AD5 - Alpine, Amador, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Calaveras, Eldorado, Placer & Tuolumne 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.

Voting Time & Location #1 (Northern District – Amador County)

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Doors Open: 10:45am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 
11:00am
Registration & Voting: 11:30am-1:30pm

Location:
Jackson Civic Center
33 Broadway
Jackson, CA 95642
http://ci.jackson.ca.us/

Cross streets: Between Main St & State Hwy 88

Parking is underneath the building on Broadway

*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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Voting Time & Location #2 (Southern District – Madera County)

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Doors Open: 10:45am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 
11:00am
Registration & Voting: 11:30am-1:30pm

Location:

Oakhurst Branch Library
(Community Room)
49044 Civic Circle
Oakhurst, CA 93644
http://www.maderacountylibrary.org/oakhurst

Cross streets:
HWY 41 & Civic Circle.
Note: Civic Circle is the first street
north of the junction for HWY 41 & HWY 49.

*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

AD 5 Progressive Environmental Labor slate
Protecting the People and Planet. Progress and Sustainability for California.
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Sarah Armstrong Saunders

RN
CNA Union Activist
Co-president El Dorado Progressives

Kathleen Barco

Secretary, El Dorado Progressives Steering Committee

Jan Bell

Child of the 60s, still active

Ellyn Donovan

El Dorado Progressives
CSEA Union member

Elaine Hagen

Rural community organizer, progressive activist

Kim Monson

Retired Teacher/Engineer, Current Activist

Patricia Pava

Shingle Springs Progressive – Community & Government Liaison

Michael Saunders

Director, Georgetown Divide Public Utility District
Vice-Chair, El Dorado County Democratic Central Committee
Co-Moderator Civil rights Now Workgroup
Retired Medical Doctor

Vote for Michael for both Delegate and E-board representative.

Matt Hagen

Progressive Environmentalist

Josh Lewis

Community Organizer
College student
Activist

John E Savage

Retired teacher
Served on CTA State Council

Dr. Bob Vizzard

Physician
Progressive for Medicare for all

Detailed Information

As delegates to the California Democratic Party, we will support and promote policies, resolutions and candidates who:

  • Protect the environment and mitigate climate change. We support the Green New Deal.
  • Promote Labor and working class strength.
  • Promote affordable housing for all.
  • Promote single-payer healthcare for all.
  • Promote equal rights and equal opportunities to all.
  • Promote free public university education or vocational training for all.

 

We want the CDP to:

  • Prioritize, support and represent the working people of California; not special interests
  • Stop accepting Big Donations from organizations that don’t represent our values
  • Be transparent. Disclose consulting contracts and lobbying efforts
  • Educate, motivate and devote resources; particularly in rural California. The Party rarely focuses time or resources in AD 5. That must change. I want our voices heard!
  • Listen to/collaborate with grassroots activists – so that the CDP becomes the Party that reflects our values!
Sarah Armstrong Saunders
El Dorado County

I am a RN, member of California Nurses Association, (CNA) and activist with CNA and Medicare for All. I was a 2016 – 2018 DSCC delegate from El Dorado County Central Committee, sit on their Candidate Development Committee, and I am their Labor Liaison.
I am the current Secretary, and Co-President of El Dorado Progressives, and an active member of their Worker Solidarity Network workgroup and Civil Rights Now! Workgroup, and the Our Revolution coordinator/ liaison. I am a founding member of Democratic Socialists of America Central Sierra Foothills chapter, and on the Sacramento DSA Labor Workgroup, and have done Medicare for All presentation as a CNA rep to DSA SAC.

It is my fervent belief that the Democratic Party needs to change to reflect the needs of the people who have supported the Party for decades and who have felt increasingly marginalized by the Party in favor of big- money donors, PACs, and corporate money.

Kathleen Barco
El Dorado County

I’m a lifelong Democrat who was galvanized by the 2016 presidential election. After my initial shock, I began analyzing why so many Democratic candidates lost and thinking about how I could and should step up. I’m now on the steering committee for El Dorado Progressives. I will help select and support candidates who believe in workers and unions, civil rights, and fair treatment of immigrants.  We need candidates who want single-payer healthcare IN and corporate money OUT. I helped mobilize people to support Democratic candidates in the midterms, in particular to support Jessica Morse who was running against Tom McClintock.

Our party has lost its way. We used to be voice of the common man and woman. We seemed to have slipped away from supporting ‘the little guy’ and had begun behaving much like Republicans running for office. We left a big void there and Donald Trump walked right into it, somehow positioning himself as the voice of the working person.

I believe large businesses should pay more taxes. I want to see every person in the US have access to quality healthcare. I support candidates who do not take corporate money. I believe corporations should not be able to give enormous sums of money to candidates.

