Winter rain showers didn’t dampen the determination of Democratic Party Activists as they gathered Saturday morning to make primary endorsement recommendations ahead of the State Democratic Party Convention February 10-12. The decisions made in the caucus set the scene for the real battle in contested races at the convention. The regional caucus determines whether endorsements go on the convention consent calendar, or face a decisive regional vote at convention caucuses and on the convention floor.
The only contested race was in the 69th Assembly district where Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly, Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez, and labor leader Julio Perez sought the pre-endorsement nod of the Region 18 Democratic Party Delegates.
The results in the 69th were:
Julio Perez — 11 Votes 52%
Tom Daly — 3 Votes
Michele Martinez — 1 Vote
No Endorsement — 6 Votes
Joseph Dovinh achieved a 66% endorsement vote in the 72nd AD.
Sukhee Kang received a 93% vote in the 45th Congressional district, and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez received a unanimous endorsement in the 46th Congressional district.
After the meeting Julio Perez told LiberalOC:
“I am proud to have earned more than three times the support of any other candidate in this race. This vote is a significant step and I look forward toward earning the full support of the Democratic Party at the State Convention. This campaign is being built on the energy of grassroots supporters that will help me reach out to voters throughout the new 69th District.”
Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez was ill and unable to attend the meeting. She was represented by her campaign manager Lupe De La Cruz who told the delegates that she would be a fighter and not ashamed to stand up and fight for all the people in the 69th AD.
Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly spoke of his accomplishments, as one of three elected democratic Mayor’s of Anaheim, “bringing more parks, fighting a proposed utility tax, and job creation.” Daly told the delegates he has been a life-long resident of the district as well as a registered Democrat all of his voting life. “I’m committed to bringing results and value to all the residents of the district,” Daly said.
Julio Perez promised to be a “strong voice for working people” in the 69th AD, the most Latino district in the state and a district with a 22 point Democratic party registration lead.
Joseph Dovinh spoke of his immigrant roots and commitment to progressive values and support for organized labor. “I’ve made mistakes before, but I look forward to learning from party leaders so I do not make them again,” Dovinh told delegates. “I’m running because my opponents are anti-immigrant, Anti-union, and anti-progressive.”
Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang was unable to attend the meeting because he was in Washington, D.C. gathering support for his Congressional campaign.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez attended the meeting and spoke to the delegates of the need to find candidates to run in the districts where there currently no Democrats running.