Poor Joseph Dovinh, our wanabe candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for the 68th Assembly seat just can’t seem to catch a break. Saturday morning the Democratic Party delegates held their pre-endorsement caucus forÂ local legislative offices.Â The results of these caucuses are used to determine the party endorsement which will take place at the state convention in April.
Dovinh and Phu Nguyen were up for consideration.Â Candidates were given the opportunity toÂ speak prior to the vote on the endorsement.Â Unfortunately, Mr. Dovinh showed up late; after the pre endorsement speaches, and after the vote. Phu Nguyen received a unanimous endorsement of the delegates. As a result of this vote, Phu’s name will be on the consent calendar and he will receive the state party’s official endorsement at the convention.
When Dovinh showed up he was allowed the opportunity to speak, however the rules prevented the vote from being done over again. Before Mr. Dovinh spoke, Regional Director Steve Young reminded all speakers to not step on the IBEW seal in front of the podium as a measure of respect for the union whose facility was being used for the caucus. When Mr. Dovinh got up to speak, he stood in the middle of the seal to deliver his remarks.
I guess he listens about as well as he can tell time. Doh!
“I am very honored to receive this level of support from the party faithful,” said 68th AD candidate Phu Nguyen. “These grass roots people are in the trenches working hard making a difference in the 68th communities. Every day when I walk the precincts, I hear from ordinary Americans, folks who have given this country their all, who tell me that they are very concerned about the economy, about sustainable jobs, about access to health care, and about finding resources for our public schools. The delegates who voted this morning know that I am with them on these issues and that I will be the voice of the good people of the 68th when I win in November.”
Phu is endorsed by local Democratic leaders including Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, State Senator Lou Corea, and Assemblymember Jose Solorio; city council members Katrina Foley, Pam Keller, Sharon Quirk, and former mayor Gus Ayer; educational leaders including community college and k-12 school trustees Lorraine Prinsky, Jim Moreno, Len Lahtinen, Mike Matsuda, KimOanh Nguyen-Lam, Jordan Brandman, Jose Moreno, andÂ Sergio Contreras.Â See www.votephu.com for a complete list of endorsements.
In the other contested Assembly contest for the 70th district nomination Melissa Fox came in ahead of Mike Glover.