19 May

Party Leaders, Elected Officials, and Community Leaders Agree Carolyn Fowler is Our Best Choice for CDP Secretary

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


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Convention time is near and I’ve been traveling up and down the state sharing our ‘Fowler Fights For You’ Back to Basics Campaign. I would be thrilled to serve as your secretary providing 21st century leadership in communications and civic engagement, reconnecting our communities to their democracy.

Our mission as a party is to elect Democrats and advance our progressive agenda igniting change from the bottom up. As your next CDP Secretary, I feel extremely prepared to help achieve that mission by bringing all of the institutional knowledge, leadership experience, and energy I have to our party.

I am asking for your vote because this campaign is more than building a Statewide Party organization – more than just gathering votes. Our effort together is about connecting Californians with their democracy. It’s about energizing people, allies and activists like you at every level to come together and fight for the common good and a government that’s clean, honest, and solves real problems.

I would like to thank the following county parties, democratic clubs, elected officials, party & labor leaders for their endorsements (partial list):

International Machinists & Aerospace Workers – IAM Local1932
Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Riverside County Democratic Party
Yolo County Democratic Party
New Frontier Democratic Club
Northeast Democratic Club
Westchester-Playa Democratic Club
West Hollywood Beverly Hills Democratic Club
Los Angeles African American Women PAC
Executive Officers of Stonewall Democratic Club

U.S. Congress
Maxine Waters, U.S. Rep 43rd Congressional District
Karen Bass, U.S. Rep 37th Congressional District
Judy Chu, U.S. Rep  27th Congressional District
Brad Sherman, U.S. Rep 30th Congressional District
Mike Thompson, U.S. Rep 5th Congressional District

California Constitutional Officers
Betty T. Yee, CA State Controller
Fiona Ma, Chair, Board of Equalization District 2
Jerome E. Horton, Board of Equalization District 4

State Legislature
Kevin Deleon, Senate President Pro Tempore, SD 24
Steven C. Bradford, Senator 35th S.D.
Holly J. Mitchell, Senator 30th S.D.
Ricardo Lara, Senator 33rd S.D.
Ed Hernandez, Senator 22nd S.D.
Connie Leyva, Senator 20th S.D.
Autumn Burke, Assembly 47th A.D.
Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Assembly 59th A.D.
Chris Holden, Assembly 41st A.D.
Miguel Santiago, Assembly  53rd A.D.
Matt Dababneh, Assembly  45th A.D.
Jimmy Gomez, Assembly  51st A.D.
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas 54th A.D.

DNC Members
Aleita Hueguin, Western Region Director
Steven K. Alari
Shawn Bagley (Former)
Becca Doten
Jess Durfee
Mary Ellen Early
Alice Huffman, California President NAACP
Andrew Lachman
Otto Lee
Kerman Maddox
Bob Mulholland
Christine Pelosi, Chair, Women’s Caucus
Melehat Rafei
Susie Shannon
​Keith Kaz Umemoto
Roz Wyman
Laurence Zackson

