State Sen. Marty Block’s announcement Thursday that he won’t seek re-election prevents one Democrat-vs.-Democrat donnybrook this year, but several others still loom.
A major ingredient in all of them is the endorsement – or lack thereof – of the California Democratic Party. Pre-endorsement caucuses kick off around the state Saturday and continue Sunday, part of the run-up to the state party’s San Jose convention next month.
Some of this weekend’s gatherings shape up to be eventful.
Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, a member of the Assembly’s moderate wing, will try to secure the party’s backing against a more left-leaning challenger, attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes, in the 47th Assembly District. Similarly, Assemblyman Mike Gipson of Los Angeles faces intra-party competition from Los Angeles planning commissioner Marta Segura in the 64th Assembly District.
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In the San Fernando Valley’s 39th Assembly District, Assemblywoman Patty Lopez defeated then-incumbent Raul Bocanegra in 2014. Bocanegra is eager to return the favor this year.
Among the state’s congressional delegation, meanwhile, Rep. Mike Honda faces a rematch against Ro Khanna, a former Obama administration official, in Silicon Valley’s 17th Congressional District.
And Rep. Grace Napolitano seeks to beat back a challenge from Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park, in the 32nd Congressional District.
You can find a listing of all the pre-endorsement caucuses here.
HEALTH: Experts in veterinary medicine at UC Davis will be at the Capitol today to give a talk about links between animal and human health. As part of the UC Davis Capitol Speaker Series, School of Veterinary Medicine Dean Michael Lairmore and Patricia Conrad, associate dean for global programs, will speak about issues impacting water quality and environmental and food safety, room 126 at noon.
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CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula, who turns 60 on Saturday.