AD49 - Los Angeles County, Alhambra Area

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: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Doors Open: 9:45am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:15am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:45am-12:45pm

Rosemead Community Recreation Center, Room 1
3936 N. Muscatel Ave.
Rosemead, CA 91770

*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

Vote for 7 of the 8 women & 7 men.

Bobbi Bruesch
Roberta McGowan
Edith Gonzalez
Denise Menchaca
Louise Leftoff
Norma Edith Garcia
Rosemary Riedy
Melissa Michelson
Mike Gomez
Jerry Velasco
Rafael Gonzalez
Kevin Burgos
Stephan Lam
Vincent Chang
Chin Ho Liao

Detailed Information

Bobbie Bruesch

I have been a Democrat since the late ’60’s when I ran an educational program for Native American children in So. Dakota and was a demonstrator who actually got into the Supreme Court for the Watergate Tapes Decision. Always active in protecting homeowners’ rights I served for twenty years on the Rosemead City Council, five years as Mayor. I was an elected member of the So. California Assoc. of Govts and the San Gabriel Council of Govts. A veteran of 40 years as a Middle School teacher, I was elected to the Garvey School Dist. BOE for 14 years. While teaching I became active in the community, establishing a Boys and Girls Club, a Youth Soccer League, school camping programs at three schools and operating a free summer camp in the High Sierras that gave over 1,000 “at risk” neighborhood kids a week-long experience away from the streets at home.
I have been an active environmentalist throughout my life. I have studied the effects of the “fake science” of Global Warming during trips to the reefs of Tonga, the coast of Patagonia (Arg.), the Coastal Forests of Brazil and the permafrost areas north of Hudson Bay in Canada.
As an active Democrat I was a member and President of the Friendly El Monte Dem. Club for 15 years and was a Founding member and President of the United Democrats of the San Gabriel Valley since its inception in 2003.
As a teacher for forty years I began school gardens and student governments at three schools and was a semi-finalist for California Teacher of the Year in 1992, awarded the Milken Foundation $25,000 Exemplary Educator Grant in 1994 and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 1997. With the Milken grant I established Rosemead Organization in Support of Youth (ROSY) that awards $1,500 College accounts to graduating Eighth Grade foster youths.
As a teacher and a single adoptive parent of an eleven year old foster child after twenty two placements, I believe that public schools must be protected from the privatization of education that is only interested in profits and teaching kids what to think , not how to think. As an Environmentalist. I believe it is our duty to preserve this globe of for future generations to survive. As a trans-gendered female, I believe that the privileges of Democracy should be shared equally by ALL citizens, whatever their sexual identification, race, creed or station in life.

Roberta McGowan

My name is Bobbie McGowan and I am a former Mayor of Temple City and a progressive Democrat. I bring with me the wisdom, experience, and connections that you only get from fighting in the trenches for over 30 years. I have served our party in many capacities and plan on doing so for a long time to come. I am seeking your vote to reelect me as an ADEM Delegate and additionally this year as your E-Board Representative. At the last ADEM Delegate Election 2 years ago I came in first place with your help. Due to your level of support I have put together a slate of likeminded Democrats whom I encourage you to vote for. The slate emphasizes Medicare for all, affordable housing and free college tuition amongst other things. We believe we must support all people regardless of race, age, gender, wealth, sexual orientation, or religion.
I am a member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. I am also an active member of the following clubs: United Dems of the San Gabriel Valley where I serve as a board member, Democrats of the Pasadena Foothills of which I was a founding member, and the Foothill Community Democrats. I am a member of both the Progressive Caucus and the Veterans Caucus. I was elected to attend the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. I am a former chair of the 42nd AD and have previously served both as an E-Board Representative and as an ADEM Delegate. In 2017 I was awarded a Certificate of Recognition as, The Great Civic Leader Honoree, by the Democratic Headquarters of the West San Gabriel Valley. In 2017 I was also awarded both a Certificate of Appreciation from Judy Chu as well as a Commendation from the Los Angeles Community College District presented to me by Mike Eng. I have served as the president of the Temple City Education Association where I spent my career teaching our youth. I am a proud recipient of the prestigious California Teacher’s Association WHO award.
Please vote only for Bobbie McGowan and the people on my slate. Additionally, don’t forget to vote Bobbie McGowan onto the 49th AD E-Board as a Representative.
I wish to thank you for your continued support and I look forward to continuing to represent you.


