West Hollywood City Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath was one of 14 candidates elected Jan. 8 to serve as Assembly District 50 delegates for the 2017 and 2018 Democratic Party state conventions.
Horvath ran as a member of the party’s Grassroots Slate, which describes itself as progressive Democrats “committed to building the California Democratic Party from the bottom up.”
The election took place in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium in the Santa Monica Library.
“I was very excited, honored and humbled by the turnout and support our entire slate received,” said Horvath, describing her reaction after ballots were counted and results were announced Sunday afternoon.
Given the results of November’s presidential election, Horvath said she and the other elected delegates “want to be that line of resistance,” partly by keeping the public engaged between elections.
“We will have time to work together as delegates,” she said, “to have a voice in the party.”
The California Democratic website listed 47 male and 40 female candidates for Assembly District 50 delegate. The top seven vote-getters of each gender won spots.
Four of the seven female candidates representing the Grassroots Slate were among the top seven and will serve as delegates, according to unofficial results posted by the California Democratic Party: Amanda Hyde, Jessica Yas, Maryam Zar and Horvath.
Four out of seven men representing the Grassroots Slate won delegate slots: Steve Bott, Barry Snell, Rob Greenstein Rader and Charles Taylor.
The other three female candidates elected were members of the Progressive Slate: Sue Himmelrich, Erika Feresten and Marcy Winograd.
Candidates from two other slates, the Nurse’s Slate and the Community Slate, did not win spots.
The other three male candidates elected were also Progressive Slate members: Christopher Bowen, Kevin McKeown and Sion Roy.
Windsor Village resident Julie Stromberg, who was another candidate on the Grassroots Slate, said she finished as a first runner up.
“I am first in line should a delegate spot open on the female side in the next two years,” she said. “That’s pretty good for someone from Greater Wilshire running for the first time in a Westside-dominated race where the election is held in Santa Monica.”
She said she was able to use her candidacy to bring a lot of first time voters into the delegate elections, and to convince a few others to change their party affiliation so they could vote for her.
There were 1,024 ballots counted on the day of the election, according to Stromberg, who was present for the counting. She received 336 votes, six short of her fellow slate member Zar, who won the final delegate spot for female candidates. Horvath was the leading vote-getter among male and female Grassroots and Progressive Slate candidates.
“We showed Mid City and Greater Wilshire matter and want to be involved,” said Stromberg, who had also said November’s election results inspired her to get involved. “I’ll continue to try to get people involved and have a seat at the table.”
Delegates also represent their constituencies at regional meetings. Elections for the position are held every two years.
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