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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 77

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Ryan Trabuco

Community Organizer
15,445 votes (8.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Prioritize youth voter engagement, and elevate our young democrats within our state and local Democratic Party.
  • Ensure that diverse and underrepresented communities have a voice and a seat at the table within our state and local Democratic Party.
  • Continue to elect candidates who are representative of the liberal and progressive values of our state and local Democratic Party.

Experience

Community Activities

President, San Diego Democrats for Equality (2019–current)
Executive Board Representative, Assembly District 77, California Democratic Party (2019–current)
Information Technology (IT) Chair, Clairemont Democratic Club (2014–current)
President Emeritus, Clairemont Town Council (2017–current)
President, Clairemont Town Council (2012–2017)

Biography

Since 2014, I have served on our San Diego County Democratic Central Committee as either an appointed member, an alternate, or as a designated member (my current status) by virtue of my election in our California Democratic Party's ADEM elections. Currently, I serve as our state party's Executive Board Representative for Assembly District 77.

As an activist, I serve as Club President of the San Diego Democrats for Equality, and as the Information Technology (IT) Chair of the Clairemont Democratic Club. I am also an active club member of the San Diego County Young Democrats and the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action.

In our local community, I am President Emeritus of the Clairemont Town Council, and was elected to an unprecedented four terms as President. The Clairemont Town Council works to promote the civic, commercial, educational, and cultural activities of Clairemont — San Diego’s largest neighborhood home to over 80,000 residents.

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 Ryan Trabuco:
Since 2014, I have served on our San Diego County Democratic Central Committee as either an appointed member, an alternate, or as a designated member (my current status) by virtue of my election in our California Democratic Party's ADEM elections. Attending our County Central Committee meetings every month has not been a problem for me. Every election cycle, I dedicate as much time as I can assisting, canvassing, and otherwise helping our endorsed candidates.
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 Ryan Trabuco:

I think the a significant challenge facing the party, especially in the Trump-era and post-Trump era, will be handling the political realignment that we are currently seeing. The rapid decline in Republican registration, especially throughout San Diego County, is notable. Longtime Republican elected officials have left and re-registered with our Democratic Party, or they've decided to unaffiliate without a formal party. So, how do we collectively welcome disaffected former Republicans into our party, and how do we get them active and ready to join us in the fight against Trump Republicans?

What we've also seen is in the aftermath of the 2016 election a new, more progressive wing emerged bringing in some exciting new activism -- progressives, hopeful to move the party forward on public policy. So, how do we collectively welcome newer, younger progressive activists into our party, and how do we get them active and ready to join us in the fight against Trump Republicans?

My experience has been to be welcoming to everyone. We can work to educate, empower, and elevate those voices within our Democratic Party. 

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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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

We need to elevate critical, progressive policy discussions, and we should ensure a greater equity of representation. I believe it’s important that our Democratic Party looks, sounds, and empowers those voices who are underrepresented and/or do not currently have a seat at the table.

During my time on our County Central Committee, I am proud to have supported legislative resolutions supporting the right for employees to unionize, a minimum wage increase, increased environmental protections, increased funding for public transit, and automatic voter registration.

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