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

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Cynara Kidwell

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8,676 votes (3.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Make the Democratic Party as inclusive, progressive, fair and transparent of an organization as possible.
  • Party programs to actively engage, educate and empower Democratic voters in all of our diverse communities.
  • Party initiatives to identify, assist, train, and support local democratic candidates who share our progressive values for all levels of government.



UC Santa Cruz Bachelors of Science, Information Systems Management (2001)

Community Activities

President, Cannabis Education Project (2011–current)
President, Alliance for Community Engagement (2014–2018)
Grassroots Organizing Team, South Region Coordinator, San Diego County Democratic Party (2008–2012)


I have been an active member of our local party since 2004 when I traveled to Arizona to do Spanish language outreach for John Kerry. I joined the fledgling GO Team in 2005 and, in 2006, I led Grassroots Organizing Team ("GO-Team") and volunteer coordination for the Democratic Party at the north county office in Escondido. In 2008, I became the GO Team South Region Vice Chair. In this role, I acted as volunteer coordinator and led Spanish language outreach efforts in the 2008 South County offices, 2010 South County office and the 2012 South County Primary Office for the Democratic Party

Starting in 2011, I became active in the medical marijuana movement, serving as political and executive director of the medical marijuana professional association in San Diego County. I ran local medical marijuana initiative campaigns starting in 2012, culminating in the successful passage of the ballot initiatives for medical marijuana access in La Mesa and Lemon Grove. I was the head of the San Diego campaign to legalize marijuana in California in 2016. 

In 2015, I formed the Alliance for Community Engagement, a nonprofit to increase civic engagement and voter awareness.  Under my leadership, in 2016, we partnered with the Black Political Association of California (BAPAC) and Next-Gen to create and execute "My Family Votes/¡Mi Familia Vota!" program to register and turnout voters in communities of color.  In 2018, we conducted a Vote-By-Mail registration drive, as well as voter education and pre-education drive in high schools around San Diego County.   We also created the "Art on Third" art and community events space in Chula Vista to foster art and civic involvement in the community. 

In 2018, I was the voter systems administrator for the San Diego County Democratic Party. My duties included setting up voter/volunteer information databases for candidates, training candidates on how to best use these systems, and assisting them, as well as the party, in generating target universes for voter contact.  I also administered social media outreach for the San Diego County Democratic Party, as its facebook administer. 

In 2018 - 2019, I also ran the "We are United"/"Estamos Unidos" campaign of inclusion for the San Diego Democratic Party, to combat the divisiveness, hate and exclusion of minority communities by Donald Trump and the Republican Party. 

This year, I will be organizing with local San Diegans and traveling to swing states to defeat Donald Trump, and his Senate enablers, and restore decency, dignity and sanity to our federal government.  

I don't just talk the talk; I walk the walk - I will do the work to promote our values on Democratic Central Committee!

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

We MUST address the climate crisis head-on, at every level of government NOW - it is an imminent threat to our communities and way of life.  We must reform our healthcare system - the most costly, inefficient and unequal in the developed world. And we must reform our tax code so that the rich are taxed their fair share, by eliminating tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy, and ensuring that they are paying their fair share of social security. 

I believe that all voters should have an equal voice - regardless of their wealth or connection.  I believe that corporate influence has had a corrosive effect on our government, has made our elections less democratic, and led to some horrible policies that have caused some of the biggest problems we see today - exorbitant health care costs, the global warming crisis, and the ever widening opportunity gap between the rich and the rest.   Overturning Citizens United and getting rid of corporate influence in politics is paramount to creating a democracy that serves us all. 

I believe in, and have seen, the power of grassroots activism, and I know that a small group of dedicated individuals can change the world. I want the local Democratic Party to be the vehicle to organize for progressive change. 


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