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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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San Diego County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Assembly District 78

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Kami Olsson Tapp

16,645 votes (8.36%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Election of Democratic candidates in 2016; developing and endorsing candidates with strong Democratic Party values for 2018, 2020 and beyond
  • Ensuring that the Central Committee is representative of and representing the constituents we are elected to serve
  • Organizational efficiency and increased communications by the Central Committee and County Party with Democrats in the county



Profession:Party Volunteer and Executive Board Member, Business Owner, Project Manager, Software Engineer
Co-owner, DeepSea Power & Light (Design and Manufacturing) (1983–current)
Co-owner, SeeScan, Inc. (Design and Manufacturing) (2005–current)
Senior Software Engineer, Titan (via acquisition of VisiCom) (1992–2002)
Senior Software Engineer, TeleSoft, Inc (1982–1992)


UCSD Post-baccalaureate studies, Computer Science (1981)
UCSD Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology; minors in Biology and Chemistry (1980)

Community Activities

Exeuctive Board, Director of Grassroots Organizing, San Diego County Democratic Party (2010–current)
Volunteer, San Diego County Democratic Party (2006–current)
Delegate, California Democratic Party (2012–current)
Member, San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee (2009–current)
Member, California Democratic Party Executive Board (2014–current)


I’ve been an active volunteer with the County Democratic Party since 2006. My involvement with the San Digo County Democratic Party has been recognized with their leadership award in 2009, volunteer of the year in 2014, and most recenlty as California Democratic Party Region 20 volunteer of the year in 2016.

I started my volunteering doing voter registration and phone banking and became part of the newly founded "Grassroots Organizing Team" of precinct ambassadors. Due to my organizational involvement, I was appointed as an Associate Member of the Central Committee in 2009. I was further elected to serve on the Executive Board as Grassroots Organizing Director (since 2010), as a member of the Administration (Bylaws/Credentials) standing committee (2013-current), as a California Democratic Party Delegate (since 2011), and to represent the county party on the California Democratic Party Executive Board (2015-current). I was appointed by the California Democratic Party to serve on the statewide voter services committee with a focus on precinct based voter contact (2013-current).

As part of my volunteering, I serve as the Party’s Voter File Manager, directly supporting candidates with their voter data. I have built solid working relationships with numerous candidates, their campaign managers and administrators. I enjoy being able to serve and support multiple candidates at the same time. Over the last several elections, I’ve been the person who has provided precinct-level customized mailer content listing only the endorsed candidates on the ballot in that precinct and made slate mailing to 100’s of thousands of Democrats possible. I also help the party at the organization level with their annual events (Roosevelt Dinner, Silent Auction, Conventions).

Outside of politics, I served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for 2 foster children from 2005 to 2008 and was active in PTA when my own children were K-12 students.

My husband and I own/operate two manufacturing businesses in Kearny Mesa with 250+ employees. Our corporate culture is one of collaboration, innovation, and opportunity. All employees receive health benefits, vacation/sick/personal time, and our minimum wage exceeded $10.10/hours long before President Obama called for it.  My husband serves on the Kearny Mesa Planning Group.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Current and Past Chairs of the San Diego County Democratic Party

Organizations (1)

  • San Diego Democrats for Equality

Elected Officials (2)

  • Congressman Scott Peters, House of Representatives, California District 52
  • Mayor Serge Dedina, Imperial Beach

Individuals (16)

  • Francine Busby, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Josie Hamada, Imperial Beach
  • Jessica Hayes, Vice-Chair South Area of the San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Jess Durfee, Chair Emeritus of the San Diego County Democratic Party, DNC Member
  • Craig Roberts, Region 20 Director, California Democratic Party
  • Judy Ki, Founder & President Emeritus, AAPI Democratic Club of San Diego
  • Bob Jellison, Past Chair, San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Ruth Rollins, Director of Clubs, San Diego County Democratic Party, Past President Pt. Loma Club
  • Tony Montalvo, Secretary, San Diego County Democratic Party, Past President Eastlake Bonita Club
  • Sunny Escovedo, Controller, San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Eric Hereford, Vice-Chair East Area of the San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Marilee McLean, Solana Beach
  • Rhoda Quate, Vice President, Clairemont Democratic Club, OFA Organizer
  • Rosemary Straley, San Diego / University City
  • Jean Seager, Past President, Coronado Democratic Club
  • Don Greene, Vice-Chair North Area of the San Diego County Democratic Party

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My philosophy is one of collaboration with an eye to long term strategy for Democrats in my district, the county, the state and the nation. Our district has a broad mix of Democrats who label themselves, and others, in many ways as well as those who avoid labels completely. I'm one of the latter, I'd much prefer to understand our differences and find ways to work together. It is important that as a committee, we are focused on multiple issues, listen to all voices, and consider how topics and concerns relate and integrate, and think of the "big picture" as we consider candidates and positions for endorsement.   

I am delighted to see so many new candidates for Central Committee – new voices are vitally important. I also think reelecting some old voices is important. I am uniquely qualified with historical County Party experience and working relationships. I am the only current or past member of the County Party Executive Board who has qualified for the AD 78 ballot. I believe that having Central Committee members who can provide that continuity and perspective is essential to our primary objective of electing strong Democrats and to the continued growth and success of the party.


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