AD68: Parts of Orange, Tustin, & Lake Forest 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.

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Voting Time & Location

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Doors Open: 10:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:15am
Registration & Voting: 10:45am-12:45pm

Location
Plumbers & Steamfitters UA Local 582
1916 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866

*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

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Sherri Loveland

Also vote for Sherri for E-board

Louise Adler
Nazish Hamid
Gina Onweiler
Tammy Kim
Melanie Weir
Patty Yoo
Doug Elliot
Eugene Fields
Victor Garcia
Patrick Fuscoe
Joe McLaughlin
Ken Warfield

Your Progressive Executive Board Candidate

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Sherri Loveland

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Sherri Loveland

I have been an activist since my early twenties, fighting for environmental protections, sensible gun control, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and animal rights. Activism lead me to become more involved with organizations that work to move the progressive agenda forward, including the Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment, Earth Resource Foundation, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Democratic Party of Orange County, and, more recently, the Tustin Democratic Club.

Although I am not a member of the DPOC’s Central Committee, I attend monthly meetings so that I am informed and so that I may relay information to the members of the Tustin Democrats.

I currently serve as an ADEM and as the E-Board representative for AD 68. I keep other AD 68 delegates and Tustin Democrats informed as to the outcome of e-board meetings, as well as State Conventions.

This year, I ran as a write-in candidate for Tustin City Council to oppose the right-wing candidate who sides with the “hate circus” who attend OC city council meetings to oppose SB 54.

I take this role very seriously and hope that you will vote for me as your AD 68 Delegate and E-Board Representative.

Louise Adler

I served as a delegate last term. I have been a volunteer and a donor for Democratic candidates for a number of years. In 2018 I was very active in the voter outreach efforts of the Canyon Democratic Club. Prior to that I helped to set up and run on of the largest phone banks for Hillary in south Orange County. My goal as a delegate is to do as much as I can to help elect Democrats, especially in “down ballot” races so that we can grow a strong Democratic “bench” of candidates with local experience who can then run for higher offices. I sincerely appreciate your consideration of my candidacy as a delegate.

Nazish Hamid

My Name is Naz Hamid and I am running as a delegate from the sixty-eighth assembly district. I am a staunch supporter of Democratic values. From the time I was eligible to vote, I have supported fellow democrats and the party’s progressive position on supporting marriage equality, women’s rights, immigration reform, access to healthcare, education, and the environment. I ran for a board position in the Irvine Unified School District in 2016 and had the privilege of interacting with and getting to know many of the constituents and their issues. I had the official endorsement of several progressive organizations whose core values I embrace; including the Orange County Labor Federation, the Democratic Party of Orange County, OC Young Democrats, Planned Parenthood, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the California Teachers Association, and the Democratic Foundation of Orange County.

I am an immigrant, a working mother, and am currently involved in using Artificial Intelligence to solve problems for global corporations. My international background and my work have given me a unique perspective on problem-solving with diverse teams and communities. These skills would be invaluable in serving the interest of the constituents.

I am involved in the community as an activist and a leader. My passion to see equal rights and equal treatment for all leads me to stand in solidarity with the inter-faith networks and marginalized communities (LGBTQ, Hispanic, African American, faith communities, to name a few). I am a proud member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As a leader, I enjoy working with the Girl Scouts, and the Assisteens of Irvine, serving as a board appointee for an IUSD committee, and as a board member for non-profits. My desire to make a difference has its roots in community activism. I have registered for and attended two state conventions as an observer. In 2016, I became an elected delegate and have practical experience with how the Democratic Party works. This time, I would like to work to unite the Democrats, represent my community’s positions and I respectfully ask for your vote as your next elected delegate from the sixty-eighth assembly district.

Gina Onweiler

Gina Onweiler was born and raised in Idaho. She became involved in politics early in life as she campaigned for her father who was a state representative for 14 years, and her mother who was a Boise city council woman. In high school Gina served as a senate page at the Idaho State Capital.

After moving to California in 1984 Gina joined the Los Angeles Police Department and served as a police officer for over 26 years. In 2016 she became the executive director for a nonprofit, NEXUS for Affordable Housing Inc., who is the managing general partner for affordable housing projects. These projects provide over 1000 apartment homes to low income earners throughout southern California.

