AD15: Alameda & Contra Costa 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 26, 2019
Doors Open: 9:45am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:00am
Registration & Voting: 10:30am-12:30pm
Emeryville Center of Community Life (ECCL) Gymnasium
4727 San Pablo Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608
Cross streets: 47th/San Pablo Avenue
*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
Impact and Engagement Director at EcoViva, Member of Sierra Club West Contra Costa County Executive Committee
Librarian, Service Employees Intl Union 1021 member leader
Founding member of the Latino Democratic Club (SF); Local 21 PAC member
Affordable Housing Program Coordinator, Homeownership SF
Berkeley City Councilmember, Founding member of Berkeley Progressive Alliance
Asian Pacific Environmental Network, AAPIs for Civic Empowerment
Registered Nurse, California Nurses Association
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Artist & Designer, President of East Bay Young Democrats
CEO/President, DTM Strategies – a progressive political digital firm. Member, Lambda Democrats of Contra Costa County.
Author, Community Activist, Democratic Socialist
Community Organizer at the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)
Education and Immigrant Rights Activist with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) and Kehilla Synagogue
Rent Board Commissioner, CA Young Dems Progressive Caucus Board Member
Commissioner, Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission (identification purposes only) Policy Committee Chair, East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club Executive Committee Member
She recently served as a Richmond City Councilor after serving nearly two years as a Human Rights and Human Relations Commissioner. She is an Alumna of the Congressional Hunger Center Emerson Fellowship, Hispanics in Philanthropy Next Generation Latino Leadership and NALCAB Colegio program.
Librarian, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1021 member leader, Richmond Progressive Alliance*
As a public librarian and life-long resident of AD15 I have seen first-hand the changes in our district and the ways that people have become more vulnerable. As an active member leader of SEIU 1021, I stand with and for working people, especially the working poor. I believe that we must push hard for more housing that is actually affordable, protections for renters and a true living wage.
I am running for ADEM because I want to build the Progressive voice in Californias Democratic Party. I believe we must promote candidates and advance policies that will increase protections for the unhoused, immigrants, people of color, religious minorities and LGBTQ+ people. I believe that we need to make fundamental services such as health care and education more accessible through single payer and free college opportunities and that there must be more equity in the criminal legal system before it can be called criminal justice. I believe California must lead on gun control, take strong action on climate change, and demonstrate our commitment to the democratic process by championing voter rights and access.
I have been a Democratic voter all my life and my interest in politics and government is not new. But in the last two years that interest has been transformed into concerted action. As Ive watched the national political landscape shift I have felt a sense of urgency in each person stepping up to make change. I have been galvanized by the youth I work with in the library and in the community and their passion has led me to run for office in my Union, to volunteer for local candidates and ballot measure campaigns, and now to run for ADEM. I tell the youth I work with that it is everybodys job to change the world to match their vision of it. Now I am running for ADEM to do just that.
Affordable Housing Program Coordinator, Homeownership SF
Chair, CYD Black Caucus
Board of Directors, Rockridge Community Planning Council
Member, Alameda County Housing and Community Development Advisory Board
Commissioner, Alameda County Public Health Commission
Member, City of Oakland Community Policing Advisory Board
Member, Children’s Hospital Oakland Consumer Advisory Board
2019 Family Independence Initiative Community Building Fellow*
I am Courtney Cecelia Welch, an Oakland native, community advocate, and mother and I am running for delegate to be a voice for progressive leadership, policy, and true democratic values.
I am currently the Affordable Housing Program Coordinator at Homeownership San Francisco, where I guide our clients to the appropriate resources for their housing needs.
In addition to my professional work, I am Chair of the California Young Democrats Black Caucus, sit on the board of directors for the Rockridge Community Planning Council, a member of the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Council (Membership Committee and Policy and Governmental Affairs Committee), the City of Oakland Community Policing Advisory Board, Alameda County Housing and Community Development Advisory Board, a rising commissioner for the Alameda County Public Health Commission, a 2018 New Leader’s Council Fellow, a resident spokeswoman for Oakland Elizabeth House, and a 2016 recipient of The Sac Hub Magazine’s Exceptional Woman of Color Award for my entrepreneurial pursuits. I live in the North Oakland Rockridge District, where I play the most important role, being a mother to my son, Caleb.
