AD28 - Santa Clara 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: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Doors Open: 2:00pm
Candidate Speeches Begin: 2:30pm
Registration & Voting: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Location:
Campbell Community Center-
Orchard City Banquet Hall
1 W. Campbell Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008

Cross Street: Winchester Boulevard

*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

Olivia Navarro

Current Elected Executive Board Representative for Assembly District 28

Shay Franco-Clausen
Tara Sreekrishnan
Helen Chapman
Alexia Worsham
Jennie Richardson
Jessica Matthew
Aidan Rodriguez-Swanson
Jesus O. Salazar
Sergio Lopez
Jon-Paul Wolfe
Michael Melillo
Christopher Paup
Alex Gould

Detailed Information

Olivia Navarro

I want to thank everyone that supported me to be your E Board Representative. We continue to share our Progressive vision of uniting our state party, and re-building it in a way that is truly representative of our community. As a woman of color, daughter of immigrant parents, mother of 3, and labor advocate, I have seen firsthand how difficult it is to get a seat at the table, but together with our passion and determination, we will continue to make change happen. When you elected me to E-Board, I promised to empower those that didn’t have a voice in our community. I’m proud to say that I delivered on that promise. I have forged working relationships with many Democratic party clubs and organizations and built great relationships with many of our Progressive party leaders. I have helped start two local Democratic clubs to empower our LGBTQ community and, currently, I am the chair of the Movimiento Democratic Coalition of the South Bay. I also served as co-chair of endorsement committee for the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee. I also promised that I would work hard to rebuild our party leadership in order to revitalize our party and end the status quo. In a short time, I was able to do that, both locally and statewide. I championed and voted for change when many were afraid to do so. I fought for change, even when confronted by people who wanted to keep the status quo. Our party needs strong, independent leaders that will not compromise our Progressive values. Now, more than ever, we need to keep on fighting to re-build our party from the ground up. Join me in fighting to restore our working middle class and to keep the Affordable Care Act in place so we can have a health care system that is available for everyone. We have to fight for Equal Pay for Equal Work and make sure we protect and stand up for our immigrants and victims of assault and bullying. We cannot let anyone dictate what women or anyone can and cannot do with their own bodies. Our party’s platform is about equality, opportunity, and environmental protection. I will continue to fight vigorously to implement it. I would be honored to continue to serve you and I kindly ask for your VOTE for re-election as Delegate and E board for our California Democratic Party.

Shay Franco-Clausen

“If not US, who? If not NOW when?” ~ J.F.K. My name is Shay Franco-Clausen and I am running to be a California Democratic Party Delegate, representing the people in State Assembly District 28. I believe in the power of the people and serving the people first. The Democratic Party needs Progressive leaders that will help move the party in a new, energized direction. A party that fights for the quality of life our communities deserve and stands up for our most impacted and vulnerable. The 2018 election was a success for the Democratic Party on all levels of government. However, the Democratic Party must continue to reflect on how to build our base and get our base to vote consistently. We are a big tent party. However, oftentimes Democrats have felt like the national party and our political leaders have left us out of the policy making process. Many Democrats, like myself, have been frustrated over the years about the direction of the party, but these frustrations won’t change unless you have Progressive Leaders, who are doing the work our communities, that will advocate for the Democratic Party to become more inclusive and hear the concerns of our Democratic voters. I was elected as a delegate in 2017, currently serve on the Executive Board of the Santa Clara County Democratic Party, Chair of the Santa Clara County Commission for the Status of Women, and was recently elected as a Director on the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. I have committed myself to try to make necessary progressive changes from within the party and in my community. Being an advocate for open space, justice involved youth, women’s right, foster youth and educating voters, affordable housing and LGBT rights, my lens is really unique and intersectional. I hope I can count on your support, because “A Vote for Shay, is a Vote for Change!”

