AD44 - Los Angeles & Ventura Counties - Oxnard/Thousand Oaks

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

UFCW Building
816 Camarillo Springs Road
Camarillo, CA 93012

*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

Cathy Willott
Melissa Demyan
Victoria Y. Perez
Julie Diaz-Martinez
Gabriela Rodriguez
Charles Goodwin
Diego Mendoza
Henry Montalvo
Spencer Pletcher
Michael Soto

Your Progressive Executive Board Candidate

Vote for Delegate AND Executive Board Rep.
Melissa Demyan

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Melissa Demyan

I’ve been active in Democratic politics since 2008, and have often been asked: “why aren’t more millennials getting involved?” The hard truth is that until we embrace and elect more millennials, younger generations will not fully engage in the political process. As an incumbent Executive Board Representative under the age of 30, I have first-hand lived experience with the issues Democrats care most about, and I’ve been a champion for the progressive policy we desperately need: curbing climate change, debt-free tuition, attacking the housing crisis, and making healthcare a right in CA! By engaging my peers politically, I’ve encountered another hard truth: 58% of millennials said they don’t believe elected officials share their priorities and 62% believe elected officials are motivated by selfish reasons. My goal is to prove them wrong! My generation is the most diverse of any in history, and it’s going to take diverse candidates who share our priorities inspiring new Democrats to step into community service and party leadership. As Co-Chair of the CDP’s Resolutions Committee I helped pass a resolution calling on the DNC to reduce the influence of superdelegates in Presidential primaries, and was also successful in getting the CDP to recommend a “NO” endorsement on Prop 70 in the primary, and ‘YES on Props 8 & 10 in the general. I’ve testified before the Rules Committee twice as your e-board member while advocating for officer financial disclosures, and the need for our party to lobby on behalf of legislation. If re-elected, I intend to work with other members of the board on creating a legislative scorecard to better hold elected officials accountable to our platform. I was born, adopted, and raised in Ventura Co.; I love our community. I’m a graduate from Emerge CA (a training program empowering women to run for office) and I currently work on staff at a healthcare union as a Political Organizer. I received my BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Sociology (Joint Honours Politics & Sociology) from Trinity College in Dublin Ireland. One of my first political jobs was helping to elect (and re-elect) our very own Congresswoman Julia Brownley; I’m so proud of all the work we’ve accomplished together over the years turning Ventura County red-to-blue! It’s been an honor representing you, and I humbly ask for your vote to re-elect me as your CDP E-Board Rep.

Cathy Willot

I am running for re-election as Assembly District 44 Delegate because I am passionate about ensuring that each person has an opportunity to thrive regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or economic stratum. US healthcare is under attack, education is being held ransom, workers taken advantage of, and our environment is at risk of irreversible damage if our government doesn’t take quick, deliberate action. California has taken the first steps towards the future with recent legislation, but we must maintain this trajectory through CDP action and activist engagement.

I am a single mom and Information Technology professional, with a BS in Engineering and an MBA. I have lived in the Conejo Valley for over 21 years and am the proud parent of a daughter who attended CVUSD schools from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Despite working full time, I have always been actively involved in charitable, youth, political, and sports organizations; I am committed to our community.

I first registered as a Democrat for the 1984 presidential race and voted in every election since. I was never personally involved in a campaign until Bernie Sanders ran for President. I participated as a full-time volunteer at the Thousand Oaks Sanders Campaign Office as well as serving as the Bernie caucus convener to elect DNC Convention Delegates in May 2016.

Since being elected ADEM in 2017, I served as Administrative Assistant of Ventura County Democratic Central Committee and President of the Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley. In 2018 I organized the new DCCV EBoard who together activated the club to contact thousands of voters via phone & canvass, register >100 Democrats, text 10K Democrats, and staff an election HQ. Working jointly as DCCV President, ADEM, & activist with Indivisible:Conejo and Our Revolution, I was able to empower a coalition of Democrats across the political spectrum. We were instrumental in replacing right-wing extremists in our School Board and electing our community’s first Democratic City Council member.

I humbly ask for your support to re-elect me as ADEM so I can continue working for our community, state, and country.

Victoria Y. Perez

Now is the time for action! I’ve been on the sidelines watching courageous friends step up to do all the work necessary to move our Democratic Party forward. Unfortunately, I don’t have a long list of organizations, clubs or party affiliations to demonstrate my commitment to the our Democratic values. I’ve lived an ordinary life reaping the benefits of the hard work of our Party. I married a wonderful man who belonged to a great Union, never truly understanding all that entails. My family always had Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, vacation pay, sick leave, and a 40 hour day with paid overtime when necessary. We were able to buy a home with a government funded FHA loan that required very little funds for a down payment. I went to state community and four-year college and finished school debt free. We had a livable income and enjoyed an almost worry-free life. And now we are retired on my husband’s pension.

