AD50: Parts of Malibu, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills

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

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Doors Open: 9:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 9:30am
Registration & Voting: 10:00am-1:00pm

Location:
Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

*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 all 14.

Sue Himmelrich

Current elected Executive Board Member from AD50
Also vote for E-Board rep.

Erika Feresten

President, Pacific Palisades Democratic Club

Marcy Winograd

Co-Founder & Executive Board Member, Progressive Caucus, CDP

Anastasia Foster

Chair of Santa Monica Rent Control Board

Isabel Storey

Theater producer & progressive activist
Member of Indivisible CA-33, SM Democratic Club, League of Women Voters, Swing SoCal Left

Jennifer Barraza

Former organizing director at SEIU Local 99

Caroline Torosis
Derek Devermont

SM Democratic Club Treasurer and Disability Rights Attorney

Domi Piturro

SMDC Political Director, Westside Democratic HQ Steering Committee

Andrew Bouley

Progressive activist

Chris Bowen

Advocate for people of color and LGBT people

Jon Katz

President of the Santa Monica Democratic Club

Kevin McKeown

20-year elected official declining all corporate money

Dr. Sion Roy

Elected Santa Monica College Trustee

Detailed Information

Sue Himmelrich

I am seeking re-election as 50th Assembly District Executive Board Representative and delegate to the California Democratic Party. As an attorney at Western Center on Law & Poverty and a newly reelected member of the Santa Monica City Council, I am urgently aware of the tasks at hand for the Democratic party in the run-up to the 2020 election. I am running on the Progressive Slate because we need to return to our progressive values, the same values that were the foundation of my election campaign: transparency at every level of government (including the party level); living wages for all workers; LGBTQIA Equality; environmental progressivism that includes addressing global warming and protecting our beaches, our mountains, and the sustainability of our cities as livable and affordable habitats for all creatures.
We all should be concerned about the erosion of the safety net for our most vulnerable residents. As a lawyer at Western Center, I have dedicated my work to ending poverty for all people–immigrants, people of color, women, people with disabilities, and others who are marginalized. I want to see a California Democratic party re-energized with a new fervor to resist the forces of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, bullying, and bigotry.
As Democrats, our mandate is this. Our schools must be fully funded and fully available to all students. We must overturn Citizens United and move toward the public funding of elections. We must strive for a single-payer universal health care system that provides access to every person regardless of their income. We must embrace science and fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground and join in solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We must support the “Housing First” model and homelessness assistance programs to end homelessness. We must create more affordable housing statewide and work towards a minimum wage that is livable and not just subsistence.
We must sustain our momentum from the midterms, and I remain committed to hosting phonebanks, canvassing voters, and rallying volunteers. Our tremendous energy in AD 50 was a pivotal factor in flipping the House now lets flip the rest of our federal government. I ask for your vote for 50th Assembly District Executive Board and delegate to the California Democratic Party.

Erika Feresten

The California Democratic Party platform is one of the most progressive platforms in the country. Our Party ideals save lives, lift the vulnerable, and most of all, reaffirm we are all in this together. While California has proven the success of Democratic governance, we must increase our pace toward progress. We must guarantee health care as a human right. We must expand our environmental laws to include a moratorium on fracking. We must lower the cost of housing because the rent is still too damn high! To meet these goals, we on the Progressive Slate will push our elected officials to address affordable housing in Los Angeles, going beyond the failed repeal of Costa Hawkins (Prop 10). I strongly support a Green New Deal, a public single-payer health care system, justice for our black and brown brothers and sisters and a future free from draconian ICE policies.
As your elected delegate since 2016 (inspired by Bernie, I heeded the call to serve!), I am also President of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club and a member of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party. My most enthusiastic advocacies include my membership in Health Care for All (LA chapter) and creating the Health Care Revolutionaries, which crowd-canvassed at Hamilton performances in Los Angeles and San Diego. The Health Care Revolutionaries marched in the 2018 Healthcare for All Rose Parade, The People’s Parade and Pasadena’s fun-loving Doo Dah Parade. I am also proud to kneel and stand with those who have been working for an end to police violence and racial equality.
I am determined to serve for the common good of the people. I know we cannot change what we will not acknowledge. I promise to point out hard truths, provide thoughtful inclusive solutions, and embolden our leadership to stand in their political courage to carry them out and make our California Democratic Platform living legislation. I would appreciate your vote for me and for the Progressive Slate!

