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Progressive Democrats endorse Kari Birdseye

Excerpt of breaking news on Progressive Democrats of Benicia

Kari Birdseye for City Council, and Dana Dean for Solano County Board of Education

At its August 14 membership meeting, the Progressive Democrats of Benicia interviewed Democratic candidates for Benicia City Council and Solano County School Board. Ballots were cast, and today were made public.

Kari Birdseye for Benicia City Council

Only one of two declared Democratic candidates for City Council received a majority vote earning endorsement: Kari Birdseye. The Progressive Democrats of Benicia are proud to endorse Planning Commission chair Birdseye. Find out more about Kari and offer your support at her campaign website,, and be in touch on her Facebook page.

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Dana Dean for Solano County Board of Education

Also interviewed was candidate for Solano County School Board Dana Dean.  Dana is unopposed in her bid for re-election, and was also endorsed by a majority of Progressive Democrats at last night’s meeting. In her presentation, she declared victory, as no other candidate has filed to run against her.  Find out more about Dana at her campaign website, and be in touch on her Facebook page.

The race is on!

Kari Birdseye in the City Clerk’s office

Kari Birdseye in the Benicia City Clerk’s office. The race is on!

Today, I filed my papers – the campaign is official.  With your help, I will be your next City Council member in November.

Thank you to all who have already pitched in for a great start to the campaign.  We are already out walking precincts, handing out literature and leaving door hangers when no one is home.

We need you on the campaign trail!  To volunteer and contribute – see my HOW CAN I HELP page.

Kari Birdseye – I am FOR…

I was named in a recent Forum piece that called groups I belong to “anti-fossil fuel” and “against Valero.”  If elected to serve this community on Benicia City Council, the only thing I will be “anti” or against is hatred and name calling.

I am FOR a clean energy future and I am and will work for better, more transparent community dialog with Valero to ensure that Valero can be the best type of neighbor it can be in Benicia.

Our current city council leadership won’t be responsible for Valero shuttering its refinery; only the marketplace can accomplish that and the most recent reports show that Valero’s corporate profits are doing just fine.

A local industrial safety ordinance that isn’t duplicative of state regulations and ensures effective community and fence line air monitors can only strengthen the relationship between our biggest neighbor and Benicians.  Timely incident reports and regular dialog can help heal the fear and distrust many Benicians have experienced since the May 5th near catastrophic refinery accident.

  • I am FOR economic vitality of our home town, which means planning for the future now and diversifying our tax base.
  • I’m FOR access to clean water and clean air, which starts with knowing what’s in it.
  • And as I have shown in my actions as Chair of Benicia’s Planning Commission, I’m FOR protecting the health and well-being of our community and everything that makes it great.

If you want a new leader who is all FOR making Benicia the best it can be, your one vote for Benicia City Council should be for Kari Birdseye in November.

–  Kari