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: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Doors Open: 11:30am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 11:45am
Registration & Voting: 12:15pm-2:15pm

Rakestraw Memorial Community Education Center
5139 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037

*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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Jay Cortez

Digital Communications, Bernie Delegate

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Jay Cortez

Hello 59th AD – I humbly ask for your consideration to serve as your Delegate and Executive Board Member for the ’19-’21 term. I have served the 59th as a delegate previously, working on platform issues such as access to housing, immigrant rights, access to healthcare, educational access, and party structure reform.

I am a former Americorps member serving the South Los Angeles area, with a background in educational non-profit work. I currently serve as a Deputy for the City of Los Angeles in Council District 1 for Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo which borders the University Park area of the District. I also serve as VP, Political Affairs for the South Los Angeles Democratic Party and belong to various other Dem clubs including “Avance” Dem Club and “Feel the Bern” Dem Club.

My personal goals in service of the AD is to facilitate a strong relationship between the constituents, the delegation, and the Office of the Assemblymember – ensuring that the constituents have a consistent direct line in every corner of the district either by engagement of community orgs, neighborhood council, or precinct townhalls that can inform the people and the AD in a continuous, action-oriented dialogue for improvement. One example of how we brokered community listening into collective action is in the work done here in South Los Angeles to garner support for newly elected Democratic Sheriff, Alex Villanueva. We facilitated various community events in the district to allow him to listen to the community and integrate their concerns to his “Reform. Rebuild. Restore” platform – with South Los Angeles being an integral part in the process.

My skills are in coalition building and community service -learned through my Americorps service. Relationship building and fundraising – acquired with my role as former Development Director for Harrison Trust at Los Angeles High School. And also Digital Communications/Outreach – with my background working for Digital Advertising Firms and various political campaigns.

I have been actively involved as a 59th AD Delegate for the past two years – coordinating regularly with key progressive leaders across the state – and look forward to serving in an even greater and more effective capacity as your Executive Board Member. Thank you and good luck to all candidates stepping up to serve the “Fighting 59th!”