Gina is a lifetime democrat. She worked on the Hillary Clinton campaign beginning in 2015 and took on a leadership roll at phone banks and the GOTV effort. Gina was very active in the Dave Min campaign and Congresswomen-elect Katie Porters campaign.

Gina’s top priority issues are; immigration reform, stopping voter suppression, common sense gun control, and holding Donald Trump accountable.

Gina has lived in Tustin for 20 years where she raised her two sons.

Tammy Kim

I am running as an ADEM because of my desire to provide a voice for the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, many of whom are disenfranchised from our democratic process. I have been personally committed to ensuring that the AAPI community has the knowledge and resources to be fully immersed in our democracy, which includes providing culturally-competent outreach to encourage civic participation.

I currently serve on the board of the Korean American Democratic Committee (KADC) where I sit on both the Endorsement and Policy committees. As KADC’s sole Orange County board member, I led the expansion of KADC into Orange County, where we actively campaigned in support of Gil Cisneros against Young Kim. I am also co-founder of Asian Americans Rising, a Pan-Asian progressive political action group aimed at elevating the political voice and impact of the AAPI community in Orange County through civic engagement and legislative advocacy.

Professionally, I am the Managing Director of the Korean American Center, an Orange County non-profit where I am responsible for day-to-day operations, volunteer recruitment, community outreach, and the development/implementation of programs including US citizenship and naturalization legal clinics, voter registration, healthcare advocacy, youth empowerment, and cultural-based programs. My work within the community has been recognized in media outlets such as NBC News America, Los Angeles Times, and OC Register.

Prior to a career in nonprofit, I spent nearly 20 years as a Human Resources and Talent Acquisition executive with Fortune 500 companies and technology startups; responsible for every facet of talent acquisition including Employment Law and shaping Diversity & Inclusion policies.

As a lifelong Democrat, I am committed to a platform of social justice, immigration reform, universal healthcare, criminal justice reform, bail reform, ending mass incarceration, gun control, reproductive rights, eliminating ICE, providing quality education, and universal community colleges. I am also committed to building a party that truly reflects the diversity of Orange County.

As a delegate, I will represent all people in AD68. I humbly ask for your vote and thank you for support.

Melanie Weir

I am an activist, a member of the Tustin Democratic Club, and a lifetime Democrat. I have lived in the 68th Assembly District for more than 20 years, all in the city of Orange.

After the 2016 election of Donald Trump I understood that being well-informed and voting was not enough. Returning values to Washington and safeguarding our democracy became paramount. I got into action and led the way with other volunteers, organizers, and grassroots activists: forming a neighborhood Indivisible group, marching, rallying, phoning, door-knocking, volunteering at Planned Parenthood Action Fund, working tirelessly in support of Congresswoman-elect Katie Porter, as well as other local Democratic candidates.

My efforts, along with those of thousands of others, supported our recent blue wave that left Orange County without a single Republican congressional representative for the first time in history. This is a terrific accomplishment, but we progressives cannot rest on our laurels now. There is a lot of work to do if we want to keep this and grow stronger. We need to bring more people into the Democratic Party and create a pipeline of men and women groomed and ready to run for local, state and national offices.

California has always been a leader, but in the last two years we’ve seen the important role California played, and continues to play, in thwarting the Trump agenda. The California Democratic Party is a driving force to promote environmental protections, reasonable gun reforms, healthcare access, as well as LGBTQ, immigrant and women’s rights. I want to participate in this process by representing my community as an Assembly Delegate. I want to meet and vet candidates, educate and engage the community, and build coalitions to promote progressive values. I hope to broaden my view of the Democratic Party, the democratic process, and to promote candidates throughout the city, region, and state.

I respectfully ask for your vote for Assembly Delegate for the 68th District.

Patty Yoo

I am a working professional in a non-political industry that has thrown myself into social justice, environmental and political causes as a concerned citizen. Like many fellow progressives, I can no longer stand idly by while my children’s future is being jeopardized and we head down a dangerous path politically and environmentally.

I was recently trained as a Climate Reality Project leader with Former Vice President Al Gore’s organization, Climate Reality Group. It made me realize now, more than ever, we must act quickly to reduce carbon emissions.

I also volunteered with the Katie Porter for Congress campaign and worked to reach Asian/Pacific Islander American’s. As I volunteered and canvassed, I was disappointed to see the lack of engagement by Asians and joined Asian Americans Rising to further reach this important voting group in Orange County.

