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For Immediate Release

May 15, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Myriad LGBTQ Leaders, Groups Coalesce Behind Bauman Days Before Election for CDP Chair
LOS ANGELES, CA — In an unparalleled showing of support from the LGBTQ community in the race to become California’s next Democratic Party Chair, today California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman’s campaign announced a wave of endorsements from LGBTQ leaders and organizations. To date, Bauman has earned the coveted support of the following select list of LGBTQ organizations and leaders, including:

·      Equality California
·      Fresno Stonewall Democratic Club
·      Inland Counties Stonewall Democrats
·      Stonewall Democratic Club
·      Stonewall Young Democrats
·      Mark Takano, Member of Congress
·      John A. Pérez, Assembly Speaker Emeritus
·      Toni Atkins, State Senator and Assembly Speaker Emeritus
·      Ricardo Lara, State Senator and Legislative LGBT Caucus Vice Chair
·      Scott Wiener, State Senator
·      Cathleen Galgiani, State Senator
·      Mark Leno, State Senator (ret.)
·      Sabrina Cervantes, Assembly Member
·      Todd Gloria, Assembly Member
·      Evan Low, Assembly Member and Legislative LGBT Caucus Chair
·      Tom Ammiano, Assembly Member (ret.)
·      Rich Gordon, Assembly Member (ret.)
·      Senator Art Torres (ret.), Former CDP Chair
·      Evan Minton, CDP LGBT Caucus Northern Chair
·      Denise Penn, CDP LGBT Caucus Southern Chair
·      Debra Broner, CDP Regional Director
·      Sergio Carrillo, CDP Regional Director
·      Peter Kreysa, CDP Finance Committee Co-Chair
·      Jay Hansen, CDP Organizational Development Committee Co-Chair and Sacramento School Board President
·     Garry Shay, DNC Executive Committee Member
·     Jess Durfee, DNC Member
·     Laurence Zakson, DNC Member
·     Mark Gonzalez, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Vice Chair
·     Jeff LeTourneau, Democratic Party of Orange County North Vice Chair
·     James Martinez, Fresno County Young Democrats Chair
·     Alex De Ocampo, Fmr. California Young Democrats President
·     John Vigna, Fmr. California Young Democrats President
·     Chris Bowen, Stonewall Young Democrats President
·     Michael Colorge, Fmr. Stonewall Young Democrats President
·     Maria Patterson, SEIU 1000 Lavender Committee Chair
·     Robert Garcia, Long Beach Mayor
·     Jeff Prang, Los Angeles County Assessor
·     Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor
·     Ron Galperin, Los Angeles City Controller
·     Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Council Member
·     Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Council Member
·     Jeff Sheehy, San Francisco Supervisor
·     David Campos, Fmr. San Francisco Supervisor
·     Leslie Katz, Fmr. San Francisco Supervisor
·     John Duran, West Hollywood City Council Member
·     John Heilman, West Hollywood City Council Member
·     Henry Lo, Garvey School Board Member

  • Raphael Mandelman, City College of San Francisco Trustee
    ·    Thomas Wong, San Gabriel Valley Water District President
    ·    Sal Rosselli, National Union of Healthcare Workers President
    ·    Oscar de la O, President & CEO, Bienestar
    ·    Richard Zaldivar, Executive Director, The Wall/Las Memorias
    ·    Vince Wong, Community Engagement Chair, Christopher Street West
    ·    Ari Gutierrez, Community Advisory Board President, Latino Equality Alliance
    ·    Torie Osborn, Former CEO, LA LGBT Center & National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
    ·    Darryn Harris, Deputy Director, Rep. Karen Bass
    ·    Eddie Martinez, Executive Director, Latino Equality Alliance/ Mi Centro
    ·    LaDawn Best, Executive Director, Peer Health Exchange
    ·    Marisol Barrajas, Democratic Women’s Study Club of Long Beach Board Member
    ·    Liliana T. Pérez, Bienestar & NARAL California Privacy PAC Board Member
    ·    David Mixner, Longtime Activist and Fmr. Presidential Advisor
    ·    Jeff Kim, Activist
    ·    Roland Palencia, Activist
    ·    Victoria Ortega, Activist
    ·    Myron Dean Quon, Esq., ActivistAssembly Member Evan Low, California Legislative LGBT Caucus Chair stated, “Eric Bauman’s dynamic background as an advocate, warrior, and leader in the LGBTQ community is unparalleled. From his pioneering efforts to fight discrimination and advance equality, to his tenure as head of the Stonewall Democrats, to his work in government and as a fearless leader of Los Angeles and California Democrats, Eric is a fighter that both the LGBTQ community and all supporters of equality can count on. He’s an inspiring, lifelong activist that I encourage Democrats to support as our next state Democratic Party Chair.”

