AD37 - Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties

What are Assembly District Delegates?

Every two years, the CA Democrats elect 7 women and 7 men 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 8
Candidate Speeches Begin: 12:00pm
Registration & Voting Begin: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Election Portion Begins: 2:30pm
Counting of the Ballots Begin:


Carpinteria Library
5141 Carpinteria Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

Cross streets: Public Library

*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.

Can We Count on You?

Your Progressive Candidates

James Forsythe

Bernie Delegate for the 26th California District

Karina Kaye
Karina Kaye

Activist and Bernie Volunteer

Peter Miller

Progressive, technologist, optimist and hopeful for the future

Detailed Information

James Forsythe

I was honored to have been elected to represent the 26th Congressional District as a delegate to the DNC for Bernie Sanders, and serve as a campaign Site Director because I believe in the fundamental progressive principles for which he campaigned. My intention is to promote Progressive values within a party that has lost its way, and to thus improve the lives of all Californians.

Following the surprising loss to the Republicans during this past election cycle, many within the Democratic Party have questioned where next we take our party. Rebuilding the party from the ground up with liberal, progressive voices is the only way we can hope for a resurrection of the Party by 2020, and defeat a possible re-election of Donald Trump.

As an Assembly District Delegate, I will vote for Progressive party chairs and officers next year, endorse Progressive candidates that will lead us in 2018 elections, and vote to support or oppose ballot propositions that will shape the California Democratic Party for years to come. One of our goals as Liberal Progressives is the binding of votes of the so-called “Super delegates” to the popular vote in the presidential nomination.

As a life-long Santa Barbara/Ventura resident, I care deeply for our community and its environment. I’ve served in leadership positions in various volunteer programs and I am a member of the Westside Community Council in Ventura. I’ve also been honored to have worked with community leaders and Ventura City Council candidates.

I would appreciate your vote and hope you will help me rebuild a party for Progressives.

Karina Kaye
Karina Kaye

I am a Millenial and recent college graduate running for Assembly District Delegate. I am not a politician. No one is paying me to run for this position. I am doing this because I firmly believe that it is up to the average citizen to create change. This past year I voluntarily spent months phonebanking, organizing, registering voters, and speaking to other concerned Americans of all political persuasions throughout California and across the nation. The conclusion we could all agree on was that change is necessary. I also learned from my time working for the UCLA Labor Center as a student that we need to focus on the economic future of the working class; that includes young, queer, people of color, and migrant communities that represent our district. Since the campaign and becoming a founding member of the Progressive Democrats of America, Ventura County, I have seen that the way we enact real change is by removing corporate power from state politics. We need to lead the nation at this urgent time in completely divesting from fossil fuels, expanding Medicare, investing in public education and green energy jobs. In order to do these things, we need to stand up together to lobby for our future because we are the only special interest group that matters.

Peter Miller

As a very Democratic state, we now have an opportunity to show the rest of the country how progressive values can make everyone’s lives better.

One of our strongest causes should be to continue to fight to reduce income inequality: from moving more people into the middle class to eliminating homelessness.

We can also show that we value every single person equally by recognizing everyone’s right to the same level of healthcare.

Most importantly, we should improve public support for our candidates and policies by increasing participation. We should focus on raising funds consisting of small-donations from the people we represent instead of large-donors, which will always result in our officials creating legislation that works for large corporate entities but does not have the people’s interest as a priority. We have seen that this can work, and that the people are ready to be electrified with candidates fighting for the causes they are passionate about. When we remove the weight of corporate interests from politics, we will be more free to fight for climate change, income equality, single-payer healthcare and other policies that work for the people we represent.

As a technology professional, I know that we can achieve those goals by increasing our party’s level of participation online. The most recent election season was proof that campaigning online, direct to voters, is the future path to success. We saw communities consisting of hundreds of thousands of people, consistently out-raising candidates who focused instead on offline large-donors. We saw groups form across Reddit, Facebook and Slack where not only did people come together to discuss the issues but to actively campaign through messaging, phone-banking and raising millions of dollars for the candidates they support. Support for less-established candidates can balloon through these platforms. We must build and support these communities, bringing our candidates and elected officials to directly participate in them, providing representation in our party to and from these communities and fundraising through them when necessary.

I was proud to volunteer for Bernie Sanders in the primaries this year – building software tools, working with the rest of the community. Let’s bring that passion to the rest of the democratic party!