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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 #1

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Doors Open: 10:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:30am
Registration & Voting: 11:00am-1:00pm

Odd Fellows Hall
545 Pacific Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cross street: Mendocino Ave.

*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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Voting Time & Location #2

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Doors Open: 10:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:30am
Registration & Voting: 11:00am-1:00pm

41st District Agricultural Association
421 Highway 101 North
Crescent City, CA 95531

Enter the meeting north of the main fair building.

*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

Vote for all 14.
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Deborah Burger

President of the California Nurses Association
CADEM Platform Committee Member

Helen Sizemore

CADEM Finance Committee Member

Helene Rouvier

CADEM Rules Committee Member

Lesley Ester

California Nurses Association

Robilyn Camacho


Valerie Muchowski

California Teachers Association / National Education Association (Retired)

Vivian Deniston

SEIU 2015 Regional Vice-President

Allen McCloskey

National Union of Healthcare Workers

Eric V. Kirk

Attorney / Civil Rights Activist

Ever Flores-Deras

California Teachers Association / National Education Association

Gregory Mario Fernandez

SEIU 2015

Jerry Eaton

California Teachers Association / National Education Association

Joe Louis Wildman

Operating Engineers Local 3

Stuart Altschuler

LMFT, College of the Redwoods Faculty Organization

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Together, our slate of candidates represents labor values, healthcare, education, environmental protection, social justice, civil liberties, and the progressive future. We put principles before politics to represent the needs of everyday people. Real change is grassroots and people-powered.

We hope you’ll join us at the polls January 12th and stick with us as we work collectively toward a party that embraces progressive policy, promotes transparency and leads the nation to electoral victory in 2020.

Deborah Burger

Deborah Burger is a registered nurse and President of the California Nurses Association. She is also President of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional organization of registered nurses in United States history, with over 155,000 members nationwide. Her career as an RN has spanned over forty six years. Today she works in gastroenterology procedural sedation at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, California.

Burger was crucial in pursuing the passage and implementation of California’s Safe Staffing bill, which provided the country’s first mandated RN-to-patient ratios. During this time she worked to successfully advocate for landmark patient protection legislation: whistle-blower protections, nurse title protection, medical advice standards, workplace violence protections and workplace safety standards for healthcare workers.

Burger was instrumental in the creation of CNA’s national organizing arm and its fusion with United American Nurses to form National Nurses United in 2009.

Burger has always been politically active, through her work as an elected nurse leader, to endorse and campaign to get legislators elected who have committed to a strong progressive agenda that matches the makeup of the progressive values in California.

Burger has worked nationally to support many progressive causes such as climate and social justice, NO on Keystone pipe line and No DAPL and Medicare for all. She has consistently worked to have the political system work for everyone.

Through her work on Medicare for all, she has helped improve the public’s understanding of the complex issue of providing healthcare for all. Access to health insurance is not the same as access to healthcare. She will continue to fight for Healthcare for All.

She has helped provide humanitarian disaster relief through Register Nurse Response Network (NNU’s disaster relief program). Through this work she had gained many insights into what government can and should provide. She will use this information to help the Democratic Party remain true to a party that values a humane society.

These last 2 years of political involvement has been an education for all of us and Burger is now ready to work to help improve the Democratic Party to work for all Californians. She will make sure everyone’s voice is heard though out the Democratic Party system.

Deborah Burger, RN
California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee – AFL-CIO
National Nurses United
155 Grand Ave., 2nd Flr., Oakland, CA 94612
Cell 510-772-9144 Fax 510-663-2761

Helen Sizemore

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the people who are running to be ADEM 2 delegates.

I have lived in Mendocino County since 1975 as a homeowner and parent. I became an appointed delegate by Senator Evans in 2015, and was elected in 2017 on the Progressive slate.

CADEM Controller Crosby recruited me to  serve on the Finance Committee at my first convention and I have continued as a voting member.

I am actively representing our rural population by attending the annual CADEM conventions as well as the Executive Board meetings, where the Finance Committee meets. I participate in the following caucus meetings:  Environmental, Latino, Progressive, Rural, Senior, and Women’s. These are the meetings where I can learn what actions are needed to move their agendas forward. Equanimity and Justice.

I serve as the Inland Vice Chair for the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee and attend the Inland Mendocino Democratic Club meetings.

I would be honored to be your elected delegate for another term. Please vote for all of the seven females and seven males on the Progressive / Labor slate.

Thank you.

Helene Rouvier

I have been Democrat all my life, as were my parents. I come from a working class family with strong ties to the labor movement. My father was an immigrant who left school in the 6th grade to work in the coal mines on Vancouver Island; then later in fisheries, as a farmworker, and finally for the Air Force as a civilian employee.  I have lived in Humboldt County since 1970, raising two children as a single working mom, and am the first in my immediate family to graduate from college. My career has included management in food production and construction, professional archaeology, and cultural resource management (Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Wiyot and Karuk Tribes). I am currently employed as the Africa Grants and Contracts Analyst for Internews Network – an NGO supporting independent media globally.

