AD12: San Joaquin and Stanislaus 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.

Voting Time & Location

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Doors Open: 
10:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin:
12:00pm
Registration & Voting: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Location:
Assyrian American Civic Club
2618 N. Golden State Blvd.
Turlock, CA 95382

*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

Marjorie Sturdy

Elizabeth “Lise” Talbott

Vote for Delegate & E-Board  

Naramsen Goriel

Rachel Hernandez

Traevor Carlton

Stephen Talbott

Victor Costa

 Michelle Tennell

Keristofer Seryani

Julissa Ruiz Ramirez

Janet Smith

 Michelle Tennell

Detailed Information

Marjorie Sturdy

I am running for adem as a part of a greater mission to stay engaged in making a difference in the community that I have lived in almost all of my life. I have no ambition to hold any higher office, or to gain anything other than the opportunity to influence the process toward progressive values that run deep in my heart. My experience includes being an integral part of the Blue Wave efforts in Stanislaus County over the past 2 years. I have worked on the congressional campaign as well as for several campaigns for local candidates. I have also been an alternate on the Stanislaus County Central Committee, on the board of the Modesto Progressive Democrats and a member of the Central Valley Democratic Club Blue Wave. I have found this type of work, not only educational but also very rewarding. Yet more rewarding was when almost all of the campaigns that I worked on won! I am excited for the opportunity to do even more. I ask for your vote so that I can continue to be an instrumental part of our state and local political process. Thank you.

Elizabeth Talbott

Vote for Delegate & E-Board

I am a lifelong Democrat, and have been active in local politics and social justice work for decades. I am running as part of the Blue Wave Team that helped elect Josh Harder and many other great Dems to local office in both 2017 and 2018. Go Blue Wave!
I was elected to Waterford City Council in November, and am the only woman and only Dem on the Council. I am also a member of the Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee. I am currently Political Activities Chair for the Central Valley Democratic Club. Through the CVDC I was responsible for creating those great slate cards with local candidates that were distributed to every Dem household in our district this recent election. I also lent my skills and energy to numerous local campaigns while also successfully running for office myself.
I am a proven leader capable of bringing together diverse groups of people to create great things. I have worked on political campaigns since before I could vote, and have never stopped! I also have 25 years of experience with community organizing work around health care delivery and access, homelessness, and reproductive and social justice.
I have a great crew of fellow activists and volunteers working beside me, and have their support as a candidate for Executive Board for AD12. I would love to be your E-Board rep and lend my experience and professionalism to help bring both our party and our district forward. Together we can make a difference.
Let’s get Democrats elected!!!

Naramsen Goriel

My name is Naramsen Goriel, I am a graduate of UC Berkeley and Trinity International Law School. I am the founder and President of the Assyrian Democrats of Stanislaus County and co-coordinator of Indivisible Stanislaus. During at a pivotal moment in American history, Democrats made history by flipping CD10 from red to blue with the largest field program in the country. I am proud to have helped organize and participate in many of those activities that included: canvassing, phone banking, voter registration, and community outreach. We can build off momentum gained in 2018 to help more local candidates win local races. Below is a statement I wrote in 2017 but I feel its more relevant today for Americans than it has ever been. Most of the statement is influenced by American economist, Joseph Stiglitz.
American’s are anxious, fearful, and angry. The vast majority of Americans-not just the poor-are deeply worried about the very basics: getting their kids a decent education, bringing home a paycheck that can put food on the table or pay the bills, saving enough money so that one day they can retire. Further, those with a home are worried about keeping it and many displaced workers have either permanently dropped out of the workforce or taken low-skill jobs for less pay. Americans hear about “growth” and “recovery” on the news but don’t see that translated into steady income or growing paychecks. Across every political divide, every generational divide, and across our anguished radical divide, the American people are hungry for a new direction and for solutions that will create a path to a new and widely shared prosperity.
I propose the Democratic party needs to change the current rules of deregulation and financialization to enhance more competition. Taming the top: fixing the financial sector, incentivizing long term business growth, rebalance the tax and transfer system & growing the middle class by making full employment the goal, empowering workers, expanding access to labor markets and opportunities for advancement and expand economic security and opportunity. Further being a first generation Assyrian with roots from Iraq induced me to educate myself concerning American foreign policy which has caused problems aboard and domestically. Thank you for your consideration.

Rachel Hernandez

I am the daughter of immigrants and the first in my family to complete my higher education and soon, Masters in Public Administration. School has been a privilege and a path to battle oppression that I felt, and which many underrepresented people feel daily along with so many intersectionality’s. I recognize the importance that State and local politics play in our everyday lives, and have experience dealing with government issues in both my work, as well as in my personal experience, through working with survivors of domestic violence, community involvement, and political activism. The harmful rhetoric in our current political climate has created heartbreaking and harmful divisions, and I feel that the Democratic Party stands for the rights of the disenfranchised in our community. I have worked as a volunteer and staffer for several local elections and know the value that winning these local races has in building our party in the Central Valley. Now, after so many successes in the last election, we are riding a positive blue wave and I would be grateful and proud to serve as a District 12 Delegate for the California Democratic Party to continue this progress.