CDP Leadership
Eric Bauman, CDP Vice-Chair, L.A. County Chair
Daraka Larimore-Hall, CDP Secretary
Hilary Crosby, CDP Controller
Becky Curry, Chair, Lake County
​Michael Evans, Chair, Fresno County
Lori Gallian, Chair, Sonoma County
Stephen Gale, Chair, Sonoma County (Former)
Lori Godsey Anzini, Chair, El Dorado County
John Griffin, Chair, Ventura County
Cecily Harris, Chair, San Mateo County
Jessica Hayes, Chair, San Diego County
Brigette Hunley, Chair, Solano County
Francine Busby, Chair, San Diego County (Former)
Howard Katz, Chair, Riverside County
Bill James, Chair, Santa Clara County
Daraka Larimore-Hall, Chair, Santa Barbara County
Chris Robles, Chair, San Bernadino County
Terry Schanz, Chair, Sacramento County
Christine Pelosi, Chair, Women’s Caucus
Tim Paulson, Chair, Labor Caucus
R.L. Miller, Chair, Environmental Caucus
Judy Jacobs, Chair, Children’s Caucus
Clark Lee, Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
Olivia Lee, Vice-Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
Thomas O’Shaughnessy, Chair, Irish American Caucus
Norma Alcala, Vice-Chair, Chicano Latino Caucus
Darren Parker, Chair, African American Caucus
Agi Kessler, Senior Caucus Chair
Mike Thaller, Progressive Caucus Chair
Ray Bishop, Business Caucus Chair
Brigette Hunley, Chair, Computer Caucus
Evan Minton, LGBT Caucus Northern Co-Chair
Denise Penn, LGBT Caucus Southern Co-Chair
Shawn Teris, Chair, Veteran’s Caucus
Ces Rosales, Northern Vice-Chair Women’s Caucus
Lynn Shaw, Chair, Women’s Caucus, Former
Marilyn Grunwald, Chair, Disability Caucus, Former
Ruthee Goldkorn, Chair, Disability Caucus, Former
Anita Narayana, Secretary, O.C. Democratic Party
Debra Broner, Regional Director
Sergio Carillo, Regional Director
Martha Gamez, Regional Director
Florice Hoffman, Regional Director
Royce Kelley, Regional Director
Jeannie Kleaver, Regional Director
Clark Lee, Regional Director
Diana Love, Regional Director
Miguel Martinez, Regional Director
Craig Roberts, Regional Director
​Susie Shannon, Regional Director
Patty Sculpizio, Regional Director
Karen M. Wingard, Regional Director

Labor Leaders
Alex Caputo-Pearl, UTLA President*
Cecily Myart-Cruz, UTLA/NEA Affiliate President*
Jerilyn Stapleton, President, California NOW
Mimi Kennedy, PDA Board Member
Ray Cordova, South Orange County Labor Chair
Linda Perez, CSEA President, Retired
Alice Goff, President AFSCME District 36, Retired
Willie L. Pelote, Sr., President, AFSCME California, Retired

*Asterisk indicates individual endorsement not organization

All my best in unity,

“Fowler Fights For You”
Candidate, CDP Secretary


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19 May

My other choices for CDP Officers

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

Dear CDP E-Board Member,

Thank you for all the positive feedback regarding my email supporting Eric Bauman for CDP Chair.  I would also like to share with you my planned votes for the other CDP officers.

Vice Chair FemaleAlex Gallardo Rooker.   Alex is the incumbent vice chair and has been  phenomenal.  In California she has been a relentless voice for labor, Latino, and women candidates.  On the national level, she has been the lead at the DNC since the Chair does not attend the DNC meetings.  Since our chair will be new to national politics and the DNC, her leadership will be critical to ensure continuity at the national level.  Also, since our male vice chair will be new, having Alex at the table will be important to maintain balance and unity in leadership. Her opponent Norma Alcala is wonderful and is an effective advocate, but you don’t remove incumbents unless they are doing something wrong.   Alex Rooker deserves another term.

Vice Chair Male – This one is a tough one because believe or not, only one of the three major candidates has even asked for my vote for this open seat.  Here is a summary of the candidates.  Cullen Tiernan is the only candidate who bothered to reach out to me.  He got involved with the party with the Sanders campaign just last year and is a veteran from Alameda County.  While Cullen and I come from different perspectives, I appreciate that he is willing to reach out to find common ground and discuss differences in the party without the ad-hominem attacks so prevalent in the chair’s race and the Democratic presidential primaries.  His approach and willingness to ask thought-provoking questions about the party while reaching out to others offers some real potential and fresh air in the races for CDP officers. CDP Secretary Daraka Larimore Hall who is chair of the Santa Barbara Democratic Party, teaches at UCSB and works as a political consultant for European leftist parties is a smart and eloquent advocate in the party who has been willing to travel the state to help Democrats and at times build political bridges where they are critically needed. Roger LaPlante is running on a platform of representing rural areas and is an inspiring speaker as well. There is another candidate, Mr. O’Donnell, but his divisive Islamaphobic rehetoric make him out of step with the inclusive nature of our party.  In addition, if I am to stand against those who would accept the use of Anti-Semitic rhetoric in the party, I too must stand against Islamaphobia as well, as hate speech should be condemned and not accepted or criticism of it dimissed under the guise of “robust” or “difficult” conversations. With respect to the other three candidates who should be taken seriously,  I have not yet made up my mind in this race.

