ASSEMBLY 25 | After cries of potential voter disenfranchisement by numerous minority groups following a decision to conduct a re-vote of the 25th Assembly District Democratic Convention delegates, a second vote surprisingly reaffirmed the results of the contested election last January.
Six more delegates in Fremont’s Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski’s 25th District were declared victors last week for a second time, according to Andrew Drabkin, a member of the California Democratic Party rules committee. Six other delegates were previously finalized two months ago.
In January, Wieckowski took the unusual step of contesting the Jan. 12 results after allegations numerous non-Democrats had voted in the election of officers to the next two state conventions. Opponents then charged it was actually Wieckowski who brought the voters in question to the election headquarters.
Wiekcowski’s slate of candidates—just two winners--was decimated by the large turnout of party regulars in January. For Wieckowski, who is a likely candidate for the state senate in 2014, the importance of receiving a majority of the delegates from his district increases the possibility he can grab the party’s crucial endorsement. The only other big-name opponent for the seat is believed to be former Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi.
Despite angering many in Fremont’s multi-cultural establishment with the complaint, the party called for a re-vote Mar. 10. However, the roster for the upcoming April 12 state convention is unchanged. Winners include, Daisy Chu, Jan Giovannini-Hill, Reshma Karipineni, Michelle Cosgrove, Reena Rao, Dharminder Dewan, Raj Salwan, Jara Danfodia, Chandru Bhambhra, Romesh Japra, Rajesh Verma, Veerendra Vuppala.
Last month, some south county Democrats expressed confusion over Wieckowski's move for a re-vote, noting even though his slate lost, nearly all of the winners are believed to be among his supporters. However, the small skirmish in AD25 may just need a little extra outreach from Wieckowski in the next year to smooth over signs of a small cracks in his own backyard.