Gomez gets 59% of vote for Democratic Party endorsement
near super-majority of Democrats prefer him for official party candidate
On Sunday, nearly 60% of Democratic Party delegates in the 51st district voted to make Jimmy Gomez the official candidate of the California Democratic Party.
“This is a huge vote of confidence from the folks who represent grass-roots Democrats in the district,” said Gomez. “I hope to continue my fight for progressive values and the needs of working Californians, making the members of the Democratic Party proud.”
The vote now continues to the Democratic Party Convention, where Gomez will again need to get 60% of local state delegates to secure to endorsement once and for all.
This victory comes closely on the tail of key endorsements by L.A. County Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman, the Northeast Democratic Club and other prominent Democrats, Labor organizations, and community leaders.
“Jimmy is the candidate with the values, skills and drive to get things done for the people of California,” said Bauman. “Jimmy’s a proven progressive leader with the backbone to stand up not only for our community, but for all Californians.”
Gomez also topped $300,000 in campaign funds raised for the period ending December 31st, undoubtedly one of the strongest showings for an Assembly candidate in the entire state.
In addition to a considerable war chest and impressive list of supporters, Gomez has assembled a strong team with a history of winning in the area: SG&A Campaigns as lead consultants (Parke Skelton, Steve Barkan, and Mike Shimpock), Groundworks Campaigns on field (Tracy Zeluff, Lea Grundy, and Joanna Riccardi), and Stephanie Daily on fundraising.
Gomez is also rapidly consolidating the most important endorsements in the district, from labor, community leaders, and local elected officials. A partial list includes L.A. Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Ed Reyes, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Assemblymember Mike Gatto, State Senator Sheila Kuehl (ret.), Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, as well as teachers, public safety, and nurses. A full list can be found at JimmyGomezForAssembly.com
Jimmy Gomez is currently the political director for United Nurses Association of California/Union of Health Care Professionals, AFL-CIO and an instructor at Los Angeles Trade Tech. He lives in Echo Park with his wife Mary.
The newly formed 51st ASSEMBLY DISTRICT includes Echo Park, Mission Junction, East Los Angeles, Historic Filipinotown, Chinatown, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, El Sereno, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Lincoln Heights, City Terrace, Elysian Valley, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, and a portion of Silverlake.