AD37 - Santa Barbara & Ventura 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: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Doors Open: 10:30am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 11:00am
Registration & Voting: 11:30am-1:30pm

Location
LiUNA Labor Hall 585
21 S. Dos Caminos Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

*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

Lorrie Brown
Chelsea Lancaster
Troy Corley
Jeike Meijer
Luz Reyes-Martin
Sreya Subramanyan
Jonathan Abboud
Woodrow Davidson
James Forsythe
Dan Mora
Sam Ramirez
Tomas Rebecchi
AJ Valenzuela

Your Progressive Executive Board Candidate

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Jonathan Abboud

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Jonathan Abboud

My name is Jonathan Abboud and I am ready to represent our community as the 37th Assembly District Executive Board Representative to the California Democratic Party. I’m a 26 year old UC Santa Barbara Alumnus and I serve as the elected representative for Isla Vista and Hope Ranch on the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees. Born in Los Angeles to working class Lebanese immigrants, now living in Isla Vista, I’m proud to call California my home and want to do everything I can to make it a better place for all.

For six years now I’ve volunteered for local Democratic initiatives and campaigns. This year I funded and coordinated an effort to register and turnout record breaking numbers of people in Isla Vista/UCSB for both the June and November midterm elections. The past five years I’ve organized to give Isla Vista self-governance and representation through the creation of the IV Community Services District. I am excited about the opportunity to be involved in building a state party for the future that will lead the country in tangible and progressive action.

It’s not enough to win elections or make gestures of support. We need a Party that constantly strives to be in-touch with working people and engages with us directly to solve major issues with clear plans and innovative ideas – especially as we move into a time of complete Democratic control of the state legislature. Allow me to share some of my priorities:

Keep Young People at the Table: My generation consistently bears the brunt of poor government policy. We are burdened by unprecedented levels of student debt, limited quality jobs, and lack of affordable rental housing or homeownership. We must have young people involved in deciding solutions to these issues.

A People’s Party: While California is prosperous, we have a great deal of work to do if we want true equity. With a 70%+ majority, we can no longer settle for incremental improvements, and instead must demand meaningful change to improve the lives of working people.

Higher Education for All: For decades California guaranteed to its residents an affordable, quality, and accessible education. As a party we must do every we can to advance this vision – we’ve done it before, we can do it again.

My door is always open – my email is JonathanA157@gmail.com and I’d love to discuss the future of our party so we can bring everyone along.

Lorrie Brown

I won with over 60% if the vote. This ultimate success was a culmination of a decade of service in my community. Bridging networks, facilitating important conversations and leading the charge to diversify leadership in the City of Ventura. You should vote for me today because I have been a dedicated Assembly District Delegate since 2017. I have been a California Democratic Party Convention volunteer, traveling all over the state to Executive Board meetings and getting involved in issues that effect my community. I was promptly appointed to the CDP African American Caucus as Corresponding Secretary after being elected delegate for District 37. I chose to a participant in the Affirmative Action Committee, I have a very keen understanding of the unifying issues that affect us all in this state and I know how city services are funded. In 2011 I worked in project management for a redevelopment agency. The state ended these agencies to balance the state budget, leaving cities holding contractual debt. We must stand firm and together against the attack on our working families and send the message that we will not simply stand by as our financial futures are threatened. I am the most qualified candidate as a native Californian who put herself through college, raised her three boys and I know the needs of our under served communities. I was one of the few who chose to use my campaign platform to highlight the difficult conversation about homelessness in Ventura, the need for affordable housing and begin to envision economic development opportunities in blighted corridors of Ventura. Last but not least, I stood with CAUSE and other community leaders to push the City of Ventura to go to districts and today not only am I the very first elected for district six but I am the first African American elected to the council of Ventura, with the first democratic majority and the very first female majority. The incumbent who lived in my district held a red seat, so although the seat was open, it was a traditionally open red seat that is now deep blue. I want to continue to be a resources to my community and remain connected to state legislation so that we remain aware of what we must do to continue to move forward. Vote for me Lorrie Brown District 37! Thank you.

Troy Corley

A passionate progressive who firmly believes that a society needs to take care of its people, Troy Kathleen Corley started her political participation in 1968 at age 10. Keenly following the events of the time, from assassinations to the televised chaos of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, she rallied the neighborhood kids to walk with Hubert H. Humphrey signs within 100 feet of her parents’ polling place.

Troy has been on an activist path ever since, supporting and fighting for progressive policies such as equal rights for women, expanded Medicare for All and free college tuition. She stands for a Green New Deal, shrinking the military budget and thwarting the corporatocracy.

A native Californian raised in Queens, NY, Troy graduated with an honors degree in journalism from San Joaquin Delta Community College and studied at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. As an intern for Ralph Nader’s New York Public Interest Research group, Troy served as the first editor for the Public Interest News Service and co-produced its syndicated radio show.

A working journalist at age 18, Troy was the only California reporter from a local newspaper (Thousand Oaks News Chronicle) on site at the 1980 Democratic Convention in NYC. As a labor organizer at the newspaper, she helped establish an historic first — a newspaper unionized from the editorial side, a feat covered by the Columbia Journalism Review.

