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Candidate Forum

Democratic Women of South Orange County
is proud to present:
“Getting to Know You”
A Conversation with our
Democratic Congressional Candidates*
from the 45th, 48th & 49th Districts.
Moderated by Rick Simpson*
Mimi, Rohrabacher & Issa are Southern California’s PAST.
They will continue to vote right along side the rest of the Republican Party. Come out and meet our future.
A Democratic candidate will be our FUTURE!
Wednesday, May 31: 6:45 – 9:00 pm
San Juan Hills High School Theatre
29211 Stallion Ridge, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

You may purchase as many tickets as you like, but each individual must have a ticket to enter the theatre. Please include an email address for each person you purchase a ticket for.
You MUST print and present your ticket at the door!
Scroll to the bottom of this email for the purchase button!

*All Democratic candidates in the 45th, 48th & 49th US Congressional Districts who filed on or before April 15th, 2017 have been invited to participate.
Click on the images of our candidates to be taken to their campaign websites!
Dave Min


*Rick Simpson, Moderator:
Prior to his retirement in October of 2016, Rick Simpson was a senior adviser for the Speaker of the California State Assembly, Anthony Rendon. In that capacity, Rick was responsible for advising the Speaker and other members of the Assembly on a wide variety of policy, budget, and procedural issues.
Rick spent more than 38 years working in and around the State Capitol, primarily on issues of public education. He served as a senior advisor for nine Assembly Speakers. He served for two years as Chief of Staff for the Senate Education Committee, for more than six years as Chief Consultant for the Assembly Education Committee, and worked for a short time as a lobbyist for the California Teachers Association. In 1999, Rick served for six months as the first Legislative Secretary for California Governor Gray Davis. Rick’s appointment to this cabinet level position was one of the first appointments in the Davis Administration.
Rick is one of California’s experts on education policy and school finance. He has either written or played a key role in developing most of California’s major education reforms of the past three decades including the Class Size Reduction program, the laws creating California’s system of academic standards and assessment, and the recent law creating a new structure for school accountability. Rick also drafted the budget reform measures contained in Propositions 1A and 1B for the 2009 special election and the education sections of Governor Brown’s Proposition 30. Rick was the Assembly’s lead negotiator on the annual budget for public education.
A frequent speaker at statewide conferences, Rick has received numerous awards for public service including the Golden Oak Service Award, the highest award given by the California State PTA for service to children and youth. In 2009 through 2016 Rick was named by Capitol Weekly as one of the 100 most influential people in California.
In 2013, Rick was appointed by the Speaker to a 4-year term on the Commission on Judicial Performance. This constitutional body is responsible for disciplining Superior Court judges and Appellate and Supreme Court justices for judicial misconduct.
Rick received his Bachelors degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and earned a Masters degree in public policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Rick is also active in his local community. He served for 12 years as an elected trustee of the Sacramento County Board of Education and was elected president of that board three times. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Chapter of the American Heart Association and the Sacramento Urban League.
Rick is also a champion fencer. He was Pacific Coast Champion, has competed in five National Championships — winning a bronze medal in the 1977 Nationals — and was named to the U.S. Olympic Fencing Squad in 1977 and 1978.

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