If you want Mary Ann to remain in the race, I'd suggest emailing the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee at contact@SMCDems.org.
Here's what I wrote -
I apologize if I'm not totally understanding the situation below.
I'm reading something about Mary Ann Nihart, who is currently on the Pacifica City Council and running for re-election, asking the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee to withdraw its endorsements for Pacifica City Council and instead remain neutral. Apparently there's a law where federal employees like Mary Ann aren't allowed to participate in elections where a political party endorses candidates, but the San Mateo County Democrats decided to endorse candidates for the City Council election. Her options seem to be to drop out of the race, stay in the race and face disciplinary action by the Merit System Protection Board, or quit her regular job.
Please grant her request to have the San Mateo County Democrats remain neutral in the Pacifica City Council race. Mary Ann is one of the most effective, balanced and thoughtful council members we've had in Pacifica in years, and blocking the ability of Pacificans to return her to council seems very "un-Democratic" and not very "pro-choice." I have absolutely no doubt that she would be the top vote-getter in November's election for Council, and I'm sure it would engender a lot of ill-will towards the San Mateo County Democrats if it appeared your organization was meddling in a local council election in a way that prevented Pacifica voters from returning a very popular candidate to office.
I used to be a Democrat but switched to Decline to State about 15 years ago. I still tend to vote with Democrats simply because my values align more closely with them, but one of the reasons I left the party was because I thought the Democrats were going into the same gutter as Republicans, where playing political games was a higher priority than doing what was in the best interests of the public. Please don't reconfirm that impression.
Heck, it wouldn't hurt to email the following Ex Officio Members of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee -
Congressperson Jackie Speier - https://forms.house.gov/speier/webforms/email_jackie.shtml
State Senator Jerry Hill - http://sd13.senate.ca.gov/send-e-mail
State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin - https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD22
Posted by Steve Sinai