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The Davis College Democrats (DCD) aim to educate the voting population, promote youth participation, foster student leadership, and work towards the betterment of our society. A student with an interest in learning more about the US Government, the Democratic Party, or the political universe will find that information in this organization. DCD also demonstrates a strong ability to provide opportunities for those wishing to become more involved, from campaign work to community service to lobbying on behalf of student issues. In accomplishing these tasks, students receive numerous opportunities to have one-on-one conversations with high-ranking government officials. As the official wing of the Democratic Party to students at UC Davis, we work to promote Democratic ideals and candidates.

DCDis an organization with strong ties to the Democratic Party. DCD is looking for motivated members interested in being involved in the nationwide grassroots effort of the Democratic Party to help you regain control over your lives, future, and country. Come to our meetings, precinct walk with us, bring your tired, your poor, and your huddled masses yearning to be free!

For more information about us, join our [WWW]Facebook group, Email our president <cfshimeld AT ucdavis DOT edu>, read the DCD Constitution by downloading it here: DCD Constitution.doc

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  1. A Short History of DCD
  2. DCD Executive Board '14-'15
  3. DCD Executive Board '13-'14
  4. DCD Executive Board '12-'13
  5. DCD Executive Board '11-'12
  6. DCD Executive Board '10-'11
  7. DCD Executive Board '09-'10
  8. DCD Executive Board '08-'09
  9. 2009-2010
  10. 2007-2008
  11. June 2010 Endorsements
  12. Davis City Council Candidates Forum/Questionnaires (2010)
  13. November 2006 Ballot Initiatives
  14. Our Accomplishments in Photos
  15. Related Websites

A Short History of DCD

Our earliest known records consist of photocopied SOAC (Student Organizations and Activities Center, the precursor to SPAC) registration forms dating back to 1982, with the Registration of "Young Democrats at UC Davis". At the time of registration, the club had 42 members.

The most recent incarnation of DCD occurred when Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald and Scott Lay refounded the club and separately served as president in the 1990s. The club was formed as an alternative to the then-existing Davis Young Democrats, which the founders argued was too focused on campus politics and not enough on state and national issues and elections.

DCD President Avi Singh successfully ran for ASUCD Senate as an Independent in the Winter 2005 ASUCD Election.

On November 12th, 2006 the DCD declined to endorse ASUCD Senate candidates by refusing to suspend its bylaws.

On November 26th, 2006 DCD members voted to approve a club constitutional amendment allowing them the ability to endorse registered Democrats running for ASUCD Senate and ASUCD President. Then prominent members Mario Lopez, Max Mikalonis, and Steve Ostrowski voted for the amendment while Joseph Bleckman and AngelaPourtabib voted against.

During the May of 2007, a second Constitutional Amendment updated the offices of the club, created new committees, resolved bylaw conflicts, and undid the November amendment, once again requiring candidates for ASUCD Senate and Executive Offices to be active members of the Davis College Democrats.

DCD hosted Bill Clinton @ UC Davis on January 15, 2008, where he spoke to a packed crowd of over 7800 in the ARC Pavilion, with another 3500 being unfortunately turned away. This was one of the many accomplishments that led to DCD being named the California College Democrats Chapter of the Year.

DCD has become increasingly involved with ASUCD, first backing DCD members Jack Zwald and Previn Witana in their successful election ASUCD Senate, and then again in their successful bid to be ASUCD President and ASUCD Vice President.

Members of DCD have become increasingly involved with the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee (YCDCC), where as of July 30, 2010 they held two of the six officer positions, and the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) which many prominent members won election to via the Assembly District Election Meetings (or ADEMs).

Former DCD President, Sam Mahood also served as the state-wide California College Democrats (CCD) Vice President of Finance, and DCD Vice President of Political Affairs, Kelsey McQuaid, served as the CCD Communications Director. DCD has had significant fundraising success over the last several years through our "Indigo Awards" fundraiser, which was pioneered during the tenure of then-DCD President Max Mikalonis by then-DCD VP of Membership Don Gibson.

