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When you are exhausted because of the non-stop disasters in the White House and the Senate, it’s hard to maintain the high level of outrage that is warranted. 


 In spite of it all, many progressives continue to work tirelessly because we see a better future for America. As part of that effort, we’re working to ensure that the Blue Wave in 2020 is even larger than the 2018 midterms.


To that end, I’m recommending DOD’s focused theme between now and the election be “DETERMINED DEMOCRATS 2020.”


  • We’re determined to register thousands of new voters.

  • We’re determined to elect a Democratic president.  Many say: “Anyone But Trump!”

  • We’re determined to take the Senate in 2020.  (Ditch Moscow Mitch!)

  • We’re determined to enact a Progressive agenda…on healthcare, on wages and jobs, on gun safety, on equal rights for all (women and LGBTQ), on immigration, on criminal justice…and so many more issues.

  • We’re determined to support the most vulnerable among us.

  • We’re determined to help Democrats win more local seats.



So I hope each of you will resolve to be a Determined Democrat, and figure out how you can help. 

No effort is too small.


Each of us CAN make a difference! See our how to get involved page.

Dori Smith


2020 Board of Directors

(in alphabetical order)

Jimmi Thomas BOLDT Communications & Social Media Chair

Palm Springs

Birthplace: Appleton, WI

BS Microbiology and Public Health. University of Wisconsin

Quality Assurance & Compliance

Steven BROOKS, Citizen Lobby Days Chair

Sun City Palm Desert

Birthplace:  Los Angeles, CA

Education: BA Psychology – CSU Northridge

Career with Los Angeles City Dept. of Water & Power 


Fergus CURRIE, Fund-raising Chair

Cathedral City

Education/career: Retired from university education


 Michael FINLAND, Candidate Development Chair

Palm Springs

Birthplace:  Teaneck, NJ

Education/Career:  BA English Literature, St. Joseph’s College; Real estate/security

Susan D JAFFE, Hospitality

Ranch Mirage

Birthplace:  San Francisco, CA

Education:  BA San Francisco State University 

Career: Paralegal

Stephen JAFFE, Vice President

Ranch Mirage

Birthplace: Detroit, MI

Education: JD Wayne State University

Career: Attorney

Pam SIMPKINS, Executive Secretary 

         Born: Anchorage, Alaska

         Degree: AA Degree in Finance from Rancho Santiago College in Santa Ana, CA

         Profession: Retired Municipal employe

         Currently resides in Indio


Dori SMITH, President

Palm Desert

Birthplace:  Madera, CA

Education: BA, Journalism, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Career: Communications/public relations at large & small companies


Cathie SNYDER, Membership Chair

La Quinta

Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Education: AA, Glendale Community College


Megan STROSNIDER, Treasurer

La Quinta

Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Education: Civil Engineer Degree, University of Arizona


Neddy THOMPSON, Programs/Political Action Chair 

Palm Desert

Birthplace:  Oconomowoc, WI

Career:  Mental Health Clinic owner, administrator and clinician specializing in sex therapy and family therapy.

Patrick A WEISS
         Palm Springs
         Birthplace: Monrovia, CA
         Education:  Santa Barbara City College, San Francisco State College 
         Career: Hospital Unit Service Coordinator .  AFSCME 3299 Executive Board Member “


Robert WESTWOOD, President Emeritus

Rancho Mirage

Birthplace: Louisville, KY

Education: MS, Counseling, San Francisco State University