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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

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Doors Open: 10:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:15am
Registration & Voting: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Location:
Stockdale Affairs Banquet Hall
201 New Stine Road
Suite 35
Bakersfield, CA  93309

Cross streets or landmarks: Stockdale Highway

*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

Rebecca Buckley-Stein

Lawyer

Yvette Flores
Victoria Hungerford-Hurst

Business Owner & Community Organizer

Mercedes Macias

Community and Labor Organizer

Sandy Reding, RN

CNA Nurse

Kathleen Weinstein
Virginia Woolcock, RN

Nurse

Gregory Ardoin
Robert Owen
Grayson Parker

Adjunct Lecturer

Chris Reding
Neel Sannappa
Ajaib Singh Gill
Mel Weinstein

Your Progressive Executive Board Candidate

Vote for Delegate AND Executive Board Rep.

Sandy Reding, RN

CNA Nurse

Detailed Information

Sandy Reding, RN

As a current elected Assembly District Delegate, I attended the last Democratic State Convention and was a strong advocate for our community. I joined multiple caucuses, and participated in the meetings and plenary sessions, in addition to voting in the best interest of our community/district. As an RN, I have served this community for over 30 Years in many capacities, including volunteering at the ALA asthma camp; volunteering after Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey caring for the sick and injured, and volunteering in the elementary school classrooms for many years.  Being a member of the Democratic Women of Kern, and participating in the Kern County Women’s March, I have had the opportunity to network with great activists throughout Kern County and beyond.

If re-elected, I will continue to fight for social, economic and environmental justice, as well as healthcare as a human right. I humbly ask for your support and vote, as I continue my journey to stand up for what’s right. As a board member of the California Nurses Association, Vice President of the Central Labor Council and Vice President of National Nurses United,  in addition to my community activism, I believe that I am uniquely qualified to serve as an Executive Board Representative. Thank you for taking the time to read my statement, and I look forward to meeting you during the Assembly District elections.

 

Rebecca Buckley-Stein
Yvette Flores

Over the last two years, I have volunteered and worked with organizations that aim to register and educate people on the importance of voting. I have registered hundreds of people, knocked on countless doors, and been a public advocate for voter education. Recently, I received the Wendy Wade ethics award from CSUBs Kegley Institute Of Ethics for my efforts. In addition, I have helped organize the 2018 Kern County Women’s March, worked on campaigns to get Democrats elected, and collaborated with local union representatives to bring attention a variety of local issues.

What I find most valuable in my experiences is that I have been able to connect with people in our county. I have grown to understand what people of all ages struggle with daily, from astronomical healthcare prices, to lack of resources in rural areas.

Having grown up in the 34th assembly district I feel a responsibility to improve the community that has raised me. If elected to be your Adem delegate I will do everything in my power to bring attention to the issues our community faces.

I would be grateful to receive your vote.

En los œltimos dos a–os, me he ofrecido como voluntaria y he trabajado con organizaciones que tienen como objetivo registrar y educar a personas sobre la importancia de votar. He registrado a cientos de personas, he golpeado innumerables puertas y he sido un defensora pœblica de la educaci—n de votantes. Recientemente, recib’ el premio de Žtica Wendy Wade del CSUBs Kegley Institute of Ethics por mis esfuerzos. Adem‡s, ayudŽ a organizar la Marcha de Mujeres del Condado de Kern en 2018, trabajŽ en campa–as para que dem—cratas fueran electos y colaborŽ con representantes sindicales locales para llamar la atenci—n sobre una variedad de temas locales.

Lo que encuentro m‡s valioso en mis experiencias es que he podido conectarme con las personas de nuestro condado. He aprendido con quŽ luchan diariamente personas en nuestra comunidad, desde los precios astron—micos de atenci—n de la salud, hasta la falta de recursos en las zonas rurales.

Habiendo crecido en el distrito 34 de Asemblea, siento la responsabilidad de mejorar la comunidad en que ha crecido. Si soy elegida para ser su delegado Adem, harŽ todo lo que estŽ a mi alcance para llamar la atenci—n sobre los problemas que enfrenta nuestra comunidad.