Other causes I am passionate about include immigration rights/reform, women’s rights, common sense gun laws, clean money in politics and more.

I have always been passionate about progressive issues all my life and am excited to have found ways that I can contribute to my community! I hope to further this work by becoming a delegate in my district with my illustrious team of advocates. Thank you for your consideration!

Doug Elliot

I got my start in the Democratic Party in what is now AD 68, and 50 years later, I’m back where I started. I grew up in North Tustin in the 1960s, when the John Birch Society held sway, and we had James B. Utt in Congress and John Schmitz in the State Senate. Motivated by passionate opposition to the Vietnam war, I canvassed for Eugene McCarthy in 1968, before I was old enough to vote. Four years later, as a student at Cal State Fullerton, I was a leader in the local George McGovern campaign. I went off to Hastings College of Law, where I volunteered for George Moscone in his winning campaign for San Francisco Mayor. I began my legal career in Alaska, where I served on the State Democratic Central Committee, and as president of the Anchorage Democratic Club.

In 1992, I returned to San Francisco to take a state job. While there, I served five years on the executive board of the state attorneys’ union, supported local progressive candidates, and volunteered in the 2008 Obama campaign. In semi-retirement, I returned to Orange County in 2012, and did voter protection work in Las Vegas for the Obama re-election effort. I have served as parliamentarian for the Democrats of Greater Irvine for the past two years, and recently served on their nominating committee.

I studied international human rights law at Oxford University, and am a longtime member of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. I regard health care and decent, affordable housing as human rights. I support single payer health care, a livable minimum wage, a green new deal, and just and compassionate immigration policies.

I’m thrilled to have lived to see Orange County transformed from the bastion of the Birchers to the home of an all-Democratic congressional delegation. But our work is far from done. We need to elect a Democrat to the Assembly from AD 68, and progressives to local offices. And we need to send Trump from the White House to the jailhouse.

Thank you for your consideration. If you share my priorities, I would appreciate your vote.

Eugene Fields

I was born and raised by a single mother in Souther Central Los Angeles in the 1980s. I was fortunate to avoid drugs, gangs and crime – many of the hinderances to a male person of color during that time.

I grew up raised by Democrats in activism. As a child, I marched with my mother to make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday a recognized day both nationally and in the California.

Since moving to Orange County nearly 30 years ago, I found a home with my wife and 3-year-old daughter in Orange. I am no stranger to the 68th Assembly District, having previously lived in Irvine and Anaheim, as well as seeing many parts the district through my award-winning coverage as a reporter for the Orange County Register.

Serving and giving back is a passion I have. I was raised in a tradition of public service. It’s one reason why I chose to work for a nonprofit civil rights and advocacy organization.

I’m running for this position because, as bi-racial marginalized minority, I would rather be at the front lines to effect change for the next generation – and my daughter’s generation – rather than side at home and complain about it.

I respectfully argue that a fresh point of view can be beneficial and is definitely needed. Some might call it an outsider’s point of view. I have sat in the homes of many residents concerned with: where/how they fit in society, abatement issues, neighbor relations, land rights, the quality of the schools and public safety.

As a Democrat in a Republican-heavy city and district, I see the need for a different voice to be heard. I know what it is to be an average person having the normal day-to-day issues and having to work hard to achieve results. I worked two jobs while putting myself through college, including earning my masters degree in Public Administration.

I respectfully ask for your vote as a delegate for the 68th Assembly District.

Victor Garcia

My journey into Democratic politics began during the 2016 presidential race like so many of us. I had to choose between continuing to let others make decisions that will impact the rest of my life or devoting my time and energy to make sure that my voice and the voices of people like me are represented. It was not a light decision to make at the age of 20. The more I advocated the more I worried. I worried about the people who have jobs and children but no place to sleep safely, I worried about the kids unsupported and unprepared for a lifetime of college debt and anxiety, I worried about the time running out to save our environment, I worried about the scapegoating of innocent immigrant communities, and I worried about the fundamental erosion of our democratic norms and institutions.

As a first generation 23-year-old LGBT person of color, I am tired of feeling a lack of agency. I have not only volunteered for democratic candidates non-stop since 2015 but I have registered hundreds of colleges students to vote, I have attempted to run for local office, I have worked on a congressional campaign and a statewide gubernatorial campaign, and from the non-profit board I sit on given thousands of dollars to Latino students with the promise of a debt-free college education.

