AD69: Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Orange

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: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Doors Open: 10:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:15am
Registration & Voting: 10:45am-12:45pm

Location
Laborers Local 652 Hall
1532 E. Chestnut Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

*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

Gloria Alvarado

Labor Leader

Irene Arellano

Faith rooted, intersectional feminist, & labor rights organizer

Yenni Diaz

Incumbent Delegate, Commissioner, & Cultural, Political, Social Justice Organizer

Laura Kanter

Incumbent Delegate, E-Board

Isuri Sadadhy Ramos

Incumbent Delegate

Sheila Silver

Lifelong Educator, Democratic Activist, English Learner Coordinator, Special Education Advocate, Executive Secretary Dem OC Pac

Sara Turrietta

Educator, parent, union member, community activist, & LGBTQ advocate

Juan Gabriel Alvarez

Elementary School District Trustee, Secretary of the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association, president of Operation L.E.E.

Giovanni Chavez

CYD Orange County Regional Director, Vice President of Latinx Young Democrats of OC, & President of the American Constitution Society at Loyola Law

Jorge Gavino

Anaheim Resident, Community Organizer & Non-profit Director

Paul Gonzales

Businessman, Community Activist

Martin G. Lopez

Labor Leader

Jestin L. Samson

Former state Senate candidate, Progressive activist

Walter Muneton

Elected official, public education leader & social worker

Ivan Enriquez

Community Organizer, Teamster LU 952 Member 2017-2019, California YMCA Model Legislature Staff 2018-Present, 2016 Sanders DNC Delegate

For the 99% with good living wage jobs, college for all, healthcare for all, and clean, transparent elections

Your Progressive Executive Board Candidate

Vote for Delegate AND Executive Board Rep.
Laura Kanter

Incumbent Delegate, E-Board

Detailed Information

Laura Kanter

It has been a great honor and opportunity to serve the 69th Assembly District as an Assembly Delegate and as the Executive Board Member for the last two years. As the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the LGBT Center Orange County, being an Assembly Delegate was a way to broaden my work as a social justice advocate to the wider community. Two years ago I chose to run for ADEM because I wanted to collaborate with others in my community to grow progressive representation in Orange County, district by district. We still have work to do to make sure that in addition to turning Orange County blue, our democratic representatives also vote accordingly. Further, we now have a great opportunity to help elect more Democrats at the local level; to city councils, school boards and the OC Board of Supervisors. As an E-Board member I was proud to represent AD69 on resolutions and on the LGBT and Women’s Caucuses. I attended all of the conventions, voted consistently and added to language in a number of resolutions. With the knowledge gained over these first two years, I am even better prepared.

Gloria Alvarado

Gloria Alvarado is a life-long Orange County democrat, labor leader and community activist. Gloria dedicates her time fighting for respect and dignity.  She has served as Central Vice Chair and Executive Board Member for the Democratic Party of Orange County and Assembly Delegate to the California Democratic Party. Gloria’s vision for the party is inclusivity, grassroots engagement, and accountability. Gloria is committed to representing our district’s values, supporting candidates that reflect our communities and championing civic engagement at a grassroots level.

Irene Arellano

I’ve been a lifelong registered Democrat since first being afforded the opportunity to vote in 2008. Being the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents who raised their family in Santa Ana and Anaheim, I represent the young and diverse demographics that this assembly district embodies. I also know from my very own upbringing, the value of unions, not only in bettering life for my family, but deepening democracy in the workplace and society at large. After having studied political science at Cal State Fullerton and global labor studies at Penn State, I am now the proud Orange County Political & Community Organizer for the National Union of Healthcare Workers. We had a busy year on the picket lines all over the county whether outside West Anaheim Medical Center or Kaiser Permanente in Santa Ana. Democratic elected officials have shown up in solidarity and penned letters of support for better working conditions and wages. A Democratic Party that’s responsive to the struggles of union workers and households is one that’s better in touch with its base.With your vote for assembly delegate, i can continue the important work on behalf of the party and the working families it serves.

Yenni Diaz

As an immigrant woman I have dedicated myself to improving my community through my strong commitment to social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental justice. I seek re-election to represent the 69th district to advance progressive values and policies.

With my extensive experience in community organizing, coalition building, and advocacy in local, state, and national levels I would like to bring together those that are already engaged with the Democratic party as well as those that we need to engage and be part of the change we seek. I am particularly interested in outreaching to newly registered Democrats, new citizens, and low propensity voters.

