Local Democratic activists, buoyed by the election of Barack Obama, appear anxious to keep up the momentum. The party will conduct elections this weekend to elect 12 delegates to the 2009 and 2010 conventions from each of the state's 80 Assembly districts. The deadline to apply to become a candidate was Dec. 31, and each of the four districts that include parts of Ventura County drew competitive fields of at least 20 candidates.
The state's Young Democrats organization actively solicited candidates, and among those seeking seats in the local delegations are several college students and other youthful activists.
Democrats who wish to participate in the voting are urged to are urged to register at the state party Web site . They can also register on site, beginning at noon, for the meetings that begin at 2 p.m. A list of the candidates certified thus far can be found here.
Following are details for the local district elections:
37th District (20 candidates): Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road.
38th District (24 candidates: Nobel Middle School in Northridge, 9950 Tampa Ave.
41st District (30 candidates): Topanga Community House in Los Angeles, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
35th District (21 candidates): Eastside Library in Santa Barbara, 1102 E. Montecito St.