Tara Sreekrishnan

Tara Sreekrishnan is a lifelong AD28 resident who served as your Delegate o the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Along with her work as a campaign and legislative staffer for several Democrats, Tara has served on the California Young Democrats Progressive Caucus Board, the Friends of Deer Hollow Farm Board, the CA 100% Clean Energy – SB100 Coalition, the Save Alta Bates Hospital Task Force, the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Customer Advisory Group, and as an Alternate on the Santa Clara Country Democratic Central Committee. As your ADEM Delegate she will advocate for 1) reducing the influence of corporate money in our politics 2) funding affordable housing 3) linking our housing goals with transportation funding to incentivize both 4) ambitious clean energy goals like SB100 5) youth engagement within our party 6) a new state party chair committed to making lasting progressive reforms and more.

Helen Chapman

I am running to serve as your voice and delegate to Assembly District 28. I am a lifelong Democrat. The next two years are going to be critical to the future of our democracy, our country, and our party. Building on the Blue Wave in 2018, we must continue to be united in stopping the Trumpian destruction. We must stay true to our values and commitment to equality and justice for all, especially women, our youth, working families, veterans and the unheard voices of our community. We need to stay steadfast in support of health care, living wages, protecting the environment, veterans, affordable housing and eliminating homelessness. I’m a fighter for these principles. My experience as a local environmental leader includes 7 years as a board member of Committee for Green Foothills, two three year terms with the San JosŽ Parks Commission, including tenure as Chair, and co-founding the San JosŽ Parks Foundation. I am currently serving as the Secretary to Santa Clara Democratic Central Committee, and have been your delegate for Assembly District 28 for the last 4 years. I am also an active member of the Democratic Party Environmental Caucus. I was deeply honored to been awarded the Women of the Year award in 2017, from District 28 Assemblymember Evan Low. I am an advocate for residents working with State leadership, City officials and our neighbors to create positive change. I listen with my heart to people’s concerns and knows how to bring all sides together to get things done. I am a witness to the struggles of our housing crisis, both for our families and veterans without permanent housing and those who struggle to keep pace with the soaring costs. I am a mentor for high school seniors. I work for District 2 San Jose City Councilmember Sergio Jimenez as a Policy and Legislative Advisor in the areas of Housing and Environment. I have a long record of giving back to San JosŽ. I would appreciate your support & vote to continue my service as your delegate. In Service, Helen Chapman

Alexia Worsham

Alexia Worsham is a resident of AD 28 for over 20 years. She moved here after completing a graduate degree in health services administration, and she worked for the City of San Jose on a federally funded Medicare demonstration project before joining the County of Santa Clara, where she worked for the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System. Ms. Worsham’s work experience with the County included seven years as contracts manager with the Department of Alcohol & Drug Services, where she was responsible for monitoring contracts worth $18 million between the County and over 20 non-profit service providers. For five years with the Mental Health Department, she worked as a program manager for the Family & Children’s Services Division, developing family support and education services as part of the County’s implementation of California’s Mental Health Services Act; and as a data analyst in the Decision Support Unit, administering consumer satisfaction surveys and supporting quality assurance projects. She was on the team assembled by the Information Services Department for the implementation of the Electronic Health Record system, working as an Epic certified Instructional Designer, and for her last two years with the County she worked as a grants coordinator and data analyst for the PACE (Partners in AIDS Care and Education) Clinic at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Volunteer experience includes: Court Appointed Special Advocate through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley; social media intern with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte; social media for Bay Area Women’s March; School Captain, Los Gatos Education Foundation; and Member of the Board of Directors for two organizations providing services to adults with developmental disabilities, Hope Services and Greater Opportunities. Ms. Worsham has also volunteered for political campaigns for Democratic candidates, including a Presidential, a Gubernatorial, and a State Assembly campaign, as well as campaigns for local offices and for ballot initiatives. Ms. Worsham was elected to the executive board of the California Democratic Party Disabilities Caucus in 2017 as an At-Large Member, and is a candidate for Recording Secretary for 2019-2021. She is employed as Deputy Director for NAMI-Santa Clara County, the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness. She lives in Redwood Estates with her husband and sons.