I am dedicated to the advancement of policies that will foster opportunity in communities that need it the most. I have worked on numerous campaigns for housing, education, and supported the campaigns of candidates that were committed to working with their constituents to develop plans that would benefit all people. As Chair of the California Young Democrats Black Caucus, my executive board and I guide the members of our caucus on the political advancement of issues impacting the African American community.
I appreciate the opportunity to earn your vote, and continue and elevate my work through delegacy.
Berkeley City Councilmember
Founding member of Berkeley Progressive Alliance, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, Our Revolution, East Bay Citizens for Action*
“I bring thirty two years of community and political engagement in progressive economic, land use, and social justice policies. As a Berkeley City Councilmember, I have led the fight to increase requirements and provide funding for affordable housing, promote land trusts and tenant ownership, protect and expand worker rights and make our Police Review Commission more transparent. I cofounded the Berkeley Progressive Alliance and coauthored its platform. As the State/National Politics Chair for the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, I have advocated for insuring corporations pay their fair share under Proposition 13 and increasing the minimum wage with a goal of a living wage. I proudly served on the Berkeley Food and Housing Project Board, providing a safety net and transition to permanent housing for those without homes in our community. I previously sat on three Berkeley commissions and as a paid organizer or volunteer for national, state, and local campaigns, including those of Bernie Sanders, Tony Thurmond, Jesse Arreguin, Barack Obama and Howard Dean. My active community engagement began as a student senator and public policy graduate student at U,C. Berkeley.
My professional life has been devoted to public service. I own and manage a consulting firm that helps states and nations create independent and accessible justice systems and guard the rights of the poor, those without lawyers and families. As an advisor to San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos and the State of California I wrote and led passage of statewide legislation. I understand how the mechanics of government works.
We need to engage people and their ideas in the Democratic Party. Its policies and actions are too often decided behind closed doors. My work demonstrates and our slate is committed to hearing from you and insuring that the Democratic Party represents our shared progressive values.”
*All titles for identification purposes only
Asian Pacific Environmental Network, AAPIs for Civic Empowerment, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, East Bay community and labor activist.*
I am a first generation Chinese-American. Like so many young people who hold a progressive vision for our country, my first foray into the political process was inspired by President Obama’s victory 10 years ago. I saw the value of organizing at the grassroots level and recognized the need for that in my own community, which was largely made up of immigrants and people of color. I’m proud to say that getting involved with my local Democratic party is what led to a life in building political power for disenfranchised communities.
I’ve worked with the Democrats in battleground states, including Organizing for America (OFA) in Nevada and a coordinated campaign to hold on to the state assembly majority in Virginia. When I moved back to my home state of California, I became a political organizer with SEIU 2015 (formerly ULTCW), where I worked to uplift the voices of homecare providers who were predominantly low-income women of color. For the next 5 years, I helped fight for and win these workers overtime pay, paving the way for their recognition as legitimate workers. Homecare providers’ right to organize was also first targeted by right to work orgs via the Supreme Court case Harris v. Quinn. With our workers, we demonstrated our ability to fight back by organizing tirelessly door-to-door. In that role, I also served on the boards of the Contra Costa Labor Council and the Alameda chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA).
My nearly 10 years of organizing experience of uplifting the voices of the most underrepresented has led me to Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), where I now am incredibly excited to play an active role in politically empowering the API community through integrated voter engagement work. It’s my core belief that everyone has a right to thrive in safe, healthy communities.
The national landscape has all of us deeply troubled. California has long been the beacon for progress and hope. The California Democratic Party should be a leader in this fight and I would be honored to represent this district as an elected delegate.
Registered Nurse with the California Nurses Association
Vice Chair of Berkeley’s Commission on Labor
Delegate to Alameda Labor Council
2017-2018 California Democratic Party Executive Board member for AD-15*
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In her words:
“I am a working Registered nurse who has been employed at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for 32 years. I am an active leader in the California Nurses Union and serve as a Delegate to the Alameda Labor Council. I am the Vice Chair of the Berkeley Commission on Labor. I have been an elected ADEM delegate since 2008 and have been the E Board representative from AD 15 for the last two terms. I am also currently an alternate to the Alameda County Democratic Party’s Central Committee. I have been an activist since my childhood and have been motivated to participate in many national, state and local political campaigns.