Marcy Winograd

As a co-founder of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and as an Executive Board member of the Progressive Caucus, I am committed to fighting for Medicare for All, fee college, environmental stewardship, public banks and publicly operated public schools.
A retired public high school teacher, I worked to elect Tony Thurmond as CA Superintendent of Public Instruction, blogging about his campaign on LA Progressive, raising money in Venice and speaking at Democratic Clubs on behalf of his campaign against the privatization of our public schools.
Rooted in the anti-war movement, I look forward to campaigning for a 2020 Congress & President committed to converting billions we spend on weapons to renewable energy systems, ensuring greater national security through fossil fuel independence.
As progressives, we must connect the dots between a war economy and domestic deprivation, between our $700-billion dollar military budget that funds 800 foreign bases in 80 nations, siphoning 2/3rds of our discretionary budget, and the starvation of our public sphere: schools, parks, libraries, housing and social services.
Inside the party, inspired by the popularity of the Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign, I co-authored the influential resolution that resulted in reduction of the power of super delegates to predetermine our Presidential nominee, a move that greatly empowers the grassroots. Additionally, I amended the party platform to call for vigorous oversight, accountability and transparency for charter schools that threaten to bankrupt our school districts. Currently, I am working on bylaws to further democratize our state party’s endorsement process and to ensure due process when rules or decisions are challenged.
Locally, in Santa Monica, I worked with the Industrial Workers of the World to organize beach maintenance workers for union representation. I’ve also joined with the Coalition for Police Reform to address concerns over racial profiling and to develop a community police academy anchored in the Pico neighborhood.
In order to win majority control of all branches of government in 2020, we must campaign on a bold progressive agenda that galvanizes people who stayed home in 2016 to come to the polls. Vote for me and I’ll be your voice inside the party, building the progressive movement that will catapult us to victory!

Anastasia Foster

My name is Anastasia Foster, and I am running on the Progressive Slate for delegate in the 50th AD. Policy is most effective when like minds with diverse experiences can take a strong message forward to the Party. I represent a wide variety of our collective interests and values, and I know how to develop and fight for good policy on both the macro and a micro scale. Rent control & affordable housing, the environment, affordable healthcare for all, education, international diplomacy, fair-share taxes, campaign finance reform, equal pay. How?
I’ve worked relentlessly for the rights of tenants and with property owners as the current elected chair of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board where I’ve served for 3 years. I’m a Board member and 7-year driver/volunteer at Meals on Wheels West, serving some of our most vulnerable citizens. I’m a member of the Housing Committee at Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights, and a perennial panelist at Housing California, working to solve and innovate in the areas of rent control and affordable housing. I’m a small business owner who pays my staff a living wage and benefits, investing in my people and providing a supportive and nurturing environment for both the employees and the seniors who’ve been entrusted to our care. I’m a mother who will work to promote our shared values for a first-rate education for all children.
We must gain substantial environmental policy victories in the face of the undisputed havoc that inaction could bring, end poverty and homelessness through adaptive policies that make sense for each region and city, enact campaign finance reform, further advance marriage equality for all, implement anti-war measures, guard immigrants’ rights and achieve single-payer/Medicare for all. These progressive Democratic ideals will help lift every Californian and every American, but only if we send effective policy-makers and communicators to the CDP to fight for our shared values. I ask for your vote and for your support for our Progressive Slate!

Isabel Storey

After the stunning result of the 2016 presidential election, I have been galvanized to fight for the Democratic and progressive values I had come to take somewhat for granted. Until then, I had seen our nation progressing in the direction of increased civil rights, equality opportunity, environmental protection, and health coverage. But after the election, I saw all these values under assault and important progress threatened. As a member of MoveOn, Indivisible CA-33, Progressive Volunteer Network of Santa Monica, and Santa Monica Democratic Club, I have been on the front lines of pushing our representatives for greater accountability in these areas – and to win back Democratic control of the U.S. House. I am thrilled with the results of the 2018 Congressional elections and am ready to help Democrats gain an even greater voice on the national stage. At this point in our history, Democrats are truly the “party of the people” and I’m ready to do all within my power to help us advance an agenda is truly “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Jennifer Barraza

I have served as a delegate to the CA Democratic Party (CDP) since 2015 and am a member of the Platform Committee working to ensure our party has the most progressive platform in the country. I am running on the Progressive Slate as a delegate for the 50th Assembly District.

