By Sam H. Clauder II, SBCDCC Public Relations Committee Chair
The San Bernardino County Democratic Party elected new officers, approved its by-laws and swore in its Central Committee members for the next two years at its bi-annual re-organizational meeting held last Thursday night at party headquarters in the Carousel Mall.
At the current rate of registration, San Bernardino will have more Democrats than Republicans within a month. As of last Monday there were just 1,759 fewer Democrats than Republicans registered in the County, down from 60,000 less Democrats than Republicans as recently as 2002.
The San Bernardino County Democratic Party Executive Board includes, from left to right, Corresponding Secretary Ron Wall, Parliamentarian Michael Weilein, Finance Committee Chair Sam Clauder, First Vice-Chair Mark Alvarez, County Committee Chair Carol Robb, Treasurer Jeannie Lindberg, 2nd Vice-Chair Patrick Kahler, Recording Secretary Val Lichtman, 3rd Vice-Chair Walter Hawkins, and Sergeant-at-Arms Steve Chapman.
"The Democratic Party is poised to 'take back' San Bernardino County from the Republicans," said Carol Robb, a delegate from the 63rd Assembly District who was unanimously re-elected Chair for a second two-year term. She will preside at all meetings and represent the County Party to the public and the media.
"County voters are fed up with the Republican failures and corruption at all levels of government," Robb declared.
Mark Alvarez, a permanent alternate for Congressman Joe Baca, Sr., won a close runoff election for the position of First Vice-Chair. As Chair of the party's Credentials Committee, Alvarez will supervise club charters and encourage the development of new clubs.
"During the next two years we're going develop more clubs and get more Democrats elected to the Assembly, the State Senate, and Congress," Alvarez vowed. "We're going to replace Jerry Lewis with Tim Prince, get Obama elected President, turn this County blue and keep it blue."
Patrick Kahler, a delegate from the 59th Assembly District, was easily re-elected to serve another term as the Second Vice-Chair. As Chair of the party's Candidate Development Committee, Kahler will be responsible for developing Democratic candidates for partisan and non-partisan offices.
"We're going to find and recruit good, strong, electable Democratic candidates and help to them to victory," said Kahler, who is also the campaign manager for 41st Congressional Democratic Candidate Tim Prince.
Walter Hawkins, a permanent alternate for Rialto Assemblymember Wilma Amina Carter, won a close election to become the Third Vice-Chair. Hawkins will Chair the party's Campaign Operations Committee to develop guidelines and policies to coordinate Democratic elections and manage the headquarters.
"I look forward to working with all members of the Central Committee to continue the momentum we have already developed and to bring Democrats to the forefront of the county," Hawkins said. "To do that, we're going to develop new leaders and pave the way for individuals elected to local offices to move up the ladder to higher offices."
Rounding out the Executive Board are Recording Secretary Valerie Lichtman, Corresponding Secretary Ron Wall, Treasurer Jeannie Lindberg, Sergeant-at-Arms Steve Chapman, Finance Chair Sam Clauder and Parliamentarian Michael Weilein.
The Central Committee meets at the San Bernardino County Democratic Party headquarters in Suite 136F of the Carousel Mall, 295 2nd Street, in downtown San Bernardino. The headquarters are located on the lower floor just behind the elevator in front of the main entrance.
County Democratic Party meetings convene at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. All registered Democrats are welcome to attend.
For more information visit the Democratic Party's website at www.sanbernardinodemocrats.org or call (909) 889-9255.