    David Campos, former Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a SFDCCC delegate released the following statement, “I’m endorsing Eric Bauman for Chair of the California Democratic Party because he’s been in the trenches fighting against discrimination and for equality long before it was the popular, mainstream thing to do. He’s authentic to the cause of equality and is the only person with the experience and skill-sets that I trust to steer the California Democratic Party into the future. He’s got my wholehearted support.”

    James Martinez, a member of the LGBT+ community and Chair of the Fresno County Young Democrats remarked, “Eric Bauman’s advocacy, his fearlessness and his big and bold ideas have been an inspiration for young LGBT activists. I am proud to support his campaign for Chair of the California Democratic Party and plan on doing everything I can to ensure he is victorious in this election.”

    State Senator and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins previously noted, “Eric has been a constant advocate for change through the Democratic Party and will fight to create a better Party for the future.  After working with him as a Member and as Speaker of the State Assembly, I can attest to the fact that Eric is a creative campaigner and will work relentlessly and vigorously to elect more Democrats up and down California.  His unparalleled experience and his unyielding dedication to progressive causes and our Party will make him an outstanding state Chair for Democrats.”

    Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California, previously stated, “Eric’s election would be a milestone for the LGBT community. LGBT people are under-represented in elected and appointed office, as well as in party leadership positions. Having an LGBT person lead the largest political party in the largest state in the nation will shatter an important glass ceiling. While we need and value our many non-LGBT allies, there is no substitute for members of the LGBT community having a seat at the table, who can advocate and advance LGBT equality and social justice with authentic, lived experience as LGBT people. As party chair, Eric will have a real impact on LGBT civil rights and social justice — and will ensure that the LGBT community, people of color and all marginalized communities have a voice and are represented in the party and its leadership. Eric has dedicated much of his public life to fighting discrimination for all communities, and he played a key role in the LGBT civil rights movement over the past 25 years and helped advance and found many of the organizations that LGBT people depend on today. He will also serve as a valuable role model to LGBT young people across California. While we are a non-partisan organization, guaranteeing that LGBT people are represented in leadership positions in all political parties is a key objective for Equality California. We look forward to a day when we can endorse LGBT candidates in the Republican and other parties.”

    Inland Counties Stonewall Democrats President Mark Westwood stated, “At our monthly meeting of the Inland Counties Stonewall Democrats we voted confidently and unanimously to reaffirm our endorsement for Eric Bauman for Chair of the California Democratic Party.  We know not only Eric’s great works over the years as a successful grass roots, progressive Democrat, but know him personally as a friend to be in a committed relationship, a member of a beautiful family, a dedicated nurse, and a devout man who practices his faith.”

    Westwood added, “We find through the years of our own personal interaction with Eric that California’s Democratic Party would indeed be blessed and most fortunate to have Eric Bauman as our next chair. We know he will fight as always for values like equality and universal, single payer healthcare. We, the Inland Counties Stonewall Democratic Club stand in solidarity and support of Eric Bauman for chair with the overwhelming majority of Labor, California Legislators, California Democratic Central Committees, the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee, the majority of delegates of the Riverside Central Committee, our locally elected U.S. Congressional members like Pete Aguilar, Mark Takano, Norma Torres, and Raul Ruiz; The California Young Democrats, San Bernardino and Riverside County Central Committee Chairs, Howard Katz, and Chris Robles, the Brownie Mary Democratic Club, Democratic Headquarters of the Desert, the West End Democratic Club, the Foothills Communities Democratic Club, and The Yucaipa-Calimesa Democratic Club and many others to support and elect Eric Bauman as our next Chair.”