AD22 - San Mateo County

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: 9:30am
Registration & Voting: 10:00am-12:00pm

San Mateo City Hall
330 W. 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA  94403

*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


It’s critical a deep blue district like AD22– wehre 77% of voters choose a Democrat– has strongly progressive representation.
As the Peninsula Progressives we’ll demand our new leaders and representatives line up with voters on these key policy priorities:

— Representation and Justice for All regardless of immigration status, race, color, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age

— Medicare for All

— Women’s and LGBTQ Rights Unabridged

— Remove Corporate Money from Elections, establish public financing of state and local elections, passing stricter transparency rules

— California Green New Deal that drives to net-zero carbon emissions in the next decade with public utility reform and green infrastructure

— Affordable Housing and Renter Protections

— Law Enforcement Oversight that initiates automatic independent investigation when people are killed by police #JUSTICE4CHINEDU

Detailed Information

Adonica Porter

County Commissioner
Climate Change Advocate

As a county commissioner, a wife, and mother I’m passionate about supporting working families, affordable housing, and public education.

I’m a progressive candidate running for ADEM District 22. I believe San Mateo County must become an inclusive place that helps families, educators, and servicemembers thrive.
Daughter to a veteran, and raised by a single mother, I believe anything is possible through hard work. I currently serve on the Education Committee for the ADL (Pacific/ Western Region) and I also serve as a board member on the San Mateo County Health Care for the (HCH/FH) Co-Applicant Board. I’ve delivered several TEDx talks, and I’ve owned small businesses. Additionally, I’ve participated in creating useful policies for disenfranchised people as a member of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Women’s Advisory Group.

I’m a collaborator and I believe in and support:
Affordable housing.
Protecting our environment for future generations.
Criminal justice reform.
Clean campaign finance.
Labor rights.
Women’s reproductive rights
LGBTQIA rights.
Universal healthcare.
Law enforcement accountability.

I would appreciate your vote.

Dan Stegink

Former Planning Commissioner
Sierra Club Member
Robotics Software Developer
++ Executive Board Candidate

In many local races, Republicans were the first and largest donors to some Democrat candidates…To elect Democrats, let’s examine the finances of local candidates before endorsing them.

Some of you have met me in planning commission meetings across the State as I’ve pushed for consistent zoning regulations on building near federally threatened salmon spawning grounds.

We worked to decriminalize “Driving while Brown” on the San Mateo coastside, particularly during “random” traffic stops.

I personally fought the eviction of more than a hundred disabled, senior, and military veterans from the Pacific Skies mobile home park in 2016. Sadly those efforts were unsuccessful, these folks were kicked into the street and it appears six have since died.
Also, I worked to stop 7-Eleven developments that were bad fits in residential neighborhoods.

*** If our CDP Convention in San Francisco is nationally known for anything, it will be this: The call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. I will personally introduce that motion. ***

I’m running on a slate with nine unbought, energetic, grassroots nonestablishment Peninsula Progressives candidates, proven in battle, by past work, and steeled for restore progressive government.


I’ve stood for the weak, the poor, the elderly, and those who cannot defend themselves.
I cannot be bought. I ask for your vote.

-Dan Stegink

Mike Dunham

Former Teacher
Affordable Housing Advocate

With the federal government mostly in the hands of extremist Republicans, progress on improving the lives of ordinary people is going to have to come from states. California, as the richest and most populous state, is poised to lead on that, and our next ADEM delegates will have substantial influence over choosing State Senator Jerry Hill’s successor. It’s essential that our next legislator be deeply progressive in order to push for policies that can serve as models for the country. If I’m elected delegate, I will demand just that.

A truly progressive state senator means someone who supports aggressive steps to combat climate change and do CA’s part to contribute to a Green New Deal; someone who will lead on solving the housing crisis, including major investments in affordable housing, expanded renter protections, and steps to build more housing near transit while protecting communities of color; and someone who will pursue Medicare For All to serve as a model of single-payer health care for the rest of the country.

I’ve long been a progressive and have lived in California for most of my adult life. After graduating from Yale University with a degree in political science, I left a career in LA and the entertainment industry to become a 5th grade math teacher through Teach For America. Since then, I’ve worked to expand opportunities for underserved children, earning an education master’s at Stanford, working for Summit Public Schools in Redwood City, and fighting for affordable housing as a member of Housing For All Burlingame. However, we are far from living in an equitable society, especially for kids, and I hope you will support me to push for truly progressive leaders. Thank you!

Regina Islas

ACLU Board Member

I believe that a government by, of, and for the people, should accurately mirror the people it purports to represent. I believe that I can bring needed representation, experience, perspective, with more than sufficient elbow grease with an ability to connect with others across the continuum, in achieving this real representation of SMC as a delegate.

