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04 Apr
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My Plan for Empowering California Democrats


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


Last week I had the opportunity to speak to over 60 high school students studying civic engagement through a 4-year program called CIVITAS in Sacramento. It was exhilarating to talk to so many young activists and future voters and to discover their eagerness to learn more about how to get involved in the Democratic Party. My time spent with these students was a reminder of why I am running for Secretary of the California Democratic Party.
These students are eager to get involved, and the majority of them already participated in a phone bank or canvas last year! We need to train activists of all ages across the state, so that we have more well-equipped leaders on the ground as we begin to fight some of our biggest battles. The more well-trained our party is, the easier it will be to identify future Democratic leaders.Many students asked me how they can get involved with the party right now. Unfortunately, I needed to follow up by email to answer most of their questions because the information currently available on the CADEM website is outdated. As Secretary, I would take on the project to update the CADEM website so that activists don’t have to go through additional hurdles to get plugged into our efforts. People are fired up in these trying times, let’s not lose good people because we have outdated information.

Students also asked how they can find out what other students, clubs, and leaders are doing around the state and how they can connect with Democrats in red counties to provide additional support. I believe that the party must create a mechanism for making sure our leadership stays up to date about what is happening around the state and what our activists need. We are stronger together when our efforts are aligned and well-communicated.

Finally, I believe that the kind of outreach I did last week should be done strategically by all party leaders across the state. We must bridge the gap between seasoned leaders and emerging activists. Every Democrat, no matter their age, has the energy and skills to bring to the table when it comes to ensuring that our party continues to strengthen and evolve.

I hope that with your support I can become our party’s next Secretary so that together we can train, update, connect, and outreach in order to make sure that California Democrats can succeed in 2018 and beyond!

To learn more about me and about my campaign, please connect with me on Facebook, visit my website, or simply reply to this email.

Democratically yours,

Jenny Bach
Candidate, CDP Secretary
www.BachForCDP.com

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04 Apr
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IN LT. GOV RACE, ED HERNANDEZ’ ENDORSEMENT DELUGE CONTINUES


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


 

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 3, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
IN LT. GOV RACE, ED HERNANDEZ’ ENDORSEMENT DELUGE CONTINUES
State Assembly Member Ken Cooley Backs Senator Ed Hernandez for California Lieutenant Governor
WEST COVINA, CA — Locking down more crucial support in northern California, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez secured the backing of State Assembly Member Ken Cooley in his bid for California Lieutenant Governor.
Assembly Member Cooley, who represents California’s 8th District which is just east of Sacramento, announced his endorsement of Senator Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor by stating:

“For the many years I’ve known him, Ed Hernandez has been a courageous warrior on behalf of the people of California. He’s delivered for working people, children and families, consumers, for a clean and safe environment, for equality for all and a robust middle class economy. We need Ed’s innovative ideas and his forward-thinking approach to governing across California, which is why I’m thrilled to endorse him for Lieutenant Governor of California.”
ICYMI recently Senator Dr. Hernandez appeared on CNN International to discuss the American healthcare system. The segment is available here.
Significantly, recently, Senator Hernandez released a new online video, titled  “A California Story,” which can be viewed by clicking on the screen image below:

 

Beyond today’s announcement, Senator Dr. Hernandez’ campaign has released the following list of over 200 endorsements, including:

Organizations

  • UNITE HERE International Union, AFL-CIO
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
  • California Reserve Peace Officers Association
  • Sacramento Police Officers Association
  • Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG)
  • United Steelworkers (USW) Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
  • Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS)
  • Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats
  • California’s Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment (CASE)
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16
  • United Association (UA) Steamfitters and Refrigeration Local 250
  • United Association (UA) Local 78
  • United Association (UA) Local 114
  • United Association (UA) Local 230
  • United Association (UA) Local 345
  • United Association (UA) Local 364
  • United Association (UA) Local 398
  • United Association (UA) Local 403
  • United Association (UA) Local 460
  • United Association (UA) Local 484
  • United Association (UA) Local 582
  • United Association (UA) Local 709
  • United Association (UA) Local 761

Federal Elected Leaders

  • U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano
  • U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • U.S. Congressman Juan Vargas
  • U.S. Congressman George Miller (Ret.)