DCD had the honor of hosting President Bill Clinton on campus once again on October 9, 2012 in a rally to support Congressman John Garamendi, Congressman Jerry McNerney, Dr. Ami Bera (now Congressman), and Jose Hernandez for their election bids. Over 8,000 people were in attendance, and DCD was given the opportunity to meet and take a picture with former President Clinton, making for a memorable election cycle.

DCD Executive Board '14-'15

DCD Executive Board '13-'14

DCD Executive Board '12-'13

DCD Executive Board '11-'12

DCD Executive Board '10-'11

DCD Executive Board '09-'10

DCD Executive Board '08-'09


Membership – Throughout Fall Quarter, the meetings consistently packed Wellman 212. In mid-October, DCD sent 28 students to Lake Tahoe for the California Young Democrats’ biennial political training. Additionally in mid-April, DCD carpooled 13 students to Los Angeles for the California Democratic Party’s annual state convention. Of those 13 students, 11 were voting delegates on endorsements and party platforms.

Finances – Behind the work of President Craig and Vice President of Finance Sam Mahood, DCD returned to a financial stability. Under Vice President of Finance Mahood, DCD hosted the most successful fundraiser in club history and one of the most successful in California College Democrats.

Voter Registration – Due to hard work and unique methods during an off-election year, DCD was able to register over 500 students to vote in fall of 2009 (half of which registered were democrats). This total ranked second amongst California College Democrats chapters and they were recognized for their efforts at Lake Tahoe with the “SuperObama” cutout they still use to table on the quad.

Campaigns – DCD was able to perform campaign invasions in Congressional District 10 for then-Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi and Assembly Districts 5 (which was flipped from Republic to Democrat in the 2010 election) and 9 (which we held following Dave Jones’s election as Insurance Commissioner). Throughout September and October, DCD connected interested students to the “Yes on Measure P” campaign in Davis, which allowed students to gain valuable campaign experience. In late-October and early-November, Craig was in Maine campaigning for “No on Question 1”, their equivalent of Proposition 8.

Lobbying – Due to the fact that it was on off-election year, DCD focused on getting its voice heard via lobbying. Throughout the year, they lobbied on behalf of higher education and voting reform. DCD met with the offices of four state legislators in Spring Quarter, but the best example of lobbying was in December when Craig and Vice President of Communications Kelsey McQuaid spoke before the Joint Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education.

External Organizations – DCDers became deeply involved in outside Democratic organizations as a result of their work. Craig, McQuaid, Jack Zwald, and Max Mikalonis served as officers for the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee (as Secretary, Executive Director, Vice Chair, and Parliamentarian, respectively). Don Gibson served as the ’09-’10 Political Director for the California College Democrats and McQuaid and Mahood were elected as ’10-’11 California College Democrats Communications Director and Vice President of Finance, respectively.


June 2010 Endorsements


Barbara Boxer for US Senate
Mike Thompson for US House of Representatives


Jerry Brown for Governor
Janice Hahn for Lieutenant Governor
Debra Bowen for Secretary of State
John Chiang for Controller
Bill Lockyer for Treasurer
Pedro Nava for Attorney General
Dave Jones for Insurance Commissioner
Tom Torlakson for Superintendent of Public Instruction
Mariko Yamada for State Assembly


Don Saylor for Yolo County Supervisor
Cass Sylvia for Public Guardian/Administrator


Yes on 13
No on 14
Yes on 15
No on 16
No on 17

Yolo County Democratic Central Committee

Jack Zwald
Sam Mahood

Davis City Council Candidates Forum/Questionnaires (2010)

The Davis College Democrats and People's Vanguard of Davis co-hosted a forum with all five candidates for Davis City Council on Wednesday, May 12th. Per organizational rules, only registered Democrats (Joe Krovoza, Sydney Vergis, and Daniel Watts) are eligible for endorsement, but both non-Dems (Jon Li and Rochelle Swanson) accepted invitations to participate anyway.

