Jenny Bach Triumphs in California Democratic Party Secretary’s Race to Become the Youngest Person Elected to the Executive Board in Decades
SACRAMENTO – Jenny Bach, 25, was elected Secretary of the California Democratic Party last weekend, making her the youngest statewide official in decades. In a hotly-contested race, Bach, a Sacramento native, earned an impressive win in the CDP’s first run-off election in years against long-time Los Angeles-based party leader, Carolyn Fowler.
“This victory shows that we want to embrace new ideas and new leadership towards change. I am excited to get to work on improving how our party communicates with activists,” said Bach shortly after the announcement. “I hope that young people, especially young women of color, see this victory as their own, and that they feel empowered to run for any position they want.”
Bach’s victory was the result of an emerging generation of young grassroots leaders in California eager to move the party forward after the devastating 2016 presidential election. Bach’s triumph was driven by a group of Sacramento-based volunteers and statewide supporters after eight months of campaigning.
“This weekend was a testament to the energy and skills that young people bring to the Democratic Party. Months of prep work came to fruition in the form of a visible and well-executed convention campaign,” explained Katie Hanzlik, Bach’s campaign manager, also a young Democrat. “This would not have been possible without the dozens of young volunteers who didn’t just help the entire weekend, but also sprung into action immediately when the run-off was announced.”
Bach, a child of Vietnamese immigrants, is also the only Asian Pacific Islander (API) to serve as an elected statewide party officer. She currently works in the California State Legislature as a consultant for the API Legislative Caucus and previously worked as district representative for State Senator Dr. Richard Pan (D – Sacramento).
In addition to volunteering for Bach’s upset victory over Fowler, many members of the Sacramento County Young Democrats also helped elect Alex Gallardo-Rooker as Female Vice Chair and Daniel Weitzman as Controller. All three candidates are based in Sacramento.
Sacramento County Young Democrats is the largest Young Democrat chapter in California. Comprised of Democrats ages 18-35 that live or work in Sacramento County, SCYD’s members help elect Democratic candidates to office and advocate on issues they care about. The club meets on the first Wednesday of each month. More information can be found at sacyoungdems.org