When I first ran for ADEM, someone challenged me by asking me, “What have you done and why should I vote for you?” I try to live up to that by my participation and engagement on many issues. Those that know me, know that I am always one to step up when I am needed. I was an active participant in lobbying and organizing to pass the mandatory school vaccine bill SB 277, a leader on raising the minimum wage to $15 in the city of Berkeley, a volunteer on Tony Thurmond’s campaigns for Assembly and Superintendent for Public Instruction, an early supporter of the Bay Area Stands United Against Hate organization, and am always a steadfast supporter of Labor.
I am a mother of 3 grown daughters and grandmother to 4 grandchildren. I care deeply about the future we are creating for my family and of course the entire community.
I want to do my part to continue to build California’s Democratic Party into a Progressive voice that will push the nation on single payer healthcare, immigrant’s rights, climate change, improvements in education, gun control, building an equitable justice system that doesn’t warehouse people of color in prison, women’s rights and the rights for the LGBTQ community. I want to be on the frontlines as we work to stop the Trump agenda.”
Artist & Designer, President of East Bay Young Democrats, Member of Berkeley Zero Waste Commission*
I am an artist, designer, and activist. I’m the incoming President of East Bay Young Democrats and previously the Vice President of Programming of East Bay Young Democrats, and also a member of Our Revolution East Bay, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, East Bay Democratic Socialists of America and other clubs. I studied architecture at UC Berkeley and continue to work closely with students at the Co-op and on campus on housing, zero waste, labor, consent education, and other issues.
I got involved in 2016 with the Bernie campaign as well as Berkeley affordable housing ballot measure U1. Since then I’ve attended two California Democratic Party conventions as a volunteer, a member of California Young Democrats, and member of the Progressive, Asian Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ Caucuses. In 2018 I ran for City Council in Berkeley and also worked closely with the Prop 10 and Jovanka campaigns.
I’m a progressive Democrat because I believe that despite the challenges, our best days are always ahead of us if we fight for it. From housing affordability to raising the wage, from getting money out of politics to getting young people into politics, I take a positive approach and work to build bridges between rival clubs and turn progressive ideas into mainstream ones.
CEO/President, DTM Strategies – a progressive political digital firm. Member, Lambda Democrats of Contra Costa County. Incumbent AD15 Delegate, California Democratic Party*
A lifelong Democrat active in electoral politics and activism, I hail from San Francisco, where I grew up understanding the importance of our fight against mass incarceration, advancing climate justice, and creating brave spaces for our LGBTQ family. I am running to be a Delegate because I believe every human being deserves the dignity and the freedom to thrive, and I am committed to building a party that upholds this as core to our Democratic values.
My journey in politics began in high school as an intern for State Senator Lois Wolk, a champion legislator for environmentalism and quality healthcare. This would just be the very beginning of my journey. After completing my internship, I became a field organizer for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and later for Rep. Ami Bera’s 2010 campaign. After graduating in 2011, I attended UCLA, where I served as External Vice President of the Bruin Democrats at UCLA, supporting progressive campaigns including Prop 30 and 32 in 2012 as well as Prop 47 in 2014. Engaging in Democratic politics inspired me to support campaigns I believed in and propelled me to firmly use my voice. I was soon elected as UCLA’s Student Body President. During college, I was elected as Southern California Regional Director of the California College Democrats and later as Communications Director of the California Young Democrats, where I was also summoned by my peers to serve as Chair of the Technology & Innovation and Black Caucuses concurrently.
Since relocating to Pinole after college, I’ve served as Associate Member of the Democratic Central Committee of Contra Costa. I am also an active member of the Contra Costa Young Democrats, Black Young Democrats of East Bay, and the Lambda Democrats. As CEO of DTM Strategies, a digital marketing agency, I’ve supported digital technology organizing for campaigns, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and Richmond Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles.
I am committed to building a Party that seizes every opportunity to build a broader coalition thats include Black people, people of color, progressive whites, Queer and Trans* people, poor people, differently-able bodied people, veterans, and many more. Over the past decade, my work has centered on passing the bullhorn to the voiceless in our Party. We deserve a Party that will be a voice to the voiceless. With your vote, we can do that.
