23 Jul

CDP Statement: Audit Confirms Eric C. Bauman Elected Chair of the California Democratic Party

Audit Confirms Eric C. Bauman Elected Chair of the California Democratic Party

Panel Appointed by ex-Chair John Burton Makes Final Determination


The California Democratic Party’s Compliance Review Commission today confirmed that Eric C. Bauman was duly and fairly elected CDP Chair at the May 2017 State Convention.  The declaration by the Commission of six members appointed by former Chair John Burton came after the Commission completed an exhaustive audit of the eligibility of each voter and every ballot cast, testimony by Democratic delegates, and more than 40,000 related pieces of information.


The audit found that both Bauman and Kimberly Ellis had votes that were invalidated, while Lenore Albert Sheridan gained one vote. The final vote tally confirmed by the CRC was:

  • 1,467 for Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • 1,410 for Kimberly Ellis
  • 8 for Lenore Albert Sheridan


Chair Eric C. Bauman said:


“On behalf of all California Democrats, thank you to the members of the Compliance Review Commission for performing your duties under the CDP bylaws with the utmost diligence, independence, and integrity.  You upheld the trust our members and our bylaws put in you as the authority to decide challenges to elections and other matters. Our Party is grateful for, and stronger for, your service.


When I accepted the gavel as Chair in May of this year, I promised to work with our officers to empower the grassroots of our party, to strengthen the majorities in the Legislature needed to achieve truly progressive policy, and to position Democrats to recapture Congress. 


I’m proud to report we are moving forward on these efforts. We’ve broadened our perspective with a new-shared governance structure where every officer has a voice in CDP planning and decision-making.   We are reaching out to our grassroots in every part of our state and embracing our activists’ bold vision for California as a Blue Beacon of hope for the nation.


With the election results now final, I invite Kimberly Ellis to join me in uniting our Party for the victories that matter most – starting with beating the attempted recall of State Senator Josh Newman and continuing with taking back the House in November 2018.”


Alex Gallardo-Rooker, First Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party added:


“The CRC audit was the most inclusive and exhaustive effort I’ve seen in all my years of being a state party officer. It is now past time to put this misguided, costly and divisive challenge behind us. In his first two months on the job, Chair Bauman has worked to empower grassroots Democrats and set the stage for a more progressive California. I’m eager to continue that work with him now that the fair and open CRC process has confirmed his election as Chair.”

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21 Jul

Weekly CDP Update


It’s been another productive week for the CDP, and we have a lot of updates. See below for a recap of the week’s activities.

Compliance Review Commission Preview
As it nears the end of its audit of 2017 State Convention ballots and voters, the Compliance Review Commission will meet in Sacramento tomor‌row, Sat‌urday July 2‌2, 2017, at 10:‌00 am. We will be broadcasting the meeting over Facebook Live and conference call.

The full agenda can be found here. To watch the meeting on Facebook Live, click here. To listen in, the dial-in number is 87‌7.6‌68.49‌00 and the pass code is 820-611-252.

Welcome and make yourselves at home!
This week, your CDP headquarters was proud to host a packed house of Fem Dems of Sacramento County, who honored some of the phenomenal Democratic women serving in Sacramento — including San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and Sacramento City Councilmember Angelique Ashby.

Ellison and Bauman video screenshotsWe’d love to host your event too! The headquarters is perfect for fundraisers, meetings, and retreats. For more information, or to request the rental form, e-mail CDP Operations Director Tina McKinnor.

Executive Board — Meeting Update
At the 2017 CDP State Convention, the CDP Rules Committee recommended Bylaws amendments for adoption at the August 2017 CDP Executive Board Meeting, Au‌gust 2‌5-27, 20‌17, at Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim.

The CDP Rules Committee is taking testimony for Bylaws amendments received and referred to Rules Subcommittees, including ADEM, Endorsements, and Miscellaneous Issues Subcommittees. Please visit the CDP Rules Committee webpage to see the proposals, reports, and how to submit testimony. Please note that the testimony submission deadline is different for each subcommittee.