My children went to our public schools in Moorpark and truly enjoyed their experience there. Why so much detail about my life? Because unfortunately, these benefits are dwindling for my grandchildren and others that follow and that’s not fair!

I believe it’s going to get even worse for their future if action is not taken now to stop the movement away from Union jobs, away from Healthcare for all, away from education. I am a child of an Immigrant father and I am disgusted with Trump’s recent treatment and policies affecting all Immigrants.

I realize one way to contribute to bring about change is to work with our Democratic Party. It has been my experience in the most recent elections, most neighbors and friends are equally disgusted with the direction of our Country.

I knocked on doors, I registered many new voters. and got them to vote! As a Party, I believe this work must continue. We can flip my City of Moorpark to Democratic with continued effort. As a Party, I’d like to see us sponsor Citizenship Workshops all over the County.

These are my experiences, my beliefs and my goals, I ask for your support and vote for Victoria Y. Perez for ADEM 44 Delegate. Thank you.

Julie Diaz-Martinez

I am running to represent AD44 for the first time as I believe my voice is needed in the Democratic Party. I’ve lived in AD44 since 1996 and am actively involved as a volunteer, including: Habitat for Humanity, AHA, GSA, CASA, CLUE, and Indivisible Conejo. Since 2012 I have served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth in Ventura. As an Area Housing Authority Commissioner, since 2013, I believe that safe and affordable housing should be accessible to working class communities. I am Voter Registration chairperson for the Moorpark Democratic club. Since the 2016 election cycle, I’ve had the opportunity to canvas voters in Nevada, Arizona, California’s Central Valley, Central Coast and SoCal. I will focus on the fight for progressive policy prioritizing; the housing crises, food compromised communities, and the inclusion of immigrant residents in the Democratic process. I have served as the Team Leader for the Immigrants’ Rights Committee of Indivisible Conejo while raising awareness of ICE interaction with local law enforcement in our jail system. I’ve met with the Sheriff and with County Supervisors to call for increased transparency of law enforcement through the development of the first Ventura County Civilian Sheriff Oversight Committee. I’ve worked to advocate for Senate Bill 54, for our district 44 representative and statewide assembly members, including speaking with state assembly and senate members in Sacramento. Recently, as we have witnessed the attempt of anti-immigrant groups to pass resolutions in local city governments to end SB54 I have been a part of coalition to protect the CA Values Act. Having witnessed the rise of hate groups in Ventura County I have joined the Ventura County Anti-Defamation League and recently joined the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles to volunteer as a legal observer in order to monitor and record interactions at the US border. I am attending Ventura Fairground’s Board meetings in order to advocate for the end of gun shows in Ventura. I believe that my dedication as a community activist demonstrates my commitment to ensuring that the democratic process is accessible to all-especially within the party. Education: Masters of Architecture(focus Urban design), UCLA , Construction Manager Certificate from SDSU Extended Studies, California Teaching credential. Employment: Substitute Teacher MUSD.

Gabriela Rodriguez

I am running for Assembly District Delegate to positively impact the direction of the California Democratic Party in order to reflect a humanitarian-minded and progressive outlook on our current politics. If elected as a delegate, I will help provide a voice to many disenfranchised communities. I was born and raised in Oxnard and attended public school in my community. As a woman of color and first generation in my family to pursue higher education, I have seen my own quality of life be radically transformed by the various opportunities available to me. However, access to adequate and affordable healthcare, quality education, and food security are some of my top priorities policy issues I believe need our upmost attention. I have been in service to my community for over ten years through the non-profit sector, and now work for the Community College District. Time and again I see too many families in our community unable to advocate for their own basic needs. It is imperative that our community is fully represented especially in the California Democratic Party–and I would appreciate the opportunity to be a voice sharing ideas and bringing issues to light with dignity, courage and empathy for the greater good. Please vote to elect me as an Assembly District Delegate!

Charles Goodwin

My name is Charlie Goodwin and I’m running in the ADEM elections to be a CA Democratic Party Delegate because I believe it’s critical we prioritize healthcare access in our politics, and have representation from healthcare workers in our party. I am a proud union member, and serve as an elected member of SEIU-UHW’s Executive Board. I’ve worked at St. John’s Hospital in the Respiratory Department for 28 years, and was an active member of the organizing team fighting to form a union at my hospital. I’ve lived in this district for 47 years, and am incredibly active in our community. Most recently I supported dialysis patients and workers in the fight to pass prop 8 by running phonebanks in Ventura County during the general election, and I’ve also attended lobby visits urging our elected officials to support workers in the fight to keep Kaiser from outsourcing jobs in our community. As a state party delegate I intend to fight for progressive policy that will improve the lives of working families I strongly believe in fighting climate change, making sure housing is affordable, and making healthcare a right in CA! Please vote to elect me Charlie Goodwin on January 26th!

