OCEANSIDE — Oceanside has a new club for its Democrat residents.
According to the Oceanside Democratic Club (ODC), it is the only Democratic club in the city.
The San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee officially chartered the Oceanside Democratic Club (ODC) on July 21. Prior to that, club founders had spent about eight weeks preparing the club for official recognition.
Being chartered means the club now has voting rights at specific San Diego Democratic Party meetings. It also had to meet specific requirements, such as having a certain amount of members and having by-laws that agree with the San Diego County Democratic Party.
According to ODC Vice President Robyn Goodkind, the club founders started the club to “give Oceanside Democrats a voice in local politics and policies.”
Club President Zack Beck said the club will “focus on getting Oceanside residents elected to City Council.”
According to the ODC, there are more registered Democrats than any other party in Oceanside. The club also claims to have found an “untapped population of Democrats who have not been actively involved until now,” with more people engaging in local politics.
The ODC’s major focus for the upcoming Nov. 3 General Municipal Election will be to support its endorsed candidates. The club endorses Amber Newman for the District 3 City Council seat, Michelle Gomez for the District 4 seat, Rob Howard for mayor, and incumbent Zeb Navarro for City Clerk.
The club is open to any registered voter and meets monthly with special meetings on occasion. While the club is currently building its website, those interested in joining can visit its Facebook page “@OceansideDems” for more information.