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Santa Clara County, CA June 8, 2010 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Member, Democratic Party County Central Committee; County of Santa Clara; State Assembly District 24

The questions were prepared by the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County and asked of all candidates for this office.     See below for questions on Voter Registration, Party Work, Party Membership

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? 1. What would you do to increase the number of voters registered in your party?

Answer from David Cohen:

One of the primary goals of the Santa Clara County Democratic Party is the expansion of voter registration. I have spent countless hours running and volunteering for voter registration drives at various locations in the County. I also believe that through precinct captains, who work their neighborhoods year round, we can reach out to new members of the community and get them registered to vote and involved with the party.

Answer from Jacqueline I. Heffner:

Utilize new technology that allows registration of voters via iphones/ipads, continue to staff booths at fairs and other large gatherings so that voters can easily access registration forms.

? 2. What would you do to help the campaigns of candidates of your party?

Answer from David Cohen:

As Communications Director for the County party, I help publicize the campaign for endorsed candidates and the nominees of the Democratic Party. I write press releases to the local media, make sure that endorsed candidates are publicized on the Democratic Party website, and keep Democratic volunteers informed of ways to help the candidates. I have personally walked precincts all over the Bay Area for Democratic candidates and will continue to do so.

Answer from Jacqueline I. Heffner:

I have worked on many campaigns, from local to national, knocking on doors, making phone calls, writing letter to the editor and I plan on continuing with these actions.

? 3. Why did you become a member of this political party?

Answer from Jacqueline I. Heffner:

I am a Democrat because the Democratic Party represents working Americans, people who know what it is like to struggle each day to pay bills, people who have worked hard all their lives and need a strong government to provide a safety net in difficult times. I am a Democrat because I believe in the separation of church and state, because I strongly support the social issues in the Democratic Party platform and because I believe that the Democratic Party best represents the people of this country in government.

Answer from David Cohen:

The Democratic Party believes in fairness and progress. I am proud to be a member of the party that has been at the forefront of issues such as civil rights, health care, and the environment. See my political philosophy statement for more details (

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' responses are not edited or corrected by the League.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily. Candidates who did not respond are not listed on this page.

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