Major Obama Fundraiser, La Jolla's Christine Forester, Among Tonight's Honorees
Several surprises will greet the sellout crowd at the San Diego County Democratic Party's 33rd Annual Roosevelt Dinner, themed “Painting the Town Blue,” at the Hilton San Diego Resort in Mission Bay tonight. The reception and silent auction begin at 6:00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00.
Nathan Fletcher, a former Republican Assemblymember and San Diego mayoral candidate, will be welcomed by County Party Chair Francine Busby as a newly registered Democrat. He announced his registration change this morning on Facebook.
Other special guests will include State Controller John Chiang, a candidate for Treasurer; State Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee, a candidate for Controller; and State Senator Alex Padilla, a candidate for Secretary of State. The program will feature special awards for Chair Emeritus Jess Durfee and Christine Forester, a prominent local fundraiser for President Obama who sits on several presidential advisory boards.
This year's sellout crowd of more than 600 party activists, volunteers, elected officials, and community leaders will celebrate the sweeping victories of the 2012 election in which 71% of Democratic candidates won countywide. Major wins included picking up a Republican-held Congressional seat; a Democratic Mayor and City Council in San Diego for the first time in history; and the District 3 County Board of Supervisors seat.
This event will be open to credentialed media. The Mission Bay Hilton is located at 1775 Mission Bay Dr., San DIego (92109). Please contact Stephen Whitburn for details at (619) 543-0333.