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New San Diego Democratic Party Chair Declares 'A New Day for San Diego Democrats'

SAN DIEGO -- Last Tuesday the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee elected a new leadership team for the 2019-2020 election cycle, resulting in the youngest Executive Board in the County Democratic Party's history. 

Among the newer members elected to the board are six millennial officers:

  • Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, 31, a U.S. Marine Veteran and the president of the California Young Democrats and San Diego Democrats for Equality, was elected Chair.
  • Jason Bercovitch, 33, a field representative for Congressman Scott Peters, was elected Vice Chair for the North Area.
  • Rebecca Taylor, 35, a U.S. Navy Veteran, the Chair of the California Young Democrats' Veterans Caucus, and Volunteer Coordinator for the One Justice Project, was elected Vice Chair for the Metro West Area.
  • Kelvin Barrios, 28, the Director of Government Affairs for the Laborers Local 89, was re-elected Vice Chair for the South Area.
  • Oren Robinson, 31, an app developer and designer, was elected Secretary.
  • Kyle Doria, 23, an educator and former San Diego County Democratic Party Office Administrator, was elected Director of Grassroots Organizing. 

They will be joining returning members Eric Hereford, re-elected Vice Chair for the East Area; Sunny Escovedo, re-elected Controller; John Loughlin, re-elected Director of Clubs; and Liz Lavertu, re-elected Director of Administration. Jessica Hayes will serve as Past Chair.

“This Executive Board represents a new day for San Diego County Democrats,” said incoming Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy. “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.

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

The new Executive Board inherits a resurgent County Democratic Party with growing voter registration and 63 chartered Democratic Clubs. In the 2018 election, under the leadership of Past Chair Jessica Hayes, 67% of the Party’s endorsed local candidates prevailed. Two-thirds of those candidates were non-incumbents, and a majority were women.

FOR INTERVIEWS: Contact Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy at chair@sddemocrats.orgor (619) 709-0675.