The Santa Barbara Democratic Party is pressuring candidates to sign a clean campaign pledge. You can view the pledge by clicking on continue reading. So far in the CA 24 Democratic Primary Tim Allison has signed the pledge but Shawn Stern and Marie Pane have not.
After you read the pledge post a comment with your thoughts if the other candidates should sign it. You don't have to register to comment but keep it classy.
I predict Stern and Panec will pledge to sign it by this Monday.
UPDATE: I was totally wrong on that prediction.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Allison, Zacarias, Jordan, Williams sign Democratic Party's Fair Campaign Pledge
Party still hopeful others will sign
After extending the deadline multiple times, the Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County announces that some, but not all candidates for the Democratic nomination in the upcoming primary election have signed a fair campaign pledge.
A copy of the pledge is attached to this advisory.
In response to increasing negativity in the Democratic primary for the 35th Assembly, the local Democratic Party developed a stringent campaign pledge, calling on candidates to refrain from negative attacks on their opponents. The document also demands that candidates hold supporters and allies accountable for their actions. The pledge was first distributed February 16th.
Congressional candidate Tim Allison was joined by Assembly hopefuls Hilda Zacarias, Susan Jordan and Das Williams in making the pledge.
In recent weeks, a number of third party-based attacks have been circulated by supporters of both candidates for the 35th Assembly seat. One of these attacks was a letter sent by California Democratic Party vice chair Alex Rooker. The local party has sent a letter to Rooker complaining that her mailing was deceptive and appeared to have been official party communication.
No response was received by the Lois Capps, Marie Panec or Shawn Stern campaigns. The Party has made it clear that they are welcome to sign the pledge at any time.
Chair, Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County
Organizing Director, Democratic Party of Santa Barbara
FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES PLEDGE
Candidates have a responsibility to provide voters with truthful, fair and clean campaigns for public office and to conduct themselves in a manner conducive to a civil, issue-oriented exchange with their fellow candidates.
Personal attack-oriented campaigns are a major factor in the growing cynicism, alienation, and non-participation among American voters. They demean through use of innuendo and rumor our valued political process.
I PLEDGE to conduct my campaign for public office openly, fairly, and truthfully. I will discuss the issues and participate in fair debate with respect to my views and qualifications.
I WILL NOT engage in, permit, or condone unfair or misleading attacks upon the character or values of my Democratic opponents, appeals to prejudice or invasions of personal privacy.
I WILL NOT distribute negative messages about my Democratic opponent. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: television, radio, print, and online ads; email, websites, blogs, and social networking sites; quotes in news media by me, campaign staff or volunteers; and printed material, either mailed or hand distributed.
I WILL NOT use or permit the use of any opposition research, campaign material or advertisement that misrepresents, distorts, or otherwise falsifies the facts regarding my Democratic opponents or myself.
MY CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATIONS WILL focus on positive arguments for my candidacy not attacks on my Democratic opponent.
I WILL ENSURE that my campaign materials and advertisements, which I disseminate or which are disseminated on my behalf, clearly identify me and contain the name and address, or other contact information, of the sponsor.
I WILL promptly and publicly condemn the actions and statements of any individual or group whose activities violate this Fair Campaign Practices Pledge or whose activities would violate this pledge if engaged in by me or my campaign.
IN SIGNING this Fair Campaign Practices Pledge, I acknowledge personal control and accept responsibility for the conduct of my campaign.
DATE ____________________________ ______________________________________
CANDIDATE FOR PRINT NAME
Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County
402 E. Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, email: email@example.com