Jennie Richardson

We need substantial change in our country. Now is the time to make it happen. The Trump administration is an imminent threat to our democracy but there is hope. People who have been apathetic towards politics are now paying attention. We must take this opportunity to not only resist, but lead. In AD 28, I am running to be a delegate to help translate the new surge of grassroots energy into a more progressive CA Democratic Party. I am committed to policies that reflect progressive values, including universal human rights, worker’s rights, environmental justice, affordable housing, access to healthcare, improving public education, and reforming our criminal justice system. I am proud to serve as a Board Member of Women’s March Bay Area, lead organizer of the Silicon Valley Science March, Vice President of the Silicon Valley Democratic Club, and co-chair of the Silicon Valley CEDAW Task Force. In 2017-18, I helped lead the recall of Judge Persky by mobilizing volunteers to collect more than 90K signatures. Together we recalled a California judge for the first time in 86 years in a landslide victory of 24 points. I have continued this work nationally by co-founding a political action committee, Enough Is Enough Voter Project, committed to channeling the #MeToo movement into political action. The through line of my service has been a commitment to get big money out of politics, foster political engagement, and help build broad coalitions to support progressive action. My work has been recognized by multiple organizations, including Democratic Activist for Women Now (DAWN) where I was honored to receive an award for political activism in 2017. I am currently a PhD candidate in biomolecular engineering, where I use computational techniques to design and produce HIV vaccine candidates. I previously worked for the Public Health Department and was a proud member of SEIU 521. I am a lifelong Democrat, born and raised in AD28, and I am now raising my own children here. Thank you sincerely for your vote.

Jessica Matthew

My name is Jessica Matthew and I am running for a delegate seat in District 28. I was born and raised in the South Bay. I have watched our community evolve over the years. I have seen the rise of income inequality, which when mixed with a lack of affordable housing makes it ever more difficult to live here. I’ve seen our government continue to fail the people over and over again. They fail to protect the most vulnerable among us. I want to be part of changing that. My passion for civic issues sparked when I became an AmeriCorps member. In AmeriCorps, I volunteered full time at a food bank in San Jose, serving primarily low income individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, I was also the coordinator for their Meals on Wheels program. It was during that time that I realized what I wanted to do with the rest of my life – continue to fight for the people in our community. The political climate around the election of 2016 was the catalyst for me joining the Democratic Socialists of America. As an elected officer in the Silicon Valley chapter of DSA, I organized events to support the Marriott hotel workers on strike for better treatment and wages, raised funds to put together ‘Period Packs to hand out to our unhoused neighbors, and rallied our members to protest the inhumane acts of ICE. I have gathered signatures for Prop 12, canvassed for Prop 10, and helped our chapter endorse progressive candidates and ballot measures. As a delegate, I will endorse candidates who care about integrity, honesty, and righting injustices. Enough with the politicians who only listen to wealthy corporate donors! I will fight for the party to become more transparent and more honest about its intentions. California politicians should show they care about their residents by supporting rent control legislation. They need to show they are committed to fighting for the future of our planet by supporting legislation like the Green New Deal. We need to see Medicare for All embraced and actually make it happen! Let’s push the politicians in our state and beyond to call for the Abolishment of ICE! We have the power to change the direction our state and our country is going in. If I am elected, I will fight to make the Democratic Party embrace these issues and actually begin to work for the people again. I hope I can count on your vote come January 13th!

