AD26 - Inyo, Kern & Tulare 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 12, 2019
Doors Open:
9:30am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:00am
Registration & Voting: 10:30am-12:30pm

Location:
SEIU 521
1811 Sunnyside Avenue
Visalia, CA  93277

Cross Streets: S. Mooney/W. Whitendale – where the street ends

*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

Amber Rodriguez

Adriana Becerra

Amelia Warthen

Margaret Colgan

Carmen Becerra

Caty Wagner

Sal Cazaraz

E-Board Candidate

*vote twice*

Brock Neely

Carlos Mendoza

John Coffee

Daniel Sepulveda

Cameron Forgey

Slate Platform

 

  1. Fix the Executive Board Elections: The E-board sets Party policy between conventions. The public votes for one member per AD (80) while 240 are appointed. We purpose a higher number of publicly elected E-board reps and a reduction in appointed members.
  2. Institute standing committee term limits: Members are appointed by chair and can serve indefinitely. Term limits or rotations give new leadership a chance to represent diverse voices of our party.
  3. Fix the DNC: There are 19 CA delegates who represent us nationally. the current system allows only E-board members to vote for them. We need to expand voting to all State Central Committee members.

Party Empowerment:

  1. End automatic party endorsement: Incumbents are automatically endorsed by the party. we must stop party favoritism. Voters need to know that candidates earned our endorsement based on merit and a strong track record.
  2. End crossover ballots: Voters deserve to be sure that their vote will count. we must  also support minimum wage and more comprehensive training for poll workers.
  3. Put our state super-majority to work: Californians are rightfully demanding affordable healthcare, housing, and eliminating college tuition. our party officials can make no more excuses and must implement these reforms.
  4. Renew the local power of the CDC: Fight to have the CDC renew its local strength to provide training’s and support to local Democratic Clubs.

Detailed Information

Amber Rodriguez

As someone who was born and raised in the north side of Visalia, it is my dream to support those who have been historically marginalized by our society. Growing up in a lower socioeconomic district has pushed me to seek the devotion to Progressive platforms to improve the community, because I understand this community, my community. It is important to fight for affordable healthcare, housing, education, working class people, and my people of color along with others. As someone who has volunteered with local nonprofits to support these ideas, it is my passion to maintain this momentum to get things done at a local, state, and hopefully national level.

As an educator my goal is to reach out to the community and immerse myself in the revolution. This means helping out local food shelters, or comprehensive education for teens, or even giving people rides to ensure access to water and food from rural communities. Some just sit back and advocate for these changes while others, like myself are committed to put in hard work for the Blue Revolution. We have the ideas and resources to make this happen. Now we just need the action and that is where you come in. Help me to fight for a Progressive platform and continue the Blue Revolution!

As a norte I would like to advocate for my community. I want change NOW.

There is a need for young women to be represented in our community. Raised in the lowest socioeconomic districts, I have decided it is time for change. We will not be represented until we go out and do it ourselves. Affordable education, housing, healthcare for working class people needs to be pushed as an issue that needs to be improved to positively affect the people in our community. We need to fight for a Progressive platform to help our people. We need to see change in our future, and you can help us by helping us push for a Progressive platform for the Blue Revolution.

Adriana Becerra
Amelia Warthan

My name is Amelia Warthen and I am running to be an elected ADEM delegate in AD 26. I am an immigrant and first-generation college graduate,I have involved myself as a volunteer with local non profit social justice organizations that help the LGBTQ+ community, fight women’s rights and advocate for reproductive justice. I was also involved with a local progressive activist group, Progressives United for Social Justice and Human Rights (PUSH) where I served as the treasurer. I have worked in the healthcare industry in Tulare County for over 10 years and have learned the truth behind corporate interests at the expense of the ill. That is why I support Medicare for All – no one should be bankrupt due to an illness or be forced to choose between medical treatment and being able to pay rent. I continue to advocate for a clean Dream Act, I stand against family separations and continue to fight for a comprehensive immigration reform. I believe in the value of quality public education, a real living wage and the need to protect the environment. Although changes within the Democratic Party have happened, more work still needs to be done. Now more than ever, it is important to elect Progressive delegates who are committed to advocating for fundamental reforms in the party.

Caty Wagner

My name is Caty Wagner and I am running for delegate to see the California Democratic Party do more for the South Central Valley. I was a delegate from 2017-2019 and in 2019, I will take an even more active role in the party and join more caucuses and committees to bring more resources and support to our region. I have been an activist in the area since 2016 and was most recently the Regional Organizing Director for a progressive PAC, managing organizers in the congressional races against devin nunes, david valadao and steve knight. I am a co-founder of PUSH, a local progressive activist group, and of CAPS, a local pesticide activist coalition, and ran the Bernie Sanders campaign for Tulare County in 2016, bringing him to Visalia and introducing him at the rally. While I had to take a step back from involvement in other elections and the local party with my last job to prevent campaign coordination, I was a donor to many local races and I am eager to dive in again. I joined this slate because we are unapologetically progressive and a part of the Blue Revolution, pushing the Democratic Party in the direction it was meant to be- to advocate for the people and the environment, not the corporations and the 1%. We need equitable representation in our delegates, party leadership, and the candidates we support. We need platforms and resolutions that support people of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ folks like me, families, the working class, the disabled, the environment, sustainable resources, human rights, and social justice. Vote for every member of our Blue Revolution slate and we will bring about the change needed to represent you and to push California to be the beacon of progress it was meant to be.