State Elected Leaders

  • California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
  • California State Controller Betty Yee
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  • California Lt. Governor (Ret.) and State Assembly Speaker Cruz Bustamante (Ret.)
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata (Ret.)
  • State Senator and past Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins
  • State Senator Connie Leyva
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Henry Stern
  • State Senator Jim Beall
  • State Senator Josh Newman
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Richard Roth
  • State Senator Tony Mendoza
  • State Senator Ricardo Lara
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • State Senator Fran Pavley (Ret.)
  • State Senator Isadore Hall (Ret.)
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Senator Marty Block (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin
  • State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon
  • State Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Gipson
  • State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member David Chiu
  • State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  • State Assembly Member Jim Wood
  • State Assembly Member Ken Cooley
  • State Assembly Member Anna Caballero
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Eloise Gomes Reyes
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  • State Assembly Member Rob Bonta
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • State Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell
  • State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  • State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
  • State Assembly Member Rich Gordon (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Paul Fong (Ret.), President San Jose/Evergreen Federation of Teachers AFT 6157
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Betsy Butler (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Mike Allen (Ret.)

California Democratic Party & Labor Leaders

  • California Democratic Party Chair Art Torres (Ret.)
  • California Democratic Party Vice Chair and L.A. County Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • South County Labor Chair Ray Cordova*
  • California Democratic Party Region 15 Director and California Democratic Party API Caucus Chair Clark Lee*
  • California Democratic Party Region 8 Director Doug Kessler*
  • California Democratic Party Region 9 Director Diana Love*
  • California Democratic Party Region 7 Director Omar Torres*, Governing Board Member, Franklin-McKinley School Board*
  • California Democratic Party Former Region 10 Director and California Democratic Party LGBT Caucus Secretary Debra Broner*
  • California Democratic Party Chicano Latino Caucus Chair Carlos Alcala*
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party Vice Chair Mark Gonzalez*
  • Fresno County Democratic Central Committee Chair Michael Evans*
  • Kern County Democratic Central Committee Chair Cathee Romley*
  • Kings County Democratic Central Committee Chair  Holly Andrade-Blair*
  • Inyo County Democratic Central Committee Chair Nina Weisman*
  • Tulare Democratic Central Committee Chair Ruth McKee*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Clint Weirick (DSCC San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party Central Committee)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Katarina Garcia (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Cesar Garcia (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Peggy Morgan (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Kristin McGuire (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Veronica Marquez (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Robert Cruz (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Deborah Quintero (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Ricardo Pacheco (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate James Toma (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Lloyd Johnson (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Eileen Jimenez (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Jeanette Flores (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Barbara Dickerson (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Robert Gin (AD 49)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Chin Ho Lia (AD 49)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Polly Low (AD 49)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Calvin Sung (AD 55)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Lawrence Shih (AD 48)*