If you would like to read the Vanguard's coverage of the forum, you can see it [WWW]here.

If you would like to read each candidate's questionnaire, they are available for download below.

Joe Krovoza: Joe Krovoza - Online.doc
Sydney Vergis: Sydney Vergis - Online.doc
Daniel Watts: Daniel Watts - Online.doc
Jon Li: Jon Li - Online.doc
Rochelle Swanson: Rochelle Swanson - Online.doc

November 2006 Ballot Initiatives

The California Democratic Party was successful in passing Proposition 1A-1E, Proposition 83 and Proposition 84. The California Democratic Party was also successful in defeating Proposition 85 and Proposition 90.

Our Accomplishments in Photos

mariko_kelsey_brandon.jpgBrandon and Kelsey with Assemblymember Mariko Yamada.

indigo_awards_10.jpgDCD's 3rd Annual Indigo Awards.

marriage_equality.jpgKelsey, Kevin, Baxter, Max, and Key at a rally for marriage equality.

garamendi_invasion.jpgDCD invading CD 10 for John Garamendi.

dave_jones_tahoe.jpgDCD with Insurance Commissioner candidate Dave Jones at the CYD Tahoe Retreat.

pedro_nava.jpgDCD with Attorney General candidate Pedro Nava.

janice_hahn.jpgDCD with Lieutenant Governor candidate Janice Hahn.

eboard_mariko_alex.jpgSam, Baxter, Brandon, and Kelsey with CDP Vice Chair Alex Rooker and Assemblymember Mariko Yamada.

wjc+mdm.jpgMax introducing Former President Bill Clinton at his campaign stop at UC Davis on January 15, 2008

DCD with Jerry Brown.jpegDCD with Governor Jerry Brown at the Debate watch party

Related Websites

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2005-06-03 21:59:53   Woot! —AngelaPourtabib

2006-04-02 21:19:32   Count Me In for the Convention! It sounds like its going to be great! —EricTindall

2006-04-25 20:44:27   Levy is also heavily republican backed.... —JamesSchwab

2006-04-25 21:14:36   Well good thing the position is non-partisan... although word on the street says that the Republicans actually haven't endorsed him... but I'm sure whoever you heard that from wouldn't mislead you James —AngelaPourtabib

2006-07-25 22:31:56   Treasurer Joseph Bleckman was greatly pleased by the BBQ. With the leftovers he brought home he was able to eat for days. I'm disapointed though that none of the pictures truely captured my Evil Mustashe that I had back then. —JosephBleckman

2006-07-25 22:42:57   Nice job on the pics! —PaulAmnuaypayoat

2006-08-01 10:57:48   State party meeting this weekend in Burlingame! Anyone interested should join us in checking it out! —AngelaPourtabib

2006-10-03 23:30:24   I was rather pissed today at DCD. I planned on attending the "Meeting @ 8 PM at 212 Wellman". It was closed. Fortunately for many of the classes planning on meeting there, signs had been posted redirecting people to various places. No such luck with DCD. I went to Cafe Roma to see if maybe they'd congregated over there; no such luck. —SS

2006-10-03 23:47:11   We actually went to the Coffee House to have our meeting tonight. We didn't actually know that classes were redirecting people so I guess this time was just a case of bad luck. —AngelaPourtabib

It really wasn't bad luck. I'm not affiliated with the Democrat or Republican group on campus, but I received this message after joining the DCD Facebook Group. It was sent out just last night at 11:30 P.M. by your vice-president:

The DCD are Having their First meeting of the Quarter this Tuesday, October 3rd, at 8pm in Wellman 212.
During this meeting we will be Revising and Discussing our plans for the following weeks, including when we can Table to Increase our Visibility, Promote our Candidates, and Educate the UCD Public on the Issues We Stand For.
We have a Table, We have Materials, and We have a Plan... All we need now is For YOU to attend Our Meeting and Together We Can Make The Difference!
See you tomorrow!
Max Mikalonis
Davis College Democrats Vice President

I showed up to Wellman Hall 10 minutes early. There were several groups and multiple postings of cancelled classes, groups that were being directed elsewhere and so on. It wasn't bad luck that I couldn't find anyone affiliated with DCD, nor was it bad luck that I used my phone to search the Wiki, your website as well as several administative pages on the Facebook only to not find even 1 contact number or update to find out what had happened. The only clue I had was that the Wiki mentioned you meet at Cafe Roma as well. Nothing was going on over there either.

