AD38 - Los Angeles & 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: Saturday, January 7
Candidate Speeches Begin: 12:30pm
Registration & Voting Begin: 1:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begin:


Valencia Hills Clubhouse
24060 Oak Vale Dr
Valencia, CA 91355

Cross streets: Wiley Canyon Rd.

*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

Ryan Skolnick

Political Advocate for Millennials

Melissa Garcia

Political & Social Activist

Detailed Information

Ryan Skolnick

I’m a 23 year old progressive activist who already has a decade of activism under his belt. From grassroots canvassing efforts with to get Governor Jerry Brown to sign a fracking ban, to working my heart out day and night for the Bernie Sanders campaign, I’ve been knee-deep in progressive politics since I was 12. Recently, I’ve been a strong advocate for millennials in the political process, hosting and volunteering at multiple voter registration drives and doing grassroots organizing for the former Millennials for Bernie Sanders.

Outside the political arena, I’m a political science student and a speech and debate competitor at Moorpark College, who coaches debate at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, CA

Melissa Garcia

I’m a 23 year old Peruvian-American who is fearful of the direction this country is headed under Trump. As a person of color, millennial, and aspiring social worker, I feel called to help shape our country towards the vision Bernie and other progressives, like myself, have for both a socially and economically inclusive America. The middle and lower classes have been left out of the equation as the rich continue to get richer. Trump scapegoats minorities and immigrants for our country’s financial woes, but Bernie rightfully points out that corporate greed is to blame for our bleak state of affairs. People are really suffering and struggling in this country, and it’s time for us–the progressives–to rise up and fight for America’s future.

Well before Senator Sanders ran for president, I was a huge fan of his work and his central message of fighting income inequality, climate change, and social injustice. As an Assembly District Delegate, you can count on me to hold corporate politicians accountable and push for the election of progressives who aren’t beholden to Big Business, but actually care about us–the average American worker.

Right now, I am running against establishment Democrats in my district who would like nothing more than to maintain the failed status quo that has earned us a Trump presidency. It is my goal to reform the Democratic Party and revitalize it through a grassroots movement inspired by the people, and for the people.

My background as a political science major, community activist, volunteer, and current social work graduate intern demonstrates my passion for social and economic justice as well as my drive to serve people in need. I care deeply about others, and it is my empathy and unwavering values and ideals, that makes me the perfect candidate to be a progressive voice that will stand up for the rights and well-being of the oppressed and disenfranchised. I hope I can count on your vote for Assembly District Delegate for AD 38. Thank you for your consideration and support.