AD1 - Siskiyou, Shasta, Lassen, Sierra, Plumas, Modoc, Nevada, Placer & Butte Counties

What are Assembly District Delegates?

Every two years, the CA Democrats elect 7 self-identified females and 7 other than self-identified females from each Assembly District in CA as delegates to the state party. Those who are elected will have a chance to vote for the new party chair and other leadership. The race is hotly contested and will determine how welcoming, grassroots-focused and innovative the party becomes or how beholden it will remain to big money interests.

Delegates elect Party officers, endorse candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional office, attend the annual convention, network with other Democrats, represent your constituency, promote the California Democratic Party agenda, and vote to endorse resolutions and ballot measures.

You get 14 votes for delegates, 1 of which you must also vote for Executive Board Representative.

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Voting Time & Location #1

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Doors Open: 12:30pm
Candidate Speeches Begin: 
1:00pm
Registration & Voting: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Location:
Plumbers Pipefitters Local
900 Locust Street
Redding, CA 96001

Cross streets: Garden Street and Locust

*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.

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Voting Time & Location #2

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Doors Open: 12:30pm
Candidate Speeches Begin: 
1:00pm
Registration & Voting: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Location:
Seaman’s Lodge
423 Nimrod St
Nevada City, CA 95959

Cross Streets:
In Pioneer Park

*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.

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Your Progressive Candidates

Annie Ballard

Photo/Video Editor, IATSE Local 700 Member & former Representative, McKinney Water District Board, Media Consultant, Political Activist

Heidi Hall

Nevada County Supervisor, Delegate, Emerge Graduate

Hilary Hodge

Grass Valley City Council Member, CDP Rural Caucus Executive Board, DCC Delegate Nevada County

Nicole Lutkemuller

Environmental Scientist, ADEM Delegate, North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council, Co-Chair Tahoe Truckee Democratic Club, 2016 Bernie Sanders DNC Delegate

Justine Chenel Quealy

Environmental Activist, Climate Planning Technician, Sierra Business Council

Carol Turner

Leadership Council Member of IWNC, Democratic Women’s Club member,  MFA, Artist, Activist

Leslie Vera

Library Technician, Concerned Environmentalist

Neil Bodine

DCC Officer Nevada County, Labor Attorney & Mediator

 

Robert Brown

Trustee, Shasta County Board of Education, Democratic Central Committee of Shasta County (Alternate), SEIU 2015 Delegate, Five Counties Central Labor Council

Paco Lindsay

Co-Chair Tahoe Truckee Democratic Club, Nevada County DCC, Community Activist, Small Business Owner

Ben Perkins

Political Organizer
Nevada County Democrats
Veteran, USMC

Mike Smith

Chair, Rural Caucus, Northern Region, Active in progressive issues related to our rural communities

Jeffrey Thorsby

Senior Administrative Analyst, Nevada County, Master of Public Administration, BA International Relations

Tomas Vera

Chair, Placer County DCC, ADEM Delegate

Detailed Information

Annie Ballard

I am a lifelong Democrat who moved to Lake Tahoe 10 years ago, and I am committed to bringing this party back to its roots as a ‘Party of the People’.  My former career as a television editor and then union organizer and representative for my peers gave me first-hand experience with the dedication and creativity needed to win votes against corporate interests who have deep pockets and spout libertarian messaging. Our battle as Democrats in northeastern California is this kind of challenge.

We need to energize rural voters from all walks of life, letting them know that the Democratic Party has not left them behind. We need to bring No Party Preference voters to the table and listen to their concerns. We need to show our communities that their voices will be stronger when they join together, and that they are weakened by “each to his own” thinking. I am confident that with fresh messaging, voter outreach initiatives and forward-thinking organizing strategies, we can take rural California in a new direction.

I currently work as a photo/video editor and marketing specialist for real estate, and I have volunteered for the youth literacy group Adventure Risk Challenge since 2015. I have served on the Board of Directors of McKinney Water District (a Placer/El Dorado County Special District) for the past five years, acting as President for three of those years. I hold a BA Magna cum Laude in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University. During the 2018 midterm election cycle, I canvassed with four different campaigns and GOTV groups, using a variety of approaches to potential voters. I’m excited to brainstorm with other Democratic organizers and use my communications skills to build momentum for 2020 and beyond.

