AD21- Merced 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 26, 2019
Doors Open: 9:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:00am
Registration & Voting: 10:30am-12:30pm

American Legion Post 83
939 West Main Street
Merced, CA  95340

*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

Astrid Zuniga – Vote for both delegate and e-board

I am a resident in the Stanislaus Co./AD21 area, and your current Exec.Board Rep/Delegate I have worked diligently to stay abreast of current legislation and issues that affect our communities. Some of you know all about who I am and the work I do. For those of you who don’t let me give you a short bio, I am a 41yr old mother of 5, with 9 grandchildren. My youngest son Manuel is Autistic, he is on the more severe end of the spectrum, being that he is nonverbal but very vocal, w/behavioral and sensory issues. He is the reason that I became active and engaged in the realms of politics. Starting with when I was introduced to the In Home Supportive Services Program, at the age of 9 his aggressive behaviors were so bad that I had to quit my job as an Insurance Agent and put all of my focus on him. This is when I became his Careprovider thru the IHSS Program, I had always been his advocate thru the school and ensuring that he was receiving the best possible. I then learned I was part of a Union and there is where a new fire was lit in me and I found another arena in which I could advocate for my son and those like him. Fastforwarding a bit, well a lot, I now sit as the Exec. VP a Union that represents over 100,000 Homecare Providers in the State, United Domestic Workers of America, UDWA/AFSCME3930, I am also the Exec. Secretary-Treasurer of the Stanislaus & Tuolumne Co.’s CLC,  PTO Pres. of John F. Kennedy School, & the Treasurer to the CADem Labor Caucus. Some of my proudest accomplishments has been the work I have done over the years in addressing safer interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities, with the passing of SB11&SB29Beall, SB1330Galgiani, the passage of a Senate Reso that adopted the month of Sept. 2016 as Silver Alert Community Education and Awareness Month also, Galigiani, & AB437Rodriguez, it became a 2yr bill that we scrapped in lew of a Public Hearing held this past April w/Assem. Cooper’s office, re:systems already in place across the state like what we were trying to do w/AB437. All of which can be found in the State Legislatures, & we are reintroducing the legislation this year along w/a budget ask. Below is the link to the hearing

Alejandro Romo Carillo

Like many Americans, the day after the 2016 election, our heart sank and we were in disbelief as we lost the highest office in the nation. Being the son of immigrant parents and a small business owner in Merced, I did what my parents taught me to do; I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. For AD21, this means I worked hard to elect the first woman, the first Latina and the first Democrat in 24 years to Senate District 12. I continued to meet with community to organize and strategize how we would inform immigrants about their rights, fight for healthcare for all, environmental justice, women and LGBTQ+ rights, protect the integrity of our elections in our counties and across the state. I attended regional meetings, conventions and Executive Board Meetings – most importantly, I endorsed and supported candidates and policies that reflect the values of our diverse community.

These next two years are crucial for those of us living in rural California as we will continue to determine who the leaders in our party, in Sacramento, and in D.C. are. I would be honored to continue to serve the residents of District 21 as a delegate within the California Democratic Party.

Together, we can continue to give families in Assembly District 21 a fighting chance. We will be able to work alongside urban areas of LA and the Bay Area on issues on water, economic development, educational attainment and upward mobility for our region. While sharing our diverse values with the urban hubs. Together, rural California will have a seat at the table.

Thank you for your vote.

Debru Jackson

My name’s Debru Carthan, and I became involved with politics through my union SEIU-UHW. I’m a healthcare worker and I fight for healthcare justice. I’m running to be an ADEM because we need people that believe in fighting on behalf of the people.  Being a healthcare worker, I believe that everyone is entitled to receive healthcare and have a living wage. A person’s economic status shouldn’t limit the type of care that they receive.  With the results of the November elections, there’s a lot that I feel can be done to make sure that our communities are taken care of. We must stand united and make sure that everyone has a voice.  United we stand, divided we beg!

Floyd Clark

I am a progressive and member of Our Revolution, Democratic Socialist as well as Our Revolution CA district 10. I am the type of person that believes that the government should be spending our tax money on us, not stupid wars.

Juan Vazquez

My name is Juan Pablo Vazquez, born in Jalisco, MŽxico. My parents brought me to America when I was only two years old in order to provide a better life for their children. I grew up working hard as a farmworker alongside my parents. With their hard work and dedication I was able to attend college and obtain three college degrees, that has given me the ability to provide a better life for my family.

