MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
April 18, 2017

 
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
 

WEITZMAN EARNS BLITZ OF NEW ENDORSEMENTS IN RACE FOR CDP CONTROLLER

Dan Weitzman Continues Collecting Vital Support in Bid for CDP Controller

SACRAMENTO, CA – In another sign of his unrelenting momentum, today progressive activist and veteran fundraiser Dan Weitzman continued to steamroll the competition by picking up a barrage of new endorsements in his campaign for Controller of the California Democratic Party, including from:


  • Assemblymember Marc Berman
  • Miguel Pulido, Mayor, City of Santa Ana
  • Jose Solorio, Councilmember, City of Santa Ana
  • Chicano Latino Caucus of the California Democratic Party
  • Dawn Legg-Ortiz, Democratic Nominee AD 35
  • Xavier Martinez, Controller, San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Gina Frisby, Central Committee Member, Democratic Party of Sacramento County & CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Citrus Heights
  • Doug Kessler, CDP Regional Director, RD 8
  • Louis Dominguez, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, San Pedro
  • Mike Whiteside, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Sacramento
  • Kim Angulo, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Sacramento
  • Tom Hallinan, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Ceres
  • Shawn Bagley, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Monterey
  • Gail Gaston, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Fresno
  • Dillon Savory, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Fresno
  • Tyler Maxwell, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Fresno
  • Ruben Zarate, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Fresno
  • James Martinez, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Fresno
  • Ben Escobedo, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, La Mirada
  • Humberto Gomez, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Parlier
  • Sandra Garcia, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Fresno
  • Nelson Esparza, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Fresno
  • Jacqueline Serna, Legislative Counsel, Consumer Attorneys of CA
  • Pat Fong Kushida, President and CEO, California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
  • Dan Weinstein, Managing Partner, College Town International, LLC
  • Erinn Hicks-Teague, Central Committee Member, LA County Democratic Party


Upon revealing this latest series of endorsements, Weitzman remarked:

"I'm incredibly thankful to have the support of so many Democratic activists who continue to tirelessly work to improve our Golden State. Their endorsements reflect the grassroots enthusiasm for my campaign and the unrelenting efforts I’ve made to reach out to activists all throughout California."

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only.

For more information please visit: http://www.weitzmanforcontroller.net/
 

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​MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 11th, 2017
 



WEITZMAN FLEXES GRASSROOTS, POLITICAL MUSCLES WITH LATEST ENDORSEMENT PICKUPS
Veteran Activist, Progressive Fundraiser Scores More Decisive Endorsements in Bid to Become CA Democrats' Next Party Controller

 SACRAMENTO, CA -- Illuminating his robust support, today, longtime progressive activist and Democratic fundraiser, Dan Weitzman, landed a wave of new endorsements in a campaign, already flush with crucial support from Democratic Party delegates, grassroots activists, and leaders from across the Golden State.

 Those endorsing Weitzman today for California Democratic Party Controller, include:

 Senate Majority Leader, Bill Monning
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez
​Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
Donald Terry, Mayor, City of Rancho Cordova
Gabe Quinto, Mayor Pro Tem, City of El Cerrito, Central Committee Member Democratic Party of Contra Costa County
Anthony Phan, Councilmember, City of Milpitas
Damon Connolly, Supervisor, Marin County
Angela Ramirez Holmes, Director, Zone 7 Water Board & Central Committee Member, Alameda County Democratic Party
Basim Elkarra, Board of Trustees, Twin Rivers Unified School District, Ex-Director Sacramento Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Walter Kawamoto, Ph.D., Los Rios College Federation of Teachers PAC Chair
Harold Fong, Sacramento County Board of Education Trustee
Andres Quintero, Vice-President, Alum Rock School Board
Joe Romero, CA Democratic Party Executive Board Representative
Roger Salazar, Past CA Democratic Party Spokesman
Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Democratic Nominee Assembly District 16
Omega Brewer, Controller, Democratic Party of Sacramento County
Andrew Scott Becker, Parliamentarian, Democratic Party of Sacramento County
Mario Guerrero, Secretary, Democratic Party of Sacramento County
Peggy Gorman, Central Committee Member, Democratic Party of Sacramento County
Rich Wake, Central Committee Member Democratic Party of Sacramento County
Orlando Fuentes, Central Committee Member, Democratic Party of Sacramento County & Past President, Latino Democratic Club Sacramento
Michael Barnett, Central Committee Member, Alameda County Democratic Party
Ben Escobedo, Central Committee Member, LA County Democratic Party, Democratic State Central Committee Member
Andrew Lachman, Elected Member, DNC-CA
Kate Van Buren, President, Women Democrats
Samantha Farmer-Helton, Former President Sacramento County Young Democrats
Greg Hayes, Former President Sacramento County Young Democrats
Cynthia Mejia, VP of Outreach, College Democrats at Sacramento State
Alejandro Cabrera, District Representative, Councilmember Eric Guerra
Zach Yeates, Field Director, Steinberg for Mayor 2016
Tanner Kelly, Board Member, Environmental Council of Sacramento
Ed Howard, Senior Counsel, Children's Advocacy Institute
Cory Allen, Vice-Chair Region 6, LA County Democratic Party

