AD7 - Sacramento & Yolo Counties
What are Assembly District Delegates?
Every two years, the CA Democrats elect 7 women and 7 men 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 8
Candidate Speeches Begin: 9:30am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:00am-12:00pm
Voting Ends: 12:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: 12:00pm
California Teachers Association Region 2 Office
4100 Truxel Road
Sacramento, CA 95834
Cross streets/landmarks: Prosper Road
*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.
Nurse, Bernie Volunteer
VP for National/International Affairs, Wellstone Progressive Dems of Sacramento
Human Rights Attorney, Writer, Organizer
Fera Dayani and J.D. Garcia
Labor Communications & Wildlife Biologist, Bernie volunteer organizers
Plaintiff’s Rights Attorney
Bernie Delegate, Elected Washington Unified School Board
Civil and Immigrant Rights Activist and Twin Rivers Unified School District Trustee
Voting Rights Advocate
Labor Representative, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
My entire career has been spent helping working people–I am a union man and work for a progressive labor organization–and being very active within the local and statewide Democratic Party. As a former elected officer and current Legislative-Political Director for the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local 9421, I fight for the rights of others and help to advance legislation and policies that benefit the lives of workers and their families in the Sacramento region. As the California Political Coordinator for CWA District 9, I am proud to say that I directed a statewide effort amongst our union locals in Support of Bernie Sanders as CWA’s candidate of choice for President. We also helped to elect many progressive, pro-labor Democrats throughout California in the 2016 cycle. I additionally serve as an Executive Board Member for the Sacramento Central Labor Council, providing direction and promoting policy that benefits over 170,000 workers throughout 6 counties.
Over the past 8 years I have worked tirelessly within the Democratic Party in various capacities. I served two terms as an elected ADEM delegate and one term as a ballot-elected representative. I was a founder of the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club, and helped to turn a red Congressional district blue. I’ve attended CDP Convention each year, and have been very active with the Democratic Party of Sacramento County; I was recognized for my work as the sole recipient of the DPSC’s “Volunteer of the Year” award in 2015 for my efforts to help defeat Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I believe that 2017 will be our chance to bring the Democratic Party back to where it should be: supporting progressive, Bernie-style ideals and working people. Please join me in helping to make the California Democratic Party a place where our diversity, our labor unions, our progressivity, and our belief in a better life for all is fully realized. I humbly ask for your vote.
I have been a bedside nurse for almost 35 years and I know firsthand how urgently we need Medicare for All. As a mother, I believe strongly in free public education through the college level. As the Chief Nurse Representative for more than 2500 RNs at UCDMC, I am a passionate advocate for the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain. This past year I was actively involved in the Bernie Campaign and know that we need a political revolution to change our country to reflect nurses values of caring, compassion, and community. My faith motivates me to serve others and work for social justice. This past election was a big wake up call to the Democratic Party and the next four years we will need to stand firm against privatization, deregulation, and more tax breaks for the rich. I am following Bernie’s call to get involved and it would be my honor and to serve and speak for working people in AD 7. I am honored to be on the progressive/labor slate for AD 7 and I encourage you to vote for all of us so that we can be your voice.
I am one of seven male candidates with the Progressive-Labor Alliance slate.
At not quite 11, I got involved in my first electoral campaign: for a congressional “peace” candidate who unfortunately – little did we know how ominously – lost to a young Republican newcomer named Donald Rumsfeld. Six years later, I jumped into the anti-war, insurgent presidential campaign of Gene McCarthy, then joined Yippies, Black Panthers and SDS radicals in protest against the highly undemocratic 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.
As an adult, I’ve been a newspaper editor and writer, a legal aid attorney – and always a political activist, on the side of the underrepresented, exploited and oppressed, in this country and from 1974 to 1985, in Israel-Palestine. In Sacramento since then, I’m active in movements reflecting my priorities and the corresponding emphasis I place on the interconnectedness of domestic and international struggles; economic and social issues; race, gender, class … and more.
