• Candidate Forum 2

    David will be in the second candidate forum in San Diego:

    "The Voting Rights Project of the ACLU of California, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (LWVCEF) and California Common Cause, would like to extend the attached formal invitation.  The forum will occur on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 6:30PM to 8:30PM, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, located at 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114."

    "Along with its co-sponsors, the ACLU of CA, the LWVCEF, and California Common Cause are committed to raising awareness of the important role the Secretary of State plays in administering our elections and ensuring transparency in our democratic process." -Dora Rose via email

  • Token Inclusion

    Though it is (something) to be included in corporate press coverage, if they are merely token mentions it only serves to paint the Greens as not ready for prime time.

    Mainstream media has an inherent conflict of interest in that its business model depends on corporate ad money so it mostly focuses on the candidates who are also aligned with the corporate ad money stream.

    Since Greens are mostly disconnected from the money stream, the media has no use for us. It is a functional disconnect.

    One remedy for this would be public campaign financing that other states have already done.

    A corrupt legislature, as evidenced by the three suspensions of State Senators, has no motivation to initiate public campaign financing because it would mean individuals could compete with the Democrats and Republicans on a level field. 

    I entered this race with no illusions, other than to build the most functional campaign one can as a minor party candidate in the context of the top 2 primary. I set reasonable goals and am both happy and disappointed in the responses.

    I'm happy to have been included in the first candidate forums, a basic functional aspect of democracy.

    I've interviewed with the LA Times Editorial Board and am about to meet with the SF Chronicle Ed Board tomorrow.

    There are 39,000 Greens who vote(d) out there somewhere in California. Are they connecting with this campaign and the campaigns of the other statewide candidates?

    Perhaps it is more accurate to say that given 5 statewide campaigns, are there enough engaged Greens to adequately support them?

    Is Ellen Brown the (magical) candidate who will get through the top 2 primary and save the Green Party of California?

    Is that sentence really all that is left of a political party?

    Knowing that the Greens take no corporate money, do the Greens feel any serious obligation to support their candidates?

    There remains an opportunity in this race. Thank you to the 59 people who have donated to this campaign.

  • Statement on Yee Arrest

    Today, Senator Yee, one of the Democratic candidates in the CA Secretary of State race, was arrested on public corruption charges. Senator Yee is the third Democratic State Senator in California to face charges this year. I do not have all the facts related to his case, so I will avoid responding to specifics. 

    California should not remain dominated by one or two parties. There is a need for more voices at the state level. That is in part why I continue to work with the Green Party, in an attempt to build an alternate path for our government.

    As a Green candidate, I am disconnected from the financial motives that may influence decisions corporate-sponsored officials sometimes find themselves compelled to make.

    My campaign is 100% transparent regarding its funding. My donors self-report their donations online in real time to my campaign website.

  • David speaks in support of ACA12

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    David Curtis speaking in Sacramento in support of Assemblyman Gorell's ACA12, a proposed amendment to make the CA Secretary of State a non-partisan office and move the duties of crafting title and summary for submitted statewide ballot initiatives from the Attorney General's office to the Secretary of State's office.

  • Coverage may vary

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    The LA Times presented two versions of their story on the first CA Secretary of State Forum.

    On March 3rd they included a picture of all six candidates. On March 4th they changed the photograph to one that only includes 5 of the candidates, excluding the Green Party candidate David Curtis.

    David Curtis has a meeting with the editorial board of the LA Times on March 24th.

 
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