Secretary –  Carolyn Fowler. While there are three excellent candidates for CDP Secretary, I am voting for Carolyn Fowler.  Carolyn ran against Daraka the last time the role became open.  Although I did not support her then, her continued work on election protection and security issues and leadership in LACDP and New Frontier Democratic Club has given her a broad network and reflected her great work ethic. San Martin is running, as is  Jenny Bach the CYD Parliamentarian (a role I held for 3 years), who has a great future and I agree with her that we need APIA leadership in the party, but Carolyn has greater depth of experience applicable to the role.

Controller –  Daniel Weitzman.  After the CDP Chair, this is the most critical role for the party. The Controller needs to be the financial compliance leader of the party.  Fundraising ability is important as well, and the ability to lead the CDP Finance Committee (I served on it last year).  Our outgoing Controller get’s credit for inventing the ADEM program to take small recurring donations and put them to use for voter communications in competitive elections and starting a paid fellowship fund in the memory of her predeessor Eric Bradley.  However, the compliance aspect has been neglected due to reduced oversight and funding resulting in negative audits. The Controller needs to focus on compliance and raising money, not politics. The Progressive Caucus Chair, Michael Thaller is a great guy who is principled and an example of how to be a Progressive advocate without making things personal.  However, as a professional fundraiser, Daniel Weitzman knows this job in and out, including the critical compliance aspects that are needed to get CDP back on track.  He has also offered great ideas to ensure training and continuity, another area that has fallen into neglect.  Daniel Weitzman has my support for that reason.



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19 May

My vision: It’s all about the local

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


Daraka for Vice Chair            Daraka for Vice Chair


Our Party has to change. As a local Party activist and Statewide officer, my focus has always been on building a stronger link between the CDP and the battles on the ground to elect more progressive Democrats to local office and fight for working families and the environment in local policy. Under the leadership of John Burton, the Party has radically improved its support for local activism, but we need to make big shifts in our structure and priorities to take this work to the next level.

As your Vice Chair, I will continue to focus on local organizing. Here are a few ideas that will be my priorities in office:


As Secretary, I conducted the Party’s first ever analysis of Democratic representation at the local level and presented my findings to the Executive Board. The bottom line is that we are underperforming in local elections and many Democratic communities are represented by Republicans.

Our next step should be to develop a program for targeting important local races at the city and county level with statewide resources and attention. With thousands of local offices around the State, we can’t work on every race. But we also can’t afford to stay out of County Supervisor, City Council and School Board races that will build for progressive victories down the line.


Winning elections is only part of our Party’s mission. Achieving our goals takes advocacy and organizing to hold our elected officials accountable. Let’s start backing our platform and legislative positions up with coalition-building, grassroots lobbying and protest. As a gigantic, statewide network of activists with direct access to legislators and other leaders, we need to be an active part of movements pushing for Single Payer Healthcare, criminal justice reform, banning fracking and supporting unions. This is all in our Platform, and we need to do more than work on elections to make it happen.


While the CDP is more open and accessible than most State parties, our rules and structure are complex and information on how to navigate them hard to come by. Let’s remove this barrier to participation by creating an online tool that allows any Californian to easily find their local clubs, County committee information and information on how the Party works. More than a website, an Online Owner’s Manual would allow ordinary folks to enter their address and get information on where to go to plug in, and how their local organizations fit into the State and National Party structure.

Of course, I’m not the only one with ideas about how to move the Party forward. Statewide, thousands of new activists are engaging in and around the Party, and the bring with them a wealth of new organizing tactics and projects for building progressive power.  Our Party must listen.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to highlight two ideas proposed by the main candidates for CDP chair that I think are crucial for moving us forward. Kimberly Ellis’ proposal to hire grassroots organizers to service, train and energize the CDP’s base is a great idea. Likewise, Eric Bauman’s suggestion that we need a Party-affiliated think tank to create model ordinances and legislation and provide progressive alternatives to right-wing ideas in the public sphere is sorely needed. Unfortunately, like so much in this hotly contested election, these ideas are being pitted against one another. That’s a mistake.

Let’s keep discussing, sharing ideas and trying new programs and organizing strategies. The age of Trump means that we can’t be complacent, divided or afraid of new voices.

