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California Democrats Gather In Sacramento For Annual Convention

  
All the major Democratic candidates for California governor are milling around in Sacramento this weekend at the California Democratic Party Convention.

Two major things are going to happen at the convention. Prospective candidates for office—particularly governor—will be courting the most committed members of the Democratic party.

"These are the people who are going to walk precincts," says Democratic political strategist Robin Swanson, a consultant for the convention.

"These are the people who are going to make phone calls, these are the people who are going to show up for you when it really matters, and make sure to get voters to the polls in California," Swanson says.

Democrats will also elect new party leadership, who will decide which candidates to fund and promote in upcoming elections.

Long-time Los Angeles Democratic Party Chairman and state party vice chair, Eric Bauman was the likely successor to retiring chair John Burton. But Bauman now faces a challenge from Kimberly Ellis, a party activist who formerly trained women about running for office.

Ellis is appealing to the party’s newly-energized, more liberal wing that supported presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Ben Bradford

State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio 

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