Statement on the Passing of Darren Parker

Statement on the Passing of Darren Parker

Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson  Statement on the Passing of California Democratic Party African American Caucus Chair Darren Parker

The following statement is from Los Angeles City Council President and former California Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson on the passing of California Democratic Party African American Caucus Chair Darren Parker:

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend Darren Parker.  

“Besides being my friend, Darren was a true public servant whose name will forever be synonymous with what it means to lead with passion, conviction and persistence. 

“If you knew Darren, you knew that he had no choice but to be a lifelong activist because it ran in his family, starting with his mother who introduced us to each other over 25 years ago.

“Darren embodied the type of bold leadership that California needed to make sure that African Americans and the Black vote were not forgotten or taken for granted in Sacramento and in the California Democratic Party.  

“It’s because of Darren’s five tenures as Chair of the African American Caucus of the California Democratic Party and his strong and committed leadership that there are more Blacks elected as delegates in California than ever before. 

“As the father of five daughters and a grandfather, the only thing Darren loved more than politics was God and his family. I send my heartfelt condolences to the Parker family during their time of immense sorrow and loss.  Darren’s legacy of service will forever live in the hearts and minds of the people whose lives he touched and he will truly be missed.”