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San Diego County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Assembly District 78

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William Rodriguez-Kennedy

Central Committee Member
15,144 votes (7.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To expand the diversity of the Democratic Party's leadership so that our central committee better represents the Democrats it represents
  • To build better coalitions among the various social and economic justice movements and the Democratic Party
  • To elect Democrats who are progressive, diverse and who embrace social and economic justice.



Profession:Democratic Central Committee Member, Resource and Development Manager
Political and Non-Profit Resource Development Manager, GSI (2015–current)
President, San Diego Democrats for Equality — Elected position (2016–current)
State Secretary, California Young Democrats — Elected position (2016–current)
Central Committee Member, San Diego County Democratic Party — Elected position (2014–current)
Delegate, California Democratic Party State Central Committee — Elected position (2012–current)
Secretary, San Diego County Veterans Advisory Council — Appointed position (2010–current)
Field Organizer, California Democratic Party (2014–2015)
Field Organizer, Sarah Boot for City Council / San Diego County Democratic Party (2013–2014)


Will Rodriguez-Kennedy is a Non-Profit and Political Resource Development Manager, award winning former journalist, activist and veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has nearly a decade of combined military and community service.

In 2008, Will was honorably discharged from the military under the discriminative “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. He made international headlines in his fight against the policy specifically being amongst the first to attempt to reenlist when it was ruled unconstitutional in 2010.

Since then he has been active in local politics. Amongst his awards he was named Veteran of the Year for the 77th Assembly District in 2009, he was voted Outstanding Community Activist at the Nicky Awards in 2011, received a San Diego Press Club award for his coverage of government and politics in a non-daily newspaper, San Diego LGBT Weekly and was inducted into the San Diego LGBT Community Center's Benjamin Dillingham and Bridget Wilson Veteran's Wall of Honor in 2013. 

Will is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Young Professional Council’s leadership academy, a program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center and is currently a communications major.

Will served on the board of directors of San Diego LGBT Pride from 2010 to 2013 and as an officer of the board from 2011-2013.

He currently serves as President for of the San Diego Democrats for Equality, as State Secretary of the California Young Democrats, as an appointed member and Secretary of the San Diego County Veteran's Advisory Council, Deputy Vice Chair (Central Area) and Membership Development Coordinator of the San Diego County Democratic Party's Central Committee and as a delegate to the California Democratic Party's State Central Committee.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Diego Democrats for Equality
  • San Diego and Imperial County Labor Council
  • Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, California State Assemblymember from the 78th Assembly District

Organizations (3)

  • UFCW Local 135
  • UCSD College Democrats
  • San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a progressive Democrat with a passion for social and economic justice. I support policies that remove the barriers between people and their potential and I oppose policies that increase inequality or reinforce systematic inequality, racism and/or oppression.

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