I would be honored to have your vote.

Contact me — I’d love to hear from you!
530-412-1520
aaballard@gmail.com
For my complete resume, find me on LinkedIn

Heidi Hall

I am currently serving as Nevada County Supervisor, elected in 2016 to begin a four-year term in 2017. I have successfully advocated to raise the priority and commit funds for low-income housing and homeless shelter and wrap around services. I have initiated a cross -agency monthly group to focus on wildfire planning in the County. In the past two years I have led the effort to legalize marijuana in Nevada County.

In addition, I have worked for 4 years to build a bigger Democratic bench in the rural North State, and encouraged and supported over7 candidates for the Emerge Training program, most of whom graduated. I have supported a number of female local progressive candidates, and worked to get our new Lt. Gov. elected. I am active in environmental advocacy and getting women’s political organizations, and am a vocal advocate for rural issues in the Ca Dem Party as a delegate, and as a member of the California State Association of Counties.

I am also an advocate for better coordination between electeds and activists, and believe our best chance to move our platform is to continue to engage both groups.

I am running to continue my work on all of these issues at the State level. I would appreciate your vote.

Hilary Hodge

I want a Democratic Party that works for all people- for rural people, for young people, for people of color, for working people, for the aging, and for the people in our communities who don’t have a voice at the table.

I have served on the CADEM Rural Caucus Executive Board for the past two years, and in that capacity, I have promoted rural people and have advocated for our disadvantaged working community.

Together with my colleagues, I have fought for fire-safety legislation, forest management and restoration, water conservation and quality, and have urged for legislation on affordable housing and a skilled-labor workforce. There are opportunities do more.

I know that small businesses are the backbone of our rural economy. As the Executive Director of Sierra Commons, I helped to bring good jobs and business education to the North State. Most recently, I signed on to the Rural Caucus Advisory Resolution advocating for newly-elected Governor Gavin Newsom to appoint a new position in his administration to provide a voice for Rural California.

Rural California is my home. As a young person and as someone who is under-employed, I know how hard it is to survive in a rural economy. As someone who is college-educated, and as someone who was recently elected to local office, I know all too well that titles are not an indication of prosperity or security. Like most people my age, I’m living in financial insecure circumstances in rural California.

All people should have access to the Democratic Party regardless of means or status, and, if elected, I will use my position to bridge the gap.

My race to be an ADEM and EBoard representative is about the people of the North State. I’m working for economic justice, environmental justice, racial justice, social justice, and justice in general. I want a seat at the table so I can fight. I want to fight for all of us in rural California.

If elected as the Executive Representative of the AD1 CADEM, I will work for our community. I will represent rural Californians and I will fight for our values.

Nicole Lutkemuller

The time for action is now, and as a life-long Democrat I am ready for the challenge of making our party the best it can possibly be. My passion for politics, intellect, and dedication to the Democratic Party and the State of California make me an ideal candidate for Assembly District 1. I have served the party as a Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, ADEM Delegate for the previous two years, Co-chair and Co-founder of the Tahoe Truckee Democratic Club, and member of the Placer County DCC. I have worked on multiple Democratic campaigns over the years and currently serve my local community as a Representative on a local Community Advisory Board.

In a deep red district that often doesn’t have Democratic candidates running for offices, we need ADEM Delegates that can find the best candidates to challenge the Republican establishment and turn our district blue. I can promise you that I will do just that. A life-long resident of AD 1, I know the challenges facing our rural, often over-looked Assembly District and I will fight for the best solutions to those challenges. As a Democrat and Environmental Scientist, I am acutely familiar with the environmental issues and natural-resource based economies of Assembly District 1. I want to fight for greater participation by CADEM in our deep red District, and push for environmental protections that preserve our natural resources while simultaneously supporting our rural economies. I will fight for a Democratic platform, candidates and initiatives that support our unique communities and protect the beautiful environment of the State of California.