We as California Democrats are facing a unique set of challenges and we need a range and diversity of experiences to help address those challenges. We need to put people before profit and advocate with future generations in mind. I humbly ask for your vote to be one of your next Assembly Delegates, because like all of you I would rather have a seat at the table than be on the menu. Thank You.

Patrick Fuscoe

I am an Orange County native, a father of two young girls, and a graduate student in computer science at USC. I have a diverse background having attended UC Berkeley and UC Irvine, earning degrees in cognitive science and chemistry, as well as working in the fields of civil engineering, manufacturing, and management consulting.

In 2017-18, I had the honor of representing AD 68 as a first-time ADEM. I am running for another term to make sure our party endorses the candidates who are best equipped to defeat Republicans and advance a progressive policy agenda in our new post-2016 political reality. This means that I believe our candidates must have integrity, charisma, and strong conviction in their core values. We must not allow Republicans to define the narrative by adopting their loaded terms when communicating our positions. Democratic positions are widely popular, but we have to activate new voters and show them how our policies can benefit them personally.

I am a firm believer in progressive priorities including Medicare-for-all, gun safety, and a tax structure that is fair to the middle and working class. But, I believe most pressing in this moment is our desperate need to modernize our institutions to ensure that our democratic process is fair, honest and transparent. Examples of this include campaign finance reform, electoral college reform, eliminating gerrymandering, and promoting new ideas such as ranked choice voting so that our elected officials accurately represent the will of the voters.

Joe McLaughlin

The California Democratic Party has accomplished a lot, but we have a lot more to do.

With tens of thousands of activists, millions of Democratic voters, a supermajority in the Assembly and Senate, and a Democratic Governor, we can do more.

We can pass single payer health care/’Medicare for All’.

We can get Costa-Hawkins repealed and create and protect affordable housing for all, renters and homeowners and the homeless.

We can support public education.

We can amplify the voices and help fight for and protect the human rights of immigrants and refugees.

We can elect many more progressive Democrats as mayors and to city councils, county boards of supervisors, other local offices – and complete the ‘clean sweep’ and the blue wave of the California Congressional delegation we started in 2018.

We can and must engage more effectively and support more vigorously our allies fighting for social, economic and racial justice.

We have a lot of work to do.

As a lifelong organizer, activist, corporate researcher, data nerd, past county and state convention delegate or attendee and activist in Texas, New York, DC and New Jersey, I can help us get the work done. Si se puede. Yes we can.

I hope for your support. Thank you.

Ken Warfield

My name is Ken Warfield, I am from a small farming community in upstate NY. My father with an Air Force veteran and was injured while crashing his plane. Both my parents were from humble roots. My father was a high school custodian and my mom was a cafeteria lady. The Village I lived in of a 1000 people, was the site of the NY Central College, an integrated school that sat where my high school was from K to 12. This college was open from 1848 to 1860 and was the first college of the US to have an African American professor. This was one of the events in my life that shaped my progressive values. My first actual exposure to politics was when a junior I was selected to go to Boy’s State to learn how state gov. is run. I went to a State University of NY tech College majoring in architecture/construction. I was married at a young age, father of a young daughter, Jessica, divorced, laid off from a high-tech job all within 2 years. I was left without income, a way to support my daughter or provide healthcare for her. As a last resort, I joined the military because I considered myself an economic refugee in order to support my daughter. While in the US Navy as a SEABEE, I received a letter of commendation and honorable discharge. Returning to the states, I went to work at an engineering firm in New Hampshire where the unemployment rate what is 2% and was 10% in 2 years when I left. Again, I was an economic refugee and crossed many borders to find work in California. Now, with my wife Iris of 28 years and two college-age kids, Alex and Kelsey, I feel I have to give my experiences back to the community . I am the assistant volunteer coordinator for California Clean Money Campaign in OC, an activist for many causes in OC as well as LA, including SB 562, healthcare for all in Ca, affordable housing, etc. Being from a small town in NY which had a volunteer fire depart., I use the analogy, as activists, we need to be working toward changing and making better our system of government and when that fire bell rings we need to become first responders and give mutual aid to those who do not have a Voice. Now All Lives Matter, but we don’t spray water on everybody’s house, we only put out the fires where needed. It does not matter the color of your skin, your sexual orientation, or are your class status. We always need to be on the front lines for each other.