New OC, New Dem Party Leadership

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Last week, Ada Briceño was elected as the new chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County. She was joined by vice-chairs that reflect the OC Dems of today: majority-minority, young, and avowedly progressive. Representing North OC is longtime LGBT activist Jeff LeTourneau; Central OC is Betty Valencia, who placed third in the Orange city council race and is a lesbian; West OC is Victor Valladares, who has been fighting pollution in Huntington Beach's Oak View barrio for over five years. And Vietnamese-American Annie Wright represents South OC. All are Briceño allies and are looking to transform the Democratic Party. But will the old guard get in the way?



Benjamin Gottlieb