Local Elected Leaders

  • Sacramento Mayor and past State Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • Long Beach City Council Member Rex Richardson
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor and past U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis
  • Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang
  • Los Angeles City Council Member Curren Price
  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee and past State Assembly Member Mike Eng
  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Mike Fong
  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Scott Svonkin
  • Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez
  • Santa Barbara County Supervisor and former State Assembly Member Das Williams
  • Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano
  • Baldwin Park City Council Member Ricardo Pacheco
  • Baldwin Park City Council Member Monica Garcia
  • West Covina Mayor Corey Warshaw
  • West Covina City Council Member Lloyd Johnson
  • West Covina City Council Member James Toma
  • West Covina School Board Member Michael Flowers
  • Covina Mayor Pro Tem Jorge Marquez
  • Covina City Council Member Peggy A. Delach
  • La Puente Mayor Valerie Munoz
  • La Puente City Council Member Dan Holloway
  • La Puente Mayor Pro Tem Violeta Lewis
  • Azusa Mayor Joe Rocha
  • Azusa City Council Member Angel Carillo
  • Azusa City Council Member Robert Gonzales
  • Azusa Unified School District Board President Yolanda Rodriguez-Pena
  • Azusa Unified School District Board Member Paul Naccachian
  • Duarte Mayor Samuel Kang
  • Duarte Unified School District Board President Reyna Diaz
  • Duarte Unified School District Board Member Kenneth Bell
  • San Gabriel Mayor Chin Ho Liao
  • Upper San Gabriel Valley Water Board Director Bryan Urias
  • Rosemead Mayor Sandra Armenta
  • Rosemead City Council Member Polly Low
  • Monterey Park Mayor Mitchell Ing
  • Monterey Park City Council Member Peter Chan
  • Monterey Park City Council Member Stephen Lam
  • Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza
  • El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero
  • El Monte City Council Member Juventino “J” Gomez
  • El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Velasco
  • South El Monte City Council Member Hector Delgado
  • South El Monte City Council Member Angelica R. Garcia
  • South El Monte City Council Member Joseph J. Gonzales
  • Hacienda La Puente School Board Member Anthony Duarte
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Member Martin G. Medrano
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Member Penny Fraumeni
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Vice President Gino Kwok
  • Yorba Linda City Council Member Beth Haney
  • Walnut City Council Member Mary Su
  • Duarte City Council Member Margaret Finlay
  • Duarte City Council Member John Fasana
  • Alhambra City Council Member Luis Ayala
  • Alhambra City Council Vice Mayor Stephen Sham
  • Three Valleys MWD Director Carlos Goytia
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board President Brian R. Akers
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board Vice President Joseph Probst
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board Member Jeanette V. Flores
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board Member Jane Bock
  • Citrus Community College District President Dr. Barbara R Dickerson
  • Alhambra Unified School District Board Member Robert L. Gin
  • Temple City Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Sternquist
  • Temple City Council Member Tom Chavez
  • Mountain View School District President Adam Carranza
  • Malibu Mayor Lou La Monte
  • Artesia Mayor Ali Sajjad Taj
  • South Gate City Council Member Jorge Morales
  • Walnut City Council Member Andrew Rodriguez
  • Walnut City Council Member Bob Pacheco
  • San Gabriel Valley Water Board President Thomas Wong
  • San Gabriel Valley Water Board Treasurer Raul Romero
  • Valley County Water Board Vice President Paul C. Hernandez,
  • Valley County Water Board Director Lenet Pacheco
  • Garvey Unified School District Board Member Henry Lo
  • Florin County Water District Elected Director Larry S. Tract, J.D.
  • Valley County Water Board Director Margarita Vargas
  • San Fernando Vice Mayor Joel Fajardo
  • Berkley City Council Member Ben Bartlett
  • Alum Rock Union Elementry School District Board Vice-President Andres Quintero
  • Santa Clarita Mayor and former State Assembly Member Cameron Smyth
  • Hermosa Beach City Council Member Stacy Armato
  • Miles Rosedale, CEO Monrovia Growers*
  • Susan Keith, Citrus Trustee*

A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities.  As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.

Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.
For more information, please visit www.edhernandez4ca.com.

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only.