 
Upon releasing this latest wave of endorsements, Weitzman stated:

 
"I'm building a campaign from the ground up -- and it's centered on bringing more inclusivity, openness, fairness and effectiveness to the California Democratic Party. As a longtime fundraiser for progressive leaders, I've worked hard to ensure that they have the resources and tools they need to be successful at the ballot box and in their political organizing efforts. As Party Controller, I'll bring the same precision focus, dedication and grit to the job. That's why so many activists from throughout California are joining our effort.  I'm truly honored to have their support."

 
To view Weitzman's full, comprehensive list of endorsements, please click here.


For more information please visit: http://www.weitzmanforcontroller.net/


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​MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release

November 18, 2016

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​​VETERAN DEM ACTIVIST DAN WEITZMAN ANNOUNCES CDP CONTROLLER BID
Longtime Democratic Fundraiser Has Raised Millions for California Progressives, Democratic Party

SACRAMENTO, CA—  Today, longtime progressive activist and Democratic fundraiser, Dan Weitzman, announced his bid for Controller of the California Democratic Party (CDP). 
 
Weitzman’s prolific 27-year career in Democratic politics includes 16 years as the Finance Director for the California Assembly Democrats, induction into the California Young Democrats' Hall of Fame, and ownership of Daniel C. Weitzman Consulting, a fundraising firm dedicated to raising money for progressive Democratic candidates throughout California.
 
In announcing his run for CDP Controller, Weitzman declared:

“California is not only the nation’s largest and most productive state, but also the preeminent model of bold and effective progressive leadership worldwide, recently becoming the globe’s 6th largest economy under total Democratic leadership from the Governor on down to the Legislature and more. But, with the election of Donald Trump as President and Republicans' control of Congress, we now have a federal government that is totally disconnected from the nation's largest, most diverse state. And while Trump and his allies continue to divide our nation with xenophobia, racism and misogyny, we will continue to prove to Washington and all of America that our achievements really do matter, and that it's possible to have a dynamic economy that's welcoming to immigrants, raises wages, protects the environment, and stands up for workers' rights-- all while thriving.
 
“With that said, 2016's election made it more clearer than ever that the Democratic establishment needs substantial overhaul. It reflected the peoples' thirst for the creation of a more bottom-up Party apparatus that is more inclusive and responsive to the needs of activists and real people on the ground. 
 
“As such, I've decided to run to be the California Democratic Party's next Controller. In this new role,  I’ll work to bring the CDP’s finances more into the 21st century. That means utilizing cutting edge technologies like mobile apps and more to empower the grassroots and local chapters to help generate increased low-dollar resources so that we can revolutionize and modernize our Party's fundraising infrastructure, and make it more reflective of what we’ve seen in President Obama and Senator Sanders’ robust digital apparatus’. 
 
"I also plan to think and work creatively about how the Democratic Party can implement grassroots fueled reforms that enhance and better broadcasts our message of justice, equity, and opportunity to both counter Trump’s toxic agenda while also expanding our Democratic majorities throughout the state."
 

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017


WEITZMAN'S DYNAMITE CAMPAIGN ATTRACTS MORE EXPLOSIVE ENDORSEMENTS
Continues Making Headway Among Working People, Grassroots Activists, Democratic Party Leaders in Bid for California Democratic Party Controller

Sacramento, CA -- Capping off a successful week on the campaign trail, today progressive activist and veteran fundraiser Dan Weitzman continued to make major headway, garnering a slew of new endorsements in his campaign for California Democratic Party Controller, including from:


