There will be a special election soon to replace George Runner who is currently serving in the California Board of Equalization. The leading Republican Party candidate is Sharon Runner while there is a Democratic Party choice Darren Parker, who is a current member of the 36th Assembly District Democratic Party Central Committee of Los Angeles County.
Here is some basic information about him.
Darren W. Parker has been a resident of the Antelope Valley for more than 20 years. He is the former Political Director and International staff rep. for CWA, serving his union for more than 29 years. He is now a manager and 30 year employee of ATT.
Darren presently serves as the CA State Chairman African American Caucus, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Vice Chairman, Antelope Valley Chairman for the Antelope Valley Human Relations Commission, YouthBuild Advisory Board Chairman, as well as, numerous Boards of Directors including but not limited to; Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber, Antelope Valley Partners for Health. Darren also served as an appointee of Commission on Children and Families, Vice Chairman, Governor Gray Davis appointee (Antelope Valley Fair Board, Citizens Planning Committee and former Chairman Lancaster Planning Commission.
During his tenure as one of the leaders in 36th AD, Darren has seen voter registration go from a 15 point Republican lead; to a even playing field of 39% Dems + 39% Republican of registered voter. Supporting the team that produced the best results of any Democratic candidate or race in the last 40 years. Darren helped create the Red Zone Program and brought Funding and Statewide elected officials such as Lt. Gov./Congressman Garamendi, Steve Westly, State Controller John Chiang, and Speaker Karen Bass to name a few.
Current Positions and Appointments Re-Elected Los Angeles County Democratic Party Vice Chairman Region 1 36th, 37th, 38th, 39th AD
President elect Obama field team Antelope Valley
Statewide Chairman California Democratic Party African American Caucus
Re-Elected California State Democratic Party Executive Board 36th AD 3rd Term
President Antelope Valley Democratic Club
Board of Directors 50th Agricultural Association State of California Antelope Valley Fair
The special election is February 15th in the high deserts of San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties. Be sure to request a mail-in ballot so you can make your voice heard.