.

In 2017, Codi was elected an at-large member of the San Diego County Democratic Party Council of Clubs Club Development Committee, led by the Director of the Council of Clubs, and served until 2019. Through this role, she assisted local clubs and the Director, providing feedback about impacts of proposed bylaw amendments, especially on Young Democrats clubs. She also gave a presentation to the Council in 2018 on the benefits of using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for endorsement meetings. Many clubs were already using a multi-round voting process that required members to stay present at meetings for hours on end to go through multiple rounds, or risk hurting their preferred candidate in later rounds. Many clubs have now started adopting RCV, making endorsement meetings faster, smoother, and more accessible.

Codi has also worked on multiple campaigns in the region, and so has observed and engaged with the party and its processes from the outside, as well as within. Recently, when concerns came up about the role of clubs in the local party’s endorsement process, Codi put forth a series of proposals to reform it, including changing the area recommendation process to mimic the CDP’s regional pre-endorsement process, which would give weighted votes to clubs based on the size of their membership, rather than one vote per club, in order to eliminate the incentive for club-splitting. She was appointed an Alternate member of the SDCDP Central Committee this past spring, and so currently has the ability to speak, but not to vote on these matters.

Codi has spent a lot of time working with the local and state parties, including representing groups and Democratic voters in Assembly District 78. She hopes to continue this work, and earn a voting position on the SDCDP Central Committee in order to better advocate for positive change within.

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 Codi Vierra:

Through my role as an Alternate Central Committee Member, I am already required to attend monthly meetings of the Central Committee and the Metro West Area Caucus, which I have done regularly since my appointment last year. I have also attended these meetings, the Council of Clubs meetings, local Democratic Club meetings, and the meetings of the California Democratic Party on a regular basis for several years. I will continue to heavily invest my time and energy in all facets of our Democratic Party if elected.

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?
Answer from Codi Vierra:

The most significant challenge facing the Democratic Party now and in the next decade is, and will be, participation: folks choosing not to participate in our Party, and folks wanting to participate, but facing barriers to do so. 

The Democratic Party has been known as a "big tent" party when it comes to ideology. While we agree on important issues more amongst each other than with the Republican Party, differences on many issues has led some to seek other options or to choose not participate at all. However, the answer isn't for the Democratic Party to become narrower, but rather to diversify. People want and deserve to feel and be represented. We must build and maintain a broad coalition within the Democratic Party in order for the Party to survive. This means making an effort to reach out to and bring in people with different experiences, electing them to leadership, and supporting them for public office. We should also support electoral reform that allows for greater expression of diverse opinions while also maintaining unity, such as ranked choice voting.

Many other folks who do choose to participate face barriers in doing so, especially people of color, people with disabilities, and elderly and young people. We must take every step possible in eliminating these barriers to participation, which include everything from active voter suppression to more administrative hurdles. As a party, we must support legislation that would undo and prohibit voter suppression tactics: targeted purging of voter rolls, disenfranchisement of currently or formerly incarcerated individuals, voter ID laws that operate effectively as a poll tax and disproportionately impact Native Americans and college students, gerrymandering to diminish the voices of targeted groups, voter intimidation, and more.

But we must also work to make voting easier and more accessible. California has made strides in this area with online voter registration, same-day conditional voter registration, no-excuse-required absentee/mail-in ballots, and automated registration at the DMV. However, there is more we can do. There are efforts to require public colleges and universities to provide automated registration to students when registering for classes
 —we should support them. We should also support legislation that would vastly improve voter education in our high schools, like last year's AB 773. We must work to encourage San Diego County to adopt the Voter’s Choice Act Model in which every registered voter would receive a mail-in ballot, polling places would be replaced by vote centers with more functionality and early voting, and more. Making voting easier, more convenient, and more accessible will help increase participation among marginalized groups with historically lower participation. Our Party can do this by endorsing ballot measures, lobbying elected officials, and supporting candidates that share our values and will pass laws to implement these needed changes.

While I am currently working on these efforts, being elected to the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee would give me a greater voice and power to do so.

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.

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