AD42 - Riverside & San Bernardino 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 26, 2019
Doors Open: 11:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 11:30am
Registration & Voting: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Location
Women’s Club (Banning Cultural Alliance)
175 W Hays St.
Banning, CA 92220

*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

Geneva Daly

Educator

Maryanne Ennis

SEIU 1000 Member

Kelly Graziano

Volunteer Grassroots Activist, Web Developer / Designer

Sara Lee

Volunteer Grassroots Activist/Coalition Builder, Educator, Mom

Judy Rice

Retired Nurse (LVN)

Lorraine Salas

Educator

Joseph Brinson

Social Worker / Clinical Therapist for Riverside County

Michael Milan

Organizational Finance Professional, Budget Administrator, Data Analyst

Edwin Ramoran

Independent Curator, Primary Caregiver

Francisco Ramos

Educator

Hector Vara

Retired Electrician, Navy Veteran

David Weiner

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Patrick Weiss

Retired Healthcare Worker with AFSCME

Your Progressive Executive Board Candidate

Vote for Delegate AND Executive Board Rep.
Francisco Ramos

Educator

Detailed Information

Francisco Ramos

Francisco lives in Whitewater and is a current delegate for AD 42. The plight of the homeless has been his central focus. In March 2017, Francisco passed a resolution in front of the California Democratic Party entitled “Focus on Homelessness 2017” which demanded greater accountability from endorsed Democrats to care for their homeless populations.

Francisco is also the chairman for the RiversideCounty Democratic Party’s “Get Out the Vote” committee which reached over 150,000 Democrats county-wide during the 2018 midterm elections.

Recently, Francisco was the Field Coordinator for Joy Silver’s campaign for State Senate where his duties grew to encompass many of those usually performed by the Field Director.

In 2017-2018 Francisco was the Chairman of the Riverside County Young Democrats.

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Geneva Daly

Geneva lives in San Jacinto. She began as a Democratic Party volunteer in high school, phone-banking for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Later, she served as an intern for Congressman Raul Ruiz and also volunteered for the 2016 presidential campaign.

After the election, Geneva was inspired to increase her political commitment as an advocate for progressive policies and social and economicjustice. Geneva helped found a local chartered Democratic club and served as Chairperson of Records.

As an educator, Geneva knows that children are our future. We need to leave the world a better place for them. Geneva hopes to represent her community by being your Assembly Delegate for District 42.

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Maryanne Ennis

Hello my name is Maryanne Ennis. I am once again running for delegate in the 42nd assembly district. I have been a delegate in Hemet since 2012. I have been a state worker since 1998 and a union member of SEIU 1000. I consider representing the constituents of the 42nd AD & being a delegate a privilege. Being a broad minded person with a wide variety of experience has equipped me in many aspects to be a voice for our party. Helping Democrats & Progressives be cohesive is very important considering the issues ahead of us. Issues such as Health Care, Social Security, Immigration & Taxes are just a few we face in these tying times. We need committed people to be the voice of our party. I hope you will vote for me so that I am able to continue to be a voice for the 42nd AD district. Thank you for your vote.

Kelly Graziano

Kelly became an activist shortly after the 2016 elections when she attended the first Courageous Resistance meeting in Palm Springs. Since then she has sent postcards, marched and rallied. She has worked with the Courageous Resistance on sanctuary cities and environmental issues.

Kelly was on the Advisory Committee for Bob Mueller’s campaign for Rancho Mirage City Council, with Joy Silver’s State Senate campaign as SMS Director, and on the RCDP’s GOTV committee where she led over 150 volunteers to send 250K texts to local Democrats.

Key political concerns for Kelly include civil rights, human rights, and disability rights.

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Sara Lee

My name is Sara Lee. I am a grassroots activist and coalition builder in San Bernardino County. As a lifelong Democrat, I believe in the California Democratic Party platform, including “a publicly-funded single-payer, privately delivered” health care system for all Californians.

For the past two years, I have focused most of my efforts towards Flipping the House. I helped organize the first progressive district-wide coalition in CA-08, bringing together grassroots groups, Dem clubs, labor and out-of-district interested parties. I also acted as the CA-08 volunteer liaison for Code Blue, Swing SoCal Left and Flip the 14 during the 2018 election cycle.

I co-organized with SEIU 2015 many High Desert protests against Rep. Paul Cook’s votes and co-organized with the High Desert Resistance the March for Your Lives rally, bringing hundreds of ordinary citizens out to the streets.

