Walter Mencken 6:15 p.m., Feb. 28
Busby to Run for County Democratic Party Chair
Francine Busby announced yesterday that she will seek to take over as chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party in an election next January. Current party chair Jess Durfee will step down after eight years heading the organization when his term expires next year.
Busby has been involved with the County Democratic Party since 2005, following an unsuccessful challenge for Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s congressional seat in the Republican-leaning 50th district in 2004. She also faced off with Brian Bilbray for the seat three times – during a special election to replace Cunningham in 2006, again in the 2006 general election, and in 2010 – she was defeated each time.
“After much thought and encouragement over the past year, I have decided to run for Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. I have worked closely with Jess and the SDCDP staff, Party leaders, elected officials, candidates and donors. I have served in many capacities from being a candidate, fundraiser, consultant and volunteer to being elected to as vice-chair, convention delegate. Through this process, I have built personal relationships with Democrats throughout the county,” says Busby in a release announcing her intentions.
For qualifications, she points to progress made by the party locally over the last several years. Registered Democrats now outnumber Republicans in the county, she says, and Barack Obama’s 2008 win marks the first time a Democrat has taken San Diego since Franklin D. Roosevelt. “The GO Team has a thousand of volunteers who are personally connecting with hundreds of thousands of voters and record numbers of Democrats are serving on city councils and school boards throughout the county,” says Busby, though these positions are, according to California state law, officially non-partisan.
A vote will be taken in January by the party’s Central Committee to determine a new chair, which is “composed of active Democrats who meet once a month and cast votes on everything from candidate endorsements to resolutions and routine business.” The committee is open to all Democrats, but those interested in joining must file a statement of candidacy with the Registrar of Voters before March 9.
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