AD35: SLO & N.SB 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.

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Voting Time & Location

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Doors Open: 10:30am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 11:00am
Registration & Voting: 11:30am-1:30pm

Location:
Sierra Vista Medical Center Auditorium
1010 Murray Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

*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

Vote for all 14.
Rosemary Wrenn

Chair, SLO County Democratic Party

Erica Reyes

Vice-Chair, SLO County Democratic Party
Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board Member

Sherri Stoddard

Regional Director, CA Nurses Association
Former Bernie Delegate

Quinn Brady

Vice-Chair, SLO County Progressives
Campaign Manager for Heidi Harmon

Violet Sage Walker

Vice Chair, Northern Chumash Tribal Council
Emerge CA Graduate

Julie Zafiratos

Corresponding Secretary, SLO County Democratic Party

Gail Bunting

Founder, Together We Will Cambria
Teamsters Local 986 Former Member

Nick Andre

Co-Chair, SLO County Progressives
Vice-Chair, SLO County Democratic Party
Former Bernie Delegate

Also vote for Nick for e-board rep.

Charles Varni

Co-Founder, Coalition to Protect SLO County (Measure G)
Coordinator of SLO Surfrider Foundation’s STOP Climate Change Campaign

Steve Vines

President, NAACP SLO
Reverend

David Baldwin

Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 403
Board Member, Mid-State Fair

Walter Heath

Medicare-For-All Activist
Campaign for a Healthy CA Lead

Rob Moore

Secretary, Cal Poly Democrats

Michael Wilson

Former Bernie Delegate

Your Progressive Executive Board Candidate

Vote for Delegate AND Executive Board Rep.
Nick Andre

Co-Chair, SLO County Progressives
Vice-Chair, SLO County Democratic Party
Former Bernie Delegate

Nick is Endorsed by:

Elected Officials:

  • US Congressman Salud Carbajal
  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • Bruce Gibson, 2nd District County Supervisor
  • Adam Hill, 3rd District County Supervisor
  • Heidi Harmon, Mayor of San Luis Obispo
  • Caren Ray, Mayor of Arroyo Grande
  • Jeff Lee, Mayor of Grover Beach
  • Aaron Gomez, SLO City Council Member
  • Andy Pease, SLO City Council Member
  • Erica Stewart, SLO City Council Member
  • Dan Rivoire, Former SLO City Council Member
  • Mariam Shah, Grover Beach City Council Member
  • Dawn Addis, Morro Bay City Council Member
  • Susan Funk, Atascadero City Council Member

Party Leaders:

  • Rosemary Wrenn, Chair of the SLO County Democratic Party
  • Erica Reyes, Vice-Chair of the SLO County Democratic Party
  • RaeBelle Gambs, President of Atascadero Democratic Club
  • Dave Akey, President of El Moro Democratic Club
  • Vita Miller, El Moro Democratic Club
  • Tarrah Graves, Co-Chair, SLO County Progressives Democratic Club
  • Cheryl Storton, President of South County Democratic Club
  • Barbara Wisehart, President of Paso Robles Democratic Club
  • Karen Bernal, Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the CA Democratic Party
  • Cullen Tiernan, Chair of the Veterans Caucus of the CA Democratic Party
  • Melissa Demyan, Co-Chair of the Resolutions Committee of the CA Democratic Party

Labor Leaders:

  • Sherri Stoddard, CA Nurses Association
  • Mark Simonin, IBEW Local 639
  • David Baldwin, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 403
  • Tyler Scheidt, Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 104
  • Cesar Chavez, UDW
  • Lynn Swensen, Teamsters Local 986

Organizations:

  • Central Coast Labor Council
  • South County Democratic Club

Detailed Information

WHAT THE SLO COUNTY PROGRESSIVE COALITION SLATE STANDS FOR

The entire SLO County Progressive Coalition Slate embraces the people-centric progressive movement. Each person is driven by the message of economic and social justice and has a proven track record of being a hard working progressive advocate. The SLO County Progressive Coalition Slate represents a diverse cross-section of the movement with representatives from a variety of ally groups. Some of the issues we stand for are below:

  • “Single Payer” Medicare-for-All Healthcare
  • Campaign Finance Reform including Overturning Citizens United
  • Tuition-Free Public College and University
  • Bold Climate Change Action
  • Opposition to Trade Deals Deemed Detrimental to American Workers
  • Support of Labor Unions
  • Address Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice Issues

More detailed information on our candidates is below:

Rosemary Wrenn

I ran on the Progressive slate for ADEMs in 2017 to be a proactive member of our state and county Party. A month after being officially seated on the SLO County Democratic Party, I was elected to lead it, and have been doing so since July, 2017. I believe in addressing challenges directly and want to continue this work as your Chair and Assembly District 35 delegate for the coming term.

