West Hollywood Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath and city Public Safety Commission member Estevan Montemayor will likely get to play a role in history after being selected as Hillary Clinton delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this summer.
Horvath and Montemayor were the top female and male vote getters in a caucus to decide the delegates for California’s 28th Congressional district, meaning that they are all but guaranteed a place at the convention in July.
To secure delegates under the California primary system, presidential candidates must receive 15 percent of the vote in a district. If Clinton prevents her opponent, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), from reaching that threshold, seven Clinton delegates and one alternate would attend the convention.
Both Horvath and Montemayor are excited to play roles in the nomination of the first female candidate to head a major party’s ticket in the U.S. Horvath, former mayor of West Hollywood and current council member, said Clinton has been a role model. In addition to being a policy-setting first lady when her husband was president, Clinton has served as a U.S. senator and secretary of state.
“She has broken through countless ceilings in her career,” said Horvath, who received 275 votes at the caucus. “I really admire her example and leadership as a woman in politics.”
She has seen firsthand the inspiration that Clinton has been able to provide. Horvath recalls a campaign event where Clinton was approached by a young girl. That girl then turned to her mother and said that she wanted to grow up to be president.
More personally, Horvath was faced with a moment of doubt after losing an election in 2011. A conversation with Clinton helped spur her to give it another try.
“She encouraged me to run again and I did,” Horvath said. “Eventually I became mayor.”
Montemayor, who managed Horvath’s campaign and serves as communications director for Councilman David Ryu, said that he has been a long-time supporter of Clinton in part because she is a strong female role model similar to those he found in his family. He was raised by a single mom, who herself was raised by a single mom.
“Getting to the convention as a delegate to vote for her nomination as the first woman on the major party ticket is incredibly gratifying and inspirational,” said Montemayor, who received 201 votes at the caucus.
While he’s a first-time delegate, it will be Montemayor’s second trip to a Democratic National Convention. In 2008, he attended the DNC in Denver as special guest and witnessed the nomination of Barack Obama as the first African-American to lead a major party ticket.
Montemayor also said he is excited to get to play a role in deciding the party platform, a key job of delegates to the convention. He anticipates a more progressive platform because of the large number of delegates Sanders has secured.
While Clinton maintains a sizeable delegate lead over Sanders, Horvath said the Clinton campaign is still working to drum up support for California’s primary, which will be held on June 7. Hovarth, who is working personally with some volunteers, is finding a lot of voters interested in the race.
“I think there’s a lot of misconception that people aren’t excited or they’re turned off in this election cycle, but nothing could be further from the truth,” she said.
The 28th Congressional District is comprised of West Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale and parts of Loz Feliz and Silver Lake. A total of 530 ballots were cast in the caucus. The other delegates were Lizzie Prestel, Cecilia Cabello, Heidi Shink, Wesley Earley, William Kysella and Thomas Drew.
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