AD55: La Habra, Yorba Linda Areas

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

IBEW Local 47 Hall
600 N. Diamond Bar Blvd.
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

*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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Dena Peoples

My name is Dena Anderson Peoples I am a registered Democrat of more than 30 years. I have been an ADEM for 2 terms and seeking election to EBoard and AD55. I am a member in good standing of CVDC, DNOC and Tri-Counties Democratic Clubs. I am also an appointed Central Committee member of SBCDCC
I will be an honor and privilege to be elected an EBoard for the first time and an AD55 member again in 2019. The values of the Democratic party are my values.
I have campaigned for several Democratic candidates in San Bernardino ,Orange, and Los Angeles Counties. The people I have campaigned for, range from School Board through Presidential candidates.
I support Free Public Health Care for all people in the USA,
Free Public education from Pre-School to College for all. I support a graduated state and federal income tax for all. I support a Woman’s Right to Choose. Citizens United should be repealed. The USA is not treating our Armed Services members and their families fairly. They deserve more family services in housing, medical care, and pay raises. The USA should increase support for Veterans and their families, who are homeless and suffer from PTSD.
As Democrats, we should fight to keep Medicare and Social Security Benefits tax free and funded! The USA Congress cannot continues to borrow from these funds, because they refuse to tax corporations and the wealthy.
For those productive undocumented, residents living in the USA, for more than 10 years, without a criminal record, a “Pathway to Citizenship” should be available. Children and families of undocumented residents should not be separated, because one or both parents are undocumented.
Democrats should encourage voter registration nation wide. We should support candidates local and Congressional who are determined to make voting a reality for all citizens of the USA We should make a resolution abolish racism, sexism, homophobia, fascism, White Power and other hate promoting groups.
We need to encourage 17 yr. old to register to vote, Our party should be a presence on college campuses to inform and encourage the 18-25 yr. olds to register and vote.
The world’s environment should be saved and protected. More government participation on the international promoting level solar, wind and hydroelectric alternatives for the globe not just the USA.

Dr. Priya Shah

I am an informed, engaged, and proactive 10-year resident of Assembly District 55. I am an adjunct professor at two local colleges, a long-time PTA member and chairperson for the arts, and the mother of two daughters who attend public schools in the District. In addition to my professional and personal roles, I am a passionate advocate for immigrant rights and LGBTQ+ youth in K-12 and was highly involved in the 2018 campaigns for both the 39th District and local seats, work for which I was honored with the Orange County Young Democrats 2018 Harvey Milk Award. I have served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Equality Coalition (OCEC) for the past two years, in which time I have organized a number of educational panels on gender identity and sexual orientation, launched an annual Alternative Book Fair in Yorba Linda, and been featured as a speaker at many events. I will now be representing OCEC on the LGBTQ Health Advisory Committee in Sacramento. Over the past two and a half years I have been working with the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) to update their board policies to include gender identity and to implement state legislation that protects our youth and trains staff about gender identity and sexual orientation. Now, PYLUSD is a leader in safe schools for all students among Orange County public school districts. I am also a member of Youth First CA, a diverse group of people who are actively working against regressive elected officials in Orange County who seek to delay the implementation of comprehensive sexual education and undercut school support for LGBTQ+ students. I brought this attention to immigrant and queer activism to the campaigns for the 39th District and to the intersectional work being done in Yorba Linda to create a progressive voice here in the 55th Assembly District. I am one of the leaders of Yorba Linda United, a progressive group of people who are seeking to hold Yorba Linda’s elected officials accountable for their anti-immigrant policy decisions and change the narrative of the city itself into an inclusive and forward-looking place. I am committed to a progressive 55th District and believe that together we can turn our Assembly seat blue!