I worked in public relations for my entire professional life and retired several years ago. I was a Peace Corps volunteer many years ago in South Korea and have volunteered for years with various animal rescue groups.

Jan Bell
Placer County

I reside at the northern most boundary of Assembly District 5 in Auburn. I am asking for your support to re-elect me as an ADEM in AD5 so I can continue the work I’ve started in three major areas.

#1 – Rural County programs to turn our rural counties blue. I’ve worked with the Rural Caucus Chairs and  Rural Program Manager, Patty Hughes, to propose a Red to Blue Statewide Sister County Program to get us the help we need to turn our Districts blue on a long-term basis (not just during elections) from our big blue sister counties.

#2 – I’m on the CDP Voter Services Committee where I worked to recruit Democrats to run in every statewide office. We achieved that in 2018 and plan to do that again in 2020.

#3 – I’m currently Chair of the Placer County Democratic Party’s Campaign Services Committee working to recruit, train and help elect Progressive Democrats across Placer County – one of the reddest counties in California.

I have BA from UCSB, a Master’s from SJSU and worked 40+ years in business in increasingly responsible positions. I bring a pragmatic approach to the party and know-how of how things work at CDP. I’m an active member of the Auburn Area Democratic Club (AADC) and I’m the AADC Representative to Placer County Democratic Central Committee. I’m a proactive, progressive and experienced ADEM who will get things.

Ellyn Donovan
El Dorado County

I am running for AD 5 because I want to have a voice in my community and represent progressive values in the Democratic Party. Rural communities have certain needs that need to be addressed. I am a member of the El Dorado Progressives and I am on the Immigrants Rights committee.

I care deeply for my community and my country. I work with children at Rescue Elementary School and take care of my elderly mother. I feel I have a grasp on the needs of working families, children and seniors. I have also been a Human Resources for 20 years and understand the needs of small and large businesses.I worked for Sierra Forward registering voters in El Dorado county during the 2018 election cycle. I have studied the California Democratic Party Platform and the issues concerning our assembly district. I believe I represent the values of my community.

Elaine Hagen
Tuolumne County

Who I am/what I stand for: I’m a passionately, pro-active, progressive, “boots-on-the-ground” grassroots rural activist. My personal motto is ‘People and Planet over private/corporate profit.’ In my careers, I’ve consistently been an educator and advocate: Registered Nurse, certified Childbirth Educator, school librarian and community organizer.

I’m unapologetically progressive: during Spring 2016, I made over 4,000 calls nationwide for Bernie. I was Tuolumne County whip for Kimberly Ellis. I still support their goals.

I’m on Tuolumne County’s Sierra Club EXCOM, helped found People’s Environmental Network: Sonora. Since registering at 18, I’ve always voted for progressive Democratic candidates. I’m heavily involved with the Tuolumne County Democratic Club, our Democratic Women’s Coalition, a member of Tuolumne County Democratic Central Committee and was a 2017 & 2018 DSCC delegate. I fought to replace Tom McClintock, over 3 years, as county coordinator for 3 groups: Bob Derlet, Sierra Forward, and Jessica Morse; where I volunteered full time for 16 months. I for worked alongside other candidates, and forged valuable connections I’ll use as your advocate.

I propose frequent communication between both the local AD5 delegation, other ADEM delegations, clubs, and other grassroots groups and activists.

Kim Monson
Mariposa County

My first involvement in political activism was participating in demonstrations opposed to Operation Rescue as they tried to shut down Women’s health clinics in the 1980’s. Our purpose was to keep the clinics open, to escort patients past Operation Rescue into the clinic. I became part of the leadership in these actions, training in peaceful, non-violent opposition.

I have a Masters degree in engineering and worked in aerospace for 10 years, before moving to the environmental engineering field. As my children reached school age, I became more interested in education and became a credentialed high school teacher. I taught physics and chemistry, and coached academic decathlon for 21 years, 18 years in Los Angeles Unified School District and 3 years at Mariposa County High School. I joined the Mariposa Democrats and eventually the Central Committee in 2016. I was pleased to be Mariposa County campaign contact to the Morse campaign, where I organized volunteers to canvass, call, and write post cards. I am now working on the Mariposa County homeless committee.

As a trained engineer I am a problem solver. I am good with finding and implementing solutions. If elected I promise to bring those skills to bear on Democratic/Progressive issues.

Patricia Pava
El Dorado County

I have had a 20 year career of working with the public and with elected officials. I was Chief of Staff for an elected official in Contra Costa County, then a Public Information Officer. I worked for the County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), working on Earthquake Preparedness. I became Supervisor of the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit. I was an Arts Commissioner in the City of Walnut Creek.

Michael Saunders (E-board Rep & Delegate)
El Dorado County

A Progressive Voice for the Party and his community. Community leader and volunteer. Newly elected Director for Georgetown Divide Public Utility District, water district in El Dorado County. Endorsed by the El Dorado County Democratic Party and nationally by the Progressive Campaign Change Committee.