As Chair, I actively seek to empower individuals within San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties. In order to do this, our Party needs to be proactive by embracing opportunities to improve policies and to support candidates who prioritize people over corporations. I am leading our local Party in developing a voter engagement program to reach voters and non-voters 365 days a yearÐnot just during election season. I am already working on recruiting candidates and campaign leaders for 2020 and will continue to build on the resources and momentum our Party has established.

The Democratic Party is made up of many people with a spectrum of opinions. I have worked diligently to develop collaborative relationships statewide with those who share the common focus of our visionÐfostering integrity, stewardship, and social, economic, and environmental justice through active engagement-both within our own party and with community groups such as The WomenÕs March, NAACP, Together We Will, Indivisible, and others. While opinions may differ on some details, our common goal is to stand up for the people of California-especially those who are underrepresented in government. More than ever, it is imperative for the Democratic Party to be inclusive and open to those who share our vision.

I am honored to share the Progressive Slate with 13 of the most committed and passionate people I know. Together, we will continue to build the ranks of our Party through inclusion, activism, and cultivating relationships with stakeholders seeking the same. The current leadership of our delegation has worked hard to broaden the scope of our outreach by reviving the County Democratic Convention, bringing statewide and federal candidates to our district, and by making our events accessible and sustainable. I humbly request your vote and support so that I may continue the work we have started as we build a stronger coalition for a stronger community.(visit sloprogressiveslate.org for more information)

Erica Reyes

As a current Vice-Chair of the San Luis Obispo Democratic Party, I look forward to continuing to build an inclusive and strong committee that works to advance the voice of SLO County Democrats. Every day as a Congressional Staffer, I hear the problems and concerns our community members have. We must advocate for the needs of those who do not have a voice and for issues like affordable housing, access to healthcare, infrastructure, and making sure the civil rights of all are secure. With all that is happening at the National level, it is our responsibility to ensure our own community is well cared for and I am a firm believer that every solution to a problem can be found by asking the right people and hearing from diverse voices.

In addition to the SLOCDP, I am a member of the San Luis Obispo Democratic Club, SLO County Progressives, the SLO NAACP, and a Board Member with Planned Parenthood of the Central Coast Action Fund.

The 2018 midterm elections saw a strong Democratic wave locally across the United States, in California, and locally in Santa Maria and SLO County. We have gained a lot of momentum up and down the 35th Assembly District, and 2020 is our opportunity to capitalize on it. Having organized candidate campaigns and been on the front line of organizing Democratic turnout, I am looking forward to the challenges 2020 will bring. I hope to have your support, so I may continue the work on the SLOCDP Executive committee and serve as your delegate to the California State Democratic Party.

Sherri Stoddard

I am a Registered Nurse with strongly held beliefs in social justice. I would like our Democratic Party to once again be the party of the working class. A labor and delivery nurse for the past 36 years, I have perspective into differing human situations; yet over and over I am shown that despite these differences, humans share common basic needs and dreams. But in our society, there are so many insurmountable gaps in opportunity and access to achieve them. So often the blocks to achieving even basic human needs are based simply on the situations of oneÕs birth Ð birthplace, gender, skin color, the home environment are some determinants of whether or not one becomes a successful member of our society. Providing a fair chance at access to basic needs will equalize the playing field, so that each of us has opportunities to contribute, in our unique ways, to our communities.

I am a proud member of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, my RN professional association and union. We continually work to improve patient care conditions. This work doesnÕt stop at bedside care. We have long advocated for single payer health care, and our main street campaign – deeply founded in the concept of social justice- because access to healthcare and basic needs determine the health and welfare of people and communities. Our campaign includes: jobs at living wages; equal access to high quality, public education; guaranteed healthcare for all; a secure retirement; housing; protection from hunger; a safe, clean, and healthy environment; a just taxation system in which corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share.

My beliefs are the basis of my politics. I have been a Democratic since I first started voting at age 18. I have been active in reaching out to others, speaking with fellow union members and co-workers, canvassing neighborhoods, phone banking, helping with voter registration and GOTV, contacting elected officials. I was a delegate for Bernie Sanders in 2016. IÕm extremely proud of that, and of the progressive values of that campaign. I feel that our party has lost regular working people, and that we need, now more than ever, to get back to being the party of the people.

