AD39 - Eastern Los Angeles County

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: 10:00am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:30am-12:30pm
Ballot Counting Begins: 12:30pm

El Cariso Park
Multi-Purpose Room
13100 Hubbard Street
Sylmar, CA 91342

Cross Streets:
Hubbard St. and Eldridge Ave (near golf course)

*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

Marcela Rodriguez

Delegate Candidate for Assembly District 39

Rebecca Rubenstein

Community Activist

Michelle Boley

Director & TYT Contributor

Jonathan Fields

Petitioner/Progressive Activist

Lisa Axelrod

Democrats for Unity & GNO Jobs Group Founder. Former Bernie Sanders Delegate, VP of Young Dems & Obama Staffer

Detailed Information

Marcela Rodriguez


My name is Marcela Rodriguez. I have resided in Assembly District 39 for over 16 years and have been an active member of our community through volunteering for non-profits that help humans and animals alike. I have worked on two presidential campaigns in my lifetime, but this year’s candidate made quite the impact. For the past year, I have dedicated countless hours canvassing, phone banking, training, creating bilingual marketing materials, and learning to help our community become more informed and energized about the political process, the importance of issues, and voting for candidates that will truly fight for them.

This year, I dived into politics deeper than I had ever imagined. I have learned so much, both good and bad. While I embrace the good I’ve learned about politics, I recognize the bad that exists and I am determined to change the playing field. Now, more than ever, we need a diverse group of progressive people sitting in those important meetings to help shape a future that will positively impact all of us.

As a first-generation Latina, I was raised in a Democratic home and taught traditional Democratic values. I believe that one of the most vital traditional Democratic values is the fundamental goal of creating a better standard of living for all. My priority is to help people gain or regain a better and more sustainable standard of living, regardless of who they are, what religion they practice, or what their legal status is, because we all have the right to live a better and healthier life.

Rebecca Rubenstein

I am proud to run to be an Assembly District Delegate to give back to the place that has given me life and livelihood. I believe that when we work hard to make our communities stronger, the whole state reaps the rewards of local collaboration. As a former reference librarian, I understand the importance of strong, free, accessible community resources. I have been a political activist in the entertainment industry for five years and serve as the President of a non-profit that advocates on behalf of marginalized workers.

As a leading voice in the No on 60 campaign, I helped unite the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian parties around opposing and successfully defeating Prop 60 in the 2016 election. I am an international spokesperson for the Virtual Reality industry and I work hard to democratize this new industry to benefit the workers and laborers that are its life blood. Most of all, I simply love my home and my state.

Michelle Boley

Hi, I’m Michelle Boley and I’m running for ADEM in LA’s 39th district. I am a resident, business owner, and homeowner who cares deeply about contributing to my community and city. I served my country as a medic in the US Air Force prior to college, and I have volunteered on democratic election campaigns since I was 18 years old, including both volunteer and local organizer positions for OFA. I have and will continue to pour my time, energy and resources into ensuring progressive voices get elected to office. I think this is a crucial moment for the democratic party and I want to actively take part in moving it forward. I look forward to helping ensure that our government works for the majority of Americans and that California continues to lead the way on the important issues of our time, like working to mitigate climate change and safeguarding the rights of our citizens.

My Bernie credentials are:
I was a canvass captain and location for district 39, I was a producer for the LGBTQ for Bernie commercial and directed “The Myth Of The Bernie “Bros” and “The Many Reasons People Love Bernie Sanders” videos for TYT. I have actively participated in liberal causes like Standing Rock Protests both in ND and LA and BLM Events in LA. I host “Our Revolution” events in district 39, so come join us some day!

Jonathan Fields

Hi, my name is Jonathan Fields. I’ve lived in our district since 2010, but became an activist about 10 years earlier. I have a BA in Politics from the University of San Francisco. I’ve petitioned to get over 50 state and local propositions on the ballot; some passed, while others forced the legislature to pass laws. Some examples are The Fair wage act of 2016, Prop 30, prop 47, prop 52, prop 55, prop 57 and prop 64. I’m proud that I helped raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, prevent cuts to public education and Medi-Cal, legalize cannabis for recreational use and give low risk, non-violent offenders a second chance. Inspired by Bernie Sanders and his vision for America, I haven’t been this active in politics since 2008. I helped elect Obama President and turn VA blue for the first time since 1964. I spent months volunteering for Bernie and the organizations that started because of his campaign, Our Revolution and Brand New Congress.
A Trump presidency terrifies me! My dad was in the Army during World War 2, and is buried in Arlington Cemetery. He would have hated the fascist campaign that Trump ran and how it’s encouraging white supremacists. We must oppose all forms of racism and bigotry, fight back every step of the way and start now! Immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, women, and anyone else that these bigots don’t like, need to have their rights protected at all costs! Trump began his campaign by insulting Mexican immigrants; they live here and make this community great. We must oppose deportation and keep immigrant families together.

I’d like to blame all of our problems on Trump and the GOP, but Democrats are part of the problem too. Many of them are way too friendly with big campaign donors and often represent them at the expense of the working class. I want our party to change so we truly represent the best interests of the working class. The richest 1% rigs our economy and political system to work for themselves at the expense of everyone else. The middle class has been in decline for decades due to our rigged economy and political system. We need to stand for workers’ rights and real campaign finance reform. We need to register more voters, increase voter turnout and get more voters to become actively engaged in progressive politics. I’d like to help make all of this happen, which is why I want to be an Assembly District Delegate.

Lisa Axelrod

I’m running to represent my home district, AD-39 as the “Executive Board Candidate”

I have worked on the front lines as a dedicated and passionate champion for the Democratic party for decades, residing locally in North Hollywood. My long-standing commitment to this party began on the ground, canvasing, phone banking, and organizing, dating back to The Obama Hawaii 2007-8 run, where I served as the VP of the Young Dems and as a state staffer.

Feeling passionate about the direction our country was headed in, I ran and was elected as a pledged delegate from the 29th district in support of the Sanders campaign. I co-chaired strategic events like “Bernie’s Coffee Shop,” which became the LA hub for campaign activity and gained national news with its historic location and Democratic celebrity and media volunteer turnout and I also became the Co-Founder of Bernie’s Secret Avengers, a social action networking & secret celebrity activist task action force.

I know how to mobilize and fight for our “Californians for Progress” platform from the local to the national level as a vital asset and in our fight for all encompassing inclusiveness in our party. Iam not only an LA County, CA State, and National Dems party member, but I am also a womens, senior, Native American caucus member, currently working toward my PhD in Organizational Psychology.

To date my “Democrats for Unity” team has been endorsed by Mayor Harmon San Luis Obispo, Johnathan Tasini of CNN, The North Valley Democratic Club and Executive Staff members of The Stonewall Dems Club and Equality California.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.