AD47 - San Bernardino County

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 12, 2019
Doors Open: 9:30am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:15am
Registration & Voting: 10:45am-12:45pm

Location
855 W San Bernardino Ave.
Bloomington, CA 92316

*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

Glenda Barillas

Parliamentarian of the Fontana Democratic Club

Patrice Brown

Union Activist

Ana Gonzalez

President of the Chicano Latino Caucus, and VP of Administration for the San Bernardino County Young Democrats

Lyzzeth Mendoza

Community Organizer

Stacey Ramos

VP of Finance and VP of Membership for the San Bernardino County Young Democrats

Hafsa Shaafat

Law Student

Angela Wilkinson

Secretary for the San Bernardino Loma Linda Crossroads Rotary District 5330

Ivan Aguayo

Community Organizer

Anthony Aguirre

Union Stewart for UFCW Local 1428

Rick Cordova

Clinical Research Coordinator in Leukemia and Current Eboard Member

Robert Garcia

School Administrator in the Ontario-Montclair School District

Kareem Gongora

President Fontana Democratic Club

Daniel Peeden

Co-founder and Board Member of Sigma Beta Xi, Inc.

Salvador Torres

Student at San Bernardino Valley College

Your Progressive Executive Board Candidate

Vote for Delegate AND Executive Board Rep.
Ana Gonzalez

President of the Chicano Latino Caucus, and VP of Administration for the San Bernardino County Young Democrats

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Ana Gonzalez

As we face difficult and divisive times in our country, we need leaders who will unify the communities, engage and educate the voters about how our government works. My name is Ana Gonzalez and it has been an honor to serve the 47th Assembly District as a delegate for the last two years. The experience in the California Democratic Party has been a unique one, progress has been made, but there is still much work to be done.

I have been involved in party politics for the last three years. I serve San Bernardino County as the President of the Chicano Latino Caucus, and VP of Administration for the San Bernardino County Young Democrats. I have been and continue to be an organizer to empower our communities and encourage civic engagement. I work closely with elected officials to discuss legislation and new ideas that will bring resources to our communities. I have worked tirelessly doing voter registration to make sure everyone is civically involved and participates in the voting process.

My passion is to move our party forward to empower the grassroots organizers, by giving them the tools and knowledge to help get more democrats elected that represent the values of our progressive democratic platform and those who will fight for equity and opportunities for all. I want to continue working with fellow delegates, union members, and organizers to make sure the IE is represented in the CDP and that we work in unity to achieve justice and equity for all.
I humbly ask for your vote for re-election and to become your next executive board member, as I will continue to commit to serve and represent the community so we all have a voice in Sacramento and the CDP.

Glenda Barillas

Democrats,

I am a young, passionate Latina from the 47th Assembly District. The daughter of immigrants, I was born in SoCal and raised on the values my parents taught my siblings and I, democratic values. I was taught compassion, a strong work ethic, integrity, and a sense of duty. Values that we Democrats hold deep in our hearts and which I spend my life sharing with our community.

I’ve been a Democrat all my life because I believe that my family values, personal values and community values are at the heart of what drives the Democratic Party and have been reflected in our platform. I believe in people over profits, equality for all, equity for the disenfranchised, that hard work should be rewarded, healthcare is a human right, love is love and climate change is a global threat to our existence.

California has long been the blue beacon of hope for our nation, yet we don’t often see nor feel that blue light here in the Inland Empire. We can change that. With last year’s adoption of the most progressive platform this Party has ever seen, we can make a difference for the people of the 47th Assembly District, and it starts right here, with your vote.

This election cycle has taught us that if we have committed leaders advocating for, and articulating a progressive vision, that we can achieve democratic victories. The Inland Empire is changing and we can ensure that our communities rise up with the blue wave if we have committed blue leaders fighting for us at every level.

I am running for Delegate because I know the struggles we face, and I know that if we work together really work together to support progressive candidates, that we will see that beacon shining right here in our District. As the former President of the San Bernardino County Young Democrats and current Parliamentarian of the Fontana Democratic Club, I have had the honor of serving the people of the 47th Assembly District on the local level by being a voice for the voiceless, and leading others with compassion and integrity.

I respectfully ask for your vote to allow me to fight for our democratic values and our community at the state level.

