By Ande Spencer, Redlands
The real Inland Empire, a diverse mixture of ethnic heritage, language, gender, age and economic status, glued together by a progressive grass roots belief that all this diversity can work together seamlessly to create the American dream for all, gathered at the campaign headquarters of Eloise Gomez Reyes in Colton on Tuesday evening 7 June for a primary watch party. And what a party it was!
From the incredible company to the superb food to the amazing Mariachi music, it was a night to remember. And, most importantly, the hard work and dedication of many supporters and volunteers paid off. Progressive Democrat Eloise Reyes, along with conservative Democrat Cheryl Brown finished the primary race as the top two candidates and will appear on November’s ballot.
Since the initiation of the top-two candidate system in 2010 most face-offs between same party hopefuls have matched two Republicans but in November voters will have the two distinct wings of the Democratic Party vying for ascendency.
This Democratic confrontation results, in large part, from voter registration statistics for the 47th Assembly District where twice as many voters are registered as Democrats according to the Secretary of State’s latest figures.
It also speaks to the hard work put in by so many volunteers who burned up the telephone lines and, even more importantly and effectively, trod the hot streets of the district and knocked on thousands of doors. Ranging from perky junior high school preteens to twinkle-eyed octogenarians, Eloise’s army planted her staunchly progressive flag widely.
And in November lucky residents of the 47th State Assembly District will have the chance to party again when they weigh in on two vastly different Democratic ideologies: go-along, get-along status quo corporatocracy or grass roots, citizen-centric democracy. Long may the people rule!
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