Why am I asking for your vote?

It has been an incredible privilege to have been your elected AD-02 delegate since 2017. I currently serve on the Rules Committee and chair the Rural Caucus Cannabis Committee. We have made significant strides, including bylaws amendment to the endorsement process and more effective and robust Party action regarding legislation. The RC Cannabis Committee has submitted a “Resolution in Support of Small Cannabis Operations” for consideration at the Spring 2019 Convention.

I am convinced that the best hope for moving our nation forward will come from within our existing political structure; I also recognize that the California Democratic Party needs to take a hard look at itself and make significant changes. We must take the Party back to its working class roots, fix the toxic internal work environment, and embrace progressive issues that benefit all people and the planet. These include:

  • Single payer health care
  • Affordable housing
  • Free tuition at public universities
  • A healthy planet / sustainable and renewable energy
  • Equitable distribution of wealth and living wages
  • Job creation for a livable future, including public investment in our infrastructure
    Address the root causes of conflict – both here and abroad – and tie our support to resolving those issues.
  • Human rights for all –
    • reform of the prison-industrial complex,
    • humane paths to citizenship,
    • protection of human rights – including people of color, indigenous communities, LGBTI, women, the elderly, youth, the poor, all religions, the disabled.


I pledge to work for these progressive solutions and a new direction for the Democratic Party. I would be honored to continue as your AD-02 elected delegate to the California Democratic Party.

Lesley Ester, RN

Greetings, my name is Lesley Ester and I would be honored to continue to represent Assembly District 2 as a California Democratic State Central Committee Delegate. My three main goals will be to continue to work with statewide coalitions to establish a single-payer health system, fight climate change, and to oppose the disaster that is a Trump Presidency.

During the past two years as a State Party Delegate I have had the privilege to work with, and support, progressive activists across the state. We’ve worked towards a Democratic Platform that includes support for veterans, rent control, public banking, tuition free college, and net neutrality. I’ve forged alliances within the Veterans, Rural, Progressive, and Labor caucuses to further these causes and more.

I am committed to work towards the health and well-being of our planet through the actions and platform of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United. This includes causes like the Main Street Contract, the Robin Hood Tax, Environmental Justice, and National Safe Staffing Ratios. I am a proud Delegate to both CNA and NNU, because I know that public health is protected by public advocacy. Locally I have served on parent teacher councils, charter school governance boards and a district school board. I am currently a CNA representative to the Humboldt-Del Norte Central Labor Council and I am also the Chief Nurse Representative and past Chair of the St Joseph Hospital Professional Practice Committee.

Thank you for taking the time to read this statement and being committed to vote in January. I appreciate your vote for myself and for the Progressive Labor Slate.

Robilyn Camacho

Hello, my name is Robilyn (Robi) Camacho and I am asking for your vote to represent Assembly District 2 and rural Trinity County as a delegate to the California Democratic Party.  A lifelong voter, I was inspired to become politically active by the progressive platform that was promoted by the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. I became the tabling chair for Trinity for Bernie, I canvassed and participated in informational events in both Trinity and Shasta counties, and in the state of Nevada before their caucus. I continued my involvement by tabling for several statewide candidates for the 2018 mid-term election. I particularly enjoyed organizing voter registration events at high schools and college campuses.

Regarding my background, I moved to Trinity County from the Bay Area in 1989 and began my tenure with Trinity County at Trinity Hospital. I have worked for Trinity County for 29 years, performing accounting work in four different departments. Additionally, I was the Treasurer for our employee association, TCEA, prior to us affiliating with UPEC/LiUNA, where I have been an active member for over 20 years. For my community, I served as Treasurer for the Co-op preschool my children attended and I served on the local school board.

I fully support the Progressive platform that Bernie Sanders championed in his campaign, and I believe that the mid-term elections have proven that we can only win by becoming a party that truly serves the poor and middle-class people of this country. The societal issues I am most impassioned by are economic, racial, and gender-based injustice, with a major focus on Medicare for All. I worked for many years in the medical field on the business side of the operation and I am well versed in the failures of our current system and the ludicrous ways that the fees are structured within it. I believe that I can contribute to the discussion of how we can implement this system so people no longer have to die because they cannot afford healthcare. In rural Trinity County we face many additional barriers to service due to our remote location that I believe that we can address as well with a robust universal healthcare system.

I humbly ask for your support on January 12th, and assure you that I will never quit working to restore our Democratic party to a party that serves the people.