Anne James

My name is Anne. I am a nurse who lives and works in this community and healthcare is very important to me. What issues are important to you?
This was my opening statement while canvassing as a precinct captain for Gil Cisneros in the 39th District. Healthcare was the first concern of our district. We must protect and expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA), for the law is essential to preserving access to healthcare, especially for people with pre-existing conditions. As a registered nurse, I have been witness to the vital need of healthcare access for all human beings. No one should be denied healthcare based on race, religion, sexual orientation, pre-existing conditions or the ability to pay for services.
Canvassing as a precinct captain gave me the opportunity to learn about the interests and desires of residents in the 55th Assembly District. From our community, I learned we are distressed about climate change. We want quality public education, elimination of student debt, and safe schools. There is a highly underserved need for affordable housing and living wages. There is the perception that no party gives adequate support to small business. I will continue to listen to our community, and my objective will be to represent the interests and concerns of all the residents in the 55th Assembly District.
Long before I was old enough to vote, I was a Democrat from a Democratic household. Civil rights as human rights were values held from my childhood. I worked to elect Barack Obama, and more recently to retain Senator Josh Newman, as well as working on a local city council campaign. The re-election of Senator Newman and a Democratic candidate for Assembly District 55 are campaigns I will be strongly supporting. Yorba Linda United, Indivisible 39, Progressive 39, CA39 Action Council, and North Orange County Democratic Club count me as an active member. I have become an activist, and a campaign volunteer. My next goal is to become a delegate for the California Democratic Party and find new ways to use what I’ve learned to advance progressive policies. I know that the California Democratic Party has been in the forefront of promoting the rights and opportunities of all people. I want to see California lead in a Green New Deal and Medicare for all, and I want be part of that effort. I appreciate you considering me as a delegate for Assembly District 55.

Cindy Chen

For more than a decade now, Cindy has contributed to the very country that she’s adopted as her home since the age of 13. She started her career in public service by representing Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in San Gabriel Valley (SGV) for a Member of Congress, advocating for a diverse immigrant community that faces language and cultural barriers. Cindy then spent 4 years in DC working for the Secretary of Labor at the Obama Administration, advocating for working families across the country. In her unofficial capacity, Cindy has traveled to El Paso and Austin volunteering in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. She’s also volunteered as a voter advocate in Northern Fairfax County in 2012. In addition to these national campaigns, she’s volunteered at numerous local campaigns in SGV. As a proud resident of unincorporated Rowland Heights, Cindy currently serves as the chief of staff to Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. She looks forward to using her experience and law degree to advocate for regional unity, elected accountability, education and representation as a delegate for Assembly District 55.

Linda Freedman

As a current ADEM delegate appointed by Senator Josh Newman, I am committed to continue serving in the best interest of all cities in Assembly District 55. I have been a resident of both Diamond Bar and Chino Hills and currently reside in Walnut where I have lived for the last 15 years. I have been a teacher in the Walnut Valley Unified School District for over 30 years. As a member of the California Teachers Association and local union, I believe in the importance of representation and providing teachers a voice in deciding the best direction for education that will have the greatest impact on our students, our schools and the profession. Our public school system and teachers should be protected and valued throughout the state. New teachers entering the profession should be supported as they begin their careers by having school districts provide a cost free Induction program that supports their learning and is a pathway for our new teachers to earn a clear credential. Solutions to healthcare reform, affordable housing, environment and public safety should be a top priority for our party leadership on a daily basis to ensure that our cities and their residents have the best possible living conditions. I am committed to bringing these and other concerns of the residents of Assembly District 55 to legislators working in Sacramento. I am inspired by the energy the November elections have generated and look forward to seeing the blue wave continue in 2020.

Sanobar Baig

I am Sanobar Baig, an incumbent and proactive candidate who is running for the 4th time as your delegate for assembly district 55.Your unprecedented encouragement and support is appreciated. I will continue to focus on turning assembly district blue and work towards democrats securing elected positions at all levels within the district.

Linda Fini

As a delegate from Assembly District 55 my goal is to continue grass roots community involvement. I want to represent the District and align with the Democratic Party on a state-wide basis and maintain the momentum from the mid-term elections. As a delegate my goal is to elect Josh Newman to the State Senate, and a Democrat to Assembly District 55 and local candidates for office. I want to be an active participant in the election of the next Democratic President in 2020.

As a precinct captain for Gil Cisneros, I was able to contribute to his election and other candidates. In addition, to canvassing and phone banking, I appeared in an ad for Gil attesting to my trust in his ability to protect the Affordable Care Act. I also canvassed for Doug Chafee for the Orange County Board of Supervisors District 4 and local city council candidates. Through these efforts we were able to elect the first Democratic member of the Board in 7 years.

As a delegate, I believe that healthcare is a human right. My efforts will be directed towards this belief of comprehensive affordable healthcare for all citizens. In my professional life as a registered nurse case manager, I have used my organization and motivational skills to create change for families and individuals. Likewise. I have seen the damage to individuals and families when they do not have access to comprehensive healthcare. I will work to have California to be a leader in providing healthcare to all it’s citizens and a model for the country.