Diego Mendoza
Henry Montalvo

I am running for Assembly District Delegate to impact the direction of the California Democratic Party, to help it reflect the progressive values required to better the lives of all who live in our state, and to ensure that our candidates and elected officials represent their constituents responsibly. I am proud to have been elected President of the Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley for 2019, and preciously served on its executive board as the chair of the Election Strategy, Candidate Recruitment, and Bylaws committees. Last year, the DCCV implemented a bottom-of-the-ballot strategy that helped elect Democrats to the CVUSD School Board, the County School Board, and the Thousand Oaks City Council. I have lived in the Conejo Valley for 15 years, have children in the local public schools, and have been active on the boards of several community organizations, including Indivisible: Conejo. Having grown up in a union household, I have a strong attachment to them and believe unions help make the lives of workers better and fairer. I respectfully ask for your vote so I can represent our Assembly District as a Delegate to the Democratic Party. Together, we can assure that California remains the model for all state Democratic parties, just as ours has become the model for other states in areas of civil rights, the environment, health care, immigration protection and reform, common sense gun control, and more all ideas I strongly believe in and support. I am ready to fight for these and other ideals to make the Democratic platform that strongest in the nation. Please vote to elect me, Henry Montalvo, on Saturday, January 26th!

Spencer Pletcher

I am Spencer Pletcher, a 20 year Thousand Oaks resident, seeking re-election as an ADEM in AD 44. I am currently a full time student working towards my degree in Political Science. As an ADEM, I have dutifully participated in many Democratic Clubs in the 44th Assembly District as well as attended statewide conventions to represent my district.

Five years ago my attention was drawn to the issues facing my generation, such as climate change, income inequality, the broken criminal justice system, women’s reproductive rights, and affordable education. The more I communicated with people of various backgrounds and beliefs, the more I learned about these issues, and subsequently the more action I took. If re-elected, I plan to continue to listen to constituents of all backgrounds and identities as I believe that is the best way to lead.

Deeper research has led me to take action, by phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, training other volunteers, getting my friends and family involved, and engaging in political discussions with people I know.

In 2017 I successfully ran as the youngest person in the state for the ADEM election. I have happily voted in favor of my constituents at annual state conventions as well as the Ventura County Central Committee. Since being elected, I have transferred schools from Moorpark Community College to Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. I have also been elected to Pitzer’s esteemed Student Senate where I serve on the student body as a member of the Campus Aesthetics Committee.

As a politically driven student, I have connected with many people my age who feel disconnected to or disenfranchised by politics as a whole. I have been able to break down the many issues on their local ballots as well as state and national positions to help them understand why they should be involved. For example, in November 2018, I explained the ballot initiatives in a way that made them applicable to my friend’s lives. It was empowering to see the impact I had on how my peers viewed politics, as well as the direct effect I had on getting them out to vote. I feel it is an important factor for elected leaders, at every level, to represent their constituents effectively.

If re-elected as an ADEM, I will proudly continue to represent you and our shared progressive-humanitarian values.

Michael Soto

Michael Soto is a young Latino political and community organizer for a health care workers’ union. His current focus is fighting for a living wage, mental health parity and Medicare for All. As a Ventura County native Michael was proud he and his union could help support Katie Hill and Christy Smith with boots on the ground and funding turning the county completely blue at a state and federal level.

During the 2018 election cycle Michael personally organized and conducted endorsement meetings for over 50 races throughout Southern California in which the vast majority of the union’s candidates won and are now taking office. Michael represents his union as a Vice President on the OC Labor Federation. He and his fellow union brothers and sisters were proud to support the OC Four Congressional candidates and other down-ballot candidates in the blue wave. Michael was especially excited that his union endorsed the first ever LGBTQ Muslim to be elected to public office.

Prior to becoming a union organizer Michael helped found and charter the CSUCI College Democrats. Transferring to Sacramento State Michael got his bachelors in Government and later worked on the Ami Bera campaign in what was the most competitive Congressional campaign won by a Democrat that year. Michael has worked on campaigns across California from Sacramento to Long Beach at all levels of government including 2012’s Yes on 30 and No on 32, O’Donnell for Assembly, Long Beach City Council and other municipal races.

As an incumbent delegate, Michael’s serves on both the County and State Finance Committees and was able to work with the State Party Controller and VCDP Fundraising Chair in being able to support campaigns and candidates throughout the state and county at record levels.

If reelected Michael will continue to focus on fighting for working families and building grassroots party infrastructure. After so many major victories we must be vigilant, and shift our focus to municipal offices to make Ventura County even bluer.