A DNC Delegate elect for Bernie Sanders in 2016, Troy co-founded the Progressive Democrats of America – Ventura County chapter, which she leads. She recently organized NeverAgainCA – Ventura, a coalition of local groups advocating an end to gun shows at the state-owned Ventura County Fairgrounds. Troy is a member of the Greater Oxnard Organization of Democrats and the Democratic Club of Ventura.

Troy will use the skills she developed as a journalist, a labor organizer and an Oxnard community activist and bring them to the state party. A mother of two and an Irish/Choctaw, Troy understands the needs and desires of the 99% and will fight for the most progressive agenda possible..

Chelsea Lancaster

My name is Chelsea and I am humbly seeking your support to become an Assembly Delegate for District 37. A trusted community leader with over a decade of service to my community, I believe I am well-positioned to join the ever-growing community of grassroots activists working toward social, environmental and economic justice in CA.

My aim is to support the co-creation of a party platform that intentionally works to uplift people of color, women, youth, indigenous and queer communities, and all those who have have been historically left out of decision-making processes. Like many others featured in our slate, I have participated in and been inspired by the ongoing struggle and recent victories toward a more representative government, from our City Halls to our Congress, with much credit due to the ongoing grassroots organizing happening right here in District 37. I hope you will find my passion and vision an asset to the important work ahead of us. Adelante!

Bio: Chelsea has spent her career co-creating dignified, community-driven support systems for under-resourced, single-parent families in Santa Barbara. Once a low-income teen mother and abuse-survivor herself, Chelsea currently coordinates the CARE, CalWORKs, and SPARC (Single Parents Arriving Ready for College) programs under the EOPS umbrella at SBCC. Under Chelsea’s leadership, the CARE Program received the Santa Barbara Commission for Women’s 2014 Service Award, and more recently, Chelsea was featured as a Phenomenal Woman in Student Affairs by NASPA and the SPARC Program was selected to receive the prestigious John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award.

Chelsea is an active community organizer, primarily in collaboration with El Centro SB, a community space she founded. Chelsea proudly serves on the Board of Directors for The FUND for Santa Barbara and sits on the Advisory Board for Storyteller Children’s Center for homeless and at-risk children and their families, where she and her daughter were once participants. Chelsea was one of the driving forces to reconstitution of the Santa Barbara ACLU chapter, her focus area bail reform. She was also active in organizing against the proposed gang injunction in Santa Barbara. With her own daughter now attending Mills College in Oakland, Chelsea has returned to school to pursue a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in leadership and social justice.

Jeike Meijer

As a Native American queer woman, I have grown up in a world with inadequate representation for people like me. This is why I ran to be a CA Democratic Delegate two years ago and this is why I’m running for re-election. I am a third year Global Studies and Feminist Studies double major at UCSB. Throughout my life experiences and field of study I have grown to understand multiple viewpoints and have found myself aligning with the Democratic Party which this year historically helped America’s first Native American congresswomen get elected

 

Last year I served as the UCSB Campus Democrats Vice President and was able to connect and learn from other students as well as work to encourage voter turnout in Isla Vista. In these past two years as an ADEM delegate, I have been able to represent not only Native American California residents, women, the queer community, students but other underrepresented groups. I have had the privilege to meet party candidates as well as state representatives and been able to ask them questions affecting students, my communities, and others. I have been able to connect with other delegates working to create change for these communities as well and have been able to better learn how to uplift multiple groups. As an underrepresented person myself I understand what it means to not have people in our leadership spaces. The Democratic Party has proven to be a party which prioritizes equal opportunity, justice, and representation. I hope to have the privilege again to serve as a CA Democratic Delegate to continue uplifting those around me.

Luz Reyes-Martin

My name is Luz Reyes-Martin and I am running for a seat as an Assembly District Delegate for AD37 because I am committed to working to promote progressive Democratic values that are representative of our communities. I believe in supporting candidates and policies that empower marginalized communities, women, people of color, LGBTQ+ communities, labor unions, students, and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups.

I am committed to continuing to work against climate change denial so that California can continue to be a national leader on environmental policy – working alongside our social justice partners to ensure environmental policy is also equitable and just.

I am a fierce defender of Women’s Rights and reproductive choice. I serve on the Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund to ensure that the Central Coast continues to have strong advocacy for reproductive rights.

As an immigrant, I am motivated to be a strong voice and advocate for immigration policies that are inclusive, fair and just. Along with our Democratic Party platform, I support comprehensive immigration reform that is consistent with American values of freedom, opportunity, compassion, and respect for human rights.

 

As an Assembly District Delegate, I will be active, involved and informed about the issues facing our District so that I can be an effective representative at Convention and in our region and state. I believe our party is strong and I look forward to working alongside leaders and activists throughout the state and in the 37th Assembly District.

Creo que nuestro partido es fuerte y espero trabajar junto a l’deres y activistas en todo el estado y en el Distrito 37 de la Asamblea. Gracias por su consideraci—n y apoyo a mi candidatura.

