2018 Board Candidates
Westchester-Playa Democratic Club
A resident of Playa Vista, Duane has been a member of the WPDC since 2016. Over the last year, she served as a Member-at-Large on the Executive Board, where she helped create programs, recruit new members, and bring greater visibility to the Club’s outreach efforts. Heading into 2018, Duane believes the Club can play a strategic and instrumental role in helping to elect more Democrats at the local, state, and national levels, energizing our Democratic base, registering new voters, and helping to unify our Democratic party. Duane brings to the Club a 20+ year career focused on government relations and public policy, where she served at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Energy, and for the U.S. Congress. Duane received her Master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.
First Vice President - Political Affairs:
Onofrio "Vince" Bertolini
Second Vice President - Operations:
As a Westchester resident for over 30 years and a passionate Democrat all my life, I am proud to be a candidate for the WPDC Executive Board as a member-at-large . I have been a member of the Club since it was organized in 2007, serving on various committees, including Bylaws, Nominating, Marketing, and Membership (maintaining the roster). I have also served on the planning committees for both the holiday and summer parties. Meeting and working with fellow Club members on projects to help our community and support our Democratic elected officials has truly enriched my life. Prior to retiring I worked over 30 years in health care administrator in both the public and private sectors.
I have had the privilege of being on the WPDC Board for the last 4 years and have been involved with the club on committees for the last 6 years. It is wonderful to see how far we have grown together, as a club and as a community, over the last few years! I am asking for your vote for Treasurer again for 2018. As many of you may know, my love for spreadsheets and numbers run deep. If given the opportunity, I look forward to stewarding our club's financial well-being in the coming year. Thank you for your support of our club! Cheers to a terrific 2018!
I have been a Westchester / Playa del Rey resident for the 16 years that I have been in Los Angeles and an active member of the Club for the past 5 years. I have served on many of WPDC event committees and look forward to expanding my role as we continue to explore and tackle location and national issues important to the Democratic Party. I'm a 2004 graduate of Loyola Marymount University (Go Lions!) and have worked in design and marketing roles at various companies, and look forward to combining my skills with the Club's needs to further advance our mission of promoting Democratic principles and values.
In some way, I have always been active in my community since High School, International Affairs club, debate society. University of Colorado student Democratic Club. As a parent, I was a yearly member (president one year of my local and state PTA My undergrad degree concentration was Urban Geography and employment career has been in Los Angeles city and county offices - County Planning Department environmental impact studies,. Los Angeles city LAPD grant division, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs division consultant. I have been a Westchester resident since 2001.
I was one of the original members of the Club and was active for a few years. Because of family and business commitments, I was unable stay involved in the Club. I returned to the Club last year and would like to become more involved by becoming an At-Large member of the Executive Board. I recognize the contributions that the Club has made to the Democratic Party and the community and I would like to assist in continuing and expanding those contributions. I am a loyal and informed Democrat and request your consideration for one of the At-Large seats on the Executive Board.
Peter Muller serves as deputy state director to California Senator Dianne Feinstein. A California native, Peter worked on Capitol Hill for nearly ﬁfteen years as legislative assistant to Rep. Norman Mineta and legislative director and chief of staff to Rep. Ellen Tauscher. He also served as director of government affairs for two leading California companies - Genentech, Inc., and Intel Corporation. Prior to joining Senator Feinstein’s ofﬁce, Peter directed government relations for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, known as “Metrolink”. Peter has been a member of the WPDC since 2016 and resides in Playa Vista with his wife, Duane Muller.
I have both the educational and professional political experience. I studied political science at LMU and Criminology (focusing on Terrorism Studies). I worked for several think tanks and was a political risk assessor. Now I am the owner of a small business. I love being politically engaged, and involved with my community Operations would be a good fit for me because I have a lot of experience with event planning.
As the new Chair of the Issues Committee, I am excited to continue to create an effective network of committee members to field new issues as they arise from researching the real facts, through communicating to the Board, and implementing action as appropriate upon Board approval, whether it be publishing a position paper, sending letters to elected seats, presenting symposiums of subject matter experts, hosting town halls of elected seats and stakeholders, or phone banking and precinct walking. We must improve outreach to our WPDC members, to operate as a bottom-up voice of the people to express the concerns of grass-roots Democrats and ignite the power of grass-roots Democratic activism including the Millenials, passing our hard earned lessons to the next generation of leaders.
Save the Date
Annual Board Election Meeting
November 16th, 2017 • 7:00–9:00pm
Holy Nativity Church, Westchester
Details to come.