Estar’a agradecida de recibir su voto.

Victoria Hungerford-Hurst

I’ve been politically active since 2008, as a community organizer, activist, and most recently, a campaign manager. Whether bringing groups together to pound the pavement and engage voters, or representing the interests of our local businesses, I’ve worked to connect like-minded progressives  within our rural communities. As a resident of Frazier Park, I have been active in local groups that register voters in our community, increase voter turnout, and create community oriented events that bridge arts and political engagement. Besides political organization, I am the Vice President of the Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce and work to bolster and uplift my community economically through a ecological and holistic manner working closely with environmental and women’s groups on our Mountain while pushing for and supporting small rural creative businesses.  

As one of your ADEM delegates, I will fight for Medicare-for-All, tuition-free public universities, a higher minimum wage, women’s reproductive rights, social justice reform, and environmental justice.

Mercedes Macias

For the past seven years,  I have worked tirelessly pushing progressive issues in Kern County. I am an activist, community organizer, and labor organizer. As a student at CSU Bakersfield, I was a representative at the California State Student Association; where, I advocated for affordable and accessible education for all. I have also spent many years  organizing the community behind immigration reform and workers rights. Recently, I have worked on voter registration and voter engagement and have registered around 1400 new voters. I have organized the youth vote to knock doors and push progressive candidates all over Kern County, and specifically in the 21st district. From speaking with constituents in the community, I stand firmly behind medicare for all. I have worked all over the state organizing union members but, my heart is in Kern County, and my goal is to push progressive candidates at every level of government and to mentor the next generation of progressive organizers.

 

Kathleen Weinstein

I’m proud to be a Progressive Californian.  Healthcare is a human right. Graduates should leave college free of debt.  A salary should pay for decent housing, good food and transportation. We need candidates in our state who will fight for these ideals.  It’s time for change in our country and I want to be part of making it happen.

Virginia Woolcock, RN

As a nurse serving in this community for over 10 years I strongly believe in advocacy for my patients and nurse colleagues.   Over the years as a CNA Union member and nurse Rep/Stewart I stand for Job equality, safe working conditions and a living wage.  Seeing the disparity in our community prompted me to become more politically involved outside the hospital walls. I have participated in various causes that benefit our community such as the Valley Fever Walk and Democratic political campaigns. I would appreciate your vote.

Gregory Ardoin

As a leader in a teacher’s union, I have organized educators, students, parents, and other community members. As a delegate on the California Teachers Association State Council, I consistently support legislation that empowers all California students. As the Kern County Human Rights Advocate, I provide opportunities for educators to engage and empathize with constituents of diverse cultures. Locally, I serve the Kern County Superintendent of Schools certificated employees as their union vice president ensuring the rights of students and educators are always upheld. I vow to continue promoting the progressive ideals that ensure the rights of all people in both the 34th District and all of CA!

Robert Owen
Grayson Parker

Like many folks, my political consciousness only became active in 2016. I realized that if ordinary people didn’t work for change, all of the progress we’ve made could be undone. That year, I worked hard to elect progressive politicians, walking through the streets of Bakersfield to register new voters, get out the vote, and talk to other residents about their own issues.

Since the 2016 elections, many of our worries have proven to be justified. The current administration seems driven to resurrect the worst impulses of our nation, the effects of which are felt everywhere from the international conference to the local town hall. Friends of mine worry about ICE knocking on their door. Others face harassment because of their skin color, sexual orientation, or their gender. Most of us work more than one job to keep up with rising costs and falling wages.

I was born and raised in Bakersfield. My education is rooted in local institutions; my jobs have taken me everywhere from the oil fields to the orchards to the classroom. This community gave me the tools I need to succeed, and it would be an honor to use that experience to represent the 34th Assembly District as an ADEM delegate in 2019.

As one of your ADEM delegates, I will fight for Medicare-for-All, as healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I will fight for tuition-free public universities, to fulfill the original plan of the University of California. I will fight for a higher minimum wage, as it was never intended to be anything less than a living wage. I will fight for women’s reproductive rights, as there is no freedom when women are barred from controlling their own bodies. I will fight for social justice, as our society has failed to break down the institutional barriers that stand between marginalized communities and their pursuit of happiness. I will fight for environmental justice, because our world cannot be replaced. If these issues speak to you, please consider giving me your vote on election day.