Traevor Carlton

Stephen Talbott

My name is Stephen Talbott. I worked 35 for the Gallo Glass company and during that time as a union member in GMP Local #17 I served as safety rep, head safety rep, shop steward, Recording Secretary (twice), Vice President, and also negotiated on two collective bargaining agreements with Gallo Glass. Currently I am the President of SOAR Retirees of Local 17, which is an affiliate of the United Steelworkers. I am also a life long Democrat and in the last election I served as a precinct captain in Waterford, Ca.

Victor Costa

My name is Victor Costa and am a first generation American, born and raised in Turlock. My passion for politics and social justice started at Modesto Junior College, when I joined the student government, moving up to the statewide level as a Director for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. We advocated to the California State Legislature and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCO) on behalf of 2.3 million students to ensure an accessible and affordable quality education for all 114 colleges in the system. I also served as the President of the Young Democrats of Stanislaus County, and was a Founder & Executive Vice President of the Modesto Junior College Democrats. I currently serve as a member of the Central Valley Democratic Club and Our Revolution Clubs. I have worked on getting Democrats elected to office since 2014, through voter registration, civic engagement, and working on various campaigns. During the 2018 midterm elections, we worked tirelessly to elect the first Woman, Latin@ ever and first Democrat in over 24 years to Senate District 12.
I am running to become a Delegate for Assembly District 12 because we need to ensure there is more representation for the Central Valley in the California Democratic Party (CDP). We need more seats at the table for members of disenfranchised communities, to be cognizant of the struggles our rural community and ourselves, work to dismantle institutional barriers, and provide more opportunities for all. We need to influence the California Democratic Party to improve relations with our local affiliated organizations and help implement a farm system to provide resources and cultivate potential candidates to run for local office and assist more Democrats into elected office. We need representatives who have our best interest, who will endorses well as, vote for candidates and policies that reflect our community to benefit us. It is not enough to resist the Trump Administration, but to continue to hold ourselves accountable, ensure we fight for progressive policies to benefit the people, to further change our party’s culture to be people-centered, and build for a better future for our party and the communities we reside in. I would be honored to serve the residents of District 12 as a delegate within the California Democratic Party.
Thank you for your vote.

Michelle Tennell

As a lifelong Democrat and a resident of Stanislaus County for the past 24 years, I’m running for Assembly District Delegate Candidate for District 12. We all worked very hard to build a coalition that secured our recent victories and it is now more important than ever to come together and speak with one voice in support of our party’s ideals. As your AD delegate, I am committed to working with others to further strengthen and secure our party’s platform and candidates.

Keristofer Seryani

I have helped democratic candidates secure local and national office for over two decades. For the 2018 elections, I helped flip the local congressional seat from red to blue, supported blue wave candidates and ran for local office.

I believe in expanding the local economy, creating opportunities for all, and making affordable and reliable healthcare a priority.

I came to the US at a young age as a refugee and believe immigrants are an important part of the social makeup.

Janet Smith

After deeply immersing myself in the Blue Wave of 2018 it is my desire to continue to be involved in Democratic politics and help to build our bench to elect more Democrats in the future. I am an active member of the Modesto Progressive Democrats, The Assyrian Democratic Club and Be The Change Turlock. I also regularly attend the Stanislaus Central Committee meetings as an observer (and more recently as an alternate).

Julissa Ruiz Ramirez

As an immigrant from Mexico, I have seen the disparities that plagues our immigrant communities of color. It is unacceptable that the United States does not have a clear and humane path towards citizenship, even after U.S. intervention destabilized their countries. As a country, state, party, and district, we can and must do better to help these vulnerable communities.

Coming from a family of farmworkers in the Central Valley, I have seen the importance of clean and accessible water for our communities and for our agriculture, as well as the importance of protecting and ensuring farmworker rights.

Healthcare is a human right and everyone, regardless of income, wealth, race, neighborhood, education, or background, must have free access to healthcare. Healthcare for all, means ALL. This is an issue that affects everyone in all districts and party affiliation.

Education starts from our local communities. We must ensure that our children are not only receiving some education, but the best type of education possible, regardless of income, neighborhood, race, or sexual orientation. Teachers need a higher wage and a lower teacher to student ratio.

Homelessness has been on the increase in our own neighborhood. We must ensure that we do everything we can to help these folks instead of criminalizing them, either through the creation of more shelter programs, job programs, education and drug programs, healthcare, accessibility, or veteran care.

Regardless of political affiliation, our community members are our own community members and we must do everything in our power to help and aid everyone on the political spectrum.

Crystal Sousa

I am a mother, teacher, school board member and active participant in the local progressive community. I feel that it is imperative that those who are elected take the position seriously and have the best interest of all who they are representing. I would be honored to serve in this capacity.