Riverside County Democrats Elect a New Chair

Moreno Valley, Calif. – The Riverside County Democratic Party elected Steven Ruth as their new Chair on October 09, 2017. “Needless to say, I’m honored to have the support of Riverside County Democrats as we work toward the 2018 mid-term and 2020 elections,” Steve said. “I am committed to working with all Democrats in Riverside County to bring unity to our party, to raise our party’s profile in the community, and to raise the money necessary to help our candidates win elections,” he added.

Prior to Monday’s election, Steve had earned the endorsements of the leading Democratic figures in Riverside County, including Congressman Mark Takano, Senator Richard Roth, Assemblymember Jose Medina, Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, Community College District Trustee Bill Hedrick and the 2014 & 2016 Democratic Nominee in California’s 42nd Congressional District Tim Sheridan, among others. “I am confident in Steve’s ability to lead our local party to successes this year, 2018, and beyond,” said Congressman Takano.

After lagging behind for many years, the Democrats recently became the majority party in Riverside County – a point Steve made after his election. “Over the last few years, we have turned this county blue, my focus will be on increasing those numbers in the coming years,” he said. Steve took office directly after the votes were certified. He will be up for reelection in November 2018. Steve can be reached at chair.rcdp@gmail.com

Gary H. Bosworth Awards Luncheon

Here’s one you won’t want to miss. On Sunday, October 29, 2017, the Riverside County Democratic Party will present their annual Gary H. Bosworth Awards Luncheon. In the years since its inception, this annual event has become legendary, and this year it will offer the perfect Democratic “Trifecta” of guest speakers: California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de LeonCalifornia Senator Toni Atkins and California Democratic Party Chair Eric Bauman.

This is going to be a great event! Mark your calendars and make your reservations. Don’t miss out on this one! You may contribute online for this event thru ActBlue at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2017-rcdp-bosworth, or send check payable to RCDP Bosworth c/o Terry Fox, 24155 Via Octavo, Murrieta, CA 92562.

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October 7th Candidate Training Day

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“The Riverside County Democratic Central Committee- Candidate Training, The Democratic Headquarters of the Desert (DHQ), and CDP – Region 19 Director – Norberto Gonzales… Just completed a wonderful day of training on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. The topic was how to create and deliver a great “Stump Speech.”

Howard Katz, Chair – RCDCC got the training started by welcoming and teaching to very enthusiastic attendees, who received lecture plus hands on coaching and feedback. The candidate attendee reviews were of the highest ratings, and they stated that they can’t wait until the next training!

Some of the other main speakers were: Francine Busby, Greg Rodriguez and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia gave a wonderful talk as well.

Other contributors that were either speaking, or coaching or both were: Elle Kurpiewski, Norberto Gonzales, Suji Fox, Steve Finger, Marie MacDonald, as well as Howard Katz, to name some of the team that added tremendously to the candidates learning to make it such a well received training.

It was a phenomenal training day and we are all looking forward to the next one!”

—Shawn Holt, RCDCC Co-Chair Candidate Training & Development

Las Vegas Shooting

We are saddened, mortified, and angered by the event in Las Vegas last night.  We grieve for the dead and injured.  We are mortified that mass killings continue and are becoming increasingly more horrific.  And, we are angered that the NRA and the gun lobby have paralyzed our Congress into supporting these senseless killings by their inaction.

Can you imagine how much more deadly this event could have been if the shooter had silencers on his weapons?  Congress and the President want to make silencers legal.  What a horrible thought!

We cannot hope for change unless WE  take concrete and forceful action.  Call your members of the California Assembly and Senate, our members of the California delegation to the House of Representatives, and our two California Senators.  Let them know that limiting gun and ammunition sales is now more important than ever.  Let them know that the purchase and ownership of automatic weapons by the public must be ended.

Respectfully yours,
Howard Katz
Chairman, Riverside County Democratic Party

Aug 12

Chaos in Charlottesville

Chaos in Charlottesville – When Barack Obama was elected, it was said that the USA had become color-blind. Donald Trump’s rhetoric helped create and inflame the divisiveness we are witnessing in Charlottesville.

We must reintensify our efforts for unity.

Everyone in this country deserves our respect. Everyone has the right to “…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…”

—Howard Katz, RCDP Chair

Progressive News from Democratic Headquarters of the Desert


Donald Trump, the ‘would-be president’, shocked the sensibilities of the nation yesterday with his tweeted policy directive banning transgendered persons from military service. Using his craven and cynical ‘governing-by-tweet’ habit, he now has attacked a group of Americans who are proudly serving their country while being true to who they are. Thousands more Americans have now been thrown under the bus by this moronic man in his frantic effort to distract from the investigation that portends an end to his deplorable, misbegotten presidency.

Eric Bauman, Chair of the California Democratic Party has made a statement in this regard on behalf of all California Democrats.

Here is Eric’s statement.