Wednesday, October 23rd
7pm-9pm @Blackbird Tavern in San Jose
The Silicon Valley Young Democrats, a group of Democrats ages 14-35 located in Silicon Valley is holding a free event to encourage young democrats to run for office.
“Voices from the Trenches” will feature elected officials who will share their stories of why they ran for office and what it took to get there. Headed by the Women’s Leadership Committee, a sub-committee of SVYD formed to bridge the gap of men to women ratio in the club. The committee’s goal at the event is to recruit more women into the club and to encourage SVYD members to run for office and to apply for boards and commissions. The event will feature elected officials throughout Santa Clara County from all levels of government. Attendees will be able to speak one-on-one with elected officials and get insider tips about running for office. Every campaign is different and each person has a different story to tell. Attendees will be able to hear about why people decided to run, what fundraising tactics they used and much more about how to start and finish a campaign for elected office.
Two young Democrats, Kalen Gallagher of the Campbell Union High School district Board and Maya Esparza of the Franklin McKinley School board. Both candidates ran successful first time campaigns in 2012. Peter Leroe-Munoz of the Gilroy City Council will share his insights of what it took to run a campaign in South County and how his background and experiences has shaped his decision to run for office.
Also featured as a speaker, will be Susan Marsland, a candidate for San Jose City Council District 1. Marsland will share why she decided to run for office and what she is doing in order to run a successful campaign.
Sponsors of the event include: Congressman Mike Honda, State Senator Jim Beall, Supervisor Cindy Chavez, San Jose Vice-Mayor Madison Nguyen and Ro Khanna, Candidate for Congress.