AD65: Buena Park, Fullerton, La Palma, Anaheim
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: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Doors Open: 10:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:15am
Registration & Voting: 10:45am-12:45pm
7111 Firestone Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90621
*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.
Can We Count on You to Come Vote?
Your Progressive Candidates
Vote for all 14.
Click our slate card to download:
Campaign Finance Reform
Community Leader / Organizer
Social Justice & Civic Engagement
Also vote for Mirvette for E-board rep
Real Estate Sales
Sunny Youngsun Park
City Council Member / Attorney
Strengthening the Middle Class
Income Inequality & Women’s Rights
Environment & Housing
Immigration & Free Speech
Luis “Jerry” Flores
School Board Member
Millennial Voter Registration
Ian J. Macdonald
City Council Member
Young Candidate Recruitment
Jose Trinidad Castaneda III
Community Organizer / Bartender
City Council Member
LGBTQ & Worker Rights
I am an Arab American Muslim born in Puerto Rico. I have a Masters in Psychology, and my mission has always been to help the underserved. I am a mother of three, and I have been advocating for many issues with various communities for about 20 years. I am running for Assembly Delegate for our District because I want help those that are disenfranchised to have representation and a voice. For over 20 years I have worked on many issues from homelessness, women’s rights, foreign policy, voter rights, workers rights, anti bullying, interfaith, etc. My passion is social justice and helping build bridges between different communities. I believe that if everyone does their part and we have compassion for one another, the world will be a better place for everyone. My diverse background allows me the ability to connect with many individuals, help bridge gaps, and assist in bringing forward issues Muslim Americans, Arab Americans, Latinos, women, and people of color face. I have been on several boards from interfaith, to civil rights, civic engagement, women empowerment, etc. I have been asked to speak on various platforms on issues affecting minority communities and beyond. I hope to use this skill set and experience to engage voters and volunteers for important elections. It has been an honor serving as a delegate since 2015 and E Board in 2017. I look forward to continue serving our district, helping get more democrats from all backgrounds and walks of life elected and encourage others to get engaged and vote. It would be my greatest honor if you would allow me the opportunity to continue to serve our party to assist in building our party and moving it forward.
Sunny Youngsun Park
Honored in 2018 by the Orange County Registrar as one of the 100 most influential people in the county, I work with public officials, policy makers and attorneys to formulate sustainable solutions to homelessness. My time is spent developing relationships with homeless people, linking them to support services, and supporting their reintegration.
My advocacy work began two years ago, not long after a family member passed away after years of homelessness. Further compelled after being challenged by a peer to learn more about the issue, I felt the need to get involved. The impending dissolution of the Santa Ana riverbed encampment early last year was where I began my current work.
I am currently a board member of OCPAC, outreach coordinator for HHROC, and steering committee member of the community health and wellness contingent of the Buena Park Collaborative.
Now part of these advocacy groups, I am engaged in addressing the immediate needs of many homeless people, while also lobbying for long-term government-funded solutions. It’s my belief that a resolution to this issue is based on a critical analysis of current homelessness policy, including the homeless ‘voice in policy shift discussions, and moving forward thoughtfully, not reactively.
As a real estate agent operating in Orange County for the past 25 years, I’ve watched how housing market trends contribute to housing inequality, a major driver for homelessness. I’ve witnessed how outside monies enter communities and drive up rent costs not matched by living wages. Within this gentrification context, new disparities are made and existing ones are exacerbated.
Having lived in Orange County my entire life, I understand that fiscal responsibility, transparent governance, and integrous public officials are the cornerstones of our public institutions. I’m privileged to be a part of a homeless advocacy collaborative that demands local government utilize these principles to support homeless citizens of our community.
As your delegate, I will push for permanent housing and care management options that address a multitude of life settings, making reintegration a sustainable choice for homeless individuals. Not only will this paradigm shift better address the underlying issues that cause homelessness, it will alleviate strain on local emergency medical services, public works, and law enforcement.
Hello everyone, I am Susan Sonne and I am running for to be a delegate for Assembly District 65.
I am a resident of Buena Park and have focused my energies on my community.
In 2016, I ran for city council and have worked in local non-partisan organizations such as the Buena Park Collaborative and the Anaheim Poverty Task Force (now Housing is a Human Right).
I have also served on the local police chief’s advisory board as one of the few members who challenged current policies.
After the 2016 election, and based on interest from local residents, I co-founded Buena Park United, a non-partisan organization to do outreach in the community and keep people informed about local government.
Currently, I am a commissioner on the Beautification-Environmental Commission of Buena Park, where I have been working to plant more trees, restrict single-use plastic, and involve youth.
As income inequality, lack of affordable housing, oppression of marginalized communities, homelessness, environmental crises, and voter suppression and gerrymandering increase, it is imperative that Democratic values are present in all levels of government.
