Laurie Williams, Correspondent
Posted: 08/17/2012 05:30:26 PM PDT

The weeks between now and Election Day will likely pass quickly for Patrick Kahler, the new chairman of the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee.

With a deadline of Nov. 6, his job is to mount a vigorous campaign to help elect Democrats running at the federal and state levels.

“Our ongoing goal is to recruit and support candidates and to keep the endorsement process moving,” said Kahler, 46, who has worked for the Democratic Party in the area for eight years. “There are about 135 Democratic candidates countywide, and we work with the local Democratic clubs to win endorsements and facilitate the campaigns.”

Getting out the vote is key.

“There are tens of thousands of people who are registered to vote, but who haven’t gotten out and done so in a while,” he said. “Reaching out to them will be a big priority.”

He said the organization will also emphasize its support for “yes” votes on Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to raise sales taxes temporarily and apply a surcharge to the incomes of the state’s highest earners, and for “no” votes on Proposition 32, which would ban use of payroll deductions to contribute to political campaigns.

Founder of the Blue County organization, a group of civic, labor, business and education leaders who support Democratic candidates, Kahler has served the Central Committee as secondd vice chairman of candidate development for five years.

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