In addition to supporting environmental protection, I am passionate about fighting for progressive reform for social and racial justice, ending Citizen’s United, medicare for all, raising the minimum wage, LGBTQ+ rights, and expanding participation in the Democratic Party. As a young Democrat I want to take this opportunity NOW to get deeply involved in the Party, and take the rest of my life to make sure that CADEM is now and forever the Party of the people, by the people, for the people. Democrats made some good progress in the mid-terms, but we have much work still to do in our district. I have the passion, experience, and dedication to make sure we win the battle to take back the Senate and White House in 2020.

Justine Chenel Quealy

My name is Justine Chenel Quealy and I am a Planning Technician on Sierra Business Council’s Climate Planning Team, assisting communities in the Sierra to plan for climate change through both mitigation and adaptation strategies. Originally from New Orleans, I’ve spent most of my life in Northern California and have developed a deep appreciation for the natural world, especially the Sierra Nevada. Many of my summers were spent between exploring the swamps of Louisiana, and road trips through the Sierra Nevada, often finding myself at Lake Tahoe. My husband, Dano, and I call Nevada City home and love everything this small community has to offer – amazing hiking and fishing spots, delicious food, wine, and beer, and music festivals at the fairgrounds. I’m also a passionate knitter and designer who can often be found with a current project in hand while dreaming up my next knitting pattern design.

I have been energized to seek justice and fairness for as long as I can remember. After participating in student-led activism in high school and college, I fully stepped into my own activism during the 2016 election, eager to help the first woman win the presidential election and lead the Democratic party. The devastating results of the November 8th, 2016 election pushed me to seek out other women who felt the same as I did – that this was a time for action, a time to fight the good fight, and a time to stir up beautiful trouble. I found those progressive women here in Nevada County and we joined together to resist the current administration, worked together to promote fellow women running for office, and continue to reform the political process. I feel so lucky to be present in a time and place with so many who share my same progressive Democratic values and I look forward to contributing to this platform as an ADEM delegate candidate.

Carol Turner

I live in Nevada City. I’m running to be a delegate for Assembly District 1 because I want to fight for positive and progressive change in our community, our party, and our country.

After a long career in graphic design, I went back to school to pursue a master’s degree in fine art. My master’s project in graduate school was a sculpture exhibit in which I cast the faces of over 100 women, both young and old, from all over the world. I veiled these women’s eyes and mouths to

symbolize the disenfranchisement and muting of women’s voices over the course of history and into the present day. I called this exhibit The Silence of Women. It has shown at the Triton Museum of Art, the Commonwealth Club of California, and the Santa Clara University Gallery.

During the research for this exhibit, I came to recognize the great disparity of women’s representation around the world, not only in governments, but in all spheres of influence. This project began over 10 years ago and has changed my life. I have grown from artist to activist.

I’ve been a democrat for decades and I want to be a voice for a more just society and a sustainable future. I have skills in organizing and bringing people together.

I have been a passionate activist and organizer with Indivisible Women, the Nevada County Democrats, and most recently the Democratic Women’s Club,

working to help our candidates by making hundreds of phone calls, organizing forums and creating fund raising events.

Other organizations I have worked with are Habitat for Humanity, Planned Parenthood, South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), Sierra Harvest, the Food and Farm Conference to name just a few.

I will vote for our progressive values and for candidates who do not take money from corporations. I am committed to doing what it takes to represent our district by attending the meetings and doing the work necessary for change.

I ask for your vote.

Artist/Activist

Carol Turner

Leslie Vera

I would like to see the CA Democratic party support a concrete plan to address the situations that have been pushed again and again to the back: climate change, healthcare, education, housing, infrastructure. For too long have these issues been brought up, thought about, discussed yet we have not seen a plan. I and many others support the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, free tuition, rent control and sustainable housing development, and effective mass transit for this state. We are the wealthiest state in the wealthiest nation. We can do this.