Aidan Rodriguez-Swanson

Politics at its core is about service and helping the community through government and activism, which means it is the best place to push the envelope forward in a rapidly changing world. I am running to be an ADEM because it is time for the Democratic body of California to reflect the future of the party, one that includes bold, actionable progressive policies, greater involvement from the younger generations, and increased emphasis on understanding the stories and perspectives from all socioeconomic and ethnic groups. We cannot shy away from confronting the problems in front of us, there are no “band-aid fixes” for global warming, the gun violence epidemic, homelessness, an uptick in hate and dangerous ideologies, and an increasingly inaccessible education system. These issues which already do and will drastically affect the younger generations of Californians, including my generation. Yet, too often our voice is not given a platform by those who hold onto ideas from 20th Century America in this 21st Century world. From helping people at the Santa Clara Superior Court with their family and civil law cases, to being a 6th grade middle school educator in ESSJ, fighting the NRA and associates in the West Valley to successfully get Saratoga to adopt a safe storage ordinance, being a high school mentor in Alum Rock, and managing two progressive school board campaigns this past election, I will continue fighting as an ADEM for progressive policies and candidates which actually and honestly strive to help, all in our community, especially the underrepresented and less privileged.

Jesus O. Salazar

Jesus O. Salazar is a passionate labor organizer who fights for the rights of the most vulnerable workers and their families at SEIU-USWW, one of the most militant unions in the country. Jesus is passionate about social justice issues like labor, immigration, and LGBTQ rights. Jesus was born in Michoacan, Mexico and raised in San JosŽ, California. He’s dedicated many years to giving back to the community via mentoring youth and leading several programs with the City of San JosŽ Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services. Jesus has also volunteered in organizations like the Chicano Latino Leadership Program, and The California Youth Summit which focuses on civic engagement, issue advocacy, and leadership development. Jesus graduated from San Francisco State University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Communication Studies. At SFSU, he joined a organization called Student Labor Action Project, a group that represents student workers on campus. After college, Jesus went on to work as an immigration legal assistant at Dionne Legal and was able to help the most vulnerable members of his community. Jesus has always stood for social justice, working families and now needs your support to have a more accurate representation of our community in our government.

Sergio Lopez

My name is Sergio Lopez and I’m running for ADEM delegate. I’m a lifelong resident of AD 28 and a political activist and organizer dedicated to a vision of inclusivity in our political system. I have a track record of working to ensure our political system is open, inclusive, and welcoming for all voices. As ADEM delegate, I’m committed to being open and accessible and bringing in a diverse array of experiences. Furthermore, I will proactively use this position as a platform to engage more youth and students in our political process. A bit about me professionally: I’ve worked for campaigns at the local, statewide, and national level. As an organizer, I’ve successfully passed landmark legislation around the country, including AB 1312, the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, here in California. I’m a writer, historian, and former journalist and currently work for a national nonprofit which is ensuring all students have access to quality civic education. I previously ran for and served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Jon-Paul Wolfe

I grew up in West San Jose, moved when I was 18 to serve in the Navy, and moved back in 1999. I have been a local resident ever since. I became active (beyond simply voting) in 2014. I never knew there was such a thing as ADEM until after the Democratic Presidential Primary in 2016. Some politically active friends of mine suggest that I run as an Assembly District Delegate for District 28. I was thrilled to have been elected for the opportunity to participate in the California Democratic Party in a very tangible sense. I now have a much more informed idea of how the political machine works at the national, state, and local level. I hope to keep that opportunity alive by running for ADEM once again. I belong to 3 caucuses — Veterans (I am a veteran), Labor (I am an IBEW 332 (Electricians) member), and Progressive (I am a very passionate Progressive and active member of the Democratic Party). I have also had the opportunity to proxy at an Executive Board meeting for one of my Executive Board members. It is contingent upon the ADEM members to influence, and hold accountable, our elected officials AND our elected party officers. It is our responsibility to ensure that the Democratic Party for the State of California, and for the Untied States, is moving forward for the betterment of all citizens. There is a great deal of work ahead and I hope to be part of that. Issues at hand include, but are not limited to (in no particular order): Wealth and income inequality College tuition Big money in politics Foreign Policy Immigration SB 100 Creating decent paying jobs A living wage Climate Change Racial Justice Net neutrality Puerto Rico Affordable housing Women’s rights LGBTQ equality Empowering tribal nations Black and brown lives matter Caring for veterans Medicare for all Strengthening social security Caring for the physically and mentally disabled NAFTA / TPP This is certainly a long list but, it does not address all the issues. Some of these issues listed can go further into many more details. I look forward to the opportunity to run for the position of ADEM once again. Thank you for your consideration.