I firmly believe that our party plays a crucial role in both electing democrats to pass progressive policies and holding our current elected officials accountable. Our state is on the right track but we still have so much to do. We must make college affordable for all students and ensure that they are not saddled with debt upon graduation. We must demand a healthcare system that provides healthcare for all, not just some. We must ensure that the effects of climate change are slowed by putting in place the most aggressive climate change legislation in the nation. And we need to address the issue of housing affordability which is affecting our entire state.

This year, our party has proven that we can elect champions who will go to Sacramento and Washington to fight for us. The work doesn’t end there, it is our responsibility leading into the 2020 Presidential to ensure we are also sending a progressive warrior to the White House.

I would appreciate your vote for me and for the Progressive Slate!

Caroline Torosis

As a lifelong Democrat, I am running to represent Assembly District 50 as a delegate because it is vital that we shape the progressive agenda of the California Democratic Party. As a current elected official and a member of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board, I have experience in considering all sides of each policy issue, being responsive to the public, and fairly representing our constituents.
I am a government affairs attorney, working for Los Angeles County to pass laws and regulations that protect consumer rights, protect tenant rights, and promote a fair and vibrant rental marketplace. As a certified mediator, I have personally mediated hundreds of Unlawful Detainer cases where I have successfully helped tenants and landlords reach an amicable resolution and avoid eviction proceedings. I feel passionately about ensuring that the law is enforced in a fair and consistent manner.
I am well versed in issues facing our community from both her personal and professional experience. Professionally, I work to promote the economic and social well being of County residents by working on local policy surrounding economic development and affordable housing, experience I can bring to bear as a delegate.
I have worked on minimum wage enforcement, financial literacy and small business development, and the County legislative agenda. I believe in promoting social mobility for our residents, and as such, I helped author the County’s minimum wage enforcement ordinance and worked with internal and external stakeholders to establish a regional approach to minimum wage enforcement. I understand the importance of coalition building to establish consensus. Together with consumer protection partners, I have been instrumental in passing County sponsored legislation and testified in the California legislature to establish the County’s Foreclosure Prevention Program. Prior to working for the County, I practiced employment law as a workers’ rights attorney. I have also represented juvenile offenders in juvenile delinquency proceedings.
I believe that my experience has prepared me to represent progressive values and the constituents of AD 50 as a delegate to the California Democratic Party. As a member of the Progressive Slate, I would be honored to earn your vote.

Derek Devermont

I am a progressive grassroots activist, an advocate for our homeless community and a proponent for the expansion and further recognition of disability rights/protections. Within the Democratic Party, I have served as the treasurer of the Santa Monica Democratic Club for 3 years. I am running on the Progressive Slate as a delegate for the 50th Assembly District. My entire legal career has been spent fighting for the disabled to ensure they are treated fairly. I pushed for criminal justice reform and was successful in changing the policy within the Santa Monica Prosecutor’s office regarding eligibility of mentally ill veterans for diversionary programs. The policy switched from full prosecution to dismissals with mental health treatment. I have helped over 10,000 homeless, disabled people achieve a livable life off the streets. I have lectured at seminars to other attorneys to encourage them to take on pro bono (free) cases and show them how to properly advocate for the disabled, the destitute, and the oppressed. I served on the board of the Abraham H. Pishevar II Pro Bono Clinic at the LA Mission and helped countless homeless with their legal issues on a pro bono basis. I am currently working to set up a pro bono clinic (a clinic where lawyers help homeless for free) in Santa Monica. I believe homelessness and the severity of many disabilities is a result of the government’s failure to provide adequate healthcare. I believe healthcare is a right and support single payer healthcare. Much of our tax dollars go towards dealing with issues that result from poor health care (crime, ER visits) and implementing proper healthcare would cut the amount spent on ER visits, incarceration, etc. I support equality regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. I organized, along with the Santa Monica Democratic Club and Stonewall, the “RTR Rally” in front of City Hall in support of Transgender rights. I believe climate change might be the biggest issue we as humans are facing today and drastic steps need to be taken to help curtail the consequences. I support moving entirely to win on solar energy. Lastly I believe in “duty”. I believe if you are able to create a better world there is a duty to do what is within our power. It is a sense of civic duty that compels me to run in this election. I would appreciate your vote for me and for 50th AD delegate.