Valerie Muchowski

Working with in the Democratic Party , the California Teachers Association and the Mendocino Women’s Political Coalition, I have strived to make the Party more inclusive and focused on equity.  Serving on CDP Voter Services, I have worked to bring the Party’s resources to local democratic activists and make the Party aware of rural remote areas. I serve as CPD Senior Caucus Vice Chair hoping to include the historical activism of Seniors in the exciting progressive movement of today.

Vivian Deniston

I am a founding member of my union SEIU2015. I currently serve as Regional Vice President representing 17 counties in Northern California.

I was recently  appointed to the Humboldt County Workforce Development Board.

I am the Vice President of the Humboldt/Del Norte Central Labor Council.

I am a life long Democrat.

I have been involved in politics, local, state-wide and national with both Democratic groups.

As a progressive union member I support single payer, economic and social justice, affordable housing, and ending income inequality.

I have enjoyed residing in Humboldt County for over 50 years.  I have lived a life of service.

I would appreciate your vote and support in working towards a more just government for the people.

Thank you for your consideration.

Allen McCloskey

My name is Allen McCloskey and I am asking for your vote to once again represent the people of our district. My family history in California goes back multiple generations with my Grandparents being direct descendants of California’s largest Indian Tribe’s. As an Indigenous American-Californian, I have an intimate connection with our state and our natural resources, as well as a unique perspective on the socio-economic, environmental, political and cultural needs of California’s original inhabitants.

As a healthcare professional and union organizer, I work closely with patients and their families, physicians, managers and all members of the healthcare team to bring the best level of care to each patient. Working in healthcare I have developed an in-depth understanding of the industry and also first-hand input and feedback from California’s with regards to the need for a Medicare for all program. Most recently, I was fortunate enough to represent hundreds of hard-working Californians and together with a small committee spearheaded the effort to Unionize St. Joseph Hospital. Together we took on the corporate healthcare giant that is St. Joseph Health (a multi-billion-dollar corporation). Our efforts resulted in securing a truly just and living wage for California families and thereby assured that our healthcare dollars stayed local and eased the burden on our taxpayer-funded safety net programs. I am excited about serving the California Democratic Party and continuing my efforts of representing the interest of our middle-class hard-working families.

This is my home, this is our home, and this is our Party, and I want to continue working together to make our State and our party stronger and renew our commitment to genuinely represent all Democratic voters. Working together we will make our State and our Party better and stronger than ever. Needless to say, there is much to be done, but I am both excited and optimistic about the challenge of addressing the issues of our party and our challenge of reclaiming the White House and the majorities in Congress. We must continue to preserve our progressive values by ensuring adequate representation in the California Democratic Party and assert our values in an effort to set the tone going forward.

Thank you all for your support.

In Solidarity, Allen McCloskey

Eric V. Kirk

I am an attorney in a general practice firm in Arcata.  I currently serve on three non-profit boards and I host several talk shows on local commercial free radio stations.  I have been active in various political and electoral campaigns since I was a teenager in the early 1980s, and have been consistently active in local campaigns since I moved to Humboldt County 23 years ago.  In addition to electoral politics, I have chaired the Board for the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project, assisted in the creation of non-profit organizations, provided pro-bono attorney services to political campaigns and lower income clients, and most recently drafted and campaigned for a Sanctuary measure for Humboldt County expanded on the protections provided by State Law.  The measure appears to have passed.   Thank you for considering my candidacy.

Ever J. Flores-Deras

My name is Ever Flores and I ask for your vote to serve as a delegate to our state party convention. I am a 22-year resident of Santa Rosa and have worked for 20 years as a school counselor in the Healdsburg Unified School District.  In 2017, my colleagues elected me to serve as President of the Healdsburg Area Teachers Association, the CTA/NEA affiliate local union which represents all educators in the Healdsburg, West Side and Alexander Valley school districts. Recently, I have also served my union as a CTA State Council delegate, as well as in the role of Human Rights Chair for CTA’s Redwood Service Center Council.  I currently represent CTA’s Sonoma County educators as a delegate to the North Bay Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

As a Latino educator and labor leader I am profoundly committed to a progressive state party which prioritizes racial and economic justice, as well as equal educational and employment opportunity for all Californians.  As healthcare costs continue to rise in Northern California particularly, I am specifically committed to advocating for a tangible, effective campaign by our state party for single payer healthcare for all of California’s residents, including all immigrants.  Please support my candidacy and that of my fellow Democrats on this Progressive Slate so that together we can achieve the progressive state government that will work for all Californians.

-Ever J. Flores-Deras

Gregory Mario Fernandez

As a delegate for I bring my passion and fervor for social justice and our community to our Democratic Party.

While living in Oakland and attending San Francisco State University I actively participated and helped with the Occupy Movement. The movement certainly didn’t have the longevity for which we had hoped, but those nascent rumblings bring us into this new progressive era.