If elected as a delegate, I will bring my commitment to these values, together with a slate of other like-minded, progressive candidates, to the Party.

Quinn Brady

As a committed advocate for people centric values and progressive focused governance, I ask for your support as an Assembly District Delegate for the state Democratic Party. When I think about the future of our nation and our planet, I find myself both deeply concerned and fiercely motivated to create the type of engaged, proactive and strategic change that we need. I am a mother of three, and I know it is more important than ever to consciously raise engaged, committed, open-minded humans who will lead the way into an inclusive and sustainable future for our state and our nation. It is as a mother that I come to my motivation and commitment to engage in meaningful action on a communal and global level. Our changing climate is an imminent and legitimate threat to our future generations, our economic security and international relations. It is our moral obligation to stand up for children and vulnerable communities worldwide. We have come to a time that necessitates collective action towards sustainable solutions. Freedom from our dependence on fossil fuels is possible, and Californians must proactively lead the way through reformed and progressive policy. I spent years working abroad in East Africa as the Development Director for an education focused non-profit, as well as mentoring youth and facilitating leadership training workshops for young people. I have seen first-hand how the way we live locally makes an impact on a global level, and the way that young people bring vitality, creativity and collaboration to leadership on all levels. This is more important now than ever with a lack of leadership at the national level. People are longing to be heard, honored, and represented by their leaders, not governed by big money and entrenched agendas. I have worked numerous campaigns, most notably managing the 2018 re-election campaign for Mayor Heidi Harmon of San Luis Obispo. I worked daily to represent the voice of voters and constituents in our area. It is my commitment as a delegate to represent the diverse interests and perspectives of our district, because every voice matters and the power of the Democratic party lies in our unity and inclusivity. By standing together and stepping up to the challenges ahead, the Democratic party can work to create powerful victories for years to come.

Violet Cavanaugh

As a Native American business woman and 7th generation beekeeper/ farmer it is my intention to run for office as a delegate of Democratic Party. Having volunteered for several campaigns, the idea of social contract and social responsibility hits home with me in the light of recent elections. Born and raised in the Central Coast, I have personally witnessed the struggles facing the people of California. The extreme drought due to climate change is changing the economy of California. The task of being water and energy independent is critical for California and especially all farmers in California. I have been participating in local government as a concerned citizen for years tasked with representing my people regarding environment protection. My intention to serve in office is to further beneficial action towards water and energy independence, social justice and combat all parts of Republican agendas that put members of our community and ethnic groups around the world in jeopardy. As a member of two marginalized groups it is my goal to be a spokesperson for the ones who need us the most. The women, minorities, children, disabled, elderly and environment are the foundation for my strong core values. I have aligned myself with like-minded people particularly, the members of the slate that I am running with. I am proud to partner with other candidates who share a progressive Democratic platform to effect positive change for the state of California. “Water is life” movement sweeping the nation, hits home here on the coast where there is severe drought and where families struggle to meet basic needs for water. I embrace challenges that create strong employment, strong labor unions, affordable accessible medical care for all, prison reform, while addressing climate change. My struggle as a business owner and entrepreneurs gives me first-hand experience with challenges facing small business growth. Living in a tourist community really stressed the importance of hospitality industry and recreation. As a result of my first-hand work in solar energy I definitely saw the benefits green jobs provide to all areas of the community simultaneously addressing nuclear decommissioning and climate change. As a former public service employee, I’m vested interest in improve public safety and infrastructure in California. Simultaneously, boosting our economy and helping us as a community transition from oil dependence, fracking and nuclear energy to clean renewable energy. I’m working towards creating a legacy of good work for our children’s children and public service is where I can be most effective. It is my honor to be considered as a member of this progressive slate of Democrats who are advocating for real action. I am willing to stand together with all groups as brothers and sisters of this state, country and earth to do what is right for the worst disaster our generation faces- Climate Change. Allow me the privilege to help address the most precious gifts we care for, our future.