Domi Piturro

Currently I am the Political Vice President of the Santa Monica Democratic Club. I am running on the Progressive Slate to be an Assembly District Delegate for the 50th Assembly District. I am a Progressive Democratic activist and political organizer.
In recent years my work has been in the arena of political organization, fighting and defending progressive Democratic values during this era of political polarization. I helped grow activism at the Santa Monica Democratic Club and opened channels to Democratic clubs and organizations in Southern California, focusing Los Angeles Democratic activism into political action to Flip the House to Democratic control in the 2018 mid-term election. I am a member of the LACDP where I worked to expand this initiative and activity to a wider circle. I am also part of the core team that organized LA Democratic clubs and organizations into the 2018 Westside Democratic Headquarters. I led many field efforts through 2017-2018 in Republican dominated districts. In the 2018 election all Orange County congressional districts flipped to Democratic control.
My efforts and activity are based on core Democratic values of health care for all as a human right, implementing 100% Renewable clean energy, equality for all no matter what Gender, Race, Religion, Ethnicity or Sexual Orientation, good education, economic opportunity, guaranteed basic housing for all and high-quality infrastructure.
My longer-term political history has always been within Liberal and Progressive Democratic politics. In many ways I was born into the Democratic Party. My father was a long-time Democratic political activist starting as a New York organizer for Rep. Shirley Chisholm and later as a close assistant for many years to the Gov. Mario Cuomo. My great uncle was also a Congressman. Through this I saw politics first-hand. I was a student organizer for the No Nukes movement in the 1980’s leading to significant de-nuclearization of the world. I then focusing my work on community organizing especially with young people which I am still currently involved with in the education community.
These past few years we have had to fight for our values, going forward we must focus on building the strongest foundation for our Progressive Democratic future in California. I would appreciate your vote for me and for the Progressive Slate!

Andrew Bouley

-VP Feel the Bern. AD50. Progressive Slate-
A few years ago, my wife had a stroke and was rushed to St Joseph’s Hospital. The ER doctors stabilized, but refused to admit her. Saying we didn’t have health insurance. I had recently switched providers and apparently there was a gap in coverage. After pleading with them for hours, they eventually tried my health insurance again, and found the policy had just become active after midnight. My wife was then immediately admitted and received the care that saved her life.
It was this dehumanizing experience that forced me into political action. I am now a full-time, volunteer, organizer and activist. Dedicated to fixing our broken systems. My primary focus being to advocate for a Single Payer Healthcare system, and to get money out of politics so it can actually happen.
In addition to being on the front lines of the fight for Medicare for All with The Healthy California Campaign, I have rallied and organized for Immigrant Rights, Environmental Justice, GOTV, Trans Equality, Rent Control / Tenant Rights, Decriminalization of Street Vending, Raising the Minimum Wage, Gun Control, Progressive Candidates, and more that I’ll probably remember later.
I also mobilize against Trump, Nazis, Police Brutality, and Corrupt Politicians.
I am an active member of the Santa Monica Dems, Stonewall Dems, LACDP, and am a founding member + elected Vice President of the Feel the Bern Democratic Club. A strong, left progressive org that supports corporate-free candidates, party reform, and human rights causes.
And because “free time” is a thing of the past, I also spend at least 1 day a week volunteering with the #Shower of Hope. A local project where we bring a mobile shower trailer to provide hot showers for the homeless.
If your idea of a good delegate is one who shows up to everything, is beholden to no one, is not afraid to stand up to the powers that be, and will always fight for those deepest in need, then I would be honored to have your vote.
And please vote for the Progressive Slate 🙂

Chris Bowen

I have served as a delegate to the California Democratic Party since 2014 in the 50th Assembly District. From 2014-2016 I served as an appointed delegate by progressive Senator Ben Allen (and former Progressive Slate Member). I served as an elected delegate from 2016- 2018. I am running again on the Progressive Slate as an adopted gay young immigrant and person of color committed to a more equitable and diverse Democratic Party that is more in tune with the grassroots.
The California Democratic Party should live up to its ideals that young people, LGBT people, immigrants, and people of color have a seat at the table. When we have diverse voices coming together to make decisions, I believe we will come to more progressive and equitable conclusions.
As President of the Stonewall Young Democrats, I mobilize young people of color to become more engaged in our party. We support liberal immigrants, women, and people of color when they seek elected and appointed positions of power.
Growing up in Vermont and having worked for United States Senator Bernie Sanders on The Hill in Washington D.C. as a legislative intern, I know how important campaign finance reform, SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE, and the environmental movement is to our Party.
I’ll never be a delegate that goes along to get along. If I see injustice (as I have), I’ll speak out. If I see (as I have) a lack of diversity, I’ll speak out.
We must end the senseless drug war, end the never ending wars abroad, and return the power to the people!
I married a Central American immigrant who fled to this country for a better life and came here with nothing. Marriage equality, reforming and broadening immigration laws, ending poverty and homelessness, increasing diversity, and protecting our LA beaches and forests aren’t just boxes I tick off to garner political support; they are the issues of my family, they are what I believe in, and part of who I am.
Please consider voting for me and the Progressive Slate!