Active engagement. It’s being part of the movement in addition to discussing it and keeping the momentum in the movement.

I am a current school board member in Eureka, and for the past several years have worked and led within the labor movement. Between 2015 and the end of 2018 I’ve worked on seven campaigns, and volunteered for the 2016 Nevada Democratic Caucus.

I earned my bachelors in political psychology, and currently work for SEIU 2015 Long-Term Care Workers as an organizer with turf covering Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties.

Though Sonoma may not enter my life through work it touches me personally through my family, friends, and coworkers.

I ask for your vote for Assembly Democrat Delegate because I do my best to continue our progressive momentum, and to keep our Democratic Party accountable to its constituents.

Jerry Eaton


My name is Jerry Eaton and I am an educator and member of the California Teachers Association (CTA), the largest union of teachers in the state of California.  For the past 10 years, I have been a part of State Council, the 800-member CTA legislative body, where I currently serve as CTA Board Liaison to the State Legislation committee.  Over the past 4 years, released from my classroom duties, I have served on the CTA Board of Directors, working with educators from San Francisco, along the coast to the Oregon border.

Over the years, I have worked on several California statewide campaigns (Prop 30/32, Prop 55, Tom Torlaksen for SPI) as well as on local school board elections (including my own); precinct walking, phone banking, lit drops, conducting public forums.  In Solano County, I served on the Democratic Central Committee.

Although a Democrat, I have been frustrated with the actions/activities of both the DNP and CADEM.  Then along came Bernie Sanders, not a Democrat, but presenting the perfect progressive agenda. My goal is to be elected, then work from within to promote positive change toward a Democratic Party which returns to its progressive roots.

As progressives, we want our values to be a part of the DNP platform (Just as was promised to Bernie Sanders when he agreed to stop his 2016 campaign for president).  As your ADEM delegate, I will work to ensure that the values of environment, racial and social justice, economic justice, free access to a public education, Immigration Reform, DACA, non-violence, single-payer healthcare and other progressive values are a part of the California Democratic Party platform.

Realistically, our goal is to find a candidate, representing the Democratic Party platform and all voices within the party, who can win back the White House in 2020.  It means someone who can move us beyond the disappointment of 2016, someone who can build coalitions in order to unite the party and establish a wide base.



Joe Louis Wildman

I am currently on the Executive Board by virtue of being a past officer.  Having been a Delegate and having served on the Executive Board for many years, never missing a state meeting, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve.

I’m active (to varying degrees) in the Rural, Labor, and Progressive caucuses.  I’m appointed to the Voter Services Committee.

I ran a Ward office in Chicago and later was Jesse Jackson’s GOTV coordinator for Dellums’s East Bay district in 1988.  I have been active in Mendocino’s Democratic Party for 25 years, and I’m currently the Treasurer of our Democratic Club.

I provide free transportation to E-Board meetings and conventions in my bigassvan.

I’ve made my living over many years as Staff to a State Representative and a State Senator; also as an Organizer, Lead Negotiator,  Political Director, and Chief of Staff for various Unions. I’ve also been the Executive Director of a Public Housing Authority.

Feel free to call me at (707) 367-0910 anytime and I’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Thank you for your consideration.

Stuart Altschuler

Stuart Altschuler, LMFT has been a practicing psychotherapist since graduating from Long Island University with his Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1974.  In February, 1975, he moved to Florida and worked as a psychotherapist in Substance Abuse treatment programs and was Executive Director of the LINK Foundation for three years.  In both agency work and in private practice, he worked with a number of Vietnam War veterans. Upon moving to California in July 1986, he became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

During most of his 21 years in Los Angeles, he worked closely with individuals and agencies dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This meant he was politically active to move the government to acknowledge people with HIV/AIDS and for them to be more supportive.  He also was supporting and caring for hundreds in the community who were ill or dying.

In 1991, Stuart was a delegate to the second annual Soviet-American Citizens Summit Meeting in Moscow.  This led to creating and running a non-profit joint venture (with Soviet counterparts) called the International AIDS Project which provided AIDS education and awareness programs in the Soviet Union and former Soviet republics after the break up.

In 2007, Stuart moved to Ferndale, in Humboldt County.  He has been teaching, as an Associate Faculty, at College of the Redwoods Community College in Eureka, CA.  He teaches in the Addiction Studies Program which trains new addiction counselors. Many students are in recovery themselves, as well as many veterans of the conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.  He works closely with the campus Vet Center and its director.

As a student in college from 1968-72, Stuart was activated to work for an end to the Vietnam War, civil rights and LGBT rights.

Since the Trump inauguration, Stuart has been a very active member of Indivisible Ferndale and worked hard to elect two new members of the College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees and worked to help change the complexion of the Ferndale City Council membership.