LOS ANGELES, CA - Marking the start of election season, California Democrats converged March 7-9 in downtown Los Angeles for the party’s 2014 state convention. Congressman Ami Bera and Attorney General Kamala Harris were on hand to deliver speeches rousing up the Democratic Party.
“Today, more and more Indian Americans are getting working at all levels of government and service, people like our own Attorney General Kamala Harris, and they play an integral role in shaping the future of our country.”
Bera cites the current economic state as one of the major issues plaguing Californians today. He intends to help turn the economy around with high-tech jobs, a better school system, and public works projects aimed at improving infrastructure.
Californians continue to feel the effects of the economic crisis. We are slowly regaining jobs but the work is far from over. To fully regain our economic foothold, we must attract more high-tech jobs and maintain high-quality schools to educate our children for the 21st century economy. We also need to find new, innovative ways to make much needed improvements to our infrastructure; that creates jobs and keeps us safe,” Bera told the India Journal. “That’s why I’m supporting a bipartisan bill, the Partnership to Build America Act, to help pay for our fast-deteriorating infrastructure like roads, bridges, and levees — without increasing the nation’s debt or raising taxes.”
Attorney General Kamala Harris’s message at the convention, aimed to rouse Democrats from their perceived state of complacency. Harris is seeking re-election for the Attorney General position with a $3 million war chest. She is widely expected to win, and someday make a run for the governorship. “There is a difference between having a dream and being asleep,” rising party star Attorney General Kamala Harris warned Democrats. “Let’s not just be proud. Let’s stay awake.”
Harris’ remarks echo the sentiments of many Democrats despite the current situation. California Democrats enjoy around two-thirds of the state legislature seats, and the state governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and attorney general. Still, some Democrats are worried voter turnout will be low especially this is a mid-term year election. Democrats are also more likely to stay home and not vote compared to Republicans, who are hoping to edge their way back into California politics in the fall.
Incumbent Calif. Governor Jerry Brown is seeking an unprecedented fourth term this fall.
The 2014 California Democratic convention kicked off, with parties and light-hearted festivities around downtown Los Angeles. A majority of the events were held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Westin Bonaventure hotel, where a majority of the late evening caucuses were held. Governer Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Congressmen Ami Bera all delivered speeches during the three-day convention.