Isuri Sadadhy Ramos

I was raised in Santa Ana, am a proud product of Santa Ana Unified School District schools, and continue to live and work in Santa Ana. I am running to be an Assembly Delegate because I believe that the Democratic Party can and should be used as a platform to help the most disenfranchised.

I have been serving my community for nearly 10 years. I currently serve as the Chairwoman of the Community Redevelopment and Housing Commission for the City of Santa Ana. In this role I have been a strong advocate for affordable housing for families with extremely low incomes and for increased protections for renters. As a Community Organizer I worked alongside renters to push for Rent Control and a Just Cause Evictions Ordinance in Santa Ana. My work as a Commissioner and as a Community Organizer has revolved around improving the quality of life for Santa Ana’s most vulnerable residents. I will carry my social justice values with me as a delegate.

It has been an honor to serve as a delegate since 2017. I humbly ask for your vote of confidence to serve another term as a representative for the 69th Assembly District.

Sheila Silver

Having lived in Orange County since 1960, I have experienced every political experience for a lifetime. Now that I am retired, I have the time and energy to devote to ensuring that The OC Turn Blue! I have worked on every democratic campaign since McGovern and plan to continue this important work. I want a better future for our children.

Sara Turrietta

As a 20 year educator and a parent, I have come to know the struggle that my students and their families face on a daily basis. My focus, in these uncertain times, is on issues and solutions founded on democratic principles including, but not limited to, healthcare for all, LGBT and women’s rights and immigration reform.

I am dedicated to growing and building relationships and will utilize this strength to continue our work in forging a blue path that supports all in our community.

Juan Gabriel Alvarez

As an Assembly Delegate in Assembly District 69 I will offer a diverse multicultural perspective that is grounded on genuine care for my neighbors. I stand behind inclusivity, worker’s rights, fair wages, investing heavily in public education, immigrant rights, affordable housing, universal healthcare and free college for all. I ask that you vote for me if you seek representation within the party that operates selflessly with compassion for all people.

Giovanni Chavez

My name is Giovanni Chavez and I’m a resident of Santa Ana. Throughout the years, I’ve been involved in progressive county politics. I currently serve as as Orange County Regional Director of the California Young Democrats. During my tenure, we have expanded the amount of young democratic clubs in Orange County from three to eight chapters. As a founder of the College Democrats at UCI and the Latinx Young Democrats of Orange County, my goal has been to empower young people and people of color throughout the county. I serve as the President of American Constitution Society at Loyola Law where I am helping to build the bench of the next generation of progressive attorneys, judges, and leaders. I’m committed to building a progressive and diverse base in our party that represents our communities. I would be honored to count on your vote.

Jorge Gavino

Hello, fellow Dems.

As a native son of AD 69 and Anaheim, I have had the privilege of being raised by two hard working Unite Here! Local 11 members who have instilled in me the values that we as Dems hold so dear. Having lived behind the ‘Orange Curtain for most of my life I have seen first hand the need for progressive policies and leadership in the region. I have been privileged to be able to receive two AA Degrees from Fullerton College, a BA in Psychology from UC, Santa Cruz, and as of this last September, I received my Masters of Public Policy Degree from UC Riverside.

While at UCR I served as an officer for statewide advocacy organization known as the UC Student Association, of which I was the primary policy advisor on ‘non-traditional student issues, such as transfer students, re-entry students, student parents, and veterans. I also served as President of the Graduate Student Association of the School of Public Policy at UCR, of which I successfully lobby the Regents of the UC System and the Administration at UCR to place a freeze on student fees for the next 5 years at the School of Public Policy. Under my efforts, this freeze has ensured that the MPP program at UCR is officially the most affordable professional program in all of the UC System.

Lastly, I am also a recipient of the Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship and previously worked with the Riverside University Health System – Public Health (Riverside County’s Public Health Department), where I aided in the update of the departments Master Plan and development of the County’s ‘Trauma-Informed Initiative.

My years of public service and community organizing have led to me receiving Certificates of Recognition in 2015 by the Honorable Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., Assembly Member of the 59th District and Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus. In 2015 I also received a certificate of Recognition by Los Angeles City Council Member, Curren Price Jr. Most recently, this past June I was also recognized by the City of Rancho Cucamonga for my work with Riverside County.

Now I humbly ask for your vote in allowing me to serve you, our community, and most importantly the people of AD 69 as one of your ADEM Delegates.

