John Comiskey for Region 7 Director, CA Democratic Party

Who am I?

Growing up in suburban Chicago, I became interested in politics at an early age. My mother was a poll worker, so I have been hanging around polling places since I was five. I walked precincts for Bobby Kennedy when I was fourteen, and remained active in the antiwar movement through my college years.

After moving to California in 1979, I pursued my career in software development, and remained active on the fringes of politics. After the disappointment of the 2000 Presidential Election, and the shock of what ensued, I threw myself back into politics with renewed vigor.

Since then, I have worked with the South Bay Labor Council and United Democratic Campaign, twice being awarded the COPE Campaign All-Star Award. I found a group of like minded activists in the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley, and joined them. Currently, I am serving as their Co-Chair.

Why am I running?

No one can replace Shawn Bagley. There is only one Shawn Bagley. I do believe, however, my experience with Campaigns, and as a Club Co-Chair, form the basis of the skills required to perform the job of Regional Director. The time has come for me to take on additional responsibilities. I would like very much to serve in this new capacity, and humbly ask for your vote.

My Goals

Shawn Bagley has left an invaluable legacy from his term as Regional Director. The three permanent Centers for Change he has established, along with the new Santa Clara County Headquarters, are priceless resources for organizing and energizing volunteers to work for Candidates, Campaigns, and Issues. Preserving this legacy, and ensuring it is fully funded, would be my top priority.

The Region has many vibrant and productive Clubs which serve as conduits for volunteers, incubators of ideas, and a source of mutual support. There are areas and communities within the Region, however, which are underserved. Serving the needs of current clubs, in cooperation with the California Democratic Council, and encouraging the formation of new Clubs, will be among my highest priorities.

In the recent elections, we saw Candidates with strong Progressive principles and dedication to Democratic Party ideals fail to win office. I believe we can do a better job of identifying excellent Candidates early in the process, getting them the information and resources they need to succeed, and training them to form and execute effective Campaigns.

My DFA Values

Politics consists of two parts: Winning elections and governing. The key to success is the realization these two are one and the same. Good policy is good politics. When Candidates speak from the heart, about what they truly believe and hope for, and govern from the same stance, a bond of trust is established with the electorate which feeds future success.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My Campaign Manager, Swanee Edwards, and tireless activist Melodi Masaniai have helped me reach out to Democratic Party Members in the southern part of Region 7, where I am less known. They have introduced me to many fine activists, particularly through the County Central Committees. Building these bonds of trust has proven to be pivotal in my Campaign.

There are approximately 160 voters eligible to vote for Region 7 Director. I have personally contacted every one for which I have phone or e-mail information, leaving messages as necessary. Talking to voters directly is what I do best. I plan to continue reaching out, until I have had a chance to talk to every voter.

Voice support


  • Linda Pattison
  • Ralph Wheeler, CA
  • Melodi Masaniai, CA
  • Christine Finnie, CA
  • Margaret Okuzumi, CA
  • Mark Metzler
  • Virginia Ferguson, FL
  • Nancy Neff, CA
  • Emilie Gatfield, CA
  • Barbara Comiskey, CA
...and 6 more.

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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