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04 Apr
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AVALANCHE OF ENDORSEMENTS CONTINUE FALLING RICARDO LARA’S WAY


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


 

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 3, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

 

AVALANCHE OF ENDORSEMENTS CONTINUE FALLING RICARDO LARA’S WAY

Slew of Northern California All-Star Democrats Endorse Senator Ricardo Lara for California Insurance Commissioner
LONG BEACH, CA — Broadening his already wide-ranging list of supporters in his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara picked up endorsements from some of Northern California’s most influential leaders, including:

  • State Assembly Member and LGBT Caucus Chair Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond

The leaders released the following statements:

“Ricardo Lara is the personification of progress. The son of immigrants who grew up in east LA and who today proudly serves as an openly gay leader and voice of California’s 33rd District in the State Senate, he’s lived through the struggles that so many in our state have grappled with. These experiences reflect much of what made Ricardo the person he is today. It’s why he’s fought so hard to bring progress, inclusivity, compassion and a level playing field on behalf of the people of our state. I’m thrilled to stand with my friend, Ricardo Lara, in his campaign for Insurance Commissioner.”
— State Assembly Member and LGBT Caucus Chair Evan Low

“Ricardo Lara doesn’t just talk-the-talk, he walks-the-walks and delivers for the people he represents. He spearheaded healthcare for ALL of California’s children, made bilingual education a reality, took on climate change, invested more in schools, protected workers’ rights, raised California’s minimum wage and more. These are a few of the reasons why I’m endorsing Ricardo Lara. I know he’ll make a terrific State Insurance Commissioner.”
— State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond

“I’m endorsing Ricardo Lara for State Insurance Commissioner because I know he’ll be a bold watchdog for California’s consumers. We need Ricardo leading the charge against the Trump Administration’s plans to water down consumer protections by doing everything in his power to strengthen these safeguards for our state’s consumers. I know he’ll make us proud.”
— State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
Only days since entering the race for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has had the wind at his back, receiving a series of high-powered endorsements including from:

  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Tony Mendoza
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member and LGBT Caucus Chair Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby

Just weeks ago, Senator Lara, who recently co-introduced Californians for a Healthy California Act (SB 562), which amounts to single-payer healthcare for the state, announced that he is running to serve as California’s State Insurance Commissioner – a statewide elected office dedicated to protecting consumers, enforcing all insurance regulations, and safeguarding Californians’ economic and health security.
Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as the “Point man in the push for immigrant rights,” Senator Lara, who also previously served as Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and currently serves as Vice Chair of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus, announced his candidacy by previously releasing the following statement:

“Our nation is in full blown crisis mode right now. We have a man in the White House with no popular mandate, who is methodically working to strip Americans of their healthcare, their economic security and their civil liberties.

“I’m running to be California’s next State Insurance Commissioner because I believe at my core that California needs a strong defender, and a counterpuncher, who will stand up to fight our bullying President, Donald Trump, and his increasingly reckless federal government on issues from healthcare access to economic security and more. If millions of Californians begin losing their health insurance because of actions taken by Donald Trump, I will be there to fight him tooth and nail at every pass.

“As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I’ll work tirelessly to represent the great people of California, not the corporations, the billionaire class, the pharmaceutical or the insurance companies. I plan to work with anybody who is willing to come to the table, but my allegiance will always be first and foremost to the consumers, the patients, our working families, and our most vulnerable communities in our Golden State.”

As a State Senator, Ricardo Lara has already been a leader on numerous issues that the office of the Insurance Commissioner interacts with. As stated above, he recently co-introduced a single-payer healthcare system for the state, and also spearheaded the groundbreaking law that provided health care for 170,000 immigrant children, and has played a strong, dynamic role in shaping, implementing and expanding Covered California.

In 2016, Senator Lara engineered the successful statewide campaign to allow for multi-lingual education in California’s schools. He was also one of the key leaders behind a landmark effort to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in California. This legislation is more important than ever, now that Donald Trump has instructed border patrol agents that they may deport undocumented immigrants for the “crime” of driving without a license.

Senator Lara was born and raised in East Los Angeles and attended schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  He graduated from San Diego State University with a double major in Journalism and Spanish. He worked as a legislative staffer for years, including working for State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and for then-Assemblymember and now State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Léon. In 2010, Senator Lara was elected to the California State Assembly, and in 2012, he was elected to the California State Senate, where he made history as the first openly gay person of color in the State Senate.