In Unity,

Glenda Barillas
https://m.facebook.com/electglenda

Patrice Brown

My name is Patrice Brown. I have been a resident of this region for over 40 years. I raised my four children here and my 14 grandchildren were also raised in this area that’s why I’ve been involved in my community throughout the years. I have a long history of volunteerism and community service particularly with the issues of homelessness, union activism, and local Democratic Party activities.

I was first inspired as a young mother in Rialto to help our homeless neighbors. I would cook and make sandwiches to hand out to the homeless in our area with the help of my young children. This is a tradition I still have to this day, to collect clothes, toiletries, shoes, and food and give them to the homeless.

Later I became a homecare provider providing personal care to low income and disabled seniors and children with special needs so that they can continue living in their homes. It’s hard and tedious work but I strongly believe that we have to care for people in our community that can’t care for themselves.

I am a long time union activist. I’ve been a steward with UFCW, CWA, and now SEIU. I’ve been part of countless campaigns to help workers get dignity at work. I have also fought against the Affordable Care Act Repeal, advocated for sick pay and overtime pay for home care workers, and fought against cuts to Medi-Cal and Medi-Caid funding. I was a petitioner for the State Minimum Wage Increase initiative in 2016 and am a delegate of my union’s Executive Board.

I am an active Democrat. I’m a member of a regional Democratic Club as well as the CADEM Black & Disability Caucuses (as well as a past member of the local Chicano/Latino Caucus of San Bernardino County).

We have regional issues that the Democratic Party can help address such as homelessness, affordable housing, economic justice, racial justice, immigrant justice, and environmental justice. My personal and organizing background show that I will be a voice for these issues and communities. That is why I’m running to be a delegate for the 47th Assembly District. I humbly ask for your vote so that I can continue highlighting these issues in our Party.

Lyzzeth Mendoza

I was born in San Bernardino and my family moved to Rialto in 1987 to raise our family, where we have lived ever since. I earned two Bachelor’s degrees in American Studies and Public Relations from California State University of Fullerton. As a person of faith with a strong desire for social justice, I have been active in education justice and immigrant rights work in the last eight years. I have community organizing, community engagement and policy experience with Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICIJ), Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC), Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective (IE-IYC), and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

I believe that policy and community engagement are essential part of our civic duty to help create a world where we are not merely surviving, but instead thriving. As a delegate I commit to work for social change with multiple people with in the party to best represent our district in the California Democratic party. I have seen and learned of the needs in our region after conducting thousands of one to one conversations, which influenced local and statewide policies to advance the lives of the most vulnerable.

I believe we need to elect progressive delegates that understand the issues that face our community and are willing to be united to pursue the change needed, and make sure the Inland Empire and 47th Assembly District is represented in the California Democratic Party.

Stacey Ramos

Hi, my name is Stacey Ramos and I’m running to represent you in the 47th Assembly District. I struggled growing up because my family was not well off and often struggled to put food on the table. I worked hard taking odd jobs in High School to pay for my prom dress because I knew my parents could not afford one. But after High School I knew I had to work hard because I wanted to provide a better life for my future family. I have 15 plus years of leadership experience and a Business Degree. But it was not easy for me to achieve these successes. For four years of school and $80K in student loan debt we will be well into our retirement and still paying on student loans. I have been a resident of the I.E. for over 16 years and have seen the many changes in the area. In 2016 I became outraged by what I was seeing in the news, and decided it was time for me to become active. I worked on a school board campaign, and decided to join the San Bernardino Young Democrats. I hoped getting involved and fighting back would help others in my situation have a better future. In the last two years I have worked as the VP of Finance and VP of Membership for the San Bernardino County Young Democrats. In the 2018 election cycle I coordinated with 22 campaigns, organized 60 plus volunteers, and contacted over 200K voters. It was the biggest field campaign SBCYD has ever accomplished. As the VP of Membership of SBCYD I have quadrupled our membership, and increased membership engagement. In the past two years I have had attended Democratic Party Conventions and have seen that San Bernardino County does not have representation in the Party. It frustrates me to see the lack of representation from AD 47 and San Bernardino County as a whole. Our County is one of the largest voting blocks in the state, and does not see the amount of resources it needs to have a robust get out the vote campaign. We need progressive leadership that will fight for Democratic values and do the right thing even when it’s not convenient. We need leadership that understands the community, and are willing to unite for change! I promise as your delegate for Assembly District 47, I will fight for you. I will ensure you have a seat at the table, but that can’t happen without your support. Please vote for me to represent AD 47

