Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club Fosters Community and Ideals
Back in Action
The Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club (RBDC) is a newly revived organization whose mission is to foster democratic ideals by stimulating active interest in the Democratic Party, registering voters, promoting the democratic process of government, contributing to party leadership and responsibility, and supporting the party platform. RBDC hosts monthly keynote speakers from across the political spectrum, including Republicans like Assemblymember Brian Maienschein and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, Democrats like Congressman Scott Peters and Supervisor Dave Roberts, and academics like Professor Dipak Gupta, who has served as a terrorism consultant to the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State, and Professor Carl Luna, who critiques political races on the national, state, and local levels. RBDC often passes out voter registration information at various local street fairs and marches in the annual RB Fourth of July parade as well.
Individual club members are also active in other areas of the community, serving as presidents of the RB Business Association, the Continuing Education Center of RB, the Conservative Order for Good Government, as well as on the board of directors of the RB Community Council, the Ed Brown Senior Center, the RB Veterans Memorial Association, the Spirit of the Fourth, and the RB Community Foundation. Current RBDC President Marty Judge has been inducted into the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame and the San Diego City Council has twice named a day in his honor to recognize his work as a community volunteer.
The club was formed in the late 1970s as the North Central Democratic Club. Over the years, membership eventually fell below the required minimum to maintain its charter from the County Democratic Party. The club was reestablished in January of this year, has already grown to 87 members, and expects to exceed 100 by the end of the year. “Where Republican Party registration once was a decisive majority in Rancho Bernardo, in recent years registration has gained steadily and today there is a virtual tie between registered Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. This new competitiveness has encouraged Democrats to return to the playing field,” said Marty. RBDC membership is open to all Independents and Democrats.