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Santa Clara County, CA June 3, 2008 Election
Smart Voter

Clark Williams
Answers Questions

Candidate for
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.
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Questions & Answers

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

Throughout my many years as a Democratic activist, I have actively volunteered to register new voters - especially among marginalized communities without easy access to voter registration materials. Yet, in spite of these grassroots efforts, there are hundreds of thousands of eligible Democratic voters in Santa Clara County who remain unable to participate in elections simply because they are not registered to vote.

Ultimately, I believe that the only way we will get to a goal of 100 percent voter registration is through universal voter registration -- establishing registration as a mutual responsibility of citizens and their government. By allowing California youth to pre-register at the age of 16 and by directing the Secretary of State to coordinate automatic voter registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Franchise Tax Board, we will see millions of disenfranchised Californians actively engaged in our state's political system.

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

Having once run for public office, I know how volunteers can make the difference between winning or losing.

I have long been an active campaign volunteer. As a result of my longstanding Democratic activism, in 2006, I was awarded the Madge Overhouse "Volunteer of the Year" Award from the Santa Clara County Democratic Party.

In addition to precinct-walking and phone banking, I am also a significant financial contributor to many Democratic campaigns and will continue to utilize my leadership role in the Democratic Party to raise money for progressive political candidates.

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

When I was 18 years old, I registered as a Democrat because I shared the party's core values of promoting economic opportunity, civil rights and honest government.

Today, as I stand committed to affordable health care, energy independence, improved public education and economic prosperity for all Americans, I remain a proud and loyal Democrat.

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