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.