Bobbie McGowan

Edith Gonzalez

Edith is the proud daughter of immigrants who migrated to the United States in search of a better life.
She is a first-generation college student and earned her Associate in Arts degree from Glendale Community College and her Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.
Her interest in public service began while she volunteered for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Ve y Vota (GOTV) campaign. It was here that she learned the importance of educating and mobilizing voters. This experience inspired her to pursue a career in public service. Edith interned with Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05) and soon after was offered a position as a Constituent Services Representative in his Napa District office. Edith currently serves as the District Director for Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Soliss San Gabriel Valley District office.

Denise Menchaca

Denise Menchaca was elected to the San Gabriel City Council in March of 2017 and enjoys the distinction of being the first Latina elected to the Council. She was raised in Alhambra, California where she attended local public schools. She attended the University of Southern California, having earned a Bachelor degree in Accounting. She has over 30 years of working in both the public and private industries.
With a diverse resume, Denise has a proven track record of leadership and Community involvement. She was named the Congressional Woman of Distinction for San Gabriel by Congresswoman Judy Chu, National Latina of the Year by the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, the Golden Apple award by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Great Civic Leader by the Democratic Headquarters of the West San Gabriel Valley and Volunteer of the Year by the American Cancer Society.
Prior to being elected as Councilwoman, her public service included serving as the San Gabriel Unified School District Board member for eight years and Los Angeles County Commissioner for Older Adults. Today, Denise continues to serve in a variety of capacities. Her Professional and Service Associations include the San Gabriel Kiwanis (President-Elect), National Womens Political Caucus of the Greater Pasadena Area (PAC Committee) and Chinese American Citizens Alliance (Board of Associates Chairperson). Other Commissions and Boards service include 211 Los Angeles County Program (Board of Directors), United Democrats of the San Gabriel Valley Club (President), La Casa de San Gabriel (Board Member) and Del Mar Continuation High School Site Council (President-ret). Councilwoman Menchaca has been married to John Menchaca for 31 years, raising their four children, Vanessa, Michelle, Roxanne and Michael Menchaca. As a longtime resident, business owner and community leader, Denise is proud to be a lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley.

Louise Leftoff

As third generation California native, I was born in Alhambra to a family that began their residence in El Monte, California in 1876. I was raised in f Los Angeles where I attended public schools and received my A.A. from West Los Angeles Community College in Culver City.
I began my career in a legal office and attended California State Los Angeles and received my paralegal credential while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I prepared for and took the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) two-day exam and successfully became a nationally Certified Legal Assistants (CLA). I served on the board of LAPA (the Los Angeles Paralegal Association) as a Director and Chairperson of the Litigation Section and presented training classes for other paralegals to prepare them for the NALA exam. Most of my career was spent working for law firms that specialized in Municipal Law and represented cities that included Los Angeles, Pomona, West Covina, Pasadena, and many others where I specialized in civil rights litigation.
As an adult with deep concerns about the social injustice and racial and sexual inequality suffered by many Americans, I chose to continue my education in the areas of sociology, anthropology and the humanities by amassing more than 120 units of education at East Los Angeles College; I was on the Deans List and Honors Program. My studies gave me an awareness of the inequitable social and economic conditions that prevail in our American society, and I was motivated to put forth my best efforts to correct the injustice that is caused by special interests groups that oppress and marginalize many people today.
As a lifelong progressive Democrat, I have attended and participated in many rallies, marches, fundraisers and other events that support the progressive agenda of the Democratic Party. The 49th AD platform promotes promotes Medicare for all, Tuition-free college, and Decent affordable housing. We believe that everyone in an abundant America is entitled to these three basic needs, if only to be on an even footing with those Americans who are privileged enough to take these benefits for granted. A healthy body, an educated mind and a warm family background do a great deal to ensure a well-adjusted individual who can take her place in society and contribute to its welfare. Everyone deserves a fair and decent start.

Norma Edith Garcia

Norma Edith Garcia was appointed as Chief Deputy Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation in September 2016. She is the first woman to serve in that capacity and executive role in the Department since it was created in 1944. In her role, she is responsible for the Departments day-to-day operations of 182 facilities that includes an annual budget of $210 million, more than 1,600 full-time employees, 1,700 part-time employees and 6,477 registered volunteers.
Ms. Garcia is an ardent believer of lifting up children, families and strengthening communities throughout the County, and works tirelessly to achieve this through her active participation in many civic and professional organizations. She currently serves on the Governing Board of Trustees for Rio Hondo College, the Board of New Economics for Women and the El Monte Promise Foundation. Ms. Garcia’s work has been highlighted by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in 2015 and invited to the White House by President Barack Obama. In 2016, Ms. Garcia was invited to participate and share the stage with former President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative America. Ms. Garcia received the 2017 First District Women of the Year by the Los Angeles County Commission of Women and Supervisor Hilda Solis and the 2018 Woman of the Year by Senator Ed Hernandez for the 22nd California Senate District. Ms. Garcia is a graduate from the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute and was awarded a Conflict Resolution Fellowship through the U.S. State Department in Indonesia.
Ms. Garcia graduated from UCLA, earning a B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Urban Planning. Ms. Garcia and her adventurous family of boys and huskies enjoy California road trips and everything about parks.

