‘Saving Democracy’ event March 21 at Cabrillo College

A bipartisan panel with national and statewide experience in politics and media will bring their prescriptions for “Saving Democracy” to Cabrillo College’s Samper Recital Hall March 21 at 7 p.m.

Admission is free with registration (see below).

“Saving Democracy: The Way Forward” is the third edition of a successful series established in 2017 in response to the rise of anger and division and the decline of democratic norms.

Participating this time will be:

Amanda Renteria, a former candidate for California Governor who’s also been a top adviser to Hillary Clinton, the former Director of the California Dept. of Justice, and the first ever Latina Chief of Staff to a U.S. Senator (Debbie Stabenow of Michigan).

Mike Madrid, a nationally recognized expert on Latino voting trends, the former Press Secretary for the California Republican Leader, the former Political Director for the California Republican Party, and the founder of consultancy Grassroots Lab.

Dan Schnur, once a top Republican consultant to John McCain, Pete Wilson and others, now a USC and UC Berkeley professor, a Decline to State voter, and a frequent national media commentator.

Debbie Mesloh, a senior adviser to presidential candidate Kamala Harris, senior member of the Obama administration and campaigns, and President of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.

Kristin Olsen, the former California Assembly Republican Leader and Vice Chair of the California Republican Party, now a Stanislaus County Supervisor.

Zach Friend, a veteran of the Democratic National Committee and presidential campaigns for John Kerry and Barack Obama, a national media commentator, and a Santa Cruz County Supervisor.

Schnur, Mesloh, Olsen, and Friend took part in the previous “Saving Democracy” at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos last June 29, which also featured former Congressman Sam Farr.

Moderating once again will be Spencer Critchley, a communication consultant for the Obama campaigns and others, a national media commentator, and the head of Seaside-based marketing communications firm Boots Road Group, which is producing the event as a public service in partnership with Cabrillo College, and with co-sponsorship by the Aptos and Santa Cruz Chambers of Commerce.

“The basic concept is, What if instead of shouting and scoring points, conservatives and liberals listened to each other and talked about things that matter?” said Critchley. “It’s going to be a vigorous, fascinating conversation — and an informed, civil one. That in itself is an important way of defending democracy.”

As with previous “Saving Democracy” events, the evening will be recorded for the “Dastardly Cleverness in the Service of Good” podcast, which is available via all podcast apps.

High resolution photos of the participants can be download from this temporary link.


Date: March 21, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Samper Recital Hall, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos.
Admission: Free with registration at bootsroad.com/democracy.

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