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April 26, 2006

CDP Chairman Art Torres Taps Longtime Friend Mayor Willie Brown To Chair Upcoming State Convention

Senator Art Torres (Ret.), Chairman of the California Democratic Party, and Mayor Willie Brown issued the following joint statement today regarding the California Democratic Party Convention to be held April 28 – 30 at the Sacramento Convention Center:

“The doctors who recently performed my successful cancer surgery have not yet cleared me to return to work, therefore I will not be able to attend the California Democratic Party Convention this weekend. My good friend former San Francisco Mayor and Speaker Emeritus Willie Brown has agreed to help Chair our state Convention in my place. I am grateful for his many years of service to the Democratic Party and most of all, I am grateful for his friendship,” Senator Torres stated.

“I am honored and delighted that I am able to fill in as Convention Chair for my longtime friend and colleague, Senator Art Torres. My friendship with Art goes back more than 40 years,” Mayor Brown stated. “I look forward to an exciting and successful Democratic Convention,” Mayor Brown concluded.

Senator Torres explained that, “I wish I could be at this Convention but doctors' orders are to spend more time recovering. They want to make sure I am at my best for the upcoming campaign. I want to thank Mayor Brown, our great First Vice-Chair Alex Rooker, our Second-Vice Chair Alicia Wang, Secretary Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. and Controller Eric Bradley for working with me to make this Convention a success. I am making excellent progress in my recovery, and I look forward to seeing everyone on the campaign trail in the very near future.”

Posted by Kim Stevens at 10:04 AM

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