Thank you.

Chris Reding

I was born and raised in Bakersfield and I care deeply for it’s people. It is for this reason that I humbly ask for your support as we strive to create a better future for our community. As one of your ADEM delegates I will fight for Medicare-for-All, tuition-free public universities, a higher minimum wage, and union protections. I will fight for the moral right of every woman to decide what to do with their own body, for social justice that encourages diversity instead of inhibiting it, and for environmental justice with sustainable energy practices to preserve the beauty and resources of our world.

As the son of a nurse and a teacher, I place great value in supporting healthcare and education for all. I have a degree in Human Biology and I have been conducting research at regenerative medicine clinics because I believe regenerative medicine is the future of healthcare and holds the key to making healthcare affordable and effective enough for everyone to have universal access to the treatments they need.

I chose to run for this position because in today’s political climate, fundamental American values are under attack. The healthcare system is on the verge of collapse, our education system is severely underfunded, and the infrastructure of our government is being undermined from the inside out. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I believe the education of Americans is precious and essential to our survival and prosperity. I believe the sole purpose of our government is to serve and protect the people of this great nation.

Neel Sannappa

After 2 years of serving as a delegate representing the 34th District to the California Democratic party, I’m running to be reelected because the work that we have started needs to continue.

In the past two years the CDP has rejected corporate donations from big oil and big tobacco, taken stances in favor of rent control in our cities, and backed candidates challenging the status quo. These changes didn’t take place over night; they took place because of our demands to party leadership.

I have created relationships with party board members and those relationships will result in support for the Central Valley. This last year, the Democratic party was able to capture State Senate District 14 and Congressional District 21. If re-elected I plan to continue to advocate for resources from the CDP to turn the rest of Kern blue. I will also be sure to hold our electeds accountable to the Democratic party platform to ensure they are truly representing the working families of our community.

Ever since I was a child, I have followed electoral politics and knew it was something I wanted to be involved in. It wasn’t until 2008 when Obama became President that I felt that I could have the same opportunity to make change as any other person in this Country. I first volunteered in 2012 making calls with SEIU for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Then in 2016 I was inspired by Senator Sanders run for President, I set up debate watch parties, marches in downtown Bakersfield as well as organized volunteers for phone banking and canvassing events. More recently I became the Director of the Kern County Voter Engagement project; we have focused on educating high school and college students about the importance of civic engagement, helping build our base for the future. During the primaries and general election, I worked to get Democrats in Kern County elected by organizing phone banking and canvassing events for the Kern County Democratic Central Committee.

As a delegate I will continue to advocate for issues such as Medicare for all, tuition-free public education, true immigration reform, environmental justice, social justice and racial justice. As a child of immigrants and a life-long resident of Kern County, I believe I hold a unique and valuable perspective to represent our communities needs at the State party level. I would be honored to receive your vote.

Ajaib Singh Gill

I am a Senior Appraiser at the County of Kern and a member of SEIU’s Committee on Political Education.  In the wake of the Janus decision, I have been active in recruiting new union membership within the county.  Labor is the backbone of our country, and three decades of attacks on workers have resulted in the unprecedented level of economic inequality we face today.  I’ve been a registered Democrat since 1996, but became inspired to get directly involved by Bernie’s historic 2016 campaign, and now by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  I’m running for ADEM to push for a progressive Democratic platform that includes Medicare for All, mandatory living wages, environmental protection, debt-free college education, and social justice. It is my firm belief that the Democratic Party must adopt a progressive agenda to win elections and take back our country.

My wife is an ER nurse and we have three great kids.

I ask for your vote if you share my progressive vision for the future of the party.

Mel Weinstein

I am a progressive Democrat very concerned about the direction the United States is heading. I would like to have a voice in choosing candidates that I feel will steer the country back to a more sensible and caring direction. I was very involved in supporting candidates in the last election and I feel I can contribute to the future of the Democratic party.