I have also been an active volunteer on Katie Hill, Harley Rouda and Katie Porter’s congressional campaigns — knocking doors, text and phone banking, organizing postcard campaigns and amplifying direct actions within these districts.

While California has passed some of the most progressive legislation in the country, it is still a place where profound income inequality and lack of affordable housing and healthcare opportunities are increasing. Rural areas are often underrepresented at the state level of the Party. I am hoping to be part of a movement that brings a more effective CDP presence to our region.

I am currently working with other activists to create a network of groups throughout the state assembly and senate districts that could mobilize local constituents to contact their local reps regarding important progressive bills in the state legislature.

An immediate concern of mine has been protecting the Mojave Desert and its ancient aquifers from the Trump administration and the Cadiz water mining project, working closely with environmental groups like NPCA and Sierra Club and with statewide grassroots organizations to mobilize voters and pass legislation protecting our natural environment.

As a board member of the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, which offers the north Joshua Tree area USDA food pickups, breakfasts, potlucks, special events and a sliding scale thrift store, I work with others to make sure the doors stay open.

In previous lives, I’ve been a VFX Producer, school teacher and scientist. I currently reside in Joshua Tree and Los Angeles with my daughter, husband, dog and cat.

I hope you will vote for me so we can protect our shared values and hold our elected officials accountable.

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Judy Rice

I am a current delegate for AD 42 and have lived in Hemet for four years. In the last several election cycles, I helped with local campaigns and with GOTV as well as manning the Democratic headquarters in Hemet, helping people check their registration status and getting them to the polls or the ROV to vote in person.

I am an active member of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) where I participate in their monthly letter drop campaigns and on their Healthcare issues team. I also worked with them when I lived in the OC. I am a retired nurse (LVN) so Healthcare has been my focus for much of my life.

As a nurse, my patient is my focus–to understand both the present health status and the backstory affecting it. The safety of my patient is paramount, requiring constant revaluation not to blindly follow orders, to help my patient heal.

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Lorraine Salas

My name is Lorraine Salas. I have been a proud resident of the Coachella Valley for over 30 years and a granddaughter of labor organizers and community activists whom homesteaded in the East Coachella Valley during the Great Depression.

I have resided in the city of Palm Desert since 2012 and have taught special needs students who reside five miles from the Salton Sea for 13 years. I have participated in social justice movements that have taken place in the 42nd assembly district, and across the country, such as helping the United Food and Commercial Workers union organize Walmart workers against abusive and unlawful employer practices.

In 2008, I volunteered with the Human Rights Campaign, urging voters to vote no on Proposition 8, a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage in the state of California.

I identify myself as a Chicana, queer feminist who advocates for policies that will empower families and community members who experience disenfranchisement due to race, gender, immigration status, cultural background, language, class, and sexual orientation.

I am called to run as a delegate because I believe with collective work and a shared common vision we can enact Progressive legislation in the state of California. I hope to earn your much-needed vote on January 26th

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Joseph Brinson

Joseph Brinson is a Palm Springs resident interested in making a difference in our local government. His professional background focuses on Social Work for the County of Riverside. There he directly impacts the lives of those living with mental health issues, substance abuse and homelessness. His kindness and call to action is natural to him, as his father is a retired clergymen. His upbringing had a strong focus on the concept of service and helping others, and today he continues to do so by helping those who are vulnerable, oppressed and marginalized.

Growing up, Joseph was an active member of his community. He helped found a LGBTQ youth group (Indiana Youth Group). This group is directly responsible for helping start the first hotline run by youth members to help any and all other LGBTQ youth in crisis that is still in operation today.

Since then, he has not stopped working with the LGBTQ community, but he also has discovered a true calling in other aspects of service to the community. He works with homelessness, minority groups, and those who may be struggling with substance abuse by volunteering at treatment centers throughout the Coachella Valley.

Joseph is not new to politics, and here in the Coachella Valley he has volunteered for numerous campaigns with candidates that wanted to make a profound impact on the community they serve. He also is a proud member of SEIU Local 721, Desert Stonewall Democrats, Democrats of the Desert and the National Association of Social Workers.

Joseph earned his M.S.W from California State University San Bernardino. He also holds a BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work from Chapman University and an AA in Alcohol and Drug Studies from the College of the Desert. While maintaining his class load, he was active in Student Government and community outreach to those in need.