Julie Zafiratos

I have been serving as an ADEM for the past two years and have found it a rewarding opportunity to engage in participatory democracy. I have lived in California for over 30 years and over those years have volunteered for the Democratic party in party offices, driving voters to polls, hosting phone banking events in my home, campaigning for single payer health care, hosting live stream gatherings and canvassing door to door. I have lived in San Luis Obispo County for the past 3 and a half years and during that time have been able to work with the SLO County Democratic party, the SLO Progressives, NAACP-SLO and to participate in a coalition of community groups including Bend the Arc and GALA among so many others. It is wonderful to see how our community has come together and how many people have stepped up to take part in making sure our whole community is supported. I pledge to continue to fight against the growing income inequality in our nation, to preserve our planet, to respect and protect the rights of all people, to wisely use our tax dollars to rebuild sustainable infrastructure and create real jobs, to get corporate money out of politics, to make sure that health care is a right and not a privilege and to make sure everyone who is working full time is making a living wage. I support single payer health care, racial justice, women’s rights – including our right to sovereignty over our own bodies, LGBTQ rights, native American and native Hawaiian rights. I pledge to listen to your voices and make sure that your voices are heard. I work at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and support free public education for all, since educating our young people is the surest path to a brighter future.

Gail Bunting

I am a native Californian, currently living in Morro Bay, and a lifelong Democrat. I have been fortunate to work and live on the Central Coast for the last 30 years. I have been a proud member of the Teamsters Local 986 for 15 years and currently work for a thriving local small business in SLO. I am asking for your support as I take the next step in civic engagement and seek your vote to become your representative to the State Democratic Party.

I have been on the periphery of politics most my adult life, just keeping a finger on the pulse via radio and TV programming; I regarded politics as a spectator sport. After the 2016 presidential election, I was compelled to action in my then local community of Cambria. What I initially organized as a “support group” immediately after the election, evolved into a small, yet motivated, grassroots movement under the umbrella of Together We Will.

Over the past 2 years, Together We Will Cambria met monthly, offering educational sessions, inviting other grassroot organizers to speak, organizing marches, holding vigils and pop-up corner protests. We have written postcards, called our representatives and provided space for people to gather, socialize and offer opportunities to actively participate with our elected officials and our government. For the 2018 midterms, I worked on the Dawn Addis for MB City Council campaign as her Treasurer and spent many Sundays knocking on doors talking with voters.

I am excited and honored for the opportunity to join these 13 candidates on the Progressive slate to represent the Central Coast and advocate for progressive platforms and candidates. I believe that this is a crucial time to infuse our representative democracy with diversity and women; to have our platforms and elected officials speak up and strive for legislation that will protect all people, the environment, wages and healthcare. For more information visit sloprogressiveslate.org. Thank you for your vote!

Nick Andre

It’s been nearly 2 years since hundreds of us waited in the rain to vote new progressive leadership into the county and state Democratic Parties. Since then we’ve accomplished so much, from grassroots focused party reforms, to building unprecedented levels of engagement. This led to big wins in November when every one of our local endorsed candidates won their races, even those in conservative cities. Now, we have more momentum than ever before, and are primed to make substantial advancements in progressive policy. We’re also positioned extremely well for 2020, with plans already underway.

I would like to continue this great work that we’re all doing together. That’s why I am running for re-election for the CA Democratic Party Executive Board for Assembly District 35.

As a state party Executive Board member since 2017, I have helped pass state bylaw changes, testified in front of committees, helped organize support for various resolutions and positions on ballot measures, and built relationships with state officials and activists. I’ve been a bold progressive voice for the Central Coast, and my deep understanding of the (sometimes complex) party rules, structure, and operations, have made me an effective one.

Support for my re-election comes from a wide cross-section of Democrats in the community and I’m honored to have the endorsements of nearly every Democratic elected official and Democratic Club president in the county.

I currently serve as the Vice-Chair of the SLO County Democratic Party, the Co-Chair of the SLO County Progressives and was previously a delegate for Bernie Sanders. I’ve also managed and worked on many local campaigns, and as a local small business owner and member of a union household (California Teachers Association), I know firsthand the struggles of the working and middle class and will do everything I can to lessen the damage of the Trump presidency and help lead the Democratic Party to even more overwhelming victories in 2020 and beyond.

Please come out and vote to ensure we continue our progressive vision, and remember vote for Nick Andre twice, once for delegate and again for e-board member (cannot be an e-board member without also being a delegate). Thank you for your support.

Charles Varni

I have been a political activist since the war in Vietnam and an environmentalist since the 1969 blow-out of Union Oil’s offshore platform Holly in the Santa Barbara channel.

