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
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.
Your Progressive Candidates
Elizabeth “Lise” Talbott
Vote for Delegate & E-Board
Julissa Ruiz Ramirez
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.
Vote for Delegate & E-Board
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.
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.
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.
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.