The Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee, commonly known as the LACDP, is the largest Democratic County Committee in the State and Country. “As they say, it’s all in the numbers. No Democrat running for statewide office in California can win without carrying Los Angeles County – home to more than 2.4 million Democrats,” points out Eric Bauman, LACDP Chairman.
The 2014 election will be a contentious one, and the outcome will depend on Democratic turnout, especially in Los Angeles County. As Bauman explains, “L.A.’s voters face many hurdles getting to the polls – from long drives to work and heavy traffic, to frequent local and state elections, so LACDP is hard at work promoting and signing folks up to vote-by-mail.”
Vote-by-mail conversion isn’t the only thing LACDP is doing. For 20 years now the LACDP has been registering voters at the monthly naturalization ceremony held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Each month they are able to register hundreds of new Democrats.
Beyond voter turnout and voter registration, the LACDP also runs the very successful Red Zone program. The program is designed to help Democrats run in traditionally red areas. The LACDP serves as consultants to these candidates, helps the candidates develop a game plan and campaign literature.
This year the LACDP will have 10 field offices across the County dedicated to electing local, statewide and Congressional candidates as well as support ballot initiatives. As Bauman said, “We are solidly committed to see Alex Padilla as our next Secretary of State, Betty Yee as our next State Controller, and Tom Torlakson be re-elected as Superintendent of Public Instruction. There are also key legislative races in Los Angeles that are pivotal to retaining our two-thirds majority in the state Legislature: Jose Solorio and Tony Mendoza for State Senate; and Steve Fox, Al Muratsuchi, Sharon Quirk-Silva and Jacqui Irwin for State Assembly.”
We can’t wait to see what the LACDP does next!