His 33rd Senate District is expansive, encompassing nearly one million people, roughly 70% of which is Latino. The district is located in the heart of the South Bay and stretches from Long Beach to Lynwood, and from Huntington Park to Lakewood and Los Angeles.

Significantly, if elected, Senator Lara would be the first openly gay statewide elected official in California. Today, Senator Lara serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate, considered to be perhaps the most influential committee in the California State Senate.

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04 Apr
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Chair’s Comments: Where’s Nunes?

March 31, 2017

 

The Fresno County Democratic Party calls on Rep. Devin Nunes to step down as chair of the House Intelligence Committee until such time as his unethical actions relative to sharing sensitive committee information with the White House can be appropriately investigated.

Rep. Nunes is a classic example of the Peter Principle. Heretofore an undistinguished backbencher in Congress, he now has been given a prominent position on an important and high-profile committee. And he is proving that he simply isn’t up to the task.

The constituents of Congressional District 22, myself included, need Rep. Nunes to focus on our Congressional district. We have many real problems that need to be addressed, and these concerns should not be held hostage to Rep. Nunes’ attempts to win favor with the President. His attention should be on the following:

  • Improving our air and water quality
  • Leading the effort on comprehensive immigration reform
  • Securing federal funds for high-speed rail
  • Bringing economic development to the area through such initiatives as clean energy

Before his recent snafu and subsequent apology, Rep. Nunes was a relative unknown, even to people in his own district. His problematic behavior as a committee chair and his lack of responsiveness to the needs of his constituents have now been exposed for all to see.

We call on Rep. Nunes to hold a series of town halls to meet with his constituents and learn about their concerns. We suggest that his time in Congress would be most beneficial to residents of Congressional District 22 if he chose to represent our district rather than a radicalized partisan agenda. We need a leader, not an embarrassment.

Michael D. Evans
Chair, Fresno County Democratic Party
704-975-8874
evansm@usa.net

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01 Apr
0

Out and Proud – Bauman for CDP Chair


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


From the Desk of Maria Patterson

Vice-Chair, San Joaquin County Democratic Party*

Chair, SEIU 1000 Lavender Committee*

                                                

It’s easier to be a Democrat in Oakland or North Hollywood. It’s a lot harder to be a Democrat in Ripon or French Camp – or any of the other rural communities that make up San Joaquin County. I’m the Vice-Chair of the San Joaquin County Democratic Party, and I work with some of the toughest, most persistent grassroots Democrats you’ll ever meet.
Every election here is hard-fought, and do you know who has been in the trenches fighting alongside us for years? Eric Bauman. His years-deep commitment to red and purple California is one of the primary reasons why I’m supporting him for Chair of the California Democratic Party.

But there’s another reason why I ask you to support Eric Bauman. I’m Chair of the Lavender Committee of SEIU Local 1000. I try to make a safe and empowering space for the LGBTQI members of our Local. The California Democratic Party has never had an openly gay Chair before, and when my community discovers that Eric’s election could change that, they get fired up and engaged like never before.

I imagine how a young LGBTQI kid living in a small, rural community – a kid who might feel very alone – will feel when they read that California Democrats have elected their first openly gay Chair, who has been married to his husband for more than 30 years, and who, like them, is personally under attack by Trump and his hate-filled administration. They will know that we have one of our own fighting for us.

This race has gotten a lot of attention in the community. Here are a couple of recent articles worth reading through:

The Desert Sun: May election: Will a gay man lead California Democrats?
The Bay Area Reporter: EQCA endorses gay man to be CA Dem Party Chair

Eric is the leader we need to be the next California Democratic Party Chair. I hope you join me, my SEIU 1000 President Yvonne Walker*, and hundreds of delegates in joining #TeamBauman.

In Solidarity,

Maria Patterson
Vice-Chair, San Joaquin County Democratic Party*
Chair, SEIU 1000 Lavender Committee*

*Titles included for identification purposes only.

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