Hafsa Shaafat

I moved to the Inland Empire when I was 10 years old and have called this place home for 12 years. The region has since grown and developed much over the years to what it has become now. We have seen much progress occur in the Inland Empire, including the 47th Assembly District. However, the progress that has been made cannot allow us to forget that there are still many issues that our communities face that need to be addressed to continue forward. Much of the issues that still plague our communities are poverty, house affordability, job availability, and pollution to name a few. To properly address the issues our communities face, we need to elect progressive delegates. Delegates that understand the issues that our community face and are willing to unite to pursue the much-needed change. Delegates that will make sure that the Inland Empire and the 47th Assembly District are heard and represented in the California Democratic Party.

If elected, this would be my first time serving as an Assembly District Delegate and I would be up to the challenge of making sure our region’s voice is heard loud and clear. I am a recent graduate of University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor’s in Microbiology. Despite my science background, I will be attending law school later in the year. In the community, I help organize events that are targeted to help bring out members of the community and provide a fun and relaxed environment for them and their children to interact with other members. The events are free to the public and we provide food, games, and raffle prizes. Our aim is to help build and foster strong bonds in the community. I also volunteer with non-profit organizations that aid during humanitarian crises. In the work that I have done, I have seen communities at their best but also at their worst. The Inland Empire is not at its worst, but neither is it at its best. However, through collaborative efforts and effective policy targeted at tackling the issues our communities face, I believe we can change that. I hope I can earn your vote and support and I look forward to applying my skills to serve the 47th Assembly District. Thank you for your consideration.

Angela Wilkinson

My Name is Angela Wilkinson, I am running for re-election as the 47th District Delegate this 2019-2020 Year. I am a Secretary for the San Bernardino Loma Linda Crossroads Rotary District 5330, I am a Retired Office Assistant for the San Bernardino Sheriff’s with 17 1)2 Years experience, I have 30 Years of County Service with San Bernardino County as a Civilian with Sheriff’s Department in Cities of San Bernardino , Yucaipa, Victor Valley, Lucerne Valley, ( Drug Enforcement Agency ( DEA ). I Retired in July 2009 to be a Caregiver for my elderly Parents. I am the oldest Daughter 2nd line of 8 siblings, I lived in the cities of San Bernardino,CA Redlands, Grand Terrace, Rialto, Muscoy, currently live in Colton, Can I have 2 Children and 2 Grandchildren, so one of my issues is Public Safety to the Public as well as those Serving and Protesting us all, I am currently and have been a Volunteer Supporter for State AssemblyWoman Eloise Gomez Reyes, Senator Connie Leyva, Congressman Pete Aguilar. I also am a Descendant from a ex-slave” Israel Beal” who played a Major part in the Development of the City of Redlands, so I know what it means to work toward a Better Inland Empire for All and the Democratic party as a whole in the State of California. I want to offer my services to the Community as last Year to Continue to select and Endorsed the State and Senate Candidates as we did who has made a Difference not only in the CADEM but also in the Inland Empire. As a 2017-2018 Delegate and attended both Conventions in Sacramento and San Diego has given my experience to talk and vote on issues that most affect the Inland Empire as a whole. I will continue to Serve my Communities to better the needs of all Communities. Speak and Support my Communities and the Democratic party by endorsing , fighting for candidates and issues best for The Inland Empire in Jobs, Growth, Education, and on Issues for now and Future Generations. Please accept my Application for 47th ADEM Delegate for 2019-2020. Thank you

Ivan Aguayo

The 47th Assembly District has been my home since 1989. My parents came to this region in search of opportunity and a better life. I was born and raised in the west side of San Bernardino, attended Mt. Vernon Elementary, Richardson Prep Hi, Arroyo Valley High School and Cal State San Bernardino. In High School, I started organizing with peers on issues that impacted students in San Bernardino. As we worked to change policies and culture, we often encountered opposition from elected officials who did not truly represent our communities. So, we founded San Bernardino Generation Now and chartered the San Bernardino County Young Democrats, two organizations that work to empower young people. Since then, I have worked to elect Democrats who represent the values of our diverse communities to local and state office.