Author, Community Activist, Democratic Socialist, member of Our Revolution East Bay*
My name is Kacey Carpenter. I am running to serve as your Assembly Delegate (AD-15) and would be honored to earn your vote. I am an author, activist and organizer committed to progressive values, people-powered campaigns and grassroots causes.
The elected Delegate must do more than attend conferences. This position requires passion to represent our progressive values, alliance-building skills, energy and stamina to organize and commitment to work hard. I will represent our community, listen and learn from constituents, research and analyze issues, travel to meetings and fundraise to help others participate, organize coalitions, endorse candidates and elect the Chair.
My experience includes local, state and national roles in the Bay Area and around the country. I was elected as a California Democratic Party Delegate (AD24) in 2017 and active in the Environmental, Labor, Progressive, Rural, and Veterans Caucuses. I serve on the Our Revolution East Bay Board and am a member of ACLU, California Progressive Alliance, Democratic Socialists of America, National Writers Union, and Sierra Club.
After retiring, I became a full-time volunteer, organizer and activist for progressive candidates and causes in the East Bay and around the country canvassing, phone and text banking; speak at city council and state legislative meetings, organize events and rallies, and support campaigns for affordable housing, criminal justice reform, climate change, public education, healthcare for all, workers rights, immigration reform, peace, and more.
Bernie Sanders inspired me to fight for a future to believe in. It was an honor to serve as a Delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, to get out the vote in California and many states, and to share my story in my book, My Journey with Bernie.
My commitment as your Delegate will be to represent the East Bay in the California Democratic Party, build a strong progressive coalition, expand community outreach, organize with passion, and advocate for progressive issues.
Im thrilled to run on a diverse slate of proven community leaders; the Progressive-Labor slate. With your support, we will continue to ensure that the Democratic party truly represents your hopes and values.
We have the momentum but cannot waste this moment and must continue to build our movement.
Community Organizer at the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)*
“As the son of Nigerian immigrants, I have seen the American dream first hand. My parents came to the US penniless. Yet through my childhood, they put themselves through college, raised 4 kids, and gave me opportunities they couldn’t have dreamed of as kids. I will never be able to repay this debt.
However, there is a second half to my story that isn’t quite as uplifting. This half begins with me watching the great recession decimate the working class community my parents had just moved our family to. This half is my dad losing his job of 17 years at a Fortune 500 company in yet another “corporate restructuring”. This half is my friends struggling in low-paying jobs to cover the crippling debt they took on to get degrees. It’s me, working as an organizer on campaigns in Sacramento, and Southeast Virginia, listening as strangers poured out their pain to me, sharing eerily similar stories as they fought to make ends meet.
These experiences, good and bad, have taught me the importance of being an ally to working people at all times. Whether that means enduring grueling hours on political campaigns, helping found clubs to improve young black representation in politics, or simply offering advice to new organizers in my spare time, I’m there.
I want to put my years of experience as an organizer to work returning the Democratic Party to its values of empowering people regardless of their class, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We need to prioritize confronting climate change aggressively, passing single-payer legislation, and expanding access to our democracy. If we don’t take on these challenges seriously, future generations will inhabit a world very different from the one we envisioned together on a cold night in November of 2008.
The struggles I mentioned are real, and they aren’t reflected in the nightly news on CNN, MSNBC, or even in our local newspapers. The California Democratic Party needs to tackle these problems head on. That means resisting the influence of wealthy interests who rig the rules to enrich themselves, and working to address the challenges people face day to day.
They say, “as California goes, so goes the nation.” If we intend for this to remain true, we need voices within the Democratic Party who will advocate for a bold platform that will inspire Californians to action. With your vote, I will be one of those voices.”
Education and Immigrant Rights Activist with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) and Kehilla Synagogue*
I am an Oakland activist, father and former teacher in the public schools. I got involved in my son’s school and became one of many strong volunteer leaders of Oakland Community Organizations (OCO), where we successfully pushed the District to reduce budget cuts to schools and to limit how much could be spent on central administration. We also campaigned for Measure N to bring more college and career focus to the high schools, which has raised graduation rates across Oakland in recent years.
In the area of immigrant rights, I helped to organize Know Your Rights forums for immigrants in Oakland, and the Let Our People Go and #FamiliesBelongTogether protests at the Richmond jail to advocate against mass incarceration and deportation. I have also been an active participant in the great work being done by the Kehilla Synagogue Immigration Committee.
