The Democratic Party of Orange County has endorsed Eric Bauman for California Democratic Party chair at Monday’s Central Committee Meeting.
The non-binding endorsement vote had 49 completed ballots (I’m told some ballots were not signed or did not include the name of the central committee member voting). Bauman received 30 votes; Kimberly Ellis got 17 and Lenore Albert received two.
There was a challenge to the ballot by OJ blogger and DPOC eBoard member Greg Diamond that the ballot should have included a “no endorsement” option; Diamond’s challenge was soundly defeated and the Party chose to endorse.
Again, Bauman’s endorsement by the DPOC is non-binding so delegates to the state party convention are free to vote for the candidate of their choice. Regardless of who is ultimately elected, the vote will be historic. Democrats will elect a gay man or an African American woman to lead the party through the 2018 mid-terms and into 2020.