Sunday, March 18, 2018
2018 California Democrats State Convention Programming Announcement
By Staff Report


The California Democratic Party annual convention will meet in San Diego on the weekend of February 23-25, 2018. Convention Delegates will decide CDP endorsements for U.S. Senate, Governor, state Constitutional offices and Legislative/Congressional candidates.

Delegates will also be adopting the Party Platform.

California Democratic Party Annual Convention

San Diego Convention Center

111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101

Friday, February 23, 2018 to Sunday, February 25, 2018

For all Convention-related inquiries, unless otherwise noted, please contact Mike Roth at 916.813.1554 or

General sessions of the convention will be streamed live on Facebook at:

List of confirmed speakers: 

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris*

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)*

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi*

Rep. Maxine Waters*

Tom Steyer*

Jon Lovett, co-founder of Crooked Media, host of Lovett or Leave it and co-host of Pod Save America

Mayor Eric Garcetti*

Rep. Barbara Lee

Rep. Ted Lieu

Rep. Ro Khanna

Rep. Zoe Lofgren

Rep. Nanette Barragan

Fmr. Sheriff Lupe Valdez, (D-Dallas County, Texas) and Candidate for Governor of Texas*

State Sen. Toni Atkins

State Sen. Holly Mitchell

State Sen. Josh Newman

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher

Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber

Assemblymember Todd Gloria

Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr.

Assemblymember Laura Friedman

Myrtle Cole, San Diego City Council President

Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton

Lisa Middleton, Palm Springs City Council (first openly transgender City Council member in California)

Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach

Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

Teferi Gebre, Vice President, AFL-CIO

Roxanne Sanchez, President, SEIU California and SEIU Local 1021

Yvonne Walker, President, SEIU Local 1000

Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, California Labor Federation

Doug Moore, AFSCME International Vice President, Executive Director, United Domestic Workers

David Dayen, Journalist

*Denotes Keynote Speaker

List of Candidates Speaking:

U.S. Senate (Saturday afternoon)

· Kevin de León

· Dianne Feinstein

· Pat Harris

Governor (Saturday afternoon)

· Gavin Newsom

· Antonio Villaraigosa

· John Chiang

· Delaine Eastin

Lieutenant Governor (Saturday afternoon)

· Jeff Bleich

· Ed Hernandez

· Eleni Kounalakis

NOTE: The Lt. Governor Candidates will be participating together in a candidates forum on stage, with Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall moderating and asking questions submitted through social media and our mobile messaging service.

Secretary of State (Saturday Morning)

· Alex Padilla

· Ruben Major

Attorney General (Saturday Morning)

· Xavier Becerra

· Dave Jones

State Treasurer (Saturday morning)

· Fiona Ma   

State Controller (Saturday Morning)

· Betty Yee   

Superintendent of Public Instruction (Saturday Morning)

· Tony Thurmond

· Marshall Tuck 

Insurance Commissioner

· Ricardo Lara

· Asif Mahmood 

CDP Thematic Programming Blocks

CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman and the Statewide Officers have instituted a policy of devoting a portion of General Sessions at Executive Board meetings and Convention to Celebrating the core communities and values of our Party. For our General Sessions, we will be featuring the following Programs:

· Mobilizing Women to Run, Vote, Lead: featuring CDP Vice Chair Alexandra “Alex” Gallardo-Rooker, Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, CDP Women’s Caucus Chair Christine Pelosi, Planned Parenthood California CEO Crystal Strait, Emerge California Executive Director Maimuna Syed, and special guest musical performance.

· Celebrating Black Voters: featuring Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., CDP African American Caucus Chair Darren Parker, California/Hawaii NAACP President Alice Huffman, SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker, and a special video.

· The Millennial Mindset: featuring CDP Secretary Jenny Bach, City of Walnut Councilmember Andrew Rodriguez, City of Lemoore Councilmember Holly Andrade-Blair, Legislative Staffer and former CSUF Student Body President Pedro Ramirez, Orange County Young Democrats Chair Danielle Serbin and featured speaker Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs.

· Labor & “I am 2018”: featuring American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, AFL-CIO Vice President Tefere Gebre, SEIU California and SEIU Local 1021 President Roxanne Sanchez, California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski, United Domestic Workers Executive Director Doug Moore, and a special video.

Luncheon and Dinner Programs

Our Luncheon Program will feature CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman, remarks by national politics and policy journalist David Dayen and Jon Lovett, co-founder of Crooked Media, host of Lovett or Leave it and co-host of Pod Save America.

Our Dinner Program, “All Politics is Local” will feature a line-up of Democrats serving in municipal offices discussing the innovative and progressive policies they have implemented. The program will be emceed by San Diego City Council President Myrtle Cole, and will feature Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Garvey Unified Trustee Henry Lo, and Palm Springs City Councilmember Lisa Middleton, the first transgender person elected to a city council in California. Our featured speaker, Representative Barbara Lee, will close out the program by offering insights on the interplay between city government and the federal government.

The luncheon and dinner programs will also feature musical performances from the San Diego Women’s Chorus and Duy & Justin Nguyen-Amigo.

PLEASE NOTE: Out of respect for our Delegates and Activists who purchase tickets to attend these events, the Luncheon and Dinner are closed to the press. However, subject to staff availability, we will make every effort to facilitate interview requests with speakers at these events. 

Platform & Endorsement Process

General information on the CDP endorsement process can be found here. Specific questions about the endorsement process can be e-mailed to CDP Communications Director John Vigna,

For information on the CDP platform, including the draft submitted by the Platform Committee, please click here.

The Platform and endorsement consent calendar (for Congressional, Senate and Assembly races) will be adopted on Sunday.

Endorsements for statewide candidates and Board of Equalization will take place on Saturday and will be conducted through paper ballots. The results are final – there is no appeal, and to win the endorsement, a candidate must receive 60 percent of the vote. Due to the record number of candidates seeking the CDP endorsement in statewide contests, we anticipate vote counting will not conclude until late in the evening on Saturday, but we will announce the results when they are confirmed. 

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