I am a life-long Democrat and the values represented by the party are part of my DNA. I will be working to continue to have California be a leader in women’s reproductive rights, equal pay and protections from sexual harassment. In addition, California will continue to lead in the fight against global warming, immigration rights and preventing the separation of children from their parents at the border.
In the past, I worked to elect Barack Obama and local candidates in Orange County. Furthermore, I continue to be active in my community with my membership in the North Orange County Democratic Club and the CA 39 Action Council that is working to align with other progressive candidates.

Gabriel Alfaro

The blue wave hit our area and I’m proud of all of the work we’ve done to get Democrats elected up and down the ballot. The next two years will be even more important. We need to get Josh Newman back into office, flip AD 55, as well as continue to make gains in our local offices. As Student Trustee at Mt. SAC I have seen first hand the importance of having strong local elected officials and I will bring the experience of working on things like policy and budgeting processes to the convention, as well as a progressive outlook on the issues that matches our great state’s reputation. I will also bring my experience working on Josh Newman’s state senate campaign, where I was a member of his field staff. Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you over the last two years and I hope to serve you over the next two.

Joe Bartell

I have had the distinct honor of representing AD55 for the past 4 years. As a member of the community of Chino Hills I have enjoyed bringing our unique views to the Democratic Party. As an educator, I feel this allows me to bring a broader perspective of views to help guide the principles and policies of our party.
If elected to represent you again, I will do my best to continue to promote the progressive agenda of our party, making sure students, People of Color, LGBTQ+ community members, and everyone in between has a voice in our party and our process.
If we are going to fix what happened to our country in the last Presidential election, then we need to be united. Let’s keep the blue wave going into 2020!

Jim Gallagher

1. I Jim Gallagher, believe AD55 needs to have a representatives from its three counties .

2. I am Retired and an elected member of the San Bernardino County Democratic Party since 2016, also serving as Third Vice Chair on its Executive Board until 2020. I have been in charge of Campaign Operations and Candidate Development. To date, I have organized two rounds of annual multiple Candidate Development workshops for San Bernardino County candidates. I have also managed the Candidate endorsement processes. This involves deploying and convening panels, candidate questionnaires, and interviews of prospective Democratic candidates. We have had a 42% success rate in our conservative County for local districts!

2. I am 1st Vice President of the Chino Valley Democratic Club and an active member of the Tri-Counties Democratic Club. I am a supporting working partner of the Indivisible 39, Progressive 39 and Fair 39 action groups.

3. In AD55, I have participated in numerous rallies like the Women’s March, Science march, and Tax March. I have participated in targeted demonstrations against Republicans like Ed Royce and Ling Ling Chang while walking precincts to save SD20 Josh Newman, elect CD39 Gil Cisneros and AD55 Gregg Fritchle. I have also canvassed for local School Board candidates in the Chino Valley.

4. During the past four years, I have assembled Voter forums in Chino Hills and Diamond Bar in partnership with the League of Women Voters and the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. I currently serve on the Chino Valley Board of Directors, as I feel Republicans are not the only party that cares and supports small business in the community.

5. In 2016, I ran for Chino Hills City Council City wide election and finished with 6,611 votes. This has prepared me for another run in the local 2020 district-based election. My goal is to be the first Democrat bringing our values to the Chino Hills City council. (Non-partisan race.)

6. My Regular duties in the Chino Valley Democratic Club require we register voters and recruit members at Chaffey Community College, The Chino Hills Concerts in the park, and The Shoppes at Chino Hills. I also back up and strategize with our club president.

I am proud to be an elected ADEM representative to the CA State Democratic Party and ask for your vote to re-elect me as a representative again this year.

Gabriel Smith

We have made major strides as a community this past cycle. Our party has made progress structurally and representation is more diverse than ever. If elected to serve as a delegate I will work daily to increase visibility, engagement, and representation of our community in order to ensure our regions political operation is effective, intentional and inclusive.
Our community has shown that we can be a great force for good, but we must do better in overlapping our communities and building trust. We must show that our party is more than a resistance to Trump and that we are in fact the people’s party.
As a Haitian, part Puerto Rican I represent the Afro-Latin community which bring a unique progressive perspective. Professionally, I have worked for the California Democratic Party as a Political Associate where I helped manage the day-to-day operation of the party. Most recently I worked as a legislative aide for State Senator Ed Hernandez.
I am the Vice President of the Tri-Counties Democratic and one of the founding members of the Walnut Valley Young. In this role, I have organized candidate training, financial training and policy forums. I have participated in numerous rallies like the Womens March, Science march, and Tax March.
In 2016, I managed the Brett Murdock for Congress Campaign. I have represented the California State Student Association (CSAA) and fought for equitable and affordable higher education in California. I led a movement at Cal Poly Pomona to open a Dreamers Resource Center for undocumented student and food pantry which stands today. I have participated in targeted demonstrations against Republicans like Ed Royce and Ling-Ling Chang while walking precincts to save SD20 Josh Newman, and elect CD39 Gil Cisneros.

