AD19: San Francisco & San Mateo Counties
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: 12:30pm
Registration & Voting Begin: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: TBD
101 Lake Merced Boulevard
Daly City, CA 94015
Cross streets: West Lake Park
*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.
Labor Organizer & Housing Advocate
Healthcare and Labor Activist
Educator, Community Activist
CNA/NNU nurse activist, Bernie delegate
A second-generation San Franciscan, Xavier studied Political Science and Theater Arts at SFSU. There he developed a love of creative expression and community outreach. Now he works at Community Housing Partnership, helping to preserve the affordable and inclusive spaces that the arts and culture need to thrive. As a Shop Steward in SEIU 1021, he proudly advocates for growing the labor movement and building deep alliances between it and the communities it serves. Xavier is an active member in a number of community groups, and is focused on promoting diversity, growing grassroots power, fighting oppression, realizing the promise of civil rights, and combating economic inequality.
Brandon Harami believes that Social and Economic Justice go hand in hand, and has consistently voted, organized, and campaigned for both. Citizen’s United is one of the most dangerous Supreme Court decisions in history, and he will do everything within his power as a voter to ensure it is overturned, along with any bill or candidate who tries to suppress votes through voter suppression measures like gerrymandering or voter ID laws. He volunteered for very progressive candidates, such as Bernie Sanders, Jane Kim, and Sandra Lee Fewer. He believes big business has enough representation in our government, and it’s time to elevate candidates who will enforce higher minimum wages, universal healthcare, and access to higher education without putting students into absurd amounts of debt. In San Francisco he believes we need more affordable housing, but also need to grow all types of housing to help stabilize our market. He’s also in favor of expanding public transportation and to look critically at the density levels of our major traffic corridors. It is apparent to him that politics have begun to move away from science and data and have begun to move into what we believe and what we feel. We cannot change our world for the better unless we look at it through a critical and scientific lense. It is time to embrace Data Driven Policy once more.
Maureen Dugan is a Registered Nurse working in San Francisco. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the California Nurses Association and Executive Committee of the San Francisco Labor Council. Maureen has worked to bring a single payer healthcare system to San Francisco and California. CNA was one of the first unions to endorse Bernie Sanders and was a huge force in his campaign, CNA has a “Main Street Contract” that is the nurses care plan directing our work. Nurses contract calls for : Jobs at living wages to reinvest in America–Equal access to quality, public education–Guaranteed healthcare for all–A secure retirement–Good housing and protection from hunger–A safe, clean, and healthy environment–A just taxation system where corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share. Support our Progressive Slate for AD 19. We believe in standing for a Democratic party that represents working people and not the corporate 1%.
Chelsea Swall lives and works as a marriage and family therapist intern in AD19. She identifies as a Citizen Therapist against Trumpism*; her political involvement is inspired by a moral and professional obligation to protect the well-being of our democracy and community members. Chelsea has served her communities as a reproductive health assistant with Planned Parenthood, a crisis hotline responder with San Francisco Suicide Prevention, and as an immediate-response advocate for survivors of sexual assault. Chelsea is passionate about universal health-care (including mental health coverage), racial justice, climate change, economic inequality, and election reform. She gained political experience advocating for these issues through extensive volunteer work with Bernie Sanders’ campaign. She hosted phone banks, organized fundraising events, and canvassed in Rural Nevada. She later headed a grassroots organization in support of Bernie Sanders and co-hosted a networking event bringing together over a dozen grassroots orgs throughout the Bay Area. She continues to be motivated by issues pertaining to the well-being and mental health of our diverse country. *More Info on Citizen Therpists Against Trumpism: www.citizentherapists.com
Li Lovett is the communications manager for AFT 2121 and a college counselor. As a faculty union leader and activist she has helped defend City College of San Francisco from the illegal actions of a corrupt accrediting agency. She is working with elected officials including Supervisor Jane Kim (endorsed by Bernie Sanders for CA Senate) on a new initiative to make City College free. Li has worked in public service and education for over twenty years, serving low-income and disadvantaged youth in San Francisco and San Mateo County well before the gentrification took over the Bay Area. As an author, she has documented the impacts of displacement and economic injustice in China and the struggles of farmworkers’ families in California. Li supports a progressive vision for our democracy: protecting workers, kids and college students, housing and the environment from corporate agendas, while upholding the rights and dignity of all who are marginalized. She was active in supporting Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016 and remains committed to Our Revolution’s ideas for a more democratic and egalitarian society. Li is running on the progressive Reform slate for Assembly District 19.
Amy Erb is a Registered Nurse working in the ICU at California Pacific Medical Center, Pacific Campus in San Francisco and an active and proud member of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. She took a lead role in organizing over 800 nurses in 2013, leading to a successful election and a strong RN union at CPMC, despite an ugly anti-union campaign waged by a multi-million dollar healthcare corporation. Amy was also elected as the Chief Nurse Representative, joining the bargaining team in negotiations, resulting in a strong first union contract for CPMC Pacific, ratified in March of 2016. She has been involved many labor activities, campaigns and events in San Francisco and the Bay Area through her involvement with the SF Labor Council, Jobs with Justice and the California Nurses Association.
Amy attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as an elected Delegate for Senator Sanders from San Francisco and will continue to fight for a Democratic party that supports progressive values, including free higher education, immigrant rights, racial justice, affordable housing, environmental protections, big money out of politics and Universal Healthcare/Medicare for All.
As the son of public school teachers in the Central Valley, Ian has developed a passion for racial and economic justice and was drawn to advocacy work. He has spent the last four years as a community organizer for Evolve California working to reform Proposition 13 and increase funding for public education. During his time at Evolve, Ian has specialized in grassroots donor cultivation and direct lobbying to build support for Prop. 13 reform among voters and elected officials. As a fundraiser, he has identified and cultivated thousands of small and large donors who form a statewide network of support and sustain Evolve’s grassroots organizing. He has also overseen lobbying efforts to persuade over 115 elected government bodies and over 1,200 elected officials in local municipalities across the state to go on record supporting a split-roll reform of Prop. 13. Outside of his day job, Ian currently serves as the treasurer of the Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco, which seeks to activate, elevate, and advance young Latinx to build political power. Serving on the executive board of LYDSF has provided Ian with a stronger sense of community and inspired him to get more involved in local politics. Throughout 2016, Ian volunteered on several campaigns including Bernie Sanders for President and as a precinct captain for Sandra Lee Fewer’s winning campaign for Supervisor. Ian is running for AD19 Delegate on the Reform Democrats slate to help build a more progressive Democratic Party that will activate more young people who want a future to believe in.