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PPA Endorsement: Josh Harder for CD-10

Better Logo Than YoursWith the 2018 primary election season behind us the candidates left in the race for CD-10 are Josh Harder and Jeff Denham.  We reached out to Mr. Harder and his campaign with a questionnaire of issues that our members find important and want to see our congressional candidate take a solid stance on.  Mr. Harder filled out that questionnaire and at our most recent meeting we brought it forward to our members for discussion.

NOTE: The questions and responses are now published online for all readers and members to look through.  Find the link below.

After looking over his responses and talking through the pros/cons and any concerns we may have had about Mr. Harder we put forward a motion to formally endorse Mr. Harder as our candidate for CD-10.  That motion was voted on by all present members and with unanimous support the Patterson Progressive Alliance is proud to announce our endorsement of Candidate Josh Harder for California Congressional District 10.

We look forward to working with our partners around the district as well as Mr. Harder’s campaigns to unseat Jeff Denham and his failed policies for the good of the valley, the state, and the nation.

Please visit www.harderforcongress.com for information and opportunities to help in his campaign or you can reach out to us directly here or at pattersonprogressives@gmail.com.  Thank you again to all members and supporters and let’s get going to take back our district!

William Hoffknecht
Co-Founder, The Patterson Progressive Alliance

Josh Harder Endorsement Questionnaire

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PPA Statement on TJ Cox Endorsement

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The Patterson Progressive Alliance was proud to endorse TJ Cox for the 10th Congressional District race against Jeff Denham, and we were disappointed to learn that he will instead be running in the 21st district. TJ earned the support of our group and several other groups throughout the 10th for his progressive values and genuine character. Our support for TJ stands, and we wish him well in his new race, but our focus remains on Patterson and the 10th district.

The PPA is not currently endorsing any candidate for the 10th district, and we look forward to discussing this further at our next meeting on March 14. Our biggest goal remains to flip the House, and with TJ in the 21st and a Democrat in the 10th, we’ll be two steps closer to doing just that. We will continue to work to unseat Jeff Denham, and we’ll be canvassing again on March 18 toward that goal.

 

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Patterson Poetry!

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Wow!  This is overwhelming and humbling to the entire group.  Our first event that we organized was the Valentine’s Day Love-In.  The point was to be very public and announce to the city of Patterson that we are here and we still believe in peace, love, and unity in a time of great political turmoil and differences.

Our event, which you can read more about by clicking this link, was a huge success in our eyes.  We had a mix of teachers, board members, city council, children, and town elders come out to share in our message.

Even more amazing than that is the fact that we were contacted by a resident that sent us this picture of her poem entitled “Patterson Valentine’s Day ‘Love-In’ 2017” that was recently published by the Modesto Poets Corner.  This is beyond what we had expected.  I love that our event to spread love and unity inspired someone to want to write about the event in a creative and artistic fashion.

So thank you Nancee Kinkaid Maya for sharing this with us…and while nothing is set in stone yet, it is safe to say we are looking to make the Love-In more than just a singular event for Patterson!

 

William Hoffknecht

PPA Co-Founder

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Patterson Mobile Office Hours – May

A few members of the PPA showed up this morning (2nd Friday of the month, 10:30 AM) in order to speak to Mr. Denham or his staffer.  It would have been nice to see Mr. Denham, especially since the Congressman was on recess this week and meeting with people all over the valley, but we honestly did not expect him after the well-deserved anger he has faced from valley constituents over the first part of the week.

We did have a conversation with his staffer though, who seemed rather unprepared to face our questions.  He attempted to defend Denham on the false narrative that he was “undecided” on the AHCA for quite awhile between him stating he was at a “no” vote and when he voted “yes” on it.  We brought up that this untrue because we were the ones calling his office and his staff over and over up until the vote and were continually told he was a “no,” but that seemed to fall on deaf ears.

The staffer then attempted to state that Denham turned to “yes” from the last two amendments, which was countered with the fact that those two amendment basically do nothing to make the bill better – a drop in the bucket compared to the cost and need, to which there was little response.

We expressed our displeasure with his condescending nature, over him citing “doctors” for his AHCA support, and his continual lies and attacks on us as “paid protesters from the bay area.”  The fact that he sends out an email stating how nice it was to have open dialogue and conversation, then a week later sends an email to his base accusing us of being “paid protesters” while begging for cash is sickening and proves what kind of politician he is.

While nothing was resolved and his staffer did say he will take our concerns back to the congressman, we know that it will fall on deaf ears.  Denham has already proven that he is rather unconcerned with what is best for his constituents or what we want – he feels he is smarter than everyone else, he knows more than we do, and he is just plain better than all of us.  Denham has shown us nothing other than that he is a slick-talking wannabe farmer who really just exists to toe the line with whatever the party and ol’ 45 want.

William Hoffknecht

Patterson Progressive Alliance, Co-Founder