AD54: Culver City, Leimert Park, Crenshaw, Century City
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: 2:00pm
Candidate Speeches Begin: 2:15pm
Registration & Voting: 2:45pm-4:45pm
Culver City Middle School
4601 Elenda St
Culver City, CA 90230
*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.
Your Progressive Candidates
Vote for all 14 candidates.
Khin Khin Gyi
Also vote for E-Board rep.
I am running for assembly delegate to make sure that the people of this district have a voice and that our values and needs are heard. I have been involved with the Democratic Party consistently since 2016 where I represented Bernie Sanders as a DNC delegate. WE deserve affordable housing, better healthcare, and education without the burden of lifelong debt. I will bring transparency to the district by removing barriers between the people and their elected officials. It is time to bring the power back to ALL the people.
I’m currently Corresponding Secretary of the Culver City Democratic Club. I am an activist, feminist, CPA, and actress. I want to make the Democratic Party and our club stronger and more progressive (I supported Bernie and Kevin de León) so more of the other 90 percent get active and enjoy the fruits of our society. I’m running because I want to preserve democracy in the United States and make our party a defender of working people again.
Stirred by an overwhelming sense of duty, I’m an advocate for the community. As a transmedia artist, I use Activist Art to promote awareness. A former assistant for students with disabilities, my life changed drastically when hit by a car while on my bicycle, rendering me disabled. My advocacy extends to those in the disabled. As the Recording Secretary for Culver City Democratic Club, I am fully edified in the current concerns of our communities. I’m an advocate; and I am at your service.
Khin Khin Gyi
I am a neurologist who will fight for single payer healthcare system. I am also an environmental advocate who has been fighting against neighborhood drilling and fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field. As a member of Sierra Club’s Clean Break Committee, we will be bringing 100% renewable energy to Culver City, Santa Monica, W. Hollywood and five other municipalities starting February 2019. As a delegate, I will work to bring more 100% renewable energy throughout the state.
Leah Pressman, PhD
I have canvassed for congressional candidates with Karen Bass’s PAC, Sea Change, participated in the Culver City Community Coalition and the Culver City Human Relations working group, and volunteered for Daniel Lee’s city council campaign. As clinical child psychologist, I experienced our healthcare system’s inequities first-hand conducting insurance reviews for patients during my 15 years at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital. I teach about social determinants of health at the UCLA Medical School.
I am excited to join this slate because I want to see a stronger democracy, a more just economy, a safer environment and more powerful communities. I bring the perspective of an immigrant and a citizen who has been fortunate to work for progressives leaders like LA Councilmember Jackie Goldberg and LAUSD School Board President Steve Zimmer. In my community, I’ve supported strong leaders, and continue to build a progressive agenda through the Culver City Community Coalition.
Action! Progress! Accountability! These words have been and continue to be my guiding principles as a dele- gate. I am committed to a progressive vision for California, and I am committed to putting my time and resources where my mouth is. I’m an attorney, an activist, an Angelino, and a life-long progressive. My delegate responsibilities are an honor that I take seriously. You can count on me to cast my votes thoughtfully and critically, and to show up and fight for our shared progressive values!
I believe California should be a bastion for progressive politics—and we should push CADEM to be the role model for the country with an aggressive and aspiration- al platform. I am a member of the CA39 Action Council and I trained canvassers for Swing Left and Gil Cisneros. I maintain the SwingSoCalLeft.org Calendar for CA39, and am a member of the Sea Change planning committee. I’m also an active volunteer in LAUSD public schools (Overland Elem, Palms MS, Hamilton HS) and school site councils.
I work for the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science in the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, boosting retention rates for students in STEM fields. Prior to this, I worked for VoteVets.org and was a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention for Bernie Sanders. I also served in the Obama Administration and campaign. A graduate of Kent State University, I have held memberships in the Culver City, New Frontier and Stonewall Democratic Clubs.
Until recently, I managed a news team whose videos reached tens of millions. We frequently highlighted left-wing activism before traditional outlets. Our algorithms detected breaking news from social media activity. I left this role to engage more directly with politics, especially environmentalism. I’ve been involved in Occupy, Bernie’s campaign, the Sierra Club and DSA. I have a BFA in Film from NYU. My wife and I live in Mar Vista.
I currently work for the South Coast AQMD, advocating for clean air policies and funding. I am the lead on state legislation and have assisted on federal legislation. I am an attorney and have practiced civil litigation for six years. Prior to that I worked in the State Capitol as a Consultant for the Assembly Transportation Committee and Legislative Aide for Antonio Villaraigosa. I have a J.D. from USC and a B.A. from UCLA.
Physician and political organizer, I worked to unite Southern California’s grass roots activists and Democratic party infrastructure into a winning alliance. I helped build Swing SoCal Left to co-ordinate efforts to flip SoCal’s five Republican-held swing districts. Swing SoCal Left fueled the growth of local coalitions (Action Councils) and served as public event hub for thousands of district flipping activities. Following the November sweep, I am excited to develop this model for electoral activism across the state and beyond.
I am a reference librarian at a nearby public library, one of the primary contributors to the Culver City Catalyst online politics and culture magazine, and a Culver City native. After November 2016, I was delighted to connect with our Democratic Club and progressive community. We have always been here, and at last we are being heard. I hope we can continue to build on our victories in the local and midterm elections to influence the direction of the state and national Party.
Currently, both the elected 54th AD Executive Board Member and Delegate; Member of Karen Bass’ Congressional Council; 20 years as a union rep & negotiator in LA Co.; a founding member of the CDP Progressive Caucus; Past President Culver City Democratic Club; 2008 LACDP “Democrat of the Year” for 54th AD; Endorsed by Culver City Mayor Thomas Small, Vice-Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells & Councilman Alex Fisch. I live our Platform and respectfully ask for your vote. Originator of the 54th AD Progressive Slate.