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November Meeting

Thursday, the 18th, 7pm

Please join us at our November meeting.

 

Vincent Casalaina from the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club will join us to talk about the Carolina Project. He’ll tell us about how grassroots organizing wins elections and how the Carolina Federation can be the force to win the open Senate seat in NC next year with our help.

 

Next Melissa Wilk, Alameda County's elected Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder, will talk to us about her work in the County. More info about Melissa below.

 

Finally, we’ll talk about redistricting. You probably want to join for this! Currently, it looks like our Federal Congressional District is changing, and we are drawn out of our current district (the 13th), currently represented by Barbara Lee and drawn into a district to the north, currently Mark DeSaulnier’s district. As drawn now, this district remains almost completely the same, yet, Albany would be the only Alameda County City joining this Contra Costa County district. Alfred Twu, Berkeley graphic artist and politician will present and help us understand the landscape.

 

All the information about the 2020 California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission is here: https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/ . This Commission is drawing districts for Congress, and the California State Senate and Assembly as well.

 

This event may be recorded.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Albany Democratic Club Nov 2021 meeting - featuring REDISTRICTING Tickets, Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite

Dues are Due

 

Also remember to pay your dues for the year! Dues are due in July! Renew Here

About Melissa Wilk:

"I grew up in Western New York, and my sister and I were raised by a single mom who worked several jobs to support us. I worked and paid for my entire education receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Buffalo, and two Master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

My early background includes evaluating the efficacy of non-profit programs, conducting outreach and analysis for utility customer assistance programs. I started my career in government at Clark County Nevada as a management and financial analyst and worked with the Finance Director on budgeting and special projects related to County financing. I started with Alameda County as the General Services Agency Finance Director in 2003, and was responsible for managing the $100M+ operating budget and the County's $500M capital program. I then moved to the Auditor-Controller's Agency in 2007 and became a Division Chief, and subsequently was promoted to Assistant Controller and ultimately was appointed to the Chief Deputy Auditor reporting directly to the elected Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder.

 

In 2018, I was elected the first woman Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder for Alameda County. One of my proudest accomplishments has been building an agency that reflects the diversity of the County with a staff that is 85% BIPOC and 75% women."

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