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Congressional, State Representatives to Join in United United Democratic Headquarters Virtual Oktoberfest Today

Published on Oct 24, 2021

Pictured, a past Pasadena United Democratic Headquarters event. (Courtesy image)

A group of Pasadena’s state and federal representatives will be on hand Sunday as the locally based United Democratic Headquarters hosts an Oktoberfest dinner fundraiser online, organizers said.

Congresswoman Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, U.S. Rep Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, State Sen. Anthony Portantino, State Rep. Chris Holden and California Democratic Party Chair Rusty Hicks are all scheduled to take part in the online event, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., according to the UDH.  A VIP reception with the political leaders will begin at 5 p.m.

All participants will receive a delivered bratwurst or salad dinner provided by celebrity Chef Claud Beltran, along with beverage options provided by Galco’s Soda Pop Stop! and the Eagle Rock Brewery, as well as an autographed copy of Schiff’s new book, “Midnight in Washington,” organizers said.

Donations generated from the event will be used to fund the UDH’s facility and staff.

UDH Chair Hoyt Hilsman described the organization as “a coalition of Democratic clubs throughout the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area.”

“Each year, we hold an annual Octoberfest to help fund our activities through the year for each of the various campaigns for state, local and national offices. This year we’re honored to have Congresspeople joining us,” he said. Each of the congress members will speak and then we will be giving award certificates to some of our dedicated supporters.”

HIlsman added that the UDH was primarily focused on the upcoming midterm elections, adding that the group believed four Southern California districts could potentially flip from Republican to Democrat control.

The current objective is voter registration, he said. “We want to get everybody out to vote and get Democrats voting,  young people and minorities… and then also [raise] general awareness that this is an important election for Democrats. The House of Representatives has a very slim margin and the Senate is evenly divided. So we want to make sure that we can hold on to the House and the Senate coming up, as well as the great local officials to continue that progressive agenda.”

The UDH had originally suggested an RSVP date of Wednesday, but were still taking last-minute reservations, organizers said Friday.

More information, including a link to purchase tickets at various sponsorship levels, can be found online at

More information on the United Democratic Headquarters can be found on the organization’s website at

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