In 2008, I casted my first vote for Democrat Barack Obama, in 2016 I was with Bernie Sanders, and in 2017 I was elected as an Assembly District Delegate to the California Democratic Party. In 2019, I and 13 local Democrats who represent the interests of our diverse communities are asking for your vote to be the 47th Assembly District Delegates to the California Democratic Party. We believe our Party requires strong, dignified leaders who will defend our Democratic values. I ask that you vote for us!

Anthony Aguirre

I am a father of four children. I was born and raised in San Bernardino and have raised my four children here in the community. My family moved here in 1911 and my parents were born and raised here as well. My parents have been married for over 63 years and raised 8 children. I am third to the youngest of the 8. I attended St. Anthony Catholic School located on the corner of 16th and Western on the west side of the city. I then attended Aquinas Catholic High School located in the Del Rosa area. I went on to attend San Bernardino Valley College where I received my Associates Degree in Business Administration. I then attended California State University of San Bernardino where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management.

The Inland Empire area has had its share of challenges including high crime, a high homeless population, and an overall poor economy. In addition, the smog problem in our region is one of the worse in the country. I believe that the inland empire is headed in the right direction with the elections of Eloise Reyes as our Assembly representative and Connie Leyva as our State Senator. We are well on our way of combating the issues this community faces. The Democratic party needs delegates that are in line with the mainstream progressive movement and I believe I’m the person best prepared for this position.

I have a strong passion for this community and have remained active for many years. I have been active in my children’s school, Urbita Elementary, by volunteering in the classroom and coaching the school’s first basketball team. I have been active in the PTA and have served on the board in many different positions including PTA president. I have been active in School Site Counsels of my children’s schools where I have served as Chairperson for SSC and served on the board of the San Bernardino School District Advisory Counsel. I am a Union Stewart for UFCW Local 1428 and a member for 32 years. I’m currently President of the Block Captains Association for the Neighborhood Watch Organization for the city of San Bernardino. I believe I would be an ideal delegate for the 47th Assembly District because of my qualifications for this position. I have the drive, energy, passion and intrinsic motivation to help improve the Inland Empire, the place I call home.

Rick Cordova

As your Executive Board ADEM Delegate for Assembly District 47, I have represented AD-47 at several E-Board meetings by participating in and voting on one of the most progressive platforms in the nation. This platform establishes the vision we all share as Democrats our unwavering passion and dedication to the communities we come from, who we represent, and the Democratic values we live by every day.

I come from an immigrant family. My mother was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and my father was born in here in the states. They instilled in me to always do the right thing, especially if it’ll benefit others. As a first-generation Latino college student, I quickly immersed myself in several student organization at California State University, San Bernardino to learn how I could make a difference. I led efforts to organize pre-medical and pre-health conference for students interested in careers in the healthcare. Due to the conference’s success, we were able to secure funding to establish a Health Professions Advising Center to help CSUSB students apply and get into their professional health graduate programs.

I also become more political involved in college by volunteering in local campaigns for Congress. In June of 2014, I help lead the effort to revive the San Bernardino County Young Democrats (SBCYD). I was President for three years and since leaving SBCYD, I’ve assisted in local city council races with phone banking and canvassing efforts, as well as their technology needs.

Professionally, I work at City of Hope as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Leukemia. I have the privilege of working with amazing people who are helping people with cancer with their treatments. Every day I’m humbled knowing that the work I do impacts the lives of people whom I may never know.

Likewise, the work and decisions made by our legislators in local office, Sacramento, and Congress, can have profound affects to every-day people for years to come. I want to continue to represent AD-47 as a delegate to ensure that decisions our legislators make are guided not by corporate special interests, but guided by the hardworking people living and working in AD-47.

I humbly ask for your vote January 12th because I am committed to continue the progress that we have made in the past two years and work to see a better, more prosperous future for our district, region, and state.

