AD4 - Colusa, Solano, Lake, Sonoma, Napa & Yolo 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.

Voting Time & Location #1

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Doors Open: 
10:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 
10:00am
Registration & Voting: 
10:30am-12:30pm

Location:
Veteran’s Memorial Center
E 14th Street
Davis, CA 95616

Cross streets: B Street

*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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Voting Time & Location #2

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Doors Open: 
10:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 
10:00am
Registration & Voting: 
10:30am-12:30pm

Location:
IBEW Local 180
720-B Technology Way
Napa, CA 94558

Cross Street: Off of Gateway Drive

*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

Jennifer Rindahl

Eboard Candidate
Formerly Delaine Eastin’s Campaign Manager

Vote for Jennifer for both Delegate and E-board representative.

Natalie Higley

Incumbent Delegate
Chair Progressive Democrats of America Lake County

Karen Cunningham Mcnair

Vice Chair Democrats of Napa Valley

KateMarie Boccone

Vice Chair Young Democratic Socialists of America

Esperanza Padilla

Chair Napa Young Dems

Lydia Embry

Vice President, SEIU 1000, District Labor Council 743

G. Anthony Phillips

Chair Napa Democratic Central Committee
President Napa/Solano Central Labor Council

Eric Gudz

Environmental Planner/Transportation Commissioner City of Davis

Dave Griffin

Mental Health and Disabilities Advocate

John McEntagart

IBEW Local 551 Business Manager

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Rural Progressive Alliance AD-4

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Jennifer Rindahl

Vote for Jennifer for both Delegate and E-board representative.

My name is Jennifer Rindahl, and I am running for ADEMS in District 4 to be your E-board representative because I want to make sure that the California Democratic Party lives up to our progressive values, and that we truly govern for the people and not for the most powerful.

If we are to preserve our democracy, Democrats must stand with workers and implement progressive policies like Medicare-for-All, the Green New Deal and Tuition Free College. We must embrace housing as a right, not a privilege, and break up the monopolies that have destroyed small businesses that are the backbone of a healthy economy. We must hold PG&E accountable for the devastating fires they have caused and put them in receivership or take them over to ensure the safety of our communities.

We need more colleges in rural California, access to emergency services and healthcare, and municipal broadband to ensure internet access for ALL.

I have worked in progressive politics for over 16 years. Most recently, I served as Delaine Eastin’s Campaign Manager in her race for governor. In that capacity, I helped to craft policies and messages on a wide range of topics, and we successfully pushed the other Democratic candidates left on healthcare, banning fracking, and paving the way for universal preschool.

In 2016 I worked on Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign, serving as the de-facto Assistant State Director for North Carolina and the GOTC director for rural Nevada.

Prior to this I was the Director of Advocacy for the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources based in Davis, and I began my political career at a consulting firm where I helped raise over $8 billion in voter approved funds to support local schools, street and road maintenance, fire protection, parks and recreation and local city services.

As a first generation college graduate, I am deeply grateful for my father’s union, the American Postal Workers’ Union. After my father’s death, his union benefits helped my mother keep our home and helped me pay for college. Too often I feel that the Democratic Party pays lip service to unions during election season, only to govern for those in the boardroom after. Yet the rise and fall of the middle class directly correlates to the rise and fall of union membership in our country.

As your E-Board Rep, I will fight for our California Democratic Party to put workers first and ensure that California lives up to our reputation as the most progressive state in the country by passing a Green New Deal, universal healthcare based on medicare rates, and tuition free college.

