Will Rodriguez-Kennedy.
Will Rodriguez-Kennedy. File photo by Ken Stone

The San Diego County Democratic Party has elected the youngest executive board in its history, it was announced Tuesday.

The party on Jan. 29 elected 31-year-old Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, also the president of the California Young Democrats and the San Diego Democrats for Equality, to be its next chair by a 39-33 vote. Party members also elected new vice chairs for the north, south and metro west sections of the county, a new secretary and a new director of grassroots organizing.

The board’s six newcomers are all between the ages of 23 and 35 and join the board’s four returning members, East County Vice Chair Eric Hereford, Controller Sunny Escovedo, Director of Clubs John Loughlin and Director of Administration Liz Lavertu.

“This executive board represents a new day for San Diego County Democrats,” Rodriguez-Kennedy said. “Our leaders are united in our commitment to listening to our communities, investing in our grassroots, embracing our diverse voices, and continuing our tradition of being the party of the people.”

The party is fresh off major wins in federal, state and local races during the 2018 mid-term election. Democrats took a supermajority on the San Diego City Council and won in northern parts of the county like Escondido that weren’t possible in previous elections. Local Democrats also added a new ally last month in Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, D-San Diego, who announced his re-registration after winning re-election in November as a Republican.

“Having achieved major successes in the blue wave of 2018, San Diego County Democrats are aiming even higher in 2020 and beyond,” Rodriguez-Kennedy said.

— City News Service