The State

Los Angeles lawyer and businessman Peter D. Kelly was elected to a two-year term as chairman of the California Democratic Party by convention delegates in Sacramento. Outgoing chairwoman Betty Smith of San Francisco was praised by the delegates for her attention to grass-roots organizational efforts that helped the party's candidates win four of five hotly contested statewide races last November. Kelly, 38, also headed the state Democratic Party from 1983 to 1985.

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