Progressive activist Kimberly Ellis made a mad dash to San Jose Monday to administer the oath of office for Santa Clara Countyâs newest supervisor.
Ellisâhailed as the most powerful unelected Democratic in California politicsâpacked the dayâs schedule with swearing-in ceremonies of Gov. Gavin Newsom, state Controller Betty Yee, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and the stateâs first female Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis before the hour-and-47-minute jaunt from the capitol to the county chambers for Susan Ellenbergâs.
âLuckily, the highway patrol were otherwise engaged this evening,â Ellis quipped, âand I was able to get here with no delay.â
Like the commencement of the 116th Congress, Ellenbergâs officiation to succeed terming-out Supervisor Ken YeagerÂ was marked by cameos of children, heartfelt embraces and a gajillion selfies.
After glowing introductions from her three grown children, daughter-in-law and beaming husband, Steve Ellenberg, the newest addition to the five-member county board thanked the team that helped her arrive at that moment, namely, campaign staff-turned-District 4 hires Angelica Ramos-Allen, Steve Kline and David Fernandez, as well as newly hired Chief-of-Staff Derrick Seaver and Communications Director Mayra Flores de Marcotte.
And especially her partner of 30 years.
âI have to admit that never have we had more fun together than running political campaigns in 2014 for school board and over the past two years for this seat,â Ellenberg said. âIt is an incredible bonding experience. And truly, I feel overwhelmed with love and gratitude every time I think about him knocking on 20,000 doors to tell people one by one why he thinks Iâm amazing and should be elected to serve our community.â
The audience laughed.
âWhoever said politics arenât romantic,â she went on, âclearly has not met the two of us.â