Carmen Becerra
Sal Cazaraz

The Democratic Party has made large gains this last election in some key races, but there is always more to gain in supporting the working class, people of color, and LGBTQ+. I’ve fought for Progressive issues as a local Dem club member and leader, local Central Committee member, and California Democratic Council Secretary. As your current Executive Board representative I have advocated that our party support Medicare-for-All, Affordable Housing, and Public Education for all. I plan to continue to fight for these Progressive stances into 2020 and beyond. Our Party must continue to listen to the people and ensure the working class, people of color, and LGBTQ+ are represented from the local to the national level. Furthermore, we must continue the struggle for a more Progressive and Corporate free Democratic Party. Our Party needs to have equitable representation versus appointed delegates, rotation of Standing Committee members, a DNC made up of the people, ending automatic Party endorsements, and putting our elected representatives to work fighting for Progressive legislation. Let us continue the Blue Revolution inside the Democratic Party and vote for a Progressive Corporate free Party!

Brock Neely

As a Founding Member of the Tulare County Stonewall Democrats and current Chair and I am committed to the Party and am willing to do the hard work of electing Democratic candidates.

Carlos Mendoza

WORKING FAMILIES OF AMERICA UNITE! Together as one we can win and fight the fight and this is why I am eager to help make The Blue Revolution ADEM Slate a success! I naturally am an outgoing and active person and this has helped me become very involved in our local community and in our Party. Currently I serve on the Tulare County Democratic Central Committee (TCDCC) as an Alternate Member. I am the Board President of the Tulare Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where we serve our local Hispanic community. We provide support and resources to local businesses through education and networking. I am a full-time student at the College of the Sequoias, where I plan to further my studies in Sociology, and Social Work. I believe we should all work for the greater good of society and must contribute our fair share to benefit all. I feel that California is a key state in showing the rest of the country how we should be governed by Democratic morals and values. Major concerns that I have is social inequality, economic inequality, the need for an open border policy and environmental issues. My involvement with our Party started two years ago when Bernie Sanders was calling for a revolution and a change. Since then I have been involved with our Party by becoming a member in three local Democratic clubs, became an alternate member on the TCDCC, served on the TCDCC fundraising committee for two years, and have volunteered for many Democratic campaigns as well. I look forward to representing our Assembly District 26 with our progressive colleagues on this amazing slate. Together we can work to improve and better serve our community as a team.

John Coffee

I am a founding member of the Tulare County Stonewall Democrats and served as the first Chair. I have been a registered Democrat all of my life and believe in the work of the Party.

Daniel Sepulveda

My name is Daniel Sepulveda and I respectfully request to be considered as a Delegate for the 26th Assembly District of California. I have been a registered Democrat since I was 18 years old. This party has always provided a vision of progress for every American.  Everyone, no matter what their race, creed, sexual orientation , or economic status should have equal opportunity to pursue a happy and fulfilling life. I want to take part in that vision.

I have had the wonderful opportunity of working in local politics in my own home town. During the 2018 Election, I worked on a  congressional race where I met hundreds of my own community members. I canvassed door to door meeting people who told me about the struggles and concerns of their daily lives. I met mothers who worked two part jobs that barely made enough to pay their bills. I met people in their 20’s who couldn’t afford to go back to college and pursue a fulfilling career.  I met people who didn’t have access to clean drinking water in their own home. My experiences have caused me to pursue a life where I advocate and help my own neighbors.

California has been a bastion of progress that has counteracted against the Trump Administration. We have been leaders in combating their regressive policies and implementing new ideas to ensure equality for every citizen in our state. Progressives have a found a voice in the California Democratic Party. I want to take part in the 2019 Assembly District Meeting to ensure California stays on the right course.

Cameron Forgey

As a young man growing up in the southern Central-Valley, I’ve been made aware of pressing issues facing my community and peers. Over the months prior the 2018 midterm election, I’ve had the pleasure of working for both the Andrew Janz campaign, and as a canvasser for the American Civil Liberties Union. Because of these opportunities, I have been able to interact and learn from a diverse group of individuals who live in my district. Through engaging with the members of my community this way, I have seen firsthand the damage our political climate has caused. The southern-valley has been neglected by political leaders, and has remained one of the most desolate areas in California.

Because of this neglect, the quality of life for those in the southern-valley continues to dwindle. According to the most recent census bureau, in Tulare county, the rate of poverty is 24%, which is nearly double the national average. Drinking water in the valley is unsafe for many, and roughly 100,000 people are estimated to be without access to safe water. Additionally, the policies and rhetoric made by the current administration have terrorized our hispanic communities.

It is my hope to represent these issues as a delegate for California’s 26th assembly district. As it is my home, I feel it is my civic-duty to be the voice of my forgotten community. If chosen as delegate, I will do everything I can  to vote for leaders that will give the people of AD26 the attention they deserve.