  • California Professional Firefighters
  • Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento
  • Fem Dems of Sacramento
  • U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui
  • State Senator Ed Hernandez
  • State Senator Connie Leyva
  • State Senator Jim Beall
  • State Senator Joe Dunn (Ret.)
  • State Majority Floor Leader, Assemblymember Ian Calderon
  • State Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell
  • State Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula
  • State Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assemblymember Ken Cooley
  • State Assemblymember Mike Gipson
  • Igor Tregub, Member, CDP Legislation Committee, Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Board*
  • Eric Sunderland, CDP Region 3 Director*
  • Omar Torres, CDP Region 7 Director*
  • Levin Sy, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, San Diego County*
  • Silissa Uriarte-Smith, Democratic State Central Committee Member, Long Beach*
  • Tamie Dramer, Vice-Chair, Democratic Party of Sacramento County*
  • Donald Winters, Central Committee Member, Yolo County Democratic Party*
  • Kristi Thielen, Communications Director, Sacramento County Young Democrats*
  • Chris Yatooma, Treasurer, Wellstone Progressive Democrats*
  • Shaun Dillon, Democratic Party of Sacramento County E-Board Rep., Town & Country Democratic Club*
  • Josh LaFarga, Director of Public and Government Affairs, LiUNA Local 1309*
  • Darrow Sprague, Community Organizer*
  • Marlon Lara*



Upon releasing this latest slew of endorsements, Weitzman remarked:

"I'm deeply grateful for this support from California's Professional Firefighters, local Democratic Clubs, grassroots activists, and so many elected leaders who all have fought to move California forward. Their support demonstrates the fact that I'm working my tail off, paying respect and building up an alliance of support that spans across our Golden State. I'm thrilled to have their backing."

 *Titles for Identification Purposes Only.

 For more information please visit: http://www.weitzmanforcontroller.net/

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​MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 19th, 2017 



WEITZMAN LEAPFROGS AHEAD WITH UNRELENTING MOMENTUM
Progressive Activists, Veteran Fundraiser Dan Weitzman Wins 17 New Endorsements in Bid for California Democratic Party Controller 

 SACRAMENTO, CA – Continuing his salvo of endorsements from grassroots activists and Democratic Party elected leaders, today longtime progressive activist and Democratic fundraiser Dan Weitzman rolled out a list of 15 new backers of his campaign to be the California Democratic Party's next Controller.

 Those endorsing Weitzman today include:

 Senator Josh Newman
Senator Mike McGuire
Senator Ben Allen
Senator Jerry Hill
Senator Scott Wiener
Senator Cathleen Galgiani
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia
Assemblymember Mike Gipson
Assemblymember Jose Medina
Assemblymember Ash Kalra
Alex Barrios, Central Committee Member, Democratic Party of Sacramento County
Conny Anderson, Central Committee Member, Democratic Party of Sacramento County
Alice Kessler, Central Committee Member, Yolo County Democratic Party
Tim Kamermayer, Vice-President, Stonewall Democratic Club of Sacramento County
Anna Molander, President, Truman Democratic Club, Former Chair, Democratic Party of Sacramento
Jerome C. Pandell, Treasurer, Contra Costa Young Democrats
College Democrats at Sacramento State

 Upon revealing his latest string of endorsements, Weitzman remarked:

 "These endorsements reflect the fact that I'm not taking this campaign for granted. I'm working hard and paying respect to our grassroots activists and delegates, who represent the heart and soul of our state's Democratic Party. It also shows that my message of bringing progress, inclusiveness, transparency and openness to the Party is resonating. I'm grateful for their support. It's encouraging and a real honor to count these leaders among my top supporters."

 For more information please visit: http://www.weitzmanforcontroller.net/

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MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 20, 2017

 

Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
 

DAN WEITZMAN ELECTED CONTROLLER OF CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
 

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Tonight, Dan Weitzman was elected Controller of the California Democratic Party. The vote took place at the California Democratic Party's convention at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Dan Weitzman released the following statement:

“I’m deeply honored to have the support of California’s grassroots activists and the delegates that make up the California Democratic Party. I want to thank all of my supporters and volunteers who helped us build a statewide coalition that ultimately propelled us to victory. I look forward to working together, especially with the new leadership team of our Party, to advance a progressive, inclusive and effective agenda for all California.”


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​​MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
December 5, 2016




DE LEÓN, YEE, STEINBERG, ROOKER, VILLARAIGOSA, BASS, LIEU, COOPER ENDORSE WEITZMAN FOR CDP CONTROLLER
Senate President Pro-Tem, State Controller, Sacramento Mayor, CDP's First Vice Chair, Past LA Mayor, Congress Members, Assembly Member Join #TeamWeitzman



SACRAMENTO, CA -- Shining a bright spotlight on the early strength and vigor behind his campaign to be the next Controller of the California Democratic Party (CDP), today longtime progressive activist and Democratic fundraiser, Dan Weitzman, picked up a number of high-profile endorsements from progressive California leaders.