  • The deadline to submit a timely resolution for consideration at the Executive Board is Wednesday, July 26 at 5:00 pm. Late resolutions are not timely and may not be considered until the Executive Board Meeting in November 2017. Resolutions may be submitted online. Please visit the CDP Resolutions Committee page for information on how to properly format and submit resolutions.
  • The deadline to submit legislation for consideration by the Legislation Committee is Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11:30 pm. The submission form and guidelines can be found on the Legislation Committee page.
  • The CDP Platform Committee will be holding its first hearing in Anaheim. For more information on the Platform Committee process, or to submit written testimony, please visit the Platform Committee’s page.

A quick note on lodging: The CDP room block at the Sheraton Park Hotel is rapidly filling up. However, the Anaheim Hilton is located right next door and is also a union hotel.

For the latest draft agenda, or for more information about the August Executive Board meeting, please visit the Executive Board page on the website.

Reminder — Regional Meetings
CDP Regional Meetings are being held around the state. Check out the CDP Events page for a full calendar of meetings.

In Case You Missed It…
The CDP Rural Caucus fired back at a recent New York Times feature article that downplayed the work of rural Democrats, and CDP Political Director Clark Lee highlighted Sen. Josh Newman’s new, recall-focused campaign website in this week’s #MaulTheRecall update.

One week closer to 2018!

— CDP Update


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21 Jul

Progressive candidate for U.S. Senate comes to Fresno!

Good morning all,

Don’t forget that this Saturday at 6 p.m. you have the opportunity to meet Pat Harris, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in 2018! Pat Harris vigorously supports single payer healthcare, transitioning to 100% renewable energy, and best of all – he takes no corporate donations.

Pat Harris announced his campaign about a week ago, and he’s on his “listening tour” getting to know the grassroots in our great state. Pat and his team want to hear directly from progressive organizers and find out what we consider important issues here in the Central Valley.

The event will be held at Common Space in Downtown Fresno (and we are very thankful to the FCDCC for allowing us to borrow a few chairs!). Free pizza will be provided as well.

Feel free to forward this to your friends and neighbors. Let’s show Pat that Fresno is a welcoming, progressive, and vibrant community!

In solidarity,

Emily Cameron


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21 Jul

Did you see it

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

Yesterday, the LA Times published a Q&A with Delaine about her race for Governor which you can read here, but I wanted to share some highlights, and I hope you will share with your friends.

On the need for long-range planning

“I think it’s appalling that the state of California isn’t planning, and not only in K-12 and higher ed or preschool. It’s not planning in water, infrastructure. It’s not planning in so many areas. And there needs to be somebody who’s more nimble, who’s looking at the horizon instead of the hand in front of their face.”

The difference between an expense and an investment

“When I got to Sacramento I was really surprised that so many people treated everything as if it was an expense. I mean, that’s what I’ve said for years about the department of finance: They know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.”

It’s time for universal healthcare 

“We’re spending more and getting less because there’s such a big profit for all kinds of entities, including the pharmaceutical industry. If we invested in high-quality care for all people we wouldn’t have the big expense of people getting really sick because they didn’t get early support and care.”

Path to Victory

“I don’t need the most money. I need enough money.”

Jennifer Rindahl
Campaign Manager
Facebook: @DelaineEastin4CA
Instagram: @DelaineEastin


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21 Jul

Thank you to Esperanza Avalos


Our HQ associate, Esperanza Avalos, is stepping down from that role. We would like to thank Esperanza for her excellent contribution to the Fresno County Democratic Party during her tenure as the HQ associate. She is creative, focused, a tireless worker and a committed progressive Democrat. She has been an invaluable addition to the Fresno Democratic team. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

—Michael D. Evans, Chair, Fresno County Democratic Party



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