Robert Garcia

We live in interesting times. No longer are economies built on brick-and-mortar, nor the changes in the season dependable, nor truth seen as an objective, much less a virtue. We push forward at a breakneck pace toward the future bringing us face-to-face with challenges that have long gone unresolved. Health care. Gun violence. Energy dependence. Equality. The American Dream itself. We are at pivotal point in history where the actions we take will define who we are. As fearful as one may be during these times, I am optimistic for the future. Because I have witnessed the power of people. People united, drawing strength from their diversity, to make progress possible. I have seen young people lead the charge for gun reform, teachers fight back against their mistreatment, employees demand and receive the living wage they deserve, and citizens from all walks of life coalesce to defend science.
I want to lead in this fight for the future. We need to elect progressive delegates that understand the issues that face our community and are willing to unite to pursue the change needed, and make sure the Inland Empire and 47th Assembly District is represented in the CA Democratic Party.

Having previously served as an Assembly Delegate, I understand the role and responsibility of the position. My leadership in the Democratic Party and causes began more than 20 years ago. As a college student, I interned for the CA Speaker of the Assembly. When I finished grad school, my first job was as a field representative for a Congressman. I protested with fellow teachers against Gov. Schwarzenegger’s attacks on education. I served on CTA State Council and as representative to the NEA RA. I also gathered signature cards among hostile work conditions at a charter school to successfully establish a teachers’ union. And I’ve volunteered on numerous campaigns for local candidates that champion our values.

Currently, I serve as a school administrator in the Ontario-Montclair School District and as school board president of the Etiwanda School District. I earned my B.S. degree in biology from UCLA and a master’s degree in public policy from USC. I believe the challenges we face can be solved through unity and action. My children, and future generations, depend on us to fight towards a progressive future. I respectfully ask for your vote as delegate. www.facebook.com/4robertgarcia

Salvador Torres

I currently reside in the city of Rialto where my family bought their first home. I have been active in my community organizing young men to better serve their community through advocacy and community service for many years. Being involved has thought me that the only way to solve our problems is to get out and get active in local politics.

We need to elect progressive delegates that understand the issues that face our community and are willing to be united to pursue the change needed, and make sure the Inland Empire and 47th Assembly District is represented in the California Democratic Party. I am currently finishing my associate’s degree at San Bernardino Valley College as a Kinesiology major. As an up in coming individual I serve as a board member of Sigma Beta Xi, Inc. a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 2001 in the city of Rialto. Our company’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty through mentoring, education and community organizing. In 2015, Sigma Beta Xi, Inc. was recognized for non-profit excellence by Riverside County and Community Connect.

I see the solutions of this community as attainable through transparent and effective polices. I aspire to gain your vote and serve your interests and concerns in the 47th Assembly District. I thank you for your consideration.

Daniel Peeden

I am a husband, father and a 3rd generation Inland Empire native. My family moved to the Inland Empire in the 1940’s and we have seen it grow into what is now the 12th largest metropolitan region in the United States. Our region, including the 47th Assembly District has the potential to thrive and become a region of innovation and prosperity. In order for that to happen, we must begin to solve the problems our communities face. Currently, our community has some of the worst air pollution in the United States, over 80% of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch programs, we have the worst per capita income in the State of California, our freeways are congested, we do not have enough housing to keep up with demand, our small business and startup density is one of the worst in the nation and those are just some of the issues our region faces.

We need to elect progressive delegates that understand the issues that face our community and are willing to be united to pursue the change needed, and make sure the Inland Empire and 47th Assembly District is represented in the California Democratic Party. I am currently ending my term as an elected Assembly District Delegate and I would be honored to serve another term. I have earned an associate degree in business administration from San Bernardino Valley College and a bachelor’s & master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Riverside. As a professional, I am a co-founder and board member of Sigma Beta Xi, Inc. a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 2001 in the City of Rialto. Our company’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty through mentoring, education and community organizing. In 2015, Sigma Beta Xi, Inc. was recognized for non-profit excellence by Riverside County and Community Connect. In 2016, my twin brother Darrell Peeden and I were recognized as Change Makers by the Center for Social Innovation from the University of California, Riverside for the innovative work Sigma Beta Xi, Inc. does throughout the Inland Empire.

I believe the problems we face can be solved through equitable, efficient and effective public policy. I hope I can earn your vote and I look forward to using the academic and professional skills I have acquired to serve the 47th Assembly District. I thank you for your consideration. To follow me on facebook go to www.facebook.com/twinpolicy