Natalie Higley

I’m running for re-election to the CDP representing AD4. I got involved more in depth with politics in 2015 with the Bernie Sanders Campaign. I was elected as the first place female delegate for Bernie in Congressional District 3 and attended the convention for him in Philadelphia. It was a very eye opening experience. Two years ago I decided to run for party leadership because I didn’t feel that voices like mine were being represented. I’m from Lake County–which falls entirely within AD4–but very rarely has state level representation. Over 60% of our county has burned down in the past 4 years. We are very rural and low income with minimal access to education and healthcare, yet our county remains resilient and active politically continuing to fight for resources and representation. Last cycle I formed a coalition with groups across the district and created the Progressive Labor Alliance Slate. We were elected with some of the highest vote totals ever recorded in this district because of our efforts to turnout and inspire new voters looking for change within the Party. As your delegate representative I was the AD4 whip for Kimberly Ellis at the convention and had the privilege of working with her team to deliver votes and support resolutions and rules changes within the Party increasing transparency and accessibility. Since then I’ve worked on red to blue races while fighting for progressive candidates and policy beneficial to working-class Americans. I had the privilege to run Dotty Nygard’s Our Revolution endorsed Congressional Campaign in CD10 against Jeff Denham. I was also able to fill the role of Interim Northern Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party. Locally I’ve been active with my Democratic Central Committee, running the Lake County Campaign office during the 2018 general election–successfully electing almost all of our candidates! If re-elected, my main goals include pushing the Party and our elected officials to hold PG&E accountable for the fires that have devastated our region including Lake, Napa, and Sonoma Counties as well as policies focusing on preventative measures. I am also prepared to fight for rural internet access, universal healthcare, protection for our farm workers from unsafe working conditions and unfair pay, cleaning up the environmental devastation in clear lake and local waterways, supporting a green new deal for our economy and ensuring that any new officers elected to the California Democratic Party will be fair and transparent in their dealings while working to eliminate the toxic environment within the Party at the state level. I’m running with a slate of candidates on the Rural Progressive Alliance who share these goals and are prepared to work together to execute them.

Karen Cunningham Mcnair

I’m a 2016-2018 ADEM running for 2019. I have been very active in serving my constituents and have served as the Vice Chair of the Democrats of Napa Valley since last June 2018. I received the 2018 Labor Backbone Award from the Napa/Solano Central Labor Council and served as my SD delegate on the Napa County Democratic Central Committee.

I’m currently the Vice Chair of the Professional Practice Committee at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and part of the negotiating team. I recently helped organize a chapter of the PNHP in Napa Valley and was invited to join the State Steering Committee for PNHP.

As a Union Nurse, I am a fierce supporter of Medicare for All. I fight for this life saving policy every single day. I also helped start the Napa Valley Healthcare for All Chapter. I would like to continue my work with the California Democratic Party and ask for your support in my re-election with the Rural Progressive Alliance Slate.

KateMarie Boccone

KateMarie was raised in San Jose, and experienced first hand the importance of a diverse community and the value public service can have in advocating for marginalized communities. KateMarie witnessed how San Jose’s rapid expansion and climbing median incomes has resulted in the displacement of important communities, and the loss of vital cultural variation. An academic enthusiast, KateMarie studies anthropology at UCDavis and hopes to use her education in developing healthy communities that are equitable for all.

A desire to see the establishment of a more equal society led KateMarie to take part in a feminist club at her high school, culminating in appearing as the student representative in a feminist oriented panel discussion on the respect young women can develop for themselves. After seeing the activism in response to the police shooting of Michael Brown, KateMarie began reckoning with the realities of racial violence and participating in demonstrations in her local community. She continued this activism by establishing a Students For Social Justice club at Foothill College.

Following the 2016 election and a move to Davis to continue her education, KateMarie sought a vision of the future that provided for gender and racial justice, as well as combatting economic inequality and climate change. She found this vision in the DSA, and this fall took part in the founding of YDSA club at UC Davis. Her work with this club has included promoting education that explores how a socialist vision can help shape a more just future, and campaigning on behalf of Prop 10 to secure affordable housing for communities in need.

KateMarie hopes to provide the Democratic Party with a youthful perspective on how we can begin to understand that housing, healthcare, and education are human rights rather than commodities. She believes that socialist values are the best way to address the societal inequities, like race and gender, that are exacerbated by class differentiations in a capitalist system. Inspired by the values and leadership of folks like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she hopes to take part in building a vision of America that provides for its marginalized communities, addresses climate change, and ensures access to healthcare, housing, and education for all.

