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


As we head into the final week of the campaign for California Democratic Party Chair, Eric has earned an unprecedented level of support from the LGBTQ community. He will become the first openly gay CDP Chair in history.


Bauman has earned the coveted support of the following select LGBTQ organizations and leaders:


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

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

Evan Minton, CDP LGBT Caucus Northern Chair

Denise Penn, CDP LGBT Caucus Southern Chair

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

Thomas Wong, San Gabriel Valley Water District 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., Activist

(Partial List)


David Campos, former Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a SFDCCC Delegate: “”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: “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.”


Toni Atkins, State Senator and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus: “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: “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.”



Mark Westwood, Inland Counties Stonewall Democrats President: “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 grassroots, 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. 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.”


— Team Bauman


*Titles included for identification purposes only.







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