Ma wins California Democratic Party endorsement
12th Assembly District candidate Fiona Ma with Phil Angelides,
walk the halls
of the Sacramento convention center after receiving
the California Democratic Party endorsement.
May 1, 2006
Fiona Ma has been declared the officially endorsed candidate
for 12th Assembly by the California Democratic Party. Over 1,930
delegates from all around the state voted to approve the recommendation
from each regions caucus on Sunday.
Fiona Ma won the highly coveted endorsement by securing 64% of
the required 60% from the eligible delegates from her regional
Ma supporters jump to their feet upon learning Ma's margin of
This is an important endorsement and it adds to the tremendous
momentum that weve been building over the past few months,
said Fiona Ma. I will continue to campaign throughout the
neighborhoods telling people about my experience and vision for
better education, my commitment to accessible and affordable health
care and the need to create better jobs.
The battle for the endorsement was ratified by the entire party
delegation but in order to reach that point, Ma had to convince
delegates from her region that she was worthy of the endorsement.
Ive been a Democratic activist for ten years. I know
the Democratic values and I know the Democratic vision. I felt
right at home with all these other democratic activists,
The endorsement process started Friday with a series of caucuses
whereby affinity groups of Democratic faithful gather to hear
speeches from candidates running from Governor to Assembly.
Its really a thorough process for all the delegates
to see whos running and hear what they have to say,
said Ma campaign manager Tom A. Hsieh. Fiona ma walks the
walk when you talk about standing up for Democratic values and
working to achieve Democratic goals.
In a surprise move following the recommendation by the 12th AD
Caucus, the Reilly camp circulated petitions to challenge the
12th AD caucuses recommendation to endorse Fiona Ma and
have it re-heard on the convention floor.
Michael Goldstein, Janet Reilly, Debra Walker and Laura Spanjian.
The Reilly camp was afforded until 11 p.m. on Saturday
to gather 300 valid delegate signatures in order to qualify the
challenge. By the deadline no signatures were turned in even though
several Reilly agents were seen scrambling to sign up delegates.
The delegates were resolute about Fiona Ma.
They had heard that Janet Reilly worked for Republican Mayor of
Los Angeles Richard Riordan. They declined to sign the petition
and held firm for Fiona Ma, the Democratic activist, said
For her part, Janet Reilly told the Sentinel, "Of
course I'm disappointed but I'm really proud of the showing...
we had 50 people on the streets in San Francisco today walking
precincts and talking to voters.
"We've been focusing on the street for a year
now getting our voters lined up in San Francisco, and those are
the people that vote in this election.
"I am still confidant for June 6th", Reilly
The 'Fiona Ma Squad' - organized, vocal,
and determined to outflank their opponent at every turn.
US Senator Dianne Feinstein shares Ma's victory jubilence.