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Selma resident Kessler elected to head local Democratic Party region

Selma resident Doug Kessler is the new Region 8 director for the California Democratic Party.

Kessler, 57, was elected at this past weekend’s state Democratic Party convention in Sacramento.

Doug Kessler

The election means that two Fresno County residents are heading their respective regions for the two major political parties. Last month, Fresno resident Marcelino Valdez was elected as the California Republican Party’s new Central Valley Region vice chair.

Kessler will head up a region that includes Fresno, Kings and Kern counties and part of Tulare County.

He replaces Bakersfield resident Candi Easter, who held the position for eight years. Kessler also serves on the CDP’s Voter Services Committee and is chair of the Fresno County Democratic Party Field Coordination Committee.

The GOP’s region that includes Fresno is much larger than the Democrats’. It includes 11 counties that takes in all the San Joaquin Valley — and more.

In addition to Kessler, Fresno County Democratic Party chair Michael Evans was elected as chairman of the Federation of Democratic County Central Committee Members. The committee shares ideas for developing central committees and working with the state party.

Also elected to the group as secretary was Sanger resident Rose Ann Martinez.
Two area Democrats were also elected to spots on the state Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus. Susan Good is now Central Region director, and James Williams was reelected as parliamentarian.