Esperanza Padilla

Esperanza Padilla is a first generation college student and organizer residing in American Canyon. Her accomplishments include being the president and founder of the Napa County Young Democrats Club (2018), and being on the board of the Napa County Hispanic Network as the student representative.

Padilla’s political expertise grew from her volunteer work in the 2016 general election, to being the secretary of the American Canyon Democratic Party in 2017. Today she is the founder and sitting president of the Napa County Young Democrats, and has become well-acquainted with organizing students. In addition to this, Padilla’s experience includes interning with the Napa-Solano Central Labor Council during the 2018 general election.

Grassroots organizing is one of the strengths she brings to the California Democratic Party. Padilla’s passion for labor rights and advocacy spans several generations on her mother’s side, as her great great grandfather O.I. Griffon was a labor organizer in southern California during the late 1930’s. In addition to this, Padilla is the granddaughter of farmworking grandparents on her father’s side, and she has a strong connection to her latina heritage. Currently, Padilla is studying sociology and looks forward to gaining a career resolving social inequity. As a candidate for delegate of Assembly District 4, Padilla hopes to bridge the gap between the districts constituents and the California Democratic Party, so that all voices get a chance to be heard.

Lydia Embry

Fellow voters, my name is Lydia Embry. I am a mother, grandmother, state worker, union rep and Vice President of my District Labor Council with SEIU. Born and raised in the Bay Area I’ve seen the changes and struggles we had and are still going through here.

I am entering this arena for the people of my neighborhood, city and this state. Not just my party but of all because most of us are going through the same things. Such as working multiple jobs, rent, education, childcare, food on the table, healthcare, commuting expenses, utilities, everyday life. Yes the environment, infrastructure and all that is just as important too but most people I speak to say “they don’t have the time to be concerned about that.” Their heads are down trying to get through the day and maintain what is already on their plates. I can relate because I’m one of them.

I want to be one of the ones, constituents can reach out to and get answers to questions they have. I want to be the one to help come up with some solutions. I want to be the one that can better inform them on what we are doing as a party to better their lives. I want to be the one that can assist my representatives by assisting where needed so that they can do the work they were elected to do.

I want to prove myself to you, by asking for your vote.

Please vote for me.

G. Anthony Phillips

My name is Gerald Anthony Phillips but I go by G. Anthony, Anthony, or as many of my friends and co-workers call me, “G”.

I am a senior citizen who has been a Democrat before and after reaching voting age. Although I was too young to vote, the first campaign I worked for was in 1968 for Hubert Humphrey against George Wallace and Richard Nixon. I have voted in every election since then. I am the son of one of the first Army officers in the desegregated Army. I am a Navy veteran. I am opposed to war.

I am currently the Chair of the Napa County Democratic Central Committee and the President of the Napa Solano Central Labor Council. I am a member of two IATSE (theatrical workers) locals and have been a member of Reno Local 363 since 1978 and San Francisco Local 16 since 1996. I served as President of Local 16 for one term 2010-2013. I am also a member of the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay. I am a member of the Veteran’s Caucus, the Labor Caucus, the Senior Citizens Caucus and the African American Caucus of the CDP.

I believe the CDP is the leader for progressive values in the US because it continues to evolve. Even though I am a senior citizen, I support our young, current, and future leaders and their visions. I was appointed to serve on the CDP Rules committee at the Winter E-Board in November 2018.

I support Medicare for all and Single Payer, comprehensive Immigration reform with a path to citizenship, campaign expenditure reform, Women’s right to choose, minimum wage reform, equal pay for all, I believe we should be working towards living wage not just minimum wage and workers right to organize.

I chose to be a part of the Rural Progressive Alliance because I believe that the Democratic Party is the best avenue to bringing about the changes we need and want. We can get the candidates that support our vision, but it starts with putting those that share that vision in a position to bring about the changes needed into the platform of the party. I believe that the inclusiveness and diversity of the RPA is the best AD4. I want to be a part of that.