Rosemary Riedy

I am currently your 49th A.D. E-Board Rep/ADEM; on Credentials Committee LACDP; on endorsing delegation LACDP; former Chair “People Who Make a Difference” Monterey Park: former Credentials Chair California Democratic Council; former staff volunteer State Party: Retired Nurse/ Nurse Instructor: former President of United Democratic Club of Monterey Park.
Please help me to move forward our Basic human rights of Medicare for all- tuition free college education – Affordable Housing- and a clean environment.

Thank you for your vote.
Rosemary Riedy of Alhambra

Melissa Michelson

Here is our chance for the people to represent the hardworking residents of AD49– not for political insiders to take these grassroots seats, because they get appointed by their politician friends.

I first got involved in the Party phone banking for Obama. Then I campaigned for Bernie Sanders. I became an elected national delegate and elected by the delegates to be our whip/organizer in Philly. I’ve been a state party delegate and am a member of the Progressive Caucus. I attended conventions and E-board meetings and voted for progressive causes and candidates. I even wrote a party resolution to remove the corruptive influence of money in politics, which got passed by the state party. For over a year, I’ve been an alt. delegate to the county party, and I introduced a public bank resolution, which also got adopted. Finally, I’ve been a member and executive officer of my local Dem . club in Alhambra, and I’m the 3-term founding president of Feel the Bern Dem. Club which has over 250 members countywide.
-native of LA county and resident of the 10yr-resident of SGV + full-time college English teacher to immigrants in the SGV
-15-year union member and activist
– volunteer for local progressive candidates and environmental and community causes, including a successful grassroots campaign finance reform in Alhambra
-contributing writer for Alhambra Source and ColoradoBlvd.Net

Some of what I will fight for in the Dem. Party:
•Campaign Finance Reform
•Non-corporate biased media
•Medicare for All
•Clean energy, Green New Deal
•Free quality public education
•Living wages + affordable rent as a human right

This election is the community’s chance to foster progressive ideas within the party to combat the Republicans, starting with our Party platform and getting money out of politics. Our Party leaders need to take a stronger stand against income inequality, corporate greed and the corrupting influence of money, but most of my opponents are mute on this because as political insiders and career politicians, they’ve been dependent on and are beholden to their corporate donors. Before you vote, consider how active they’ve been in the Party, not what organizations they belong to, politicians they know or work for, or political offices they hold.

I am unapologetic, sincere and dedicated, and I would be honored to serve as your representative from AD49.

Michael Gomez

A professional actor for over 40 years, my acting credits include performances in classic films such as The Big Lebowski, Heartbreak Ridge, The Border, El Norte, Yes Man, Zoot Suit, among many others. On TV, my credits include The Fosters, Criminal Minds, Star Trek, X-Files, Bones, The Shield, Devious Maids, Desperate Housewives, etc. I have also worked extensively in theater, having been in Zoot Suit on Broadway, and in many other plays .
I am in my 4th year serving as a Los Angeles County Commissioner, having been appointed by Los Angeles Supervisor Hilda Solis to serve on the Los Angeles County Consumer Affairs Advisory Commission, and am currently Vice Chair. I have also served on the Screen Actors Guild Board of Directors (Alternate) and am a three-time Governors Appointee to the Performers Peer Group of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (EMMYS).
I have been a Community Activist for a long time, working with and supporting a number of non-profit organizations, such as LA Special Olympics, AIDS Walk LA, March of Dimes, American Red Cross, National Migrants Workers Conference for Children, Nosotros, United Farmworkers, and many others. Over the years, I have served on a number of City of El Monte commissions and committees, including the Planning Commission, Cultural Commission, Measure GG Tax Oversight, Arts in Public Places, etc.
I believe that this is a very crucial time for our Democratic Party, as our nation faces the biggest challenge to our democracy. Working together to support our party’s continued efforts to bring social justice to our communities, I believe we must support our leaders, and also, work together to identify, develop and support upcoming leaders, from all walks of life. They are our future.

I humbly ask for your vote. Thank you!


