AD17: San Francisco

What are Assembly District Delegates?

Every two years, the CA Democrats elect 7 women and 7 men 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: Sunday, January 8
Candidate Speeches Begin: 
Registration & Voting Begin:
Counting of Ballots Begin: 12:30pm

Local 261 International Laborers
Union Hall
3271 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Cross streets: Shotwell street

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

Can We Count on You to Vote?

Your Progressive Candidates

Ben Becker

Former Bernie Sanders Delegate

Bern Baby Bern!

Reid Chalker

SF Berniecrats Endorsements Coordinator

Angeles Roy

Vote for Reform Democrats Assembly 17 member-ANGELES ROY

Rafael Trujillo

Bernal Heights Democratic Club

Tom Gallagher

Bernie Delegate

Dave Doering

Field Organizer, CA 2nd C.D., Bernie 2016

Jared Scheib

Political Technologist

Detailed Information

Ben Becker

Ben was an elected delegate for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, representing San Francisco at the Democratic National Convention and California Democratic Convention. He’s also one of the founders and co-chair of the SF Berniecrats. During Bernie’s 2016 campaign, he and Claire Lau created and ran the series of twice-monthly Bern Baby Bern disco fundraisers at the Elbo Room, and the Art|Bernie fundraiser at 518 Valencia, raising over $40k in small, individual donations sent directly to Bernie’s campaign, and the campaigns of other progressive SF candidates. Ben is currently working on a series of progressive ballot measures for the 2018 election which will impact housing, healthcare, public transit, and the environment.

Reid Chalker

Reid first got involved with politics as an activist, protesting against policies like the TPP and Patriot Act, and speaking out in favor of Campaign Finance Reform and Racial Justice. While seeking a way to get more involved, he started volunteering for the League of Women Voters San Francisco as part of the Communications Committee. During the Primaries, Reid was inspired by Bernie Sanders to help with a campaign for the first time. I became the Events Lead for Bay Area For Bernie, and eventually their Media Liaison. Now he serves as the Elections and Endorsements Coordinator for the San Francisco Berniecrats, and was recently appointed as a Coordinator At Large for San Francisco For Democracy.

Angeles Roy

My name is Angeles Roy and I’m running to represent you as AD17 delegate.

Originally from Chile, I moved to San Francisco nine years ago and I’ve been a democrat since 2010 when I became a citizen.
I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a Political Science degree and I’ve worked in local electoral campaigns for the past few years. I’ve also had the pleasure of serving at a number of boards including the American Civil Liberties Union; California Women’s List which is a PAC focused on electing female democrats to office; and the San Francisco Young Democrats, where I currently serve as Executive Board Secretary. During my two and a half year tenure as board member I’ve focused my efforts in voter registration, educational programming and advocacy. I’ve also dedicated my time organizing disadvantaged communities around issues of economic justice and reproductive rights for a number of organizations including California Latinas for Reproductive Justice where I serve as a Bay Area Chapter leader. I’m also a graduate of Emerge CA and the New American Leaders Project, both of them highly selective programs that train women and immigrants to run for office. I’m running for Delegate to help mobilize and reenergize our party; support the inclusive development of new leaders; oppose Trump and protect those threatened by his agenda; and help the party lead the nation towards 2018.

I’m thrilled to be running on a strong and diverse slate of proven community leaders; the Reform Democrats Assembly District 17 slate. With your support, we will make sure the democratic party truly represents your hopes and values.

Thanks for your support.