Sreya Subramanyan

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to change the world and help people in the process. Clich as it sounds, it’s been my dream since day one and I have never strayed from that goal. I’ve always considered my empathy to be my biggest strength and sometimes it feels like my heart might just burst from how much I care so deeply about nearly everything. But because I am so passionate, I’m able to commit wholeheartedly to the pursuit of social justice. My first step into advocacy and community organizing came in high school where I learned about and committed myself to the welfare of women of color and other intersectional communities. I have never stopped fighting for the rights of marginalized communities since and I never plan to. My sense of justice is so deeply ingrained in me and I believe that politics is the perfect arena for me to speak my mind and translate my wild ideas into action. As an intern for Salud Carbajal’s congressional campaign over the past few months, I learned a lot about grassroots organizing and it solidified in my mind just how much politics and democracy matter. Civic engagement is one of the core tenets of our society and everyone should have the right to exercise their power and voice without fear of being shut out from the political process. I want more than anything to be able to implement policy one day that aligns with my core beliefs and I truly believe that I will as long as I keep fighting with the same spirit and resilience that I have kept all my life.

Woodrow Davidson

My name is Woodrow Davidson and I am running as an Assembly District Delegate because I want to amplify progressive issues and student voices within the California Democratic Party.

For the past three years I have been a member of UCSB Campus Democrat’s Executive Board, and I have volunteered countless times to canvass and help elect Democrats to local offices such as Congress, county supervisor, city council, and beyond. As a party activist, I have recruited Democratic students to the club and helped teach them the functions and structures of our local party as well the California Democratic Party. As a Democrat through and through, it is my belief that Democrats ought to stay united because this is not only how we beat Republicans, but also how we are able to collectively push for tangible change within our communities

We face a multitude of problems across our country and state today: Our unions are under siege from unregulated corporations and unfettered capitalism, women are being robbed of their reproductive rights, we are facing the greatest existential crisis that is climate change, queer folks still face considerable legal and societal obstacles and lack access to resources, we continue to employ slavery through the prison-industrial complex, students are facing skyrocketing debts, immigrants both documented and undocumented live in fear of deportation, and much more.

If elected, I pledge to fight on these issues and on behalf of the values and beliefs that makes us Democrats: liberty and justice for all. We either rise together, or fall as one.

James Forsythe

James was elected as a California Democratic Party Delegate to the 37th Assembly District in 2017 and has been a advocate for progressive values since he was Staging Director for the Bernie Sanders Campaign for President in 2016. He as served on the Ventura County Democratic Central Committee where he is the Financial Advisement Chair and served as Deputy Controller from 2017-2018. He was also a DNC Delegate elect for Bernie Sanders in 2016.

Born in Santa Barbara and a graduate of San Marcos High School, graduated from Santa Barbara City College and studied Mathematics and Journalism at Cal State Northridge. James was a paid intern for two years at the UCSB Experimental Cosmology department. He is also a believer in fact-based scientific solutions and cares deeply the impact humans have on the environment.

He is a proven community leader for the City of Ventura and a strong advocate for the Westside. As Vice-chair for the Tree Advisory Committee, he successfully lobbied community and City support for the Ventura Tree Project which planted 23 Gold Medallion trees along Ventura Avenue. In collaboration with RESTORE Ventura, James plans to expand the Ventura Tree Project into other areas of Ventura by 2019.

Through his advocacy work in Ventura, James has been engaged in local policy issues that directly impact sound economic solutions, smart redevelopment along the Westside, community organization budgeting and private-public partnerships.

Dan Mora
Sam Ramirez

This is a new era we are living in politically. Despite our challenges with a Trump Administration we have great opportunities with a new Democratic Governor and majorities in the State Legislature.

This last election is a reminder that we, as Democrats need a bold agenda and must be willing to take that agenda to voters in precincts all across California. It’s our responsibility as Democratic voters and delegates to hold our elected officials accountable if they don’t represent our values or our agenda. I hope to be a delegate in the 37th Assembly District and would appreciate your support.

Thomas Rebecchi
AJ Valenzuela

AJ Valenzuela has been an active member of the Democratic Party since he first interned for the California Democratic Party in 2012 to support Julia Brownley’s election to Congress. AJ continued his activism in both Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties as he attended UC Santa Barbara and participated in the local Democratic Party. After completing his education at UCSB, AJ accepted a position as a representative for Assemblymember Das Williams where he covered the issues of higher education, environmental, and other policy areas. AJ left working for the CA State Assembly to pursue a career as a longshoreman at the Port of Hueneme where he aspires to be an ILWU member one day. AJ has served as past President of the Greater Oxnard Organization of Democrats where they opened the first Democratic Club office in Ventura County to fight the Oxnard Recall Election. AJ also serves on the CAUSE Action Fund Board and the Central Coast League of Conservation Voters where he advocates for progressive candidates in local elections. AJ currently sits as a Co-Chair for the California Democratic Party’s Organizational and Development Committee where he convenes the Central Committee sub-committee. One of his projects includes working on a matrix of best practices for Central Committees. In his free time, AJ also enjoys mentoring young activists to get involved in the Democratic party to empower young people of color and increase diversity.