Jerry Velasco

Jerry Velasco has been in the entertainment industry for over forty years as an accomplished actor, producer, union organizer, personal manager, Arts Advocate and as head of his own multimedia entertainment company, Velasco & Associates. After serving the community in many aspects for over forty years, Jerry’s more recent venture is in the government sector by serving in a variety of capacities. After serving as a Planning Commissioner for the City of El Monte for two years, Jerry was elected as the El Monte City Treasurer 2013-2014. In 2015, Jerry was elected to the El Monte City Council and currently serves on the City Council and previously as the City of El Monte Mayor Pro Tem (Vice Mayor). He also serves as a Los Angeles County Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Commission on Local Government Services, having been appointed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Raphael Gonzalez

Rafael Gonzalez serves as Director of Community Relations for First 5 LA where facilitates relationships with civic organizations, municipalities, school districts & parent leaders throughout LA County. Central to this work is building & maintaining partnerships with the broader LA community to advocate for early childhood well-being & equity through policy & systems change.
Rafael has worked in the spheres of advocacy, local government, corporate philanthropy, national service, community organizing, civil rights, immigrant integration & youth development. This backdrop has afforded him the chance to develop & maintain relationships with individuals from different backgrounds for purposes of leveraging partnerships to achieve common objectives & social change.
Rafael worked with the LA Dodgers as Director of Community Relations & responsible for building strong partnerships with the community. He served as Chief Service Officer & Director of Neighborhood & Community Services for LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, where he oversaw the Mayors city-wide service initiatives & field operations.
Rafael was a catalyst in the community change efforts of two non-profit organizations. He served as Executive Director of Public Allies LA, a service organization that created opportunities for diverse young leaders to practice leadership & strengthen communities in nonprofit organizations; & Collective SPACE, a community organization that built an informed & active citizenry to bring about social change through grassroots organizing, education & leadership development.
Rafael served as Director of Civic Education & U.S. Citizenship at the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO); Affirmative Action Campaign Coordinator at the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF); Campaign Field Director at Coalition LA & Sr. Field Deputy for LA Councilmember Mike Hernandez.
Rafael serves on the boards for the Community Coalition, Center for Nonprofit Management & El Monte National Little League. He is on the Advisory Council for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund & serves as a parent representative on the Durfee School Site Council.
Rafael was born & raised in LA & resides in El Monte. He graduated from CSUN with a BA degree in Chicano Studies & a Masters from the USC Price School of Public Policy. He is married with three sons.

Kevin Burgos

As a young adult with progressive values I believe that the best path forward is going for policies such as Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, getting money out of politics and a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.

Stephan Lam

I am Stephen Lam, current council member and former mayor of the City of Monterey Park. I started my career as a banker and, after years of experience in mortgage and commercial lending, started up my own financial and real estate firm at the age of 26. With the success of these businesses, I founded Lams USA Group, LL‚ where I am the President and CEO. I have always been a community leader and activist. With my commitment and dedication, I devoted most of my time and business financial experiences to the City of Monterey Park and its residents, therefore, I have been appointed to numerous city commissions for over 10 years.
In 2015, I decided to run for City Council for the first time and, with the voters’ confidence and support, I was successfully elected in March of 2015. As part of the campaign promise, I will be donating my entire city salary for scholarships towards the Monterey Park schools for future leadership development programs.
I would be honored to be elected as a delegate to uphold the ideals and core values of the Democratic Party.

Vincent Dionicio Chang

Vincent D. Chang is a California licensed attorney with a practice focused on helping immigrants seeking asylum and other relief from deportation. He is also the elected City Clerk for the City of Monterey Park currently serving his second term. Vincent is a strong believer in a clean environment for now and the future. In 2009, he helped to found BikeSGV (now ActiveSGV), a non-profit organization that promotes health and environmental sustainability through cycling. Vincent spent his early years in Los Angeles after he and his parents immigrated from Ecuador (where he was born) and has lived in the SGV for almost 40 years.

Chin Ho Liao

Chin Ho Liao was elected to the City Council in March of 2013 and re-elected in March 2017. He is a retired engineer who has been actively involved in community service in the San Gabriel Valley for over twenty years.
He is currently a Board Member for the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance, member of San Gabriel Kiwanis Club, member of Alhambra San Gabriel Elks Lodge 1328, member of Friends of the San Gabriel Library, member of San Gabriel Historical Association, Board Member of San Gabriel Community Foundation, Board Member of the former San Gabriel Valley Medical Center Foundation, and the Founding President of San Gabriel United Chinese Association and recently appointed to the Los Angeles County Library Commission and the State Transportation Policy Committee.
Chin Ho has previously served as President of San Gabriel Rotary Club, Board Member of the Asian Youth Center, Board Member of San Gabriel Education Foundation, Board Member of West San Gabriel Valley YMCA, Board Member of San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre, and Vice President of Los Angeles County Access Services Community Advisory Board.
Chin Ho’s priorities are environmental issues and renewable energy. He currently serves as a member the Coalition of Governments for the San Gabriel Valley.