Michael Melillo

The California Democratic Party has a tremendous opportunity before us. We can lead our country, set the platform of the national Democratic Party, and continue the Blue Wave into 2020 and beyond. With California’s primary moved up to Super Tuesday, our voices will now shape the future of our party’s presidential candidate. We must continue to build upon the momentum of the 2018 election. As a member of Orchard City Indivisible, I wrote hundreds of postcards to voters in districts that flipped from red to blue, and helped T.J. Cox, Josh Harder and other Democrats win. The party should continue to embrace organizations like Indivisible, Swing Left and Sister District that direct resources to where we need them the most to win crucial elections. I have served as an elected official when I was appointed to the San JosŽ Unified School Board in 2018. During my campaign, I was endorsed by Mayor Sam Liccardo, Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, and The San JosŽ Teachers Association, among others. The California Democratic Party should be the leaders of this nation. The Green New Deal can set the tone for how to move forward. We can solve income inequality while addressing the need to move to sustainable energy and reversing climate change. We can pass common sense gun control laws to keep our children safe at school. We can end mass incarceration. We can eliminate the wage gap between men and women, and protect a woman’s right to choose.

Christopher Paup

My name is Christopher Paup and I would be honored to have the opportunity to be your representative delegate for District 28. I am a Union Electrician in the IBEW, a Staff Sergeant in the California Air National Guard, a husband and a proud father. Politics, and how they affect our everyday lives, has been a keen interest of mine for many years. In 2016, I found myself more invested and engaged in how I could uphold and further our democratic ideals. As a community member born and raised in the San Jose area, I have been vigorously promoting the involvement of my generation to become an active part of the political process and to be the change they would like to see. To get them involved and to understand the issues and form intelligent, fact-based opinions, I have been telling them that they can become the voice at the podium with the ideals and values that they represent and hold dear. Serving as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the CA Air National Guard, and having served in an enlisted capacity for 8 years, I have gained a deeper understanding of how the current political climate is not only effecting our citizens, but also the organizations within our government. Military leadership and responsibility has also taught me the challenges of our government trying to tackle the task of representing and protecting its citizens, and how that is currently hindered. Our diverse community tackles challenges daily regarding access to affordable housing, healthcare and education, as well as race and gender discrimination, and a lack of transparency within our local government. As your delegate, I will work diligently to confront these challenges, and represent working families and their relevant interests in these areas. I believe we can all work together to create a more successful and thriving community in which to live. For many years, there have been key systematic failures in our local government that have negatively affected our community. These failures need to be addressed so that our system of government can work to represent us all, and I have the passion and commitment to do just that. I believe we can all work together to create a more successful and thriving community in which to live, and I would appreciate your help in representing our community’s values by putting working families first.

Alex Gould

My name is Alex Gould & I am running to represent your voice to the California Democratic Party. Let me introduce myself: I am the Electoral Working Group Chair of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, a Bay Area native & lifelong resident, and a grassroots activist from the community I strive to represent. As the Chair of the Electoral Working Group, I help our chapter keep watch on local government officials & organize actions to make the people’s voices heard when elected officials forget who they serve. My primary concerns as a delegate will be policies & the candidates and party officials that endorse them. When you vote for me, you’re saying that health is an inalienable human right, and that Medicare For All is the best path we have towards that right now. You’re saying that the world can’t wait, that climate change is already massively affecting human lives, our lives, and that we need a Green New Deal to fix it now. You’re saying that black lives matter; that women’s rights are human rights; that immigrants, LGBT+ people & unhoused people are all people & all have a place as equals in our society. Most of all, you’re saying that we have the resources we need to make our world better, so let’s put people in charge who will really make it better. The Democratic party is at a focal point of history right now: they can either stay the course & continue to wish for progress. Or they can be bold, and make that progress a reality each & every day. If you elect me, I will be on the front lines making sure we all move forward together. See you January 13th!