Rafael Trujillo

Rafael Trujillo: Candidate AD 17 Statement
I am the 7th child of a blended family of 10 siblings and a 3rd generation Mexican-American San Franciscan. My father immigrated from Mexico in 1927 when “papers” were not an issue. He was a longshoreman, worked on the San Francisco docks, and died when I was 7. My mother was born and raised in North Beach. She lived through the legendary “General Strike” of 1934, and attended Mission High. She was the executive secretary for the San Francisco City Employees Retirement system for many years.
My parents met in the 30’s and married in 1941. My mother died 4 years ago. She was a proud, life-long Democrat. Her last vote was for Obama. My step-father, a Mexican immigrant, was a tailor.
I grew up in the Bayview and Portola districts. I’m a Bernal Heights resident since 1989. I am a lifelong registered Democrat. As a teen in 1972 I worked for McGovern. In college, at San Francisco State, I drove truck loads of food to UFW strikers in Delano, CA. I was a VISTA volunteer with the Children’s Rights Project, an effort to enroll rural coastal school districts in federally subsidized school nutrition programs (1977). I’ve served as treasurer/BOD member for The Northern California Service League, a prisoner re-entry non-profit (1989-2000). I am a past president of SF La Raza Lawyers (1989). I’ve served as campaign treasurer for a SF Superior Court Judge race (2001-2003). I sit on the local bar association board of the Legal Referral and Information Services (2010-present). I volunteered for the Democratic party GOTV in Washoe county, Nevada. (2008 and 2016)
I am a criminal trial attorney in private practice (2010-present)
*San Francisco Public Defender (1984-2009)
*Legal Services for Children, staff attorney (1982-1983)
I served as adjunct faculty at my alma mater, New College Of California law school (2008) and Golden Gate University, in trial practice (2010). I have lectured and conducted trainings on trial practice through two international endeavors: International Bridges to Justice in Nanchang, China in 2003, and the Conference of Western Attorney General, an oral advocacy seminar for Mexican attorneys. (2010 and 2011).
I am running to represent D17 as a delegate for the California Democratic Convention. This past election was a direct and personal assault upon my ethnic heritage, my ancestors and my community at large. I believe that the local and State Democratic Party should reach out and make strong concerted efforts to increase voter registration of the working Latino voters throughout the Central Valley and change that valley to BLUE for the mid-term elections.
I am personally offended that the cost of living in San Francisco has severely hampered young, working, and middle class folks’ ability to live and create here. Finding ways to control housing, health care/family service expenses and increase our schools’ performance are core to our ability to maintain a viable, vibrant, diverse community. I will fight for those values. I am running on the SF Reform Democrats slate.

Tom Gallagher

Tom Gallagher has been a political activist since the Vietnam War. He chairs the San Francisco chapter of Progressive Democrats of America, is past president of the Bernal Heights Democratic Club, and past chair of Boston Democratic Socialists of America. He represented Boston in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and has served as a Democratic National Convention delegate for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and George McGovern in 1984. He is a member of the United Educators of San Francisco and author of “The Primary Route: How the 99% Take On the Military Industrial Complex.”

Dave Doering

I have been a lifelong political activist; my first campaign was as a 16 year old high school senior ringing doorbells for Gene McCarthy’s Presidential campaign. I understand the practical side of winning elections, having been a Field Organizer responsible for a Congressional District in two Presidential campaigns (for Senator Birch Bayh in ’76 in Massachusetts and for Bernie this year in California’s 2nd CD – as a volunteer) and having managed successful state legislative campaigns.

During the past year, in addition to serving as Bernie’s Field Organizer in the 2nd CD, beginning in October, 2015 and through the California primary I moderated weekly calls for Bernie organizers in other states, including in Oregon and Washington. I was also responsible for creating volunteer led ‘barnstorm’ organizing rallies in Northern California in February and March. Following the primary, with Ben and Betsie Kemper I co-founded In Solidarity, a multi-state organization for Bernie organizers.

As an ADEM delegate I will use my experience and practical political skills to strengthen the Democratic Party and to ensure that it embodies the progressive principles which were the heart of Bernie’s campaign. I would appreciate your support and your vote on January 8th!

Jared Scheib

Jared is a technologist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur who has worked on political technology called Liquid Democracy for much of 2016. He canvassed and phone-banked for the Bernie Sanders campaign and strongly supports the realization of democratic socialist values in American society. He previously volunteered for the Obama campaign. Jared believes it’s critical for ordinary citizens such as himself to become involved in the extant Democratic Party so as to create real reform, to represent progressive and grassroots people and values, and to not repeat the failures that led to Trump’s indecisive victory.