Eric Gudz

My name is Eric Gudz, and I’m running as a Delegate for our Assembly District to represent my fellow Democrats. I have dedicated my life to public service, as an Eagle Scout, an Army Officer in the 101st Airborne, a Commissioner for the Davis Bicycling, Transportation and Street Safety Commission, and as the Junior Vice Commander for the Davis VFW. I earned a Master of Science in Transportation Policy from UC Davis and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I’m currently working as an Environmental Planner with Caltrans.

After serving on the front lines in Afghanistan a decade ago, I returned home to serve my fellow sisters and brothers within my community. I came to believe that my efforts were best spent away from foreign wars, and I refocused my energy with new a mission to craft policy that champions environmentally conscious, economically responsible, and socially inclusive citizens. I believe we have the power to make the greatest change at home, starting right here in our District.

The direction of the Democratic Party over the next two years will make or break our progress in two of the most pressing issues across our District: climate change and increasing poverty. We have all felt the pain of the deadly fires, and the increased cost of living is putting the pinch on small businesses and housing that could be felt for decades if we don’t act now.

If elected, I pledge to do everything I can to ensure that the Democratic Party prioritizes policy issues on climate change and combating poverty, whether it’s through increased resources to battle wildfires, commitments to 100% renewable energy, divestment from fossil fuel industries and private prisons, the launch of a green new deal, or healthcare for all. As a non-binary individual and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I will ensure that the Party is more inclusive to these perspectives in all its official functions.

We cannot allow ourselves to forget all those that are struggling to survive and thrive in the wake of poverty, inequality, and the deadly fires. I’m committed to serving every community and county within our District to ensure that there is a seat at the table for all those who call our District home. A more inclusive and equitable Democratic Party is possible – let’s make it happen together. I would be honored to have you vote.

Dave Griffin

“Parent. Spouse. Artist. Disabled.

I’m running to represent the issues of the disabled in Assembly District 4.

Core Issues:
Universal Health Care
Expanding Social Security
Criminal Justice Reform
Housing for All
Funding for the Arts
A Living Wage

I want to protect sustenance programs that work, such as WIC, SNAP/CalFresh, and school lunches. As an artist, I want to protect Net Neutrality and open access to the internet.  I see the attacks on our press and our artists, and I promise to defend and advocate for those who work in free speech industries. I want to ensure there are no barriers to public education, including college or trade schools. Anyone who desires a higher education should have the ability to receive one, regardless of economic circumstances.

I believe in a strong, united, progressive Democratic Party that practices the old adage, “United we stand; divided we fall.”

I look forward to the opportunity to do my part to serve our community. Thank you for your vote.”

John McEntagart

I finished the electrical apprenticeship in 2001 and immediately started serving my local as Recording Secretary because there was an opening on the Executive Board. I also worked in the field as a Foreman and saw first hand how important it was to have access to good health care — health care insurance that provides coverage not just for me, butfor my spouse and children as well. Every hour I work adds more to my pension and will allow me to retire with dignity. All I have to do is go to work and put in a solid eight hours everyday. My union has an agreement with our contractors that states: if you work, then you and your family will have access to health care, at no extra cost to the worker. I strongly believe that every worker should have such rights, whether they are in the union or not. I also believe that every worker has the right to safe working conditions; a living wage for a normal workweek and the ability to pay their bills on that wage.

I have also served my local as Vice-President, President, and Organizer. Currently I serve as Business Manager. Everyday I go to work ready to fight for all workers, not just those in the union. I believe if we all stand together, and shout the same message at the same time in one loud voice, then we cannot be stopped. We can be successful in any endeavor, but we must be united otherwise the message will be lost and we will not be heard.

The democratic party is the party for all people. If you are working everyday – you are welcomed into the party. If you are disabled – you are welcomed. If you are retired – you are welcomed. If you are a business owner – you are welcomed. If you feel like you don’t fit in – you are welcomed. The democratic party is all inclusive, cares about everybody – all walks of life. It is the party that fights for those that cannot fight for themselves – just as the unions believe. To move forward as a country we need the ideology that unions are essential to the sustainability of the middle class. If we are all going to enjoy a decent living wage, healthcare for all, and a dignified retirement, then we must unite and demand that our voices are heard.