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wolk.jpgCalifornia Democrats running for state and congressional offices moved closer to securing coveted state party endorsements at meetings of grassroots officials this weekend.

In the Sacramento area, Democratic Assembly candidate Dan Wolk exceeded the threshold to receive a pro-forma endorsement vote at the state party convention next month. Wolk, a Davis city councilman and the son of Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, is running to succeed Democrat Mariko Yamada, D-Davis.

Wolk received the recommendation over a trio of Democrats.

"As a lifelong Democrat, I have always been dedicated to our party's ideals of justice, equality and opportunity," he said in an email. "These are the values that I work for every day - and the values I will take with me to Sacramento. The endorsement also means a lot for our campaign in terms of local support, grassroots activism and resources."

Others running in the 4th Assembly District are Napa Supervisor Bill Dodd, Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza and Napa Planning Commissioner Matt Pope. All are Democrats.

While there was no immediate recommendation in the 7th Assembly District, Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty remains a contender for the endorsement at the state convention. Also in the race are Democratic Sacramento Councilman Steve Cohn and West Sacramento Councilman Mark Johannessen, the son of former GOP Sen. Maurice Johannessen.

In the 6th Senate District being vacated by Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg, neither Assemblyman Roger Dickinson nor Assemblyman Richard Pan, as predicted, were able to gather enough party unity to manage a primary endorsement recommendation. The fight moves to the convention.

In other notable actions from across California:

State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, was recommended for the party's endorsement in the closely-watched contest to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman of Beverly Hills. A representatives for former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel, said the delegate vote was motivated by a network at the state Capitol.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, will get the party's endorsement. DeSaulnier is running to fill the seat of retiring Democratic Rep. George Miller of Martinez.

State Sen. Ellen Corbett , D-Hayward, mustered enough support to block an endorsement recommendation for freshman Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell. Swalwell, formerly of the Dublin City Council, did get enough votes to possibly gain the party's backing at the state convention. (Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, who is challenging for Corbett's Senate seat, easily picked up the votes for an endorsement.)

Despite repeatedly being outraised, Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, seems to have nabbed the party's support over intraparty challenger Ro Khanna. Khanna, a former Obama administration official, is looking to extend the 17th district race to November under the state's new top-two primary system.

PHOTO: Davis City Councilman Dan Wolk. Wolk for Assembly



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