In Solidarity,

Daraka Larimore-Hall

CDP Secretary


Daraka Larimore-Hall

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19 May

Morning Jolt: Labor Icon Willie Pelote Endorses

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

Eric’s momentum heading into Convention weekend continues with Willie Pelote, a nationally renowned champion for working families, endorsing his campaign for CDP Chair.


As the leader for AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), Pelote represented their 1.6 million members, including nurses, child care providers, and nearly 100 different occupations, for two decades.


Willie joins an overwhelming majority of California’s labor unions and leadership supporting Eric’s campaign, including:

American Federation of Government Employees


United Farm Workers

California Faculty Association

California Professional Firefighters

National Union of Healthcare Workers

AFSCME United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals

State Building and Construction Trades Council of California

Professional Engineers in California Government

UFCW 8-Golden State

Painters and Allied Trades Dist. Council 36

Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters

United Steel Workers of Los Angeles and Orange County

San Bernardino-Riverside Central Labor Council

Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings Central Labor Council

Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council

American Federation of Musicians Local 47

IBEW Local 11

Laborers Local 300

Laborers Local 1309

UFCW 8-Golden State

UFCW Local 324

UFCW Local 648

UFCW Local 770

UFCW Local 1428

UFCW Local 1442






UNITE HERE Local 483

UNITE HERE Local 2850

Hilda L. Solis, LA County Supervisor & U.S. Secretary of Labor

Maria Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE General Vice President & DNC Vice-Chair

Frank Lima, International Association of Firefighters Vice President

Josh Pechthalt, California Federation of Teachers President

Yvonne Walker, SEIU Local 1000 President

Bob Schoonover, SEIU Local 721 President

Alice Goff, AFSCME Council 36 President

Lisa Andres, California Association of Professional Employees Vice President

Rusty Hicks, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Ricardo Icaza, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President

Jon Riley, Napa and Solano Central Labor Council Executive Director

Tim Paulson, San Francisco Central Labor Council Executive Director

Asm. Paul Fong (ret.), San Jose/Evergreen Federation of Teachers Local 6157 President

Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles President

Sergio Rascon, Laborers Local 300 Business Manager

Gene Hurd, UAW Local 509 President

John Grant, UFCW Local 770 Secretary-Treasurer

Mark Ramos, UFCW Local 1428 President

Dorothy Kim, Association of Pomona Teachers President

Maria Patterson, SEIU Local 1000 Lavender Committee Chair

Willie Pelote, Fmr. AFSCME California People Political and Legislative Director

Dean Vogel, Fmr. California Teachers Association President

David Sanchez, Fmr. California Teachers Association President

Barbara Kerr, Fmr. California Teachers Association President

T Santora, CWA Southern California Council Political Director and Fmr. CWA Local 9003 President

Gregg Solkovits, United Teachers Los Angeles Vice President

Ken Tray, United Educators of San Francisco Political Director

John McDowell, L.A. College Faculty Guild, AFT Local 1521 Director of Government Relations



— Team Bauman


*Titles included for identification purposes only.



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19 May


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


For Immediate Release

May 17, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Newsom, Padilla, Ma, Chiang, Torlakson, Horton, and Dave Jones Back Bauman for CDP Chair
LOS ANGELES, CA — Reflecting his widespread support from California’s elected leaders, today California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman’s campaign announced that it has secured the support of 7 of the State’s 10 Democratic constitutional officers.

Those endorsing Bauman include:

  • California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
  • California State Treasurer John Chiang
  • California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
  • California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
  • California State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • California State Board of Equalization Member Jerome Horton

“I am proud that over the last decade, we have managed to turn all of California’s Statewide offices blue, and am equally proud to be endorsed by so many of our statewide elected officials and constitutional officers,” said Bauman. “We must remain vigilant, always fighting to protect the progress we have made under these leaders and others, while working to ensure that all of our Statewide offices remain Democratic in 2018.”

Previously, Bauman has been endorsed by numerous major statewide leaders including LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, NextGen Climate President Tom Steyer, State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and many others.

Yesterday, Bauman’s campaign announced he had won the backing of nearly 90% of the California State Senate Democratic Caucus.





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