Jon Katz

The past two years have been a challenging time to be a Democrat. We have seen our most closely held American values shaken to the core as the Trump Administration tests our democracy anew each day. As an active member of the California Democratic Party already for six years prior to Trump’s election, I knew that it was my responsibility to do all that I could to put my years of activist training to work.
First, I ran for President of the Santa Monica Democratic Club and was re-elected a year later, both times unanimously. I elevated the stature of our club into a powerhouse of activism known across the state, doubling our membership and becoming a must-stop for all candidates running for office in 2018, culminating in a 100% victory rate for our local Santa Monica endorsements.
I then took advantage of my position as Club President to become Co-Chair of the Westside Democratic HQ, where we spearheaded the statewide effort to mobilize grassroots activists and flip nine Republican seats in the US House. After raising all of the funding for the HQ ourselves, we were able to run daily phonebanks and lead buses into each key swing district, ultimately succeeding in flipping at least six House districts in California.
As a three-term delegate, I have the experience needed to provide leadership in the state party from our region along with my allies on the Progressive Slate, all of whom I have worked closely with over the past several years. In these trying times for our nation, our state party must continue to be a beacon for the rest of our country, leading on issues such as democracy reform, racial justice, rent control, prioritizing climate change, and single payer healthcare. Given my demonstrated leadership over the last two years, I believe I would be an effective delegate to represent the 50th District.

Kevin McKeown

I have a long history of championing our progressive issues: strong and enforced renter protections, the country’s most worker-friendly minimum wage ordinance, production of truly affordable housing, policies to reduce homelessness, and a globally famous Sustainable City Plan.
As Santa Monica Mayor in 2015, I presented at the United Nations global climate change conference, COP-21, in Paris. This year, as Director on the Board of the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California, I am bringing 100% renewably sourced electric power to thirty cities and two counties.
I’ve also initiated actions on campaign finance reform, including public financing of campaigns; equal benefits for same-sex partners; one of the first city resolutions against the Iraq war; and universal single-payer health care. My actions on single-payer won statewide support from the California Democratic Party, urging other Democratic local officials to follow my lead in documenting the governmental fiscal savings of single-payer, Medicare-for-all healthcare reform.
As an ongoing elected delegate from our District, I serve as vice-chair of the CADEM Irish-American Caucus. I also serve on the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and the Westside Cities Council of Governments.
Twice in the past seven years I have been honored as our Assembly District Democrat of the Year.
In my most recent City Council election I was endorsed by Representative Ted Lieu, State Senator Ben Allen, County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the L.A. County Democratic Party, Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California Americans for Democratic Action, the Santa Monica Democratic Club, and the Feel the Bern Democratic Club of Los Angeles.
Please support my continuing leadership with your vote.

Sion Roy

Thank you for considering me for Re-Election as an AD50 delegate. I am a cardiologist at Harbor UCLA hospital (a publicly funded LA County safety net hospital) and President-elect of the Los Angeles County Medical Association. I am proud to be running on the Progressive Slate.
I’m deeply committed to the Democratic Party and have served on the executive committee of the Santa Monica Democratic Club since 2011, including as co-President last year as our club became a leading local chapter in the resistance against the Trump administration. I’ve been an elected AD50 delegate since 2015 and also serve on the California Democratic Party Finance Committee.
I’m dedicated to public education and was just elected to serve as a Santa Monica College Trustee. Previously, I have served as chair of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Health and Safety District Advisory Committee.
I’m committed to universal healthcare and believe that increasing access to quality healthcare for all, including undocumented immigrants, is something our party must advocate for. I’m committed to LGBTQ rights, gun control, anti-poverty measures, the living wage, progressive immigration reform, and protecting reproductive rights. Please vote for me for AD50 delegate as part of the progressive slate.