For a long time I shunned major party politics, but in recent years I’ve discerned new opportunities for change and got involved with Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento and the state party Progressive Caucus. As a VP (national and international affairs) for the past two years with the local club I’ve sensed what a Democratic Party could be if it truly integrated all the above concerns into a comprehensive vision and a broader movement for 21st century democratic socialism. We endorsed early and mobilized around Bernie Sanders; I did my part with hundreds of hours on the phone and walking precincts in Nevada and Sacramento. Now we need to channel that momentum into gains on the local and state levels.
The corporate wing of the party may be in some disarray post-Nov. 8, but it remains overrepresented in elected office and the bureaucracy. That needs to change – from the bottom up – so I am running for a second term as ADEM delegate, with strong allies around the state, to make the California Democratic Party more representative, vibrant, small-d democratic and progressive.
The goal is not to elect more opportunists who call themselves Democrats and be satisfied when so-called “moderates” win in red districts. It’s to ally with grassroots progressive social movements throughout the state to find a majority voice and become a vehicle for comprehensive social transformation to an anti-racist, non-sexist, post-carbon, post-capitalist and peaceful world.
I’m running to be an Assembly District Delegate for one reason: to fight for the future of our Golden State. As the son of an union member and grandson of Mexican immigrants, I want to work with the Democratic Party, because it supports and fights for the most vulnerable communities in our state and nation. As the fifth largest economy in the world, and most diverse state in the country, California can continue to lead our nation’s vision and direction and the national Democratic Party, against all odds, if younger, people of color — like myself — step up to fight for our future.
For over ten years I’ve been politically engaged from organizing union workers, helping re-elect President Barack Obama, and managing campaigns to pass progressive policies — such as overtime pay for farm workers, higher minimum wage, and reducing air pollution — in California. As a lifelong Democrat I have always fought to support the work of the Party from the outside but never from within. But given what happened on Election Day, I no longer have that privilege and am ready to defend the civil liberties so many of us fought and even died for. Together, right here in California, we can show that strong, diverse Democratic governance is not only possible but can truly ensure prosperity for everyday, working families. And as they say, as California goes so goes the nation.
Fera Dayani and J.D. Garcia
Fera and J.D’s Combined Delegate Statements for Assembly District 7:
Ferishta (Fera) Dayani grew up as a child of immigrants. Her family struggled with poverty, and thanks to the robust public assistance programs at the time, Fera was able to attend good public schools and UC Davis where she majored in Political Science.
Her desire to pursue a path in politics was fueled by her own experience with poverty. The persistent assault on the poor and public assistance programs made future success stories like hers almost impossible for others to achieve. Fera’s desire to fight for the poor and economic equality led her to a communications career in politics and labor.
Justin (J.D.) Garcia cares deeply about leaving a habitable planet with functional ecological life-support systems for future generations and fair treatment for all members of our society. J.D. is an environmental scientist and proud union member. His curiosity of nature and passion for wildlife conservation was fostered at an early age, and became the impetus for pursuing an education in biological sciences at San Diego State University.
As a wildlife professional familiar with the beauty and intricacy of nature, and our essential relationships with nature, J.D. understands that if we want to live in a world where everyone has an opportunity for a good quality of life, then we need to be moving towards economic equality and sustainability. Now more than ever, our country faces serious threats to the health of our fragile democracy and the greatest environmental crises in the history of human civilization, such as climate disruption and irreversible loss of biodiversity; these dire issues propelled J.D. into taking action during the recent election.
In partnership with progressive activists in Sacramento and Nevada, Fera and J.D. worked hard as volunteer grassroots organizers for Bernie Sanders from October 2015 through the June 2016 California primary. They organized carpools from Northern California to Reno, and made several trips to Reno to knock on doors. After the Nevada caucus, Fera and J.D. launched one of the first grassroots door knocking efforts for Bernie in California.
Fera and J.D. are running because bold leadership is needed at the community level to move towards progressive global change, and they are running with an excellent group of like-minded individuals on the Progressive-Labor Alliance slate in AD 7. They are ready to speak up for the values of Assembly District 7, California Democrats, the marginalized and the voiceless.
