CA Democratic Party to Partner with Univision to Host Presidential Forum in November

Democratic Presidential Forum will Take Place During CDP Convention in Long Beach

San Francisco, CA – California Democratic Party’s (CDP) Acting Chair, Alexandra “Alex” Gallardo-Rooker, announced today that the CDP and Univision have agreed to partner together to host a Democratic Presidential Forum during the party’s Fall Endorsing Convention in November. The Presidential Forum will take place at the Long Beach Arena on Saturday, November 16, 2019 during the state party’s second gathering of 2019.

“While this is not a debate, it is a forum that will focus on issues important to Californians and to the Latino community,” said acting Chair Rooker. “We think it will be a fantastic addition to that convention and will once again highlight the importance of the Latino Vote and California’s impact in the Presidential Primary. As the first Latina to Chair a major party here in California, I can’t tell you how proud I am of this partnership.”

More details will be provided by the CDP and Univision as the planning progresses.

“Univision is committed to empowering the Latino community with information about the electoral process and the candidates. Univision's participation as co-host of November's Democratic Presidential Forum will allow candidates to present their platforms on the #1 source of news and information for the Hispanic community and allow us to continue to meet our commitment,” stated Lourdes Torres, Senior Vice President, Political Coverage & Special Projects, Univision News.

The Mexico City-born Gallardo-Rooker, in her capacity as acting Chair of the California Democratic Party, is the first Latina to ever lead a major political party in California. Under her guidance, the CDP’s staff and volunteers have continued to make strong progress as it prepares for the 2020 election. No CDP chair has fundraised more resources ($1.5 million) in their first six months as chair than Gallardo-Rooker.

Gallardo-Rooker, who previously served as California Democratic Party First Vice Chair, became acting Chair with the resignation of former Chairman Eric Bauman in December 2018. Once a new chair is elected over the weekend, she will return to that post. Gallardo-Rooker has served as an officer with the California Democratic Party for the past 21 years.

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