Those endorsing Weitzman for CDP Controller today include:
*  State Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de León
*  State Controller Betty Yee
*  Sacramento Mayor-elect & past State Senate President pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg
*  California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
*  Los Angeles Mayor and past State Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa (Ret.)
*  U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass
*  U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
*  State Assembly Member Jim Cooper

Upon learning of this latest wave of endorsements, Weitzman released the following statement:

"From Southern California to NorCal, these are some of our state's most prominent and influential leaders. Their backing is a testament to my many years of working tirelessly to help raise the resources to elect Democratic leaders that, once in office, have enacted progressive policies on a broad spectrum of issues, from protecting the environment to expanding access to high quality healthcare coverage and much more. I'm thrilled to have them on my team."

Recently Weitzman's campaign unveiled the following list of endorsements he's collected to date:
*  California Young Democrats
*  Senator Ricardo Lara
*  Senator Steven Bradford
*  Senator Bill Dodd
*  Senator Bob Wieckowski
*  Senator and past Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg
*  Senator Richard Pan, MD
*  Senator Isadore Hall (Ret.)
*  Assemblymember Mike Gatto (Ret.)
*  Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
*  Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes
*  Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
*  Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
*  Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra
*  Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi
*  Assemblymember Marc Levine
*  Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer (Ret.)

 At the very inception of his campaign, Weitzman declared the following in his original announcement:

"California is not only the nation's largest and most productive state, but also the preeminent model of bold and effective progressive leadership worldwide, recently becoming the globe's 6th largest economy under total Democratic leadership from the Governor on down to the Legislature and more. But, with the election of Donald Trump as President and Republicans' control of Congress, we now have a federal government that is totally disconnected from the nation's largest, most diverse state. And while Trump and his allies continue to divide our nation with xenophobia, racism and misogyny, we will continue to prove to Washington and all of America that our achievements really do matter, and that it's possible to have a dynamic economy that's welcoming to immigrants, raises wages, protects the environment, and stands up for workers' rights-- all while thriving.

"With that said, 2016's election made it more clearer than ever that the Democratic establishment needs substantial overhaul. It reflected the peoples' thirst for the creation of a more bottom-up Party apparatus that is more inclusive and responsive to the needs of activists and real people on the ground.

"As such, I've decided to run to be the California Democratic Party's next Controller. In this new role,  I'll work to bring the CDP's finances more into the 21st century. That means utilizing cutting edge technologies like mobile apps and more to empower the grassroots and local chapters to help generate increased low-dollar resources so that we can revolutionize and modernize our Party's fundraising infrastructure, and make it more reflective of what we've seen in President Obama and Senator Sanders' robust digital apparatus'.


"I also plan to think and work creatively about how the Democratic Party can implement grassroots fueled reforms that enhance and better broadcasts our message of justice, equity, and opportunity to both counter Trump's toxic agenda while also expanding our Democratic majorities throughout the state."

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Media Release
For Immediate Release
February 10, 2017


WEITZMAN CONTINUES TO DOMINATE COMPETITION IN BATTLE FOR ENDORSEMENTS

 SACRAMENTO, CA- Adding to his already-expansive roster of support, today progressive activist and veteran fundraiser Dan Weitzman picked up critical endorsements from numerous prominent Democratic elected officials, grassroots activists and organizations in his bid for Controller of the California Democratic Party.

 Those endorsing Weitzman today include:


  • Congressman Brad Sherman

  • State Senator Henry Stern

  • Assemblymember Adam Gray

  • Assemblymember Phil Ting

  • Assemblymember Autumn Burke

  • Sacramento-Sierra's Building and Construction Trades Council

  • Paul Cohen, Co-Chair, CDP Finance Committee

  • Jo Souvignier, Central Committee Member, Democratic Party of Sacramento County

  • Matt Rogers, Central Committee Member, Fresno County Democratic Party & Political Director of the Fresno County Young Democrats

  • Harry S. Truman (HST) Democratic Club

  • Phil Pluckebaum, Treasurer, Harry S. Truman Democratic Club

  • Nikki Milevsky, President of the Sacramento City Teachers Association & Board Member, Harry S. Truman Democratic Club *

  • Larry Miles, Board Member, Harry S. Truman Democratic Club

  • John Abbott, Board Member, Harry S. Truman Democratic Club

  • Susan McKee, Chief of Staff, Sacramento County Supervisor – Patrick Kennedy

  • Tim Molina, Campaign Manager, Courage Campaign

  • Dean Murakami, President, Los Rios College Federation of Teachers *

  • Michael Mihn Nguyen, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Palos Verdes

