AD42 - Riverside & San Bernardino 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: 10:00am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:30am-12:30pm
Counting Ballots Begins:


Dem. Hdq Hemet-San Jacinto
530 1/2 E. Florida Ave.
Hemet, CA 92544

Cross streets:
Between Buena Vista Ave. and Franklin Ave.

*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

Joey Aszterbaum

California Berniecrat

Bryan Hash


Patrick Weiss


Ernesto Gomez

Legal Immigrant Activist / Berniecrat

Yvette Lopez

Labor Rep for The California Nurses Association

Jonathan Hildner

Sierra Club Political Chair

Detailed Information

Joey Aszterbaum

I was an elected delegate for Bernie Sanders in 2016. My politics are for People, Peace, and Planet. No more War and Wall Street liberalism. Living wages, healthcare, & education are human rights. Black Lives Matter. No DAPL. Ban fracking.

I believe the Democratic Party must repudiate the “third-way” neoliberalism of the Democratic Leadership Council, which has facilitated a rightward slide in American society, and become a party of social, international, and environmental justice.

We’re here. We won’t shut up. We won’t go away.

Slate 42 is a full slate of ADEM candidates representing the diversity of our district and committed to a party, state, and nation that works for all of us and not just wealthy campaign donors.

Slate Card

Bryan Hash

For generations my family has been Democrats. Although I have always been a registered Socialist, Bernie brought me to the party over a year ago. I am proud to be continuing this tradition by being an active member of the Democratic Party.

As a member of our local Democratic club, I will be on the Candidate Outreach Committee for 2017. I was elected as one of our congressional districts five Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Being a Democrat has afforded me the ability to network with other local Democrats and engage in public demonstrations, voter registrations and phone banking. I was also the only Democratic candidate to run for City Council in Hemet this election. My campaign was endorsed by Assembly candidates in the 42nd and 67th districts, the Riverside County Central Committee, Democrats of Hemet-San Jacinto, Americans for Democratic Action of Southern California, and Evolve California.

We must take measures to ensure that the Democratic Party runs on bold policies such as Universal Healthcare, strong environmental protection, and campaign finance reform; policies that strongly oppose the disastrous ideas laid out by Donald Trump and the Right. California especially can lead the way with such policies. We must also form coalitions with those on the left, be it activists or third parties. With these allies we can ensure that the Democratic Party becomes and remains the party of the people.

I am honored to be part of a slate of assembly delegate candidates representing these policies. Thank you, and I look forward to the opportunity to represent our assembly district.

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Patrick Weiss

As a life-long Democrat, I have been involved in community, labor union, LGBTIQ and Democratic Party activism. In my community I feed and serve the poor and the homeless, captain of the Neighborhood Watch program, volunteered at a safe space for LGBTIQ youth, and founded the LGBTIQ Staff Association and Diversity Staff Association in my workplace. I have volunteered and coordinated Democratic campaigns, scheduling and running meetings, phone banking, canvassing, and more. Active membership in Desert Stonewall Democratic Club and Progressive Democrats of the Desert.
For 25 years I worked in the field of healthcare as a Certified Nurse Assistant, a home caregiver, and an administrative assistant at a hospital. I was a member of the AFSCME union and a board member.

I’m a spiritual person, motivated by my participation in various forms of worship including ecumenical, Unitarianism, Kabbalah and Progressive Judaism. Tikun Olam (repair of the world) is the guiding principle that motivates me in my Democratic and community work. The election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence alarms me, because I strongly believe in religious freedom and the separation of religion and state.

California is the sixth largest economy and in the wealthiest nation on earth, but we are at a crossroads. Allowing new wealth to continue concentrating only at the top will destroy our state and country. We need to be the party that ensures that the working class, the homeless, and the dwindling middle class prosper and thrive. I strongly advocate for keeping good jobs in California, protecting pensions and the elderly, making it easier for unions to form, saving the environment, equal and quality education from K to 12,and making a college education affordable. All of these goals can be attained in California.
While the president-elect is intent on letting billionaires and the far right control our federal government, the California Democratic Party can lead the way.

As a delegate I will help this process and be of service to local Democrats, listening carefully and bringing our community’s concerns to the California Democratic Party.

Please vote for me on January 7, 2017 in Hemet.

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Ernesto Gomez

My parents brought us from Mexico to America for a better life. It took many years for our family’s legal residency to be approved, years spent in fear of deportation. A few years later my parents applied for citizenship. Because the process is so expensive and we didn’t want to burden our parents, my siblings and I waited until we were of age to apply on our own. I waited too long to apply. I finally decided to apply for citizenship at the age 38 because I wanted my voice heard.

My vote is my voice I’m an Hispanic and a member of the LGBT community. I’ve marched for immigrants’ rights, LGBT rights, marriage equality, and transgender rights. I volunteered for GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services), supervising runaway gay youth on outings where we taught them how to become self-sufficient. For nine years I rode in the former California AIDS Ride (now called Lifecycle), and I also delivered food to home bound AIDS-infected clients via Project Angel Food.

I currently volunteer for PawsLA, a non-profit organization that supplies food for pets of the terminally ill and the elderly.

During this past election cycle I recognized the need for ordinary citizens like myself to get involved with politics so we can make a difference for everyone. Now, more than ever, it is imperative for Americans to stand up and fight for what they believe. Look at the incoming presidential administration. We can’t let this happen. We have to protect the rights of all, guarantee healthcare for all, protect marriage equality, fight against racism and xenophobia, and get big money out of politics.

I’ve fought at the local level, and now I’d like the opportunity to serve our district by being a delegate to the state party.

Thank you for the opportunity.

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Yvette Lopez

I am Yvette Lopez, and I have been a resident of Rancho Mirage for about 10 years and a registered Democrat since I first registered to vote at 18 years of age. I have been a Labor Representative for the majority of my working life and currently working with the California Nurses Association. I am strongly committed to advocating for equity and justice. I hope to contribute my skills towards positive change.

As a Labor Rep for the nearly two decades, I have advocated for and served the hardworking teachers and nurses of our community. I know what it means to represent the voices of workers, especially when those teachers and nurses work with our most vulnerable neighbors. Labor Reps, particularly those of us in the public sector, are often the most vocal and dedicated advocates for those who feel they have no voice.

We see need and we set out, no matter what, to fill those needs and do what needs to be done to improve and create a safe working environment so that our members can do their job in the best environment possible. But my advocacy cannot end with the nurses I represent. With the changing face of healthcare and the changing world we live in jeopardizing the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors, I see a demand to step up to a larger stage and that we stand unafraid to speak out for the betterment of our community on a political stage. I am committed to representing and fighting as a delegate who seeks to advocate on behalf of our community.

It would be my honor to represent District 42 as a California Democrat Delegate.

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Jonathan Hildner

I am the Political Chair for the San Gorgonio Chapter of the Sierra Club. I have been an active Democrat in the Coachella Valley for the past 14 years and prior to that, was a government administrator in Oregon for 25 years. Believe that I would be an effective delegate and want to hold elected Democrats accountable and not just claiming to be Democrats while they take money from and vote with, big oil, Pharma and other anti-environmental interests.