FD and JD flyer v3 (pdf)
It is my life’s work to help progress the plight of working people, and help people raise their voices and advocate for their rights. I am part of the Progressive-Labor Alliance slate in AD 7 and that am running with a team of proven progressives. (See attached flier). We all share the same values in policy and vision in party leadership.
I believe in a Democratic Party of California that stands for economic and social principals that benefit all Californians, not limited to the privileged few. I grew up in a household with hard-working immigrant parents who strive to teach us American principals of liberty, freedom and prosperity for all, principals I strive to teach my daughters.
The events of 9/11/2001 inspired me to serve under-represented communities. As an undergraduate student, I became active in organizing at the grass roots level. I entered law school with the purpose of combatting post-9/11 discrimination, an issue that still requires the attention of lawmakers. While in law school, I worked with various organizations, including the EEOC and the Sikh Coalition in creating outreach programs to encourage individuals who had been targeted based on their race, national origin or religion to exercise their legal rights.
In my role on the West Sacramento Planning Commission, I support applicants that promote diversity, equal employment and community engagement. As an attorney, I work to educate individuals and business owners on state and federal employment law and have represented individuals and organizations on a pro bono basis. If elected as a delegate, I will be tireless in my efforts to organize our community and build towards social and economic equality for all. I believe in working toward goodness and justice with the ultimate goal of leaving a better world for my children and future generations.
Honored to be part of of the Progressive-Labor Slate. I have the honor of representing the 7th AD as a Delegate and E-Board Rep since 2010. I chair the CA Democratic Party’s Affirmative Action Committee, working to increase diversity and inclusion. I work to mobilize and energize minority communities to participate in the CDP and helped raise money for Democratic candidates across the state. I worked with the Latino and African American communities to register voters throughout our region. During the election I worked with Congressman Keith Ellison to turn out minority voters in the battleground states. As a civil and immigrant rights activist and Twin Rivers Unified School District Trustee I look forward to working with my fellow progressives to ensure that diverse voices are heard within our party. It will be an honor to represent you again.
Delegate for Bernie Sanders to Democratic National Convention 2016. Elected Trustee of the Washington Unified School District in Broderick and Bryte. Vice Chair for Northern California for the Chicano Latino Caucus of the California Democratic Party. Immediate Past President of the River City Democratic Club. Immediate past Vice Chair of the Yolo County School Districts Association, member of the Yolo County Early Childhood Education Committee. She registered over 4000 high school students in 2016. You can find her each month helping Del Surrette register New Citizens at Memorial Auditorium. Past President of SEIU Local 768. Recipient Mentor of the Year Award Young Dems and Sac State Dems. Recipient Outstanding Volunteer Award John Burton CDP. Vote Progressive Labor Slate.
I have spent my career working to get big money out of politics, most recently focussed on overturning Citizens United. I lead efforts to pass Prop 59 in Calfornia and other anti-Citizens United ballot measures across the country. I ran for California Secretary of State in 2014 on a progressive platform and supported Bernie for President. I believe it is imperative to resist Trump at every step.
As Corporate America, the Republican Party, and their shock troops on the “alt right” intensify their assault on the working class, it is more important than ever that we have strong, progressive leadership at all levels of the Democratic Party. To the extent that we have that leadership here in California, it is because we have organized and fought for it.
I was a part of the successful ADEM slate that originally helped to elect John Burton as Chair. I have worked alongside fellow progressives to push the party away from neoliberalism and toward an inclusive vision of democratic socialism. I am running for ADEM again because I have the commitment and experience to continue these efforts.
As a Labor Representative with the California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United, I know how important it is to defend and advance the rights of working people and their families, especially women, people of color, and LGBTQ people who are subject to the most egregious discrimination by employers.
As an experienced organizer, I also know the importance of solidarity and direct action. I support the Fight for $15, Black Lives Matter, Water Protectors, and numerous other people’s struggles. As a former local elected official, I know the importance of broad coalitions and inclusive, bottom-up power structures. Such structures are critical to empowering those who have historically been marginalized and oppressed.
As a millennial, I have a pulse on the concerns and interests of the next generation of voters and party activists. Finally, as a dedicated progressive, I identify with the historic mission of the American Left to fight for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice. I would greatly appreciate your vote.