Neil Bodine

My name is Neil Bodine. I am running for delegate in AD1. I have been involved in Democratic politics since 1968. I spent a 40 year career as a union labor attorney. For the last 4 years, I have been helping unions in the public sector negotiate collective bargaining agreements effectively and mediated disputes that affect workers and employees. I am an officer on the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee and the incoming 1st Vice Chair. In that capacity I have spent many hours raising funds to contribute to and support local Democratic candidates for office, helped mount local events educating the public regarding Democratic issues and values and collaboratively developed strategies to improve the effectiveness of the Democratic Party in Nevada County. As a result of our efforts, we raised over $20,000 this year to support candidates and helped elect 7 out of 10 of the candidates we supported. I am running for delegate because I want to support greater transparency and inclusiveness in the State Party, particularly regarding the election of State officers. I would also like to help heal the divisions that came out the last election for State Party Chair. The divisions have been detrimental to the Party and unity is sorely needed for the upcoming election cycle. I am a member of the Rural Caucus and want to continue to advocate for rural issues such as extending broadband, so we can attract business into our rural area. I also want to advocate for better health coverage for our rural residents, preferably universal health care by the State.

Robert Brown

My name is Robert Brown. I am a rank-and-file union leader of SEIU 2015, community organizer, alternate to the Democratic Central Committee of Shasta County, and a delegate to the Five Counties Central Labor Council. I am also a Trustee on the Shasta County Board of Education.

I am a life-long Democrat and have been involved in politics at the local, state, and national level. As an advocate for Special Education, I have worked with local, state, and federal governments to develop educational policies specifically designed to lift up our most vulnerable students. As a community organizer, I have been involved in planning and leading the March for Science, Women’s March, Keep Families Together, and many other progressive causes. As a member leader of SEIU 2015, I take the lead locally and in the state to promote the priorities of home healthcare workers.

As a Progressive Democrat I support Health Care for ALL, environmental justice, immigration justice, economic justice, disability justice, affordable housing, and reinvesting in our shared infrastructure.

I humbly ask for your support as a candidate for Assembly Delegate to the Democratic Party. I will work tirelessly to promote our shared vision of Justice For All.

A vote for me is a vote for the future!

Paco Lindsay

I am Paco Lindsay (LKA Douglas) and I am running for a California Democratic Party delegate position from Assembly District 1. I am asking for your support and your vote so that I can serve and represent you and all Democrats of this region with the California Democratic party. I am the co-chair of the Tahoe-Truckee Democratic Club, a member of the Nevada County DCC, and have been active for years in the Democratic party. I have worked on campaigns since the early 1970s, from volunteering, advising, to helping and managing campaigns. This past election, I worked hundreds of hours with the Jessica Morse campaign, as well in the Truckee region, I advised some democratic candidates with their campaigns. At the California Democratic Convention in 2018, I was a proxy, free to vote my conscience, and am a member of both the progressive and rural caucuses.

I was a small business owner for forty years, and experienced firsthand that politics of the conservative party did nothing for small business people and the great people who work for them. If elected, I will work for progressive causes, as well ensuring that the more rural areas of California, such as District 1, are not over looked and the needs we face go unheeded.

California, and California Democrats, are a beacon of hope for so much of the country and I am proud of many of the values that the state, with the Democratic super majority, has created. I will continue to push for universal healthcare; complete financial reform of the election process; that Climate change is not just a talking piece; and much more. Progressive and Democratic values must continue to grow and expand in the region, the state, the country. With the 2020 election cycle coming fast, I will work with others to ensure that in CD1 and CD4 we have the best possible candidates to take back these house seats. As well, that we work on the grass roots level to get even more Democrats into local offices. The Republican party has become the Party of Trump with one goal only, and that is the tearing down and the destruction of the United States of America and democracy as we know it. This shall not be allowed to happen.

Given my resume of experience and proven leadership in many areas, I feel I will be a strong delegate and will work for the best interest of the District. I ask for your vote and support on January 13th.

Ben Perkins

My name is Benjamin Perkins and I am running to represent our district as an ADEM to the DSCC.