I am running for ADD to continue to work to increase voter registration and participation, to help grow leaders in our communities, and fight for the policies that will protect the well-being of everyone. As a delegate I will attend the meetings, the CA convention and do the research to help identify and support candidates who will best represent our values.
Again, I’m Susan Sonne and I ask for your vote. Thank you.
I have studied climate change and realize that humans need to very quickly reverse the damage we are doing to the earth. We need environmental protections and a comprehensive climate change remediation plan put into place to reduce the impact of climate change.
In a wealthy country like the United States, every individual should have affordable healthcare and education. We have a serious housing affordability crisis in California, and we need to actively work to alleviate this. All people should be treated with dignity and given an equal opportunity to succeed, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or country of origin. Money that we have all paid into Social Security needs to be used for Social Security, not to pay down the deficit, which has grown substantially recently because of the tax cuts to the wealthy. We need to end Citizens United and get dark money out of politics. We need to work to stop gerrymandering and voter suppression.
Luis “Jerry” Gonzalez
I have sought to continue to make a difference in my community and give younger students a chance to have a voice in our local education and political systems. I am running to become a delegate for Assembly District 65 because I want to help those who are less fortunate than others and want to have an equal and better representation in their education and. I have lived in the 65th Assembly District and have been a proud Democrat all of my life. Aside from being involved with city council and school board races for more than 6 years, I have also been a constant volunteer with and for the public schools that I have attended, even after graduating.
All students, regardless of religion, race or political party deserve to receive beneficial and effective education within their own community.
I have been constant advocate for education, especially supporting the Visual & Performing Arts programs that have proven to provide our myself and other students with music making capabilities that will change their lives for years to come as they have for me. I have been a special student ambassador to the Japanese Green Band Association for the Tournament of Roses Association for six years and have been volunteered and supported instrumental music, dance and choir programs ranging from Buena Park, La Palma, Cypress, Anaheim, Fullerton and points elsewhere.
I hope to earn your support on my journey to provide young Democrats with the inspiration they need to make a difference within their community and education, and to someday run for public office themselves. It would be a great honor if you would allow me the opportunity to serve our strong party and assist it in moving our party forward together.
Ian J. Macdonald
As a young elected official – having served you on our local school board for four years, and now as your city council member – I am proud to have fed more children in-need, brought free childcare, and saved a school from sale to wealthy developers. I take pride in mentoring young people to become impactful in our community. As Democrats, we have a mission to help improve the lives of all people, and I ask for your vote to continue that as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party.
As a Delegate these past four years – two of which were as your executive board representative – I have helped recruit Democrats to serve on city commissions and successfully run for local office. One of my specialized focuses has been to teach and support young people to become experts in their neighborhoods’ needs, work hard to be involved and build relationships, and ultimately step-up to be the change their neighbors deserve. This push for generational equity at the decision-making table only makes our communities better served.
When re-elected as a Delegate, I plan to work toward ensuring more Orange County appointments to State Party caucuses, helping create tangible resolutions and platform improvements that reflect the ever-changing needs of all people, and continuing to inform residents about the diverse ways they too can have an impactful voice in their own backyards.
In addition to serving as a city council member and having served as a school board member, I am a current board director with the local Boys and Girls Club, Cops for Kids, and Eli Home Shelters for Abused Children. My prior work experience includes as a Juvenile Justice Commissioner for the County of Orange and clerking for a Superior Court judicial officer. I am proud to be an Eagle Scout, and am completing my Juris Doctor at Chapman University School of Law.
I am honored to be endorsed by the incoming Governor of California, incoming California State Treasurer, multiple state and federal legislators, and many city council members and school board members. Thank you for your consideration to continue supporting active representation at the California Democratic Party, and know that I am always able to be reached directly at 714-747-6766.
I humbly ask for your vote.
Jose Trinidad Castaneda III
Jose Trinidad Castaneda III is running to earn your vote for California Democratic Party Delegate in AD65. Jose is the ProAgua Coordinator at the William C. Velasquez Institute in Los Angeles, where he engages with Latinx and Indigenous communities to promote civic engagement, social and economic justice, as well as sustainable policies. Due to his extensive knowledge on climate action, Jose played a significant role in the creation of the Los Angeles County Sustainability Master Plan.
Jose served as a municipal commissioner on the City of Fullerton Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as on the South Coast Air Quality Management District Youth Leaders Council. As an individual who grew up with asthma and bronchitis, Jose was the voice behind additional air quality sensors in North Orange County to benefit the health of working class communities of color most impacted by respiratory diseases.
In 2018, Jose received the Certificate of Leadership Award from State Senator Josh Newman for organizing the March for Science and People’s Climate March in Orange County. Jose recently ran for Fullerton City Council before suspending his campaign to run in a future election.
As your delegate, Jose is committed to being your voice, training a new generation of progressive leaders, and introducing policies that promote prosperity and accountability within the party.