LOS ANGELES – Longtime Democratic Party strategist and political operative Mark Gonzalez, currently chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, has been selected by former Vice-President Joe Biden to be the California state director for his presidential campaign.
Gonzalez in addition to leading what has been described the largest local Democratic Party entity in the nation, also serves on the board of the California Democratic party and is the District Director to Assembly member Miguel Santiago.
The campaign also announced Monday that San Francisco-based Lizzie Heyboer. who worked on the presidential primary campaign of Massachusetts Democratic U. S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, will be the Biden Campaign’s state director of organizing.
Heyboer previously had worked for the NextGen campaign for billionaire and former Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer.
Gonzalez, who is gay, is well known in California Democratic circles having previously worked for several assembly members including out former Assembly Speaker John Pérez.
California is an important source of campaign fundraising for Democrats. Although Biden lost the state in the primaries to Vermont U. S. Senator Bernie Sanders, there are down ballot congressional races where turnout and organizing strength will matter and in this year against Trump congressional supporters in a couple of contested races, the former vice-president having a strong presence can boost those candidates’ chances.