He truly believes that he must ensure that the basic human needs of all people are met. He believes in labor rights, and making sure that affordable and low-income housing is accessible for all. When he is at home, he enjoys reading, music, drum corps, and live theatre.

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Michael Milan

As a Coachella Valley-based community activist and organizer, Michael Milan works in several different spaces to defend our civil and human rights. Through several years of advocacy work on equality, immigration, and worker rights, Michael has built strong relationships among a vast and very diverse network of community organizations. Because he is trusted and respected by local area leaders and groups, Michael is frequently invited to speak at events about important social and economic justice issues, and often participates in discussions and decision-making on complex matters involving multiple stakeholders.

Michael has organized several local community events aimed at establishing continued dialogue between our elected representatives, law enforcement agencies, and the families who live in the neighborhoods they represent and serve. Additionally, Michael regularly visits the offices of our lawmakers in Washington DC, Sacramento, and in their respective districts on behalf of various organizations to urge support for civil rights policy and protections.

Politically, Michael has been directly involved in many local, state, and federal campaigns in support of Progressive candidates and issues. In the most recent election cycle, Michael served as Regional Coordinator for a national effort to boost Voter Registration and Civic Engagement among communities of color.

In October 2017 Michael was recognized for Outstanding Community Outreach by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Riverside Branch 1059 at their 5th Annual Salute To Labor award ceremony.

Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors for California Partnership (a statewide Health & Human Services Advocacy organization). Michael was also recently elected to the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California – Desert Chapter, and was re-elected as Recording Secretary for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721. In December 2017, Michael also successfully launched a new fully-chartered Inland Empire Chapter of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA).

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Edwin Ramoran

Edwin Ramoran is an independent curator, an in-home primary caregiver, and a lifelong resident of Palm Springs. He is co-founder of Bayanihan Desert which was formed in Palm Springs to increase the civic engagement of residents of Filipino descent and to build coalitions with communities of color in the greater Coachella Valley. He is active with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Inland Empire Chapter, and with Filipino Los Angeles arts organizations Kita Kits, Puro Arte, and Pintados Gallery.

Edwin received a BA in Art History with minors in Ethnic Studies and Journalism from the University of California, Riverside and is an MA candidate in Art History at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Edwin cares deeply about racial justice, labor rights, and LGBTQI+ rights.

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Hector Vara

My name is Hector Vara. I’m a veteran of the United States Navy. Now retired, I’ve worked as an engineering technician for the Federal Aviation Administration, an electrician (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), and for the V.A. Hospital in Loma Linda.

I’m involved with three local Democratic Clubs and volunteered regularly to Get Out the Vote. I canvassed and phone banked for our Democratic candidates Marge Doyle, Deni Antoinette Mazingo, Abigail Medina, and James Ramos.

I am proud to support the California Democratic Party platform. As a father, grandfather, veteran, and spouse of 45 years, the issues that are of particular importance to me are climate change, single-payer health insurance, immigration policy, and education.

It would be my honor to represent the San Bernardino County portions of this Assembly District and I thank you for your support.

David Weiner

David is a Certified Public Accountant and has lived in Palm Springs for over 15 years. A lifelong Democrat, he believes that the Democratic Party should represent all of us, not just those with “connections.”

David has been a volunteer for numerous election campaigns and local organizations such as Desert Stonewall Democrats and Equality California, among others. David has also spent time on theground doing precinct walking, registering voters, and volunteering at the DSD booth on Thursday evenings at the Palm Springs VillageFest.

He is proud to be running once again to be one of your grassroots Assembly Delegates to the California Democratic Party. Key political concerns for David include Medicare for All, immigrants’ rights, and gun control.

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Patrick Weiss

Patrick is a retired healthcare worker (AFSCME) and a lifelong Democrat.

As an Assembly Delegate to the California Democratic Party, Patrick authored a Resolution on “Reducing the Influence of Corporate and Political Action (PAC) Money in the California Democratic Party.” Patrick attended California Democratic Conventions in Sacramento and San Diego where he supported progressive resolutions and candidates.

In his community Patrick serves on the board of the Los Compadres Neighborhood Association in Palm Springs; Supports Well in the Desert, a homeless advocacy group by feeding the homeless every Tuesday; Volunteers and coordinates Democratic Campaigns. Patrick has been recognized for advocacy of diversity issues in healthcare and the workplace.

Key political concerns for Patrick include labor unions, LGBTQI rights, social & economic justice, Medicare for All, and campaign finance reform.

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