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Big week! Endorsements & Events…

What a week! Big week for endorsements:
  • our U.S. Congressman, Mike Thompson
  • Solano County’s Democratic Central Committee
  • the oldest Democratic club in our county – the United Democrats of Southern Solano
Tuesday night at Bella Sienna with Mike Caplin, a friend and omnipresent volunteer for Main Street events

I’m honored and humbled to receive the support of these prestigious leaders and groups, as well all of the people I’ve met as I knock on doors, getting out the vote.

This week, I also attended the Taste of First Street event on Tuesday, where I wore my candidate badge and received all kinds of great feedback. Most commonly, I heard “Thanks for running.”

Friday night, we wrapped up our Bocce Ball League season and while playing my last game of the night, I answered questions from a

First year player and the worst on my team – but my teammates are patient with me.

baller from the other team.  “What about the water rates?” My response: “The rate hikes were tough on my family too, but our City is doing the right thing by updating our infrastructure to ensure access to clean water for all.”  “How are you going to help keep our town fiscally

solvent?” “By attracting new businesses that make sense for our community.”  This went on the entire game.  At the end of the game, he said “You are tough. You have my vote.”  Even though we lost the game, I felt like I had won.

I love this town and I’m happy to serve if Benicians elect me.  In the meantime, I’m having fun campaigning, meeting people and sharing the vision I have for our great town.


Benicia Herald: Birdseye nets endorsements from Rep. Thompson, local Democratic groups

Repost from the Benicia Herald

City Council candidate Kari Birdseye. (Courtesy photo)

Kari Birdseye, chair of the Benicia Planning Commission and a candidate in the City Council election, garnered four endorsements over the last two weeks, including one from Benicia’s representative in Congress, Rep. Mike Thompson.

“I’ve endorsed Kari because she shares our vision of serving the community to make Benicia the best that it can be,” Thompson said in a statement.

Thompson, who has served in Congress since 1999, also endorsed former Councilmember Christina Strawbridge in the same race.

Coming off an endorsement from the Progressive Democrats of Benicia nearly two weeks ago, Birdseye also received two additional endorsements from the Solano County Democratic Central Committee (SCDCC) and the United Democrats of Southern Solano County (UDSSC).

The SCDCC, the endorsing body of the Democratic Party in Solano County under the general direction of the California Democratic Party, endorsed Birdseye at its Wednesday meeting.

“The Solano County Democratic Central Committee is proud to endorse Kari Birdseye, who exemplifies the Democratic values that our country needs at the local level,” SCDCC Chair Bridgett Hunley said in a statement.

The UDSCC, the oldest Democratic Club in Solano County and focuses on grassroots Democracy and community empowerment, also voted to endorse Birdseye.

“Our members are from Vallejo and Benicia and they voted to support Kari because she clearly articulated her vision for Benicia, which includes community air monitoring,” UDSCC President Stephen Hallett said in a statement. “Clean air makes sense for both Benicia and Vallejo.”

More information on Birdseye’s campaign can be found at

Other candidates in the council race include Strawbridge, retired journeyman carpenter William Emes and Economic Development Chair Lionel Largaespada. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Endorsed by U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson!

From a Facebook post by Pat Toth-Smith, referencing Kari Birdseye’s Facebook page…

Pat Toth-Smith shared a photo.

Congratulations Kari Birdseye… It’s an honor to get Congressmen Thompson’s endorsement..

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Kari Birdseye for Benicia City Council

Very proud to announce that our Congressman Mike Thompson has endorsed me for Benicia City Council! #BirdseyeforBenicia