Paul Gonzales

I am a lifelong Democrat who will champion progressive policies aimed at increasing equity for all residents of AD69. I will advocate for single-payer healthcare, debt-free college education, a living wage, and aggressive efforts to curb housing insecurity, among other much needed reforms.

During the 2018 election cycle, I was a candidate for Santa Ana City Council. I proudly earned endorsements from the Democratic Party of Orange County, the Orange County Young Democrats, the Orange County Labor Federation, and the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties Community Action Fund. While I did not win that race, the experience of running gave me valuable insight into the needs of my community and I remain committed to serving as a champion of the progressive principles that will lead to economic security and prosperity for all Californians.

Aside from an unwavering commitment to progressive policy principles, I also represent the rich diversity of the 69th Assembly District. I am the product of a big, loving Mexican-American family that has called California home for more than three generations. Additionally, I am a proud gay man whose adult life has been committed to the fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community, along with other underrepresented, marginalized communities.

I look forward to representing California’s 69th Assembly District and humbly ask for my community’s support!

Martin G. Lopez

I am a proud resident of the 69th Assembly District since 2006, I registered democrat from the date I became a citizen of the United States of America. I have proudly voted democrat at every election cycle since 2006. I am currently serving as a commissioner with the Anaheim Workforce Development Board. In 2012, I was appointed to serve on the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee on District Elections and Community Engagement. In fact, I helped lead a coalition of hotel and food service workers, community, and grassroots activists that won the historic district election in Anaheim in 2014.

In January 2017, I was elected as a AD delegate to the 69th Assembly for the Democratic Party.

In 2018 I also helped lead a campaign to pass the Anaheim Resort Workers Living Wage and made my contribution to help elect several key democrat candidates in Orange County in the November 6, 2018.

I humbly ask for you vote and the opportunity to continue representing the residents of our district as an AD delegate.

Thank you,

Jestin L. Samson

As your AD69 Assembly Delegate, I will aim to support progressive candidates and progressive policies to move the California Democratic Party forward. As a former candidate for the California state Senate, I got a chance to see, with my own eyes, what our community and state desperately needs. The homeless residence I served along the Santa Ana Riverbed need a strong California Democratic Party that they can rely on to fight for them. As your delegate, I will strive to make sure that our party can mobilize around progressive ideas, like Medicare for all, debt-free college, and humane solutions to end homelessness in our community. I will strive to hold elected officials accountable to their promises, and their votes. I will strive to fight for a more transparent CDP, one that will excite and bring young people, people of color and other Marginalized groups into the political process. I hope I can have your support, if we stand together and fight for our Progressive values, there is nothing we Cannot accomplish.

Walter Muneton

Walter Muneton is a trustee on the Garden Grove Unified School District and is a proud graduate of Garden Grove public schools. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from California State University, Dominguez Hills and his Master of Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. His professional experience has revolved around serving his community as a Social Worker for children and families. Mr. Muneton also served one term as a Neighborhood Improvement Commissioner for the City of Garden Grove. He has a a track record of supporting public schools, increasing mental health services and being a voice for underserved communities in the 69th assembly district.

Ivan Enriquez

I am Ivan Enriquez, a Santa Ana resident and life-long Democrat running to represent the heart and soul of Orange County’s 69th State Assembly District. I have made myself available to the Party and my community as an organizer dating back to 2012. Following the 2016 election, I expanded my work to include every congressional district in Orange County; working under the OC Voter Information Project, the ACLU of Southern California, the CDP Progressive Caucus,  Our Revolution, and even the Bernie Sanders campaign for CA-49th in 2018. Doing this has allowed me to create new relationships and maintain existing ones that would make me an effective representative for our AD at Convention and E-Board meetings, attending nearly everyone in the last 3 years.

When elected, I commit to serving on the Affirmative Action committee. Young people in our District, our next generation of party stewards and public servants, must receive the space they need to come out in favor or in opposition to the ideas we hash out statewide both at Convention and home. We must work to ensure we maintain opportunities in Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Orange to advance sustained change that residents not only can believe in and embrace but also participate in.

I have endorsed Kimberly Ellis for California Democratic Party Chair because she is already involved in our party, training women and people of color to run effective and well fought campaigns. These are the skills we need in the next California Democratic Party Chair. One that unites volunteers and organizers and is willing to #TransformTheParty. I proudly ask for your vote.