I humbly ask for your support as an AD55 Delegate.

Greg Diamond

I’m proudly endorsed by Josh Newman and Jay Chen.
I’m a Columbia Law JD; before that, a university professor. I don’t get intimidated easily.
I’m a lefty, but generally support a district’s leftmost viable honest politician.
In 2006, I was Deputy Campaign Mgr. for President Carter’s son’s Nevada U.S. Senate race.
2008: one of Barack Obama’s top 20 phone bankers nationally. (Drove my wife crazy.)
2010: Jerry Brown’s Orange County Coordinator.
Since 2011, I’ve written for Orange Juice Blog. Over 18,000 read my top 2018 story (on judicial races!)
2012: I ran for SD-29 Ð it wasn’t even on political analysts’ maps! Ð vs. state Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff. I got the third-most votes of any challenger; SD-29 now interested people! I spent most of my donations to rent a Fullerton campaign office critical to electing Sharon Quirk-Silva (who hadn’t rented one there.)
For the next four years, I was a CDP ex officio; I was lucky to have Sanobar Baig (whom I endorse!) as my LA County alternate.
2014: I ran for OC District Atty, our corrupt then-DA’s first opponent since 2002!
2016: I was Kamala Harris’s Orange County Coordinator (aka The Worst Job in the Campaign). I’ve been a CDP OC party delegate since then.
Beyond pragmatic leftism generally supporting civil rights and liberties, workers and the 99%, peace and the environment — my main issues have been (1) political ethics (where CDP needs some help) and (2) holding *electeds* accountable to *voters*.
CDP must win over voters by getting officials to support what our Democratic electorate Ð which goes WAY beyond registered Democrats Ð wants, rather than trying to sell voters big-donor-chosen swill and telling them to swallow it. In other words: we work WITH politicians, but FOR voters not the reverse!
I make waves when needed. In 2018, opponents of CA-48’s Dave Min asked CPD to overturn his local endorsement. I had no dog in that race, but when reports arose about Min and his team assaulting petition gatherers, one candidate’s sister, another’s wife, and a disabled delegate, I chose one. When the now-ousted CPD Chair tried pushing a voice vote favoring Min, I shouted from the back and rushed to the stage demanding a roll call vote then challenged before CPD the refusal to follow the rules. (Min lost the primary to now-Rep. Katie Porter.)
A vote for me helps keep CDP operations honest.

Andrew Rodriguez

Hello friends, activists, and fellow Democrats! Today I ask for your vote to represent the 55th Assembly District as a delegate to the California Democratic Party.
As a local elected official, and the first Democrat ever elected to the Walnut City Council, I feel an enormous obligation to help build the pipeline of future Democratic leaders in our area. I am extremely excited to be running with a slate of candidates that I feel are those leaders. We share the values of an inclusive party, a party that fights to better those who are disadvantaged and to treat everyone fairly, regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
I served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2016, and as an ADEM delegate the last two years, appointed by State Senator Josh Newman. I will continue to serve and advocate on behalf of the best interests of our tri-county communities.
Thank you for your involvement, and I look forward to working with you to build a stronger, more inclusive party.

Bill Rawlings

As a long-time labor activist and resident of this community, I believe my skills and experience would be beneficial to our delegation and to the party.
I have built a great rapport with leaders across the state during more than 15 years of leadership in the California School Employees Association. As Vice Chair of their political action committee (PACE) I assessed candidate viability (and suitability) for federal, statewide, and local public offices. As Chair of their Legislative Committee I helped guide our legislative, public policy, and advocacy platforms. While serving on their Board of Directors I helped lead their efforts on numerous statewide campaigns.
As a member of the Board Governors for California Community Colleges, I have become familiar with the various processes in Sacramento and what it takes to turn policy ideas into reality.
Most important to me, though, is that our communities have strong representation within the party and that we continue to build the party at the grassroots level.
I hope I have your support!