Farmersville Memorial Day Parade

The Tulare and Visalia Democratic Clubs will have an entry in the Farmersville Memorial Day parade, 10 am on Monday May 28 (which is a school and state/federal holiday). We will be joined by candidates Andrew Janz, Abigail Solis, and Jose Sigala. Andrew will be riding on a vintage fire truck. We will have Club banners and banners/signs for the candidates. This is a Memorial Day parade–so we need to be respectful (so no big nasty anti-Trump banners), but we can have signs in support of our Democratic issues as well as “Get Out the Vote”, if you have a favorite sign to bring.

I will pick up our parade entry materials at 8:30  a.m.–at the corner of Visalia Road and Hester in front of the Medical Center. We need to be lined up by9:15 a.m.–to start at 10 am. (Hurry up and wait).  The route runs west on Visalia Road to Farmersville Boulevard, right on Farmersville Blvd. to Front Street, a little over a mile.

Farmersville is a solidly Democratic town and holds the biggest/only Memorial Parade in the county. This a chance to have fun and get out to support our candidates.

The deadline to apply to have an entry in the parade is May 21– so other Democrats may have their own entries as well.

Hope to see you there.

Susanne Gundy

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Democratic Club Political Endorsements

Steve Woods

Steve Woods is running for the Visalia City Council seat in District 3, with boundaries that include the area west of Akers north of 198, and west of Demaree south of 198.

Steve served eight years as a navy nuclear power plant instructor and reactor plant and engine room supervisor on board an Ohio Class ballistic missile submarine, earning two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and a variety of commendations during his 11 tours at sea.

Steve currently serves as Instructional Technology Specialist for Tulare County Office of Education, where he has brought together stakeholders across county offices in order to create a variety of successful educational websites that continue to serve educators across California and our great nation.

Steve also is serving his second term as Vice-Chair of the Visalia Parks and Recreation Commission, where he has helped to update Visalia’s parks and trailways ordinances and provided active input on Visalia’s Active Transportation Plan, potential future aquatic center, and development of a Southside Community Center.

As the Commission’s liaison to the Visalia Parks and Recreation Foundation, he has personally assisted with a variety of Foundation events, and is leading the development of a forthcoming annual parks awareness celebration and fundraiser.

Please donate to Steve’s campaign.

Jose Sigala

Jose Sigala is a Democrat running for the state assembly in District 26. He is a proven leader. He was elected to the Tulare City Council in 2016 to represent the 1st Council District. His grassroots campaign allowed him to build a coalition of community, labor and business leaders to defeat an incumbent and overwhelmingly win his council seat. Jose is running a grassroots campaign and with your help he will win.

Jose is a champion for working class families and has ardently worked for safer neighborhoods, parks/open space, after school programs, small business, responsible development, the environment, education and neighborhood empowerment.

Jose has over 20 years of legislative and public policy experience working in the California State Legislature and local government where he has worked to improve the quality of life in communities across California.

Please donate to Jose’s campaign.

Andrew Janz

The Democrat and Prosecutor Challenging Devin Nunes

Andrew was raised in Visalia; the son of immigrants, he has committed his life to public service. Andrew returned home after law school and became a prosecutor for Fresno County, and is now running for Congress to continue serving the community.

Andrew will fight for clean drinking water for residents and secure water delivery systems for our farmers who feed our nation. Andrew will be a champion for Central Valley small businesses and help bring good paying jobs to our region. It’s time to put country over party and elect good people to government.

Please donate to Andrew’s campaign.

Ruth Musser-Lopez

Currently the Chair, Inland Empire/Desert Region of the California Democratic Party’s Rural Caucus, Ruth is a former elected Needles City Council woman, retired Federal Agency (BLM, USFS, FWS) archaeologist, and community activist.

Ruth Musser-Lopez has been writing resolutions and voter initiatives since the that time realizing that the Republic Party is for the Corporations she was protesting and that the Democratic Party is for Working People, she registered Democrat.

Tired of no one running against Republican Jean Fuller, in 2014 she pulled papers as a write-in candidate for the Senate seat. Ruth wouldn’t let the Republicans run unopposed in 2018 either, so she pulled papers and is determined to turn SD16 a golden shade of blue.

Please donate to Ruth’s campaign.

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South Valley Civics Events

To be updated soon!

Ongoing regular meetings of groups you may find of interest:

Regular Visalia City Council meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Monday’s at 7 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 707 W. Acequia, Visalia, CA 93212.

The Visalia Democratic Club meets in Visalia on the 4th Wednesday of the month, at China Garden Restaurant, located at 1634 S. Mooney Blvd. A no-host dinner starts at 6:00 p.m.; the meeting starts at 6:45 p.m.

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Covered California – What You Need to Know

From the office of Kamala Harris, U.S. Senator for California:

It’s that time of year again, OPEN ENROLLMENT, when people can enroll in a health insurance plan now by visiting

Let’s talk about the facts around Covered California. If you’re uninsured, coverage may be more affordable than you think.

Visit for updates on plans and prices, even if you’ve already obtained coverage. Plans and prices change every year and there might be a more affordable option available for 2018. And if you haven’t already signed up, make sure you visit today and enroll in a quality, affordable health care plan that meets yours and your families’ needs.

Here are some sample Tweets in English and Spanish where you can encourage your friends and family to enroll today:


English: Today – sign up & get covered:
Spanish: Hoy, inscríbase y obtenga cobertura médica:

English: We need everyone’s help getting the word out about signing up for insurance. You can go to & choose a plan and get covered today.
Spanish: Necesitamos la ayuda de todos para correr la voz acerca de inscribirse en un plan de seguro. Pueden ir a

English: Tell your family, friends, and community to sign up.
Spanish: Dígale a su familia, amigos, y comunidad que se inscriban.

Here is some important information that all Californians need to know:

Open Enrollment Period: Nov. 1, 2017 – Jan. 31, 2018

Please note that Consumers can now shop and compare to find a plan that fits their needs and budget. Covered California’s Shop and Compare Tool allows consumers to preview 2018 plans and prices.

Available Assistance:

Free in-person help is available.

Certified insurance agents, applications counselors, and enrollment counselors can help consumers enroll in coverage and apply for financial assistance.

Trained staff are available to help over the phone (800-300-1506) and through a Live Chat.

Automatic Re-Enrollment:

Consumers can lower their costs by shopping for a plan that meets their budget and health needs. Current Covered California members will be automatically re-enrolled in their current plan in mid-November, but have until December 15, 2017 to change their plan for coverage starting on January 1, 2018. This year, consumers should go back through the shopping process to shield themselves from premium increases before open enrollment ends. Even if consumers’ own financial situations haven’t changed, consumers who automatically re-enroll without shopping for a new plan could be better off if they shopped around.

For more information, visit Covered California at


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Nunes Watch!

The Every Tuesday Nunes Watch gatherings are going on hiatus during July and August. We will resume them (or another permutation of them!) after Labor Day. A big THANK YOU to all the people who have participated, even in 107 degree heat!

These meetings have been ongoing, to inform voters about our lack of ethical, responsive representation in the District.

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