We live in a society with deep injuries from structural racism, and in a region where working people are struggling to afford basic housing. We need to be bold in calling for big changes to address these problems. However, change takes time and hard work, and we progressives need to not be shy about doing our research, our organizing, and our analysis to prepare the way for the big changes that are needed. If chosen, I promise to put in the time to make good recommendations and to consult widely in the community about the decisions that are being made. Thank you for taking the time to read this!
Rent Board Commissioner, CA Young Dems Progressive Caucus Board Member*
“I am an elected member of the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Legislative Assistant to Berkeley Councilmember Rigel Robinson, Secretary-Controller/Parliamentarian of the California Young Democrats Progressive Caucus, Chief of Staff for the East Bay Young Democrats, and a student at UC Berkeley. I am on the Steering Committees of the Wellstone Democratic Club and Our Revolution East Bay, and am a member of the Stonewall LGBT Democratic Club, the East Bay Democratic Socialists of America, and the John George Democratic Club. Previously, I served as the Political Director of the Cal Berkeley Democrats and Executive VP of the UC Berkeley Progressive Students Association.
I have spent the better part of my time since graduating high school fighting for progressive causes and candidates who advance them. I know, particularly as a young person, the severity of the challenges we face and the urgency that is called for in addressing them. With total Democratic control in California, it is unacceptable that our elected representatives have shied away from the hard work that needs to be done to create a more equitable state for all Californians.
As a delegate to the State Democratic Party, I will advance causes like a state level Single Payer Healthcare program, a publicly run utility to replace PG&E, more robust environmental justice and climate change action, and criminal justice reform including felon enfranchisement. I will push for solutions to our housing affordability crisis including robust social housing programs that provide true housing affordability, rather than relying on the private market which has time and again failed the most vulnerable in our community. We desperately need more protections for California tenants to stop our gentrification crisis. The State Party must continue to fight to repeal Costa-Hawkins, and must broaden its scope to statewide just cause for eviction laws. I will also pursue internal reforms to our Party, including expanding access to Party offices for youth and the undocumented and pushing the party to aggressively pursue our progressive agenda at the state legislature.
Now more than ever, we need a California Democratic Party that stands for bold, unapologetically progressive values. Our state and our nation depend on it. It would be my honor if the Democrats of AD 15 gave me the opportunity to help achieve that goal.”
Commissioner, Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission, Policy Committee Chair, East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club Executive Committee Member Sierra Club Northern Alameda County Group*
“I am running to be a delegate for Assembly District 15 to the Democratic State Central Committee to bring a fresh radical voice for progress combined with a pathway to actual change. That pathway starts with endorsing truly progressive candidates, winning elections, and passing visionary policies that would provide universal healthcare, housing as a human right, and a healthy environment for all.
ENDORSING TRULY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES: We need to end corporate control over the Democratic Party. Locally, this means stopping housing developers and real estate lobbyists from buying out elections. These candidates and corporations profit off of displacing our communities and breaking apart our communities. Developers profit off of higher housing costs, and we have to end this. As a delegate, I pledge to vote only for candidates who refuse to accept corporate money.
WINNING ELECTIONS: The only way to beat well-funded corporate Democrats is by being unified and organized. If we want to win, we need to work with grassroots candidates to get people going door to door to encourage people to vote.
The Democratic Party needs to be more inclusive and should allow Green Party voters, Independent voters, Democratic Socialist voters, and no party preference voters to participate in the Democratic Party. If we want true progress, we need all of the fighters for progress working together.
This is where we come in. The ONLY way for that to happen is if we turn up and turn out. As a delegate, I pledge to work with you to phonebank, door knock, and organize behind each candidate I vote to endorse.
PASSING VISIONARY POLICY IDEAS: I plan to bring my experiences as a community organizer and former staffer for Congresswoman Barbara Lee to the fight for everyone to have access to healthcare, stable housing, and a healthy environment. As a delegate, I pledge to track the voting records of any candidate I vote to endorse; I will actively campaign for candidates who vote for healthcare, housing, and a healthy environment for everyone, and against those who do not.
I know what we are up against, and I know it will be an uphill battle every step of the way. However, to do nothing is to accept the injustice and unfairness of the world. So I ask you to join me in this uphill battle for justice.”