Rally in the Valley

Guest post from two SoCal Jerry supporters, Chad Jones and Dante Atkins. Chad, the President of Valley Grassroots for Democracy, and Dante, a featured writer for DailyKos, are both members of the Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley (DPSFV). DPSFV, one of the largest grassroots campaign efforts in California, is an umbrella organization that hosted a rally with the six major candidates on the Democratic ticket this past weekend.

Most of the time, it's a big deal for a statewide Democratic candidate in California to stop by a grassroots volunteer campaign office. Six on the same day would be absolutely unheard of, especially when headlined by Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown.

But the DPSFV recently got some good news: Along with Kamala Harris, Debra Bowen, Gavin Newsom, John Chiang, and Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown himself was coming to our rally!

This past Sunday, several hundred enthusiastic Jerry supporters stuffed inside our office, a former video store, until it was bursting at the seams. Everyone wanted to hear what our once and future governor had to say.

When Jerry arrived, he took pictures and personally spoke to just about everybody. The program even started a few minutes early. When was the last time a rally began on time?

Even more amazing than our start-time was the multitude of volunteers who stayed at our office after the program ended to phone-bank and get out the vote for Jerry. Usually at events like these, when the big names are finished, the crowd starts to thin. But not in the San Fernando Valley! In fact, we expect to see many of the same faces next weekend when we walk a hundred precincts in support of the Democratic ticket.

After three commanding debate performances, a television ad that has been hailed as one of the best of the cycle, and a series of increasingly favorable polling numbers, Sunday's Rally in the Valley served as even more proof that Californians are eager and motivated to see Jerry Brown become their next Governor.

For more from Sunday's Rally in the Valley, check out our Flickr album.

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