  • Frine Medrano, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Los Angeles

  • Jorge Garrido, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Los Angeles

  • Barri Worth Girvan, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, San Fernando Valley

  • Greg Girvan, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, San Fernando Valley

  • Lupita Sanchez Cornejo, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, San Fernando Valley

  • Jose Cornejo, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, San Fernando Valley

  • Carina Franck-Pantone, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member, Orange County

  • Andrew Byrnes, CDP Democratic State Central Committee Member San Mateo

  • Kystal Moreno, President, Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni Chapter

  • Katie Hanzlik, Vice President of Membership, Sacramento County Young Democrats

  • Tony Bedolla, Former President, Orange County Professional Firefighters Association

  • Michelle Pariset, Campaign Services Chair, Democratic Party of Sacramento County


(* Indicates title listed is for individual identification purposes only, not organizational endorsement)


Upon unveiling his latest list of supporters, Weitzman reflected:

 
“I’m extremely thrilled and honored to have these endorsements from such a diverse coalition of esteemed public servants, labor organizations and grassroots activists throughout the state. Their support underscores the understanding that my campaign is deeply rooted in Democratic values and trust that I am committed to delivering results and improving the lives of all hard-working families in California. I look forward to collaborating with all of them in the future to make the California Democratic Party the leading progressive political organization in the nation and the most persistent opposition to the Trump regime.”

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​​MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release

November 28, 2016




YOUNG DEMS, SCORES OF STATE LEADERS SIGN ON TO WEITZMAN'S CDP CONTROLLER BID

California's Millennial Democrats, Heavyweight State Leaders Endorse Dan Weitzman 

SACRAMENTO, CA -- On the heels of officially announcing his candidacy for California Democratic Party State Controller, today longtime progressive activist and Democratic fundraiser, Dan Weitzman, rolled out a far-reaching list of endorsements, including the following:


California Young Democrats
Senator Ricardo Lara 
Senator-elect Steve Bradford
Senator-elect Bill Dodd
Senator Bob Wieckowski
Senator and past Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg
Senator Richard Pan, MD
Senator Isadore Hall III
Assemblymember Mike Gatto
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
Assemblymember-Elect Sabrina Cervantes
Assemblymember Kevin Mullin 
Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
Assemblymember-Elect Raul Bocanegra
Assemblymember-Elect Al Muratsuchi
Assemblymember Marc Levine
Dario Frommer, Former Assembly Majority Leader

Responding to news of the endorsements, Weitzman released the following statement:


"I'm deeply grateful for this support from California's activist millennials who are the next generation of Democrats in our state, along with so many important and widely respected California leaders. Their early confidence in my campaign is both encouraging and gratifying. I look forward to working with them in the weeks and months ahead."


Weitzman’s prolific 27-year career in Democratic politics includes 16 years as the Finance Director for the California Assembly Democrats, induction into the California Young Democrats' Hall of Fame, and ownership of Daniel C. Weitzman Consulting, a fundraising firm dedicated to raising money for progressive Democratic candidates throughout California.
 
In announcing his run for CDP Controller, Weitzman declared:

“California is not only the nation’s largest and most productive state, but also the preeminent model of bold and effective progressive leadership worldwide, recently becoming the globe’s 6th largest economy under total Democratic leadership from the Governor on down to the Legislature and more. But, with the election of Donald Trump as President and Republicans' control of Congress, we now have a federal government that is totally disconnected from the nation's largest, most diverse state. And while Trump and his allies continue to divide our nation with xenophobia, racism and misogyny, we will continue to prove to Washington and all of America that our achievements really do matter, and that it's possible to have a dynamic economy that's welcoming to immigrants, raises wages, protects the environment, and stands up for workers' rights-- all while thriving.
 
“With that said, 2016's election made it more clearer than ever that the Democratic establishment needs substantial overhaul. It reflected the peoples' thirst for the creation of a more bottom-up Party apparatus that is more inclusive and responsive to the needs of activists and real people on the ground. 
 
“As such, I've decided to run to be the California Democratic Party's next Controller. In this new role,  I’ll work to bring the CDP’s finances more into the 21st century. That means utilizing cutting edge technologies like mobile apps and more to empower the grassroots and local chapters to help generate increased low-dollar resources so that we can revolutionize and modernize our Party's fundraising infrastructure, and make it more reflective of what we’ve seen in President Obama and Senator Sanders’ robust digital apparatus’. 
 
"I also plan to think and work creatively about how the Democratic Party can implement grassroots fueled reforms that enhance and better broadcasts our message of justice, equity, and opportunity to both counter Trump’s toxic agenda while also expanding our Democratic majorities throughout the state."