Really, I don't mind the goof. It was a little disappointing, but it wasn't bad luck either. I only want to point this out now because it seems obvious you guys need to regroup on recruiting methods. —SS

2006-10-04 02:19:12   Saul, Perhaps we left too late, perhaps you didn't see us, but we did gather as a group by the lawn, there WERE people affiliated with DCD in the area, and several new members did come with us to the CoHo, though I do know of two other than you that slipped through the cracks because of the impromptu room changes. That being said, I can't control the plumbing in Wellman Hall, and our Main Event is actually NEXT Tuesday's Meeting as opposed to This Tuesday's, so everything else so far has been closer to Icing on the Cake. —MaxMikalonis

2006-10-04 09:24:08   Who spends time to complain about this?? Especially when they dont even identify as Democrat? —JamesSchwab

2006-10-04 11:37:51   Uhm, the guy planning on showing up to the next meeting? What's up with the presumptuous question, dude? Is my vote not good enough for you? —SS

2007-05-30 18:59:45   Officer elections were crazy yo... —AngelaPourtabib

2007-05-30 22:19:06   Questionable election but Bleckman for President! —GregWebb

2007-05-30 22:54:24   Next year will be great with our new leadership and we will make sure those who weren't elected. I really hope that with next fall we can "rush" many more people into the great causes that we support. Also does anyone want to write a resolution in support of making sodexho employees UC employees? —DonGibson

2007-07-24 01:01:22   DCD should endorse Dennis Kucinich and invite him to come to our meeting. —GregWebb

2007-10-03 10:25:02   Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald told me about how the Davis College Dems came around in the early 90's, so she might have more information about how it started. Also, I'm going to ask George Andrews about Igor Berman who I believe was President of DCD back in 00-01 and then jumped ship to DCR, and which left the club a little disorganized for a few years. That's what I remember from a previous conversation with George and Avi. —JamesSchwab

2007-10-28 17:06:47   I think Cecilia was in the mid 1990's and Scott was the late 90's. —JamesSchwab

2007-11-26 22:37:14   I love how DCD and DCR joined together for last Monday's rally. Good job proving you're the same party. —JessicaRockwell

2007-11-26 23:28:02   What rally did DCD and DCR both participate in? —JamesSchwab "they raised money for the families of fallen soldiers. I wasn't a big fan of how the rally went down (DCR insisted on the pledge and the national anthem) but there are worse things in the world people can devote their time to." Andrew

2008-01-18 16:42:49   I went to Kleiber to see the debate. Wasn't able to attend the reschedule and sorry to have missed it. —MischaGushiken

2008-09-25 22:24:07   Anyone planning to watch tomorrow's debate? I'm looking for someone with a TV who would like to watch the debates together, as I have no TV. —IDoNotExist

2009-03-31 18:45:16   DCD throws some good parties. —CodyDuncan

2011-09-25 23:00:32   Join us from October 4-6 as we celebrate the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year. For more information, check our website and Facebook Group and Page (links are at the top of the page). —albertaramayo

2014-10-29 08:11:15   I am annoyed and using Davis Wiki as a vehicle to voice my frustratation. On Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, the Davis College Democrats sent out a spam email to a large number of UC Davis organization, including graduate students in the Language and Literatures division, advertising a public speaking event later this fall. Over the course of the day I received over 48 messages that were "unsubscribe" requests. I am hoping this academic club wants to position themselves as a professional organization of new young political leaders. Such a breach in email etiquette doesn't really help their image. In short, Boo, College Democrats. —EricJensen

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