Memberships: Rural, Progressive, and African-American Caucuses, Water Policy Discussion group. El Dorado County Central Committee, DSCC delegate, acting Chair of Candidate Development for the DCC. El Dorado Progressives Steering Committee and Co-Moderator for the Civil Rights Now Workgroup.

As a Delegate, I will support candidates and resolutions which reflect our District’s needs for District-wide access to reliable cellular service and internet, delivery and sustainability of our water system including protection of our rights as an origin source; fire protection and relief for tree removals; healthcare and drug cost reforms; affordable education; protection of our public lands; and jobs programs. I will listen and deliver the voices of our community to the State.

Matt Hagen
Tuolumne County

My most pressing concerns are the Environment, and getting corporate money and lobbyists out of politics. Now is not the time for incremental-ism. Big changes are needed. We must change to renewable energy and halt the burning of fossil fuels. I want a Green New Deal.

I’m a Veteran, a member of the Environmental and Progressive caucus, 350.org and Citizens Climate Lobby. I helped organize marches/rallies about climate change, Keystone XL pipeline, TPP, environmentally friendly candidates, and for Bernie Sanders.

I am on the Tuolumne County Democratic Central Committee and was a DSCC delegate in 2016-2018, I supported Kimberly Ellis.

Election reforms: Eliminate super delegates and appointed delegates. Overturn Citizens United. Institute ranked choice voting, and publicly financed elections. Neither our candidates, and nor the CDP should accept corporate donations that don’t reflect our values. I want candidates chosen by local constituents, reflecting the wants and needs of our communities, not merely who the lobbyists and corporations want elected.

Our communities need rural broadband, more affordable housing, and our public lands need protecting. We live in fear of fire. What happened in Paradise could happen anywhere in AD 5. Meanwhile, Republican legislators ignore science. Wildfire budgets must reflect our reality. Fire insurance needs to remain affordable and attainable.

We must maintain our beautiful pristine environment that supports tourism. We cannot allow local non-environmentally friendly regulations to super-cede state/federal regulations that exploit our lands, and destroy our breathtaking natural setting.

Frank Biglelow and Tom McClintock need to be replaced. The CDP should be helping red, rural communities with all of this.

I’d like your vote so I can speak up for the Environment and the citizens of AD 5, and take the California Democratic Party toward these goals.

Josh Lewis
Amador County

I am now an active student of political science, learning governmental theory, and studying public policy implementation at the University of California, Berkeley. I was granted the privilege of forming and chairing the only active, chartered Democratic club in Amador County, in addition to serving as the founding Vice-Chair of the Sierra Foothills Young Democrats. In both of these positions, I fought for progressive candidates and endorsed policies that we should all support at a state level, including public healthcare options, free college tuition, rural access to broadband internet, and public insurance options.

Throughout my political career, I have had the incredible honor to lead groups of young democrats in all corners of our district to fight for progressive change and represent the interests of those that live in the communities I love. As an intern for the Jessica Morse for Congress campaign, I was able to travel all around our district and learn the interests and issues that affect our citizens most.

I am running to represent our district at the state party level. As Democrats in rural districts, we have a right to have our voices heard at all levels of the party. I promise to fight for fair, progressive policies, not just at state convention, but throughout the year. We as Democrats are at a time when we can draw our communities together in unity and shared belief, and I promise to fight to make our party the best it can be, with a fresh and youthful outlook into our party’s politics.

John E Savage
El Dorado County

I am a retired elementary school teacher who was active in CTA. I am the President of the United Democrats of El Dorado County. I was the Placerville Captain for Sierra Forward working to elect Jessica Morse. I volunteered for my first campaign when Jerry Waldie ran for governor in 1974. I was reactivated politically when George W Bush came out in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004. I traveled to Nevada to volunteer in 04, 08, 12, and 16.

I knocked on doors for Ami Bera in 12 and 14. I am very pleased with the organizing and party building that has been going on in AD05. With every passing day it becomes more important for us to stand up and be active in the fight to win our country back! I would appreciate your vote for me to be a delegate from AD05.

Dr. Bob Vizzard
Placer County

My goal is have the progressive movement take over the Democratic Party of California to inaugurate a truly progressive agenda: Affordable Housing, Education, Healthcare, Public Campaign Finance and save the Planet from Climate Change.

About our slate: We span our entire district in geography, age, occupations, with members that are POC, and LGBT, to ensure that our large district is well represented. We’re Nurses, Doctors, Union members and Union organizers, college students, former teachers, working families, public servants, and active seniors who want to make a positive difference, by bringing change to the CDP, and to our district. Our intent is to fully represent what AD05 needs. We recognize that we’re a Rural district, with unique needs.