Category Archives: Campaign update

Candidate Forums

Kari Birdseye for Benicia City Council

Please join me and the other City Council candidates at a number of upcoming forums.  I look forward to seeing you there.  Please mark your calendar now!


  • Oct. 3: League of Women Voters Benicia and the local AAUW will be cohosting a candidates’ forum for the four people running for Benicia City Council Wed. Oct. 3, 7-8:30pm at the Benicia Public Library
  • Oct. 4: Valero Refinery, Napa/Solano Labor Council, others – Thurs, Oct. 4, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Doors open at 5:00pm.  Ironworkers Local 378 Union Hall, 3120 Bayshore Road, Benicia
  • Oct. 11: Benicia High School (seniors only), City Council candidates forum – Thurs, Oct. 11, 9:35am.
  • Nov. 3 – City of Benicia Open Government City Council candidate forum, Sat. Nov. 3, 9am-11am, Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 East L St.  (And taped for re-broadcast on the local television channel at 7 PM on Sunday, November 4 and Monday, November 5, 2018.)


When They Go Low, We Go High

Kari Birdseye for Benicia City Council

The campaign for Benicia’s City Council seats received  a dose of ugliness this week with an outside “research firm” calling Benicians with a so-called poll on state and local politics.

My campaign is in no way connected to this poll.  However, the telephone pollster offered lies about me and flattering comments about one of the other candidates. The favored candidate has publicly denied involvement. I believe him, but then he claims that the poll wasn’t necessarily biased.  He suggests that people hear what they want to hear.  But many Benicians have reported that the push poll is an obvious attempt to smear my good name.  Our city attorney has contacted the firm to inform the outfit that they are most likely violating city ordinances that promote clean campaigns in Benicia.

All of the candidates have signed pledges to adhere to Benicia’s Code of Fair Campaign Practices. Our code includes this section:

The candidate will immediately and publicly repudiate those who take actions that either help a candidate’s candidacy or hurt an opponent’s candidacy, which are inconsistent with the Benicia Code of Fair Campaign Practices.

And now I’ve done so.

Let’s get back to the positive campaigning that has introduced me to so many new Benicians who want a smart, positive candidate who has a track record – on the planning commission and elsewhere – of working to improve our community.

Thanks to all of you who have reached out to me since receiving the bogus poll call to show support.

I rewatched Michelle Obama’s 2016 speech this morning and am inspired to repeat one of her most memorable quotes: “When they go low, we go high.”

Fits perfectly right about now.

– Kari

Best advice ever: NOW GO WIN!

Now Go Win

Kari Birdseye for Benicia City Council

It has been a busy week with the Chamber of Commerce forum, Planning Commission meeting, working all week at the Global Climate Action Summit and somehow, I found myself on social media reading mean-spirited, fact-less attacks.  And then I receive this from Duane:

You are an impressive candidate Kari.  Now go win.

Just when I needed it.  Thanks Duane.  I have an impressive team of supporters who will help me do just that; Jack and Maggie at the Farmers Market today, spreading the good word.  Gary, Kathy and June knocking on doors with me this weekend.  To the beautiful people I’ve never met, donating online, thank you. And all the wonderful Benicians who have placed yard signs and continue requesting them.  The website continues to attract yard sign requests, endorsements and donations.  Visit my How Can I Help page soon if you haven’t already.  And leave me feedback on how you think I did so I can improve for the next forum hosted by League of Conservation Voters and AAUW on Wednesday, October 3rd, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Benicia Public Library.  Please try to come and watch in person and show your support like a good number of you did this Wednesday.

If you missed the Chamber of Commerce forum (see Benicia Herald coverage), it will be replayed on our local access channel 27 on September 26 at 7pm, Saturday, October 6 at 10am and October 15 at 7pm.

Now let’s take Duane’s advice and go win.

Most appreciative,