I became politically active in 2015 during the primarias. After the November election I began to organize the resistance against our local Congressman alongside other amazing activist. From organizing one of the biggest protest in front of Denham office, to helping organize La Lucha Sigue 42 mile March From Merced to Modesto.

Now I’m taking the next step in my activism by running for Assembly District Delegate. Let’s continue to grow the Blue Wave local, state, and nation wide.

Keith Ensminger

I am a proud Democrat who believes in economic fairness, the heart of Medicare for All and unions. We need to embrace the value of work with a living wage rather than welfare that traps people into poverty, creates and underground economy, and promotes resentment among people too proud to be on the dole. Democrats must embrace freedom from colonial and corporate control FDR eloquently expressed a couple generations ago when he criticized the financial centers that have owned our government since the days of Andrew Jackson. Democrats need support workplace safety, environmental protection, international trade, and the right of any country no matter how small to determine their destiny and control their natural resources. Democrats must acknowledge the uberization of our economy isn’t a new age gig but an age-old con that guarantees aristocrats and venture capitalists wealth through unscrupulous means. I am a proud Democrat who understands all Americans want a decent shake at life. We work best when we pull together, and I’m willing to listen and work for Democratic principles that have improved economic fairness, civil rights, and clean air and water.

Megan Samples

Though I have always been interested in politics, I first became involved in the political process during the 2016 election cycle. After that election, I changed my major to political science because I felt it was important to educate myself on the power structures which impact my life on a daily basis.

Over the last two years, I have seen the importance of getting directly involved. We have seen the impact that can be made when everyday people step up and take action in order to ensure the political system is working for us. Now, I feel it is my turn to step up and take action. I want to be considered for an Assembly District Delegate because I can represent the people of my community and ensure all of our voices are heard.

Necola Adams

I’m Necola Adams and I am running for ADEM 21.

Growing up I was taught the importance of the vote by people who put their lives on the line registering people to vote in the South. My grand Uncle who raised me marched with Dr King in Selma, I saw Robert Kennedy 3 days before he was assassinated, all of this contributed to my passion for everyone to be treated humanely and to have the right vote. During the 2016 election, I encouraged many people who have never registered, to register and vote, especially those in my own family. I believe we have a long way to go not just in our state, but in our country of making sure that every citizen has the right to vote, along with protecting future generations access to clean air, clean water, to health care and ensuring job wages that will provide for their families.

Thank you.

Omar Jackson

I am running to be a delegate, to help strengthen the Democratic party, and to help push our ideas into the mainstream where they will do the most good.

I understand the ground game that’s needed to take, and to keep control of our government.

My wife, and I, have been deeply committed to doing whatever is necessary to help this cause. I have phone banked, as well as knocked on doors, for Hillary Clinton & Kamala Harris (2016), Gavin Newsome, and Prop 8 (2018). I’ve attended the CDP convention in Sacramento & San Diego, and am an active member in numerous caucuses. I helped my wife run for a delegate seat, and ultimately becoming a delegate in 2016. I would love the opportunity to serve as a delegate, myself, after learning how much more I can do as a delegate.  I am an owner of a small trucking company, and I truly understand how politics affect everyone.

Shivaugn Alves

My name is Shivaugn Alves and I am an educator, union member, environmental advocate, and co-founder of the Patterson Progressive Alliance. I humbly request your vote for Assembly District 21 so that I can bring progressive valley values to the California Democratic Party. As a fourth generation Pattersonite, I have seen the effects of low education rates, poverty and poor air quality first hand. I am running for delegate to the CDP to ensure that our party addresses the unique needs of the valley.

I believe I can be effective in these goals because of my experience. I have been an educator for over a decade working with students in grades K-12 to improve individual outcomes within my role as a teacher on special assignment. I also hold the elected position of secretary for my union, the Patterson Association of Teachers. I co-founded the Patterson Progressive Alliance (PPA), which is a group of community members who look to engage neighbors on a variety of issues. Recent topics that the PPA has participated in include: homelessness, affordable housing, air quality, and various congressional race activities, including a town hall for then congressional candidate Josh Harder.

I am running as a delegate to represent Assembly District 21 to be a voice for the constituents of this region. As endorsements, resolutions, and platform agendas are brought to a vote, due diligence will be taken to understand the positions of varying perspectives in determining the most equitable, socially just, economically and environmentally sound choice for AD 21. I would be honored to receive your vote.

Chris Ricci
Sol Rivas