I believe that the Democratic Party must represent all Californians and all Americans. For too long, we have abandoned difficult districts and difficult issues. We Democrats are at our best when we focus on the values that truly define our party: intersectional solidarity and dedicated grassroots organizing.

To me, this means building up Democrats and party organizations in every district not just those where we expect to win. Democratic successes in the 2018 election cycle were not the results of grand wisdom or master plans handed down from on high. Those successes were won because of the organizers, activists, volunteers, and voters who worked to build the party they deserve and elect candidates they believe in.

As a delegate for our district, I will support leadership and nominees who advance Democratic values in every region of our state. I will advocate for a platform that supports all Californians and defends the values of all Democrats, especially in those rural communities long neglected by democratic “conventional wisdom”. I will advocate for a DSCC that supports solidarity, inclusion, and growth. I will work directly with local DCCs and progressive organizations in our district to modernize and coordinate, to recruit and train, and to represent to the DSCC and the public our values and ideals.

In the 2018 cycle, I worked for and with candidates at every level from Congressional district to municipal board, and I’ve served the Nevada County DCC as a Volunteer Committee Chair. In past years, I’ve worked campaigns on both coasts; worked in local government and the private sector; and served as an officer in the US Marine Corps. If elected as your delegate, I will continue to work for a Democratic Party that represents and serves all Californians, a Party that truly embodies the ideals it represents.

I hope to earn your support. Thank you for your consideration.

Mike Smith

Thank you for considering me as a Delegate. I have been serving as one for the last two years and so bring some experience to the role.

If elected, I will be looking for progressive State Party officers who bring both effective management experience and enthusiasm. Regarding candidates for elected offices, I will look to endorse candidates who understand that politics is not just about being elected, but providing effective government – solving problems that can bring a bright future to the next generations.

For the last several years, much of my Party volunteer effort has been focused on the Rural Caucus. I worked with others to produce a Rural Plank for the Party Platform and have served as Caucus Chair for the Northern Region. Currently I am facilitating a Water Policy Discussion Group with the intent of bringing informed views to assist the Party in this vital area.

Even though a resident of Nevada County, I understand the importance of the larger counties – specifically Butte and Shasta – in electing effective representation. I intend to continue work with the CD1 Alliance to assist in electing Democrats.

Again, thank you for your consideration.

Jeffrey Thorsby

Today’s political atmosphere presents a host of unprecedented challenges with fierce bi-partisan deadlocks surrounded in an ever-changing technical landscape that is reshaping how we engage civically, professionally and personally. Well-known threats to major policy issues on women’s rights, economic and environmental sustainability, and immigration are forthcoming.

Just as important, Assembly District 1 (AD1) can lead policy platforms on important local issues that generate serious impacts for rural communities, such as fire mitigation policies, rural funding availability, economic infrastructure development, forest conservation efforts, and rural health care delivery Ð just to name a few.

I am a local to the AD1. In addition to growing up here, I have gathered professional and personal experience, both here, throughout the state and abroad, that incorporates various areas of public service that include disaster resiliency planning, evaluating campaign finance data, advocating for human rights, volunteering with local non-profit organizations and remaining active in public service associations.

I hold a BA in International Relations and a Master of Public Administration with a focus on public policy from San Francisco State University. I currently work as a public sector analyst and remain active in the community. If elected, I am eager to serve the AD1 and the public on important issues pressing us today.

Tomas Vera

“I am running for re-election as a delegate from Assembly District 1.

As a delegate, I was fortunate to have been appointed to the CDP Voter Services Standing Committee. As a member of that committee I have contributed to the CDP efforts to ensure that that every eligible person can cast a ballot.

In addition to being a delegate, I am the Chair of the Placer County Democratic Party. During the last election cycle I was a Steering Committee member of CD1 Alliance and on the Leadership Team of Sierra Forward in CD4.

If I am fortunate to be re-elected, I will continue advocating a rural perspective to the platform and goals of our Democratic Party. I participate at both the conventions and the Executive Board meetings where I have been able to forge friendships and alliances with other delegates and party leaders which will allow me to represent our district effectively.

I ask for your vote so I may continue to work in making our party a champion of all Californians.”