By Connie Sullivan —
Recently the California Democratic Party (CDP) held their election of officers.
Rusty Hicks was re-elected for his first full term after winning a special election two years ago. Before being elected two years ago Rusty was the executive director of the county’s AFL-CIO.
State Controller Betty Yee, who will be terming out of her Controller position next year, won the female vice chair office. I’m especially happy about this as I think Betty is a very capable official who provides important credibility for the party. In the recent past we had a chair that had held high public office before chairing the party, but in the last four years we haven’t had officers having that kind of stature. I think having Betty in this position elevates the CDP. Also, if Rusty should step down, Betty will become the chair of the CDP.
David Campos, former San Francisco county supervisor won the male vice chair position by defeating the former male vice chair, Daraka Larimore-Hall.
Melahat Rafiei was successfully elected as secretary. Melahat is the former chair of the Orange County Democratic Party and a current member of the Democratic National Committee.
And the new controller is April Verrett, a union official.
The term for all four positions is four years.