Current experience: I am an active Board member of the ACLU North Peninsula Chapter, member of Peninsula DSA, active with SF Peninsula People Power (GOTV efforts 2017/2018) supporter of She The People (attended 1st historical summit of U.S. Women of Color in Politics, 2018), Women’s March activist 2017, protested (and arrested!) in the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings 10/2018 in DC. Have spoken out on matters of housing justice at San Mateo City Council meetings, and recently at the SMC BoS on issues of excessive use of force, racially biased policing in San Mateo County. Active with #Justice4Chinedu.
Active with local SMC Coalition activists on immigration justice issues; e.g. ICE in jails and deportation practices of the SMC Sheriff’s department.

Democracy is not a spectator sport-it requires consistent, conscientious action and committed activists. I believe in “a positive peace which is the presence of justice”-MLK Jr. SMC desperately needs political representation by those who can bring about this positive peace into our political processes, and governing bodies. This is what I want to work with others here in SMC to achieve, and am asking your vote for the chance to do so.

Ted McKinnon

IT Professional
DSA Activist

I am a 30-year resident of the mid-Peninsula, and a longtime activist in peace, environmental and social justice causes. Among these range from supporting the Nuclear Freeze; anti-interventionist peace movements of the 1980s, supporting the first California single-payer initiative in 1994, opposing the Iraq War, supporting LGBTQ rights, through today with my participation in our local DSA chapter’s Medicare for All working group.

At the local level I was a founding member and coordinator for our congregation’s chapter of Home and Hope (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) providing a safe haven to Peninsula families displaced by our ongoing housing crisis. A parent of two now-adult daughters, I was an effective activist-organizer on issue-oriented campaigns in the San Mateo Foster City Elementary and San Mateo Union High school districts. I am also a career IT professional specializing in database architecture and design and I can utilize that expertise for organizing efforts for progressive causes.

With the many daunting issues facing us now such as preventing the onset of catastrophic climate change and reversing Gilded-Age levels of wealth inequality, it is imperative that the California Democratic Party becomes a means to organize and engage as many potential activists as possible. The opportunity exists for the Assembly delegates to become the prime driver for that recruitment and engagement. The rise of progressive activism we’ve seen in the 2016 campaign of Bernie Sanders and the mid-term election of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez proves that a transformative politics is still possible within the two-party system. With your help, I pledge to help make the California Democratic Party a vehicle for that transformation.

Joe Little

Justice, Housing, and Immigration Rights Advocate

California and the rest of the United States face a host of issues. The climate crisis intensifies. The rich continue to get richer. ICE terrorizes communities. Police ideology remains stuck in the 90’s. Our healthcare system serves greed; its affordability causes unconscionable suffering. Structural racism is alive and well. Courts and legislatures jeopardize female bodily autonomy. Corporations displace communities, dodge taxes, and operate without public accountability.

Simply put: what were doing now isn’t good enough. There’s work to be done. Who can we trust to do it?

California is the state with the most resources, talent, and desire for a progressive tomorrow. The California Democratic Party’s burden is great. Its contribution to these issues in the near future will be critical. Its leadership at all levels must reflect a sense of urgency.

I understand the urgency of these issues. I’ve worked for a federal judge as a law student, and today, I’m an associate at one of the top law firms in the world. In my free time, I volunteer for progressives causes.

As an attorney with a history of advocacy. I’ve appeared in front of a parole board on a prisoner’s behalf, prepared immigration applications for undocumented persons, handled an administrative appeal for a wounded veteran, and published a paper on digital privacy.

My dedication for justice extends to all persons, no exceptions.

In my free time, I volunteer for organizations that elect progressive candidates, popularize ideas for change, and support direct action efforts for social change.

As an Assembly District Delegate, I will wield my rounded experience to achieve a more just California Democratic Party, one that our state deserves. I’m a fully independent voice, and my interests reflect those of the community.

We’ve got problems . . . I’m calling for progressive voices and answers.

Uma Krishnan

Advocate for Equity
Swing Left Fellow

The 2018 elections have me charged, and feeling hopeful after the debacle of 2016. As a Swing Left Fellow, I worked on getting out the vote especially amongst my generation Millennials and college students to turn the House blue. I feel empowered to make a difference. I’d love the opportunity to be involved with the California Democratic Party at this crucial stage as we gear up for the 2020 elections.

I am currently in my fourth year at UC Berkeley majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Human Rights. I graduated from Burlingame High School in 2015 as student body President. I have always been involved in and advocated for my community. For instance, while in high school I founded the largest Girls Who Code club in Northern California, to teach girls how to code so as to help close the massive gender gap in tech. The past few years I’ve been working to develop a Computer Science curriculum for incarcerated women to help them find a path to a future, volunteered to register students to vote, and of course the political advocacy and passion for social justice that is part of the fabric of UC Berkeley.

