LOS ANGELES, CA- Expanding his lead and solidifying his base among the party faithful, today Reggie Jones-Sawyer garnered 72% of the total possible delegate votes at the California Democratic Party’s (CDP)’Pre-Endorsement’ conference meeting.
The CDP ‘Pre-Endorsement’ conference was held at the National Council of Negro Women Offices, and consisted of the party’s officially elected or appointed delegates for California’s new 59TH Assembly District. Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) members (Delegates), County Central Committee Members, and local Democratic Club appointed representatives, made up the total list of eligible voting delegates at today’s conference.
There were a total of 18 voting delegates at today’s ‘Pre-Endorsement’ conference, 13 (72.22%) of which voted for Jones-Sawyer, 2 (11%) voted for Daymond R. Johnson, 1 (5%) for Greg Akili, and 2 (11%) delegates voted for no endorsement.
Due to Jones-Sawyer obtaining 72% of the delegate vote, he has officially been recommended for the CDP’s formal endorsement at the upcoming party convention in February.
“I have been actively involved in the Democratic Party since begin a member of the Trojan Democratic Club while in college. Now, as Secretary of the California Democratic Party, former President of the New Frontier Democratic Club, and as a candidate for the new 59th District, today’s vote was a culmination of all of my hard work in the party,” said Jones-Sawyer. “I am incredibly pleased and deeply grateful for the support so many of today’s delegates have given me.”
According to the California Democratic Party’s (CDP) bylaws, candidates need to secure at least 70% of the total votes cast at the ‘Pre-Endorsement’ conference to receive a recommendation for endorsement at the upcoming CDP convention.
Since Jones-Sawyer won 72% of the vote, his endorsement recommendation will be placed on the CDP’s consent calendar for a ratification vote by the delegates at the upcoming CDP convention, in San Diego.
In the past few weeks, Jones-Sawyer has picked up endorsements from UNITE HERE Local 11, the Los Angeles General Services Police Officers Association and the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers’ Association.
Beyond the endorsements listed above, he’s also racked up a significant list of endorsements from influential labor groups including, Laborers (LiUNA) Local 300 & Local 777, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Southern California Council, UA Local 78 Plumbers, Teamsters Joint Council 42, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 24, and the Los Angeles Professional Managers Association.
Additionally, he’s picked up a number of powerful endorsements from elected leaders, including, former Congresswoman Diane Watson, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, State Senator Alex Padilla, State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, State Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, State Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, State Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, and Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel.
The new 59th Florence-Graham District includes many of the same neighborhoods in the former 48th Assembly District.