I am a candidate for one of the ADEM positions in San Luis Obispo County because I want to further the work of our progressive agenda and firmly believe that 2020 will be the greatest watershed election on global climate change in our history. I want to help make this central to our local and State platform–with a special interest in facilitating labor union support.

I am a retired Professor of Social Ecology/Sociology and have organized, led, and participated in scores of grassroots actions over many decades including: anti Vietnam movement; Get Oil Out in Santa Barbara; Planned Parenthood funding and access; anti-ballistic missle initiative; Protect Gaviota Coast; public school education on contraception and sexuality; community organizing for family resilience; ground water quantity and quality protection; and challenging fossil fuel infrastructure expansion.

For five years (1996-2001) I served as an elected Director (representing the City of Santa Maria) of the Santa Maria Valley Water Conservation District. I also unsuccessfully ran for City Council in Santa Maria.

I am currently Coordinator of SLO Surfrider Foundation’s STOP Climate Change Campaign. In this role I served as liaison to a grassroots Coalition which fought Phillips 66’s plan to build a crude oil train terminal in our South County and import Alberta tar sand oil for refining. This project was defeated.

In 2017 I co-founded the Coalition to Protect SLO County and we qualified a local ballot initiative to ban new oil wells and prevent fracking. We drafted the initiative, circulated the petition, and ran the campaign. Chevron, Exxon, and Shell oil spent $8 million to defeat Measure G (56% vs 44%) in a propaganda campaign of deceit and manipulation, outspending us 60 to 1.

These are the values, experience, and knowledge I would bring to this position if selected to serve.

Steve Vines

Rev. Stephen Vines, President of NAACP San Luis Obispo County Branch. He is an activist with over 40 years of experience in Educational and Community Change. EOC Commissioner, Served two San Luis Obispo Mayors as a Human Relations Commissioner; ACORN Organizer; Black Radical Congress Member; Behavior Consultant (Vines of Life Solutions).

David Baldwin

My name is David Baldwin. I have been a skilled trade worker and or representative in San Luis Obispo county for the past 35 years, and a Democrat my entire voting life. I am the immediate past president of the Tri Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. I now work in Labor Compliance. It is my hope to support the efforts of working people, especially those in the skilled trades, by being elected as an ADEM Democrat. I look forward to working with the county party and I am supporting the progressive slate of democrats who are also running in this election cycle.

Walter Heath

Democrats of the 35th Assembly District deserve representation that listens to and understands their needs and aspirations. As a Democratic Party activist and organizer of ten years, I remain eager to meet new constituents and to strengthen alliances and friendships. My strengths are building strong long-term relationships and making processes accessible to others who are finding their voices. I try to daily live my belief that building the Democratic Party is an ongoing act of renewal and inclusion. I would honor your vote daily through my dedicated service.

Rob Moore

I am running as a delegate from Assembly District 35. I have a deep passion for furthering political progress on the Central Coast. I have done this in various capacities in my time here. 

I served as the Student Campaign Coordinator for the Yes on Measure G campaign. I started with Measure G at the very beginning, in the drafting stage. Once we cemented our language, I became a point person, coordinating the student signature-gathering efforts. And of course, when campaign season came around I organized precinct walks and phone banking while knocking countless doors myself. 

I currently serve as the Secretary of the Cal Poly Democrats which involves running meetings, engaging new and prospective members, and lots of work in the San Luis Obispo community. I also serve in various capacities for Cal Poly’s Student Government, including sitting on the ASI Board of Directors where I ran against 17 opponents and was elected to serve by my peers.  

Outside of San Luis Obispo, I have interned at the State Assembly in District 28 and volunteered on several campaigns at all levels of government. 

Were I to be elected as a delegate, I would work to focus on access for all individuals. As a student and a young person, I feel I offer a unique perspective into Assembly District 35. I have always fought for the progression of the Democratic Party and would continue to do so on behalf of my district. I love my home and want to ensure that we are being adequately represented. 

I ask for your vote in order to speak the student voice loud and proud, and to fight for the Dems of District 35! 

Michael Wilson

I believe that the Democratic Party is now, more than ever before, called upon by our nation to raise the bar on our politics by meeting and exceeding the expectation of legitimate representation for all. Sustainability is an urgent and universal need that can no longer be postponed, and our party must build it into our every decision and process, and rise to the challenge of serving the nation by assuming responsibility for our shared future. We will do so by ensuring that our elections and our every use of the public trust are transparent, and that the needs of our constituencies are faithfully served in an inclusive and plural manner.