I would really appreciate your support and your vote.

Victoria Sanchez De Alba

Public Relations and Advocate

I’ve been fighting for social justice since I was a young girl working in the agricultural fields of the Salinas Valley with my family during my summer vacations. I witnessed health issues and social inequities related to working conditions like pesticide poisoning and law enforcement abuses. At a young age, I learned “things were not right.” From then on, my life goal was to help create a more equitable world and help raise public awareness via mass media of the harsh conditions of farmworkers’ lives.

My father died of non-Hodgkin’s-lymphoma (NHL), a cancer associated with pesticide exposure. Raising public awareness on this issue became an additional priority for me. In 2017, I was nominated for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), San Francisco Woman of the Year candidate. My LLS candidate campaign was the first in the U.S. to put the spotlight on the environmental and health concerns related to farmworkers exposed to pesticides. My work came from the heart to honor my father and all of the farmworkers who risk their lives to feed the world. Pacifica Magazine and the SF Chronicle featured my work: Speaking up – Pacifica Resident Gives Voice to Farmworkers / Farmworkers encounter pesticide dangers

As a Mexican American and progressive Democrat who lives in Pacifica, democracy is at the core of my values. I’m running for ADEM Delegate to fight for social justice and to speak out against the Trump Administration as it aggressively tries to strip away decades of hard fought rights for women, people of color, and immigrants, while seeking to eliminate voting rights, civil rights, access to education, jobs, health care and LGBTQ rights.

Many women were elected in 2018, increasing diversity among our leaders. It is inspiring to experience this wave, but we need more Latina/os and other people of color in San Mateo County included in positions of power in the local, state and federal branches. The Democratic Party is the party of diversity and inclusion. We live in a multicultural society and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos make up 25.4% of San Mateo County.

Latino voters came out in record numbers in 2018 and helped flip the House from red to blue, especially in California. I was active in making calls out of the San Mateo County Democratic HQT to Latina/o voters in the Central Valley in support of successful CA CD 21 candidate TJ Cox.

Participation by Latina/o voters is growing. UCLA’s Latino Policy & Politics Initiative’s study of the 2018 midterms found in the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico and Texas the average increase in voter turnout among Latinos was 96% compared to 37% among non-Latinos from 2014 to 2018. The 2018 Midterm Elections are an important indicator for estimating Latino voter participation and candidate support in defining control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the executive leadership of over a dozen states. Across the eight states that were part of the study, analysis of the official election results suggests growth in the Latino vote was influential in flipping the partisan control of 20 seats from Republican to Democrat in 2018.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Communications-Mass Media, Emphasis in Media Law, from the University of San Francisco. I worked as a TV news producer in the Bay Area and then transferred my journalism skills to high-tech PR. Then went out on my own and started my firm specializing in Multicultural Public Relations and Community Outreach, De Alba Communications. I look forward to using these skills as an elected Delegate to benefit the state and local Democratic Party.

I currently serve as Advisory Board Member for the San Mateo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Committee, within the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce. I also serve on the Board of Directors of the University of San Francisco’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy and the Latino Alumni Society.

It is now my duty to fight for those who need it most, for those who are always forgotten like our underserved multicultural communities and farm workers. As a Delegate, I am committed to upholding our Democratic values supporting candidates who will do the same to lead us into the future. It’s time to have a voice at the table. I am committed to democracy and promise to tirelessly fight for all communities!

Thank you for your consideration in electing me to serve as an AD 22 Delegate.

-Victoria Sanchez De Alba

You You Xue

Local Restauranteur
EV Evangelist

I am a local restaurant owner and community activist. I am the son of two Chinese immigrants and attended local public schools. I am now 21 years old.

If selected to represent this district, I will support dedicated and progressive candidates who are fighting for the middle class and representing what is great about America. The eyes of the world are upon us, and we need people who are willing to stand up for what is right. I bring a lot of experience to the table when it comes to green energy and environmental policies, and will only support those who believe that we must take immediate action on protecting our world and address climate change with common sense solutions.

In the November 2018 election, I ran for City Council in Millbrae and received the endorsement of the Peninsula Young Democrats, multiple Teamsters unions, the Coastside Progressive Democrats, BAYMEC, and numerous local business owners and community leaders. My campaign focused on bringing more accountability into my community to create and afford more opportunities to everyone in our city, not just the most privileged or most politically-connected. My platform supported policies such as denser housing in transit corridors as well as wage-theft ordinances to protect workers in my city. Although my campaign received over 25% of the vote, it was not enough to win in this election, and I am proud to have stood for what I believed was right for my community.

I hope to earn your support as an AD representative.