#1 — Culture Change
Most pressing for the CDP is addressing the toxic culture and managing the pending litigation and public relations challenges. The CDP is in shambles with respect to legal liability, leadership vacuum, fundraising and public reputation. It’s critical that we address the toxic culture that created these issues and build an organization that is inclusive and safe for all.
#2 — Hold Electoral Gains from 2018
While there were certainly incredible gains in the 2018 midterms, specifically in traditionally Republican congressional districts, it will be unlikely that California Democrats retain these seats without tremendous investment by the CDP in infrastructure, as well as expanding coalition building with affinity groups like Indivisible, Swing Left and Our Revolution - partnerships that were critical in picking up these seats in 2018.
#3 — Prepare for 2020 Presidential Primary
California’s new oversized role on Super Tuesday has certainly changed the stakes for California Democrats. It’s critical that our State Party ensures a fair playing field for all contenders and ensures that our Party remains whole after what is expected to be a hotly contested primary. California Democrats also need a Chair who can leverage California’s new found heft on the national political stage to steer policy conversations towards the values articulated in the CDP’s platform, such as Medicare-For-All and healthcare as a human right.
#4 — Take Back White House
California Democrats have additional work to do in maintaining our seats and expanding our representation at the local, state and federal levels. And while the work of the State Party should being focused on building the bench at the local levels and state races and ballot measures, California must also ensure that our resources and efforts are put to strategic use in taking back the White House in 2020.