11 Jan

Local Democrats elect Assembly Delegates

From Fresno County Democratic Party Chair Michael D. Evans:

Congratulations to the following Assembly District delegates newly elected on Jan. 10.

Assembly District 23

Delegates – Women

Ellie Garabedian
Jeni Ann Kren
Judy Hess
Alexis Baca Morgan
Susan McCall Carrasco
Donna Macris
Carole Laval

Delegates – Men

Victor Pasnick
Philip Traynor
Larry Moore
Bruce Jewell
James Kratzer
Ivo Foster
Barigye McCoy

E-Board Representative

Carole Laval

Assembly District 31

Delegates – Women

Esmeralda Soria
Ashley Werner
Sandra Celedon-Castro
Elna Dee Barnes
Carol Mills
Sandra Garcia
Astor Price

Delegates – Men

Matt Rogers
Eric Payne
Gilbert Felix
Abel Parra-Gutierrez
Mark Castro
Jesse Andrews
Earl Brown

E-Board Representative

Gilbert Felix

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08 Jan

CADEM Chair John Burton’s statement about Sen. Boxer’s retirement

From John Burton, Chair of the California Democratic Party:


Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Senator Barbara Boxer’s Decision to Not Seek Re-Election to U.S. Senate in 2016

Today’s announcement that Barbara Boxer will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016 is bittersweet for me and for her legion of supporters in California.

I’ve known Barbara for over forty years. Barbara walked into my life as a more-than-capable volunteer for my first Congressional campaign. Her skills, drive and desire to fight the good fight led me to offer her a job running my district office in Marin County. It would be Barbara’s first political job but as we all know, it proved to be far from her last.

She is every bit the tireless advocate for just and liberal causes today than she was back then. As Californians, we have all benefitted from Barbara’s tenacity and commitment to the issues that make a difference in our lives.

During her time in office, Barbara:

  • Protected more than 1 million acres of federal public land in California as wilderness.
  • Successfully passed the first-ever specific authorization for after-school programs.
  • Led the effort to stop unethical human pesticide testing.
  • Extended essential foster care services to young people between 18 and 21 in 2008.
  • Increased international AIDS funding by $30 million.
  • Authored a provision that prioritized cleanup of Brownfield sites affecting children and vulnerable populations.
  • Fought to raise federal loan limits for mortgage assistance programs and expand refinancing opportunities to help California homeowners.
  • Helped secure more than $370 million for the San Francisco Airport BART extension.
  • Opened doors and expanded opportunities for women, people of color, LGBTQ and disabled people in public service.

Her accomplishments stretch far beyond the ones mentioned above.

I’m proud to call Barbara a friend. She’s an advocate for California and will forever be a champion of causes worth fighting for.

As difficult as it is to imagine California without Barbara Boxer looking out for us in the U.S. Senate, we’re confident California Democrats will have plenty to choose from when it comes to electing their next U.S. Senator.

All the best to Barbara, her husband Stewart, their children and grandchildren.

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