Filling a seven-month-old vacancy, the county Democratic Party’s governing Central Committee voted unanimously July 27 to appoint Erik Taylor as executive director. After three years in the post, Nick Anas left in January to take a government-relations job with the Dart Container Corp., according to the OC Register.
Taylor is a former associate at Duffy and Capitolo, in Sacramento and he headed up the California College Democrats from 2013 through last year. He worked as an organizer for the Orange County Employees Association in 2012 and also headed up the Chico State Student Democratic Club that year. He is a graduate of Santa Ana’s Mater Dei High School.
Orange Juice blogger Greg Diamond noted in a recent post that the DPOC’s Central Committee was not provided with any information about Taylor – not even his identity, in the agenda for the meeting at which his selection was approved, unanimously.
The DPOC had this to say about Taylor’s appointment in an official statement:
After an extensive hiring process, the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) unanimously approved the appointment of Erik Taylor as its new Executive Director at Monday’s monthly County Central Committee meeting.
“Thank you, but the real praise should go to my predecessor, Nick Anas,” said newly appointed DPOC Executive Director Erik Taylor. “The work he has done over the last several years has set the bar high. I am truly humbled to be part of such an amazing team – I’m ready to get to work!”
“It was tough to see Nick leave. We had a great working relationship and we’ll miss him. However, I believe Erik is the right choice to help us move on to the next level and I look forward to working with him,” said Chair Henry Vandermeir. “We are on the cusp of turning our county around. With Erik on our team, I believe we will accomplish that goal. I look forward to seeing Erik take us to new heights in 2016 and beyond.”
You have to believe that Anas’ exit is a good thing for the DPOC. They lost two major legislative races on his watch last year. And remember that he came from the Agranista mill in Irvine – and the Agranistas lost their hold on Irvine City Council and were unable to recover in last year’s election. The liberals on the Huntington Beach City Council got the boot last year too.
Who knows if Taylor will succeed where Anas failed. He can only hope to land a nice corporate job like his predecessor did, once his time in Orange County is done.
The Democrats may fare better in Orange County in 2016 as it is a Presidential Election year and the Latino voters that didn’t show up in last year’s Mid-Term elections are more likely to vote this time around.