AD7 - Sacramento & Yolo Counties
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: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Doors Open: 10:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:00am
Registration & Voting: 10:30am-12:30pm
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.
Your Progressive Candidates
Vote for all 14 candidates!
Mother, Activist, Organizer
Vote for Anna for both Delegate and E-board representative.
Vice Chair, California Democratic Party Chicano Latino Caucus; President, LULAC, West Sacramento
Teacher, Early Childhood Advocate
Chair, Organizational Development, California Democratic Party Veterans Caucus; Member, Coalition of Labor Union Women; Member, SEIU 1000
Advocate, Public Advocates; Board Member, Organize Sacramento
Chief Nurse Representative, California Nurses Association, UC Davis Medical Center
RACHELANNE (RAE) VANDER WERF
American River Flood Control District Trustee; State Environmental Scientist; Green Democrats President
Trustee, Twin Rivers Unified School District; Executive Director, CAIR Sacramento
Legislative & Political Organizer, American Federation of Government Employees
Communications Workers of America; Sacramento Central Labor Council; Labor Democrats of Sacramento County; Democratic Party of Sacramento County; Incumbent Assembly District Delegate
Journalist, Human rights attorney, Progressive agitator
RENE CRUZ MARTINEZ
Labor Organizer, IBEW Local 1245
Organizing Director, Courage Campaign
Incumbent delegate for AD 7; President of the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers; President Truman Club of Sacramento; Vice President of the Sacramento Central Labor Council; Vice President of the California Federation of Teachers; Chair of the CFT Civil, Human, & Women’s Rights Committee
My name is Anna Molander, and I am running to be a delegate and your Executive Board member.
Electing more Democrats is not enough. The CDP needs to be relevant to and in California households.
As overjoyed as I am with the country’s blue tsunami, California has been trending blue for decades yet the CDP isn’t the national leader of progressive values it must and should be.
We need to live our values. The CDP must be the pinnacle of ethical campaign and forward-looking employment practices. We must do better by being better. Every person who touches or is involved in our Party must be responsible for creating the best campaign practices and the best employment practices. We should encourage unionized campaign workers and help our candidates and elected officials by creating a professional workforce, ready to talk about our values with the grassroots.
We need to create leaders. We have institutionalized a hierarchy that steamrolls newcomers and tests even the most tenacious among us so that those in power, stay in power. Holding power does not yield more progressive policies. Rather, we fight amongst ourselves without sewing the seeds of the future. We need more young adults involved in the direction of the CDP and not just through CYD. And we need to be resolute and intentional in bringing up new leaders throughout California.
We need to build better communities and create community. Public transit. Climate change. Affordable housing. Living wages. Medicare for all. Public educational opportunity. These policies are not only popular, they are righteous. Yet we so often bargain against ourselves and capitulate the battle. When the CDP puts its full weight behind these policies, how they are all linked, and how California becomes better with them, we win. Not just for ourselves, but every generation that comes behind us.
The time to act is now.
I would be so honored to receive your vote as a delegate and as your representative to the Executive Board for Assembly District 7.
Currently, I am the elected E-Board Representative to the DSCC from Assembly District 7, Sacramento and Yolo county. I have attended every CDP E-Board and CDP Convention for the last eight years. If I am elected, you can be sure that I will attend conventions and faithfully represent you.
I am an elected Trustee of the Washington Unified School District. I am a Progressive vote on the school board because I believe we need to make our institutions responsive to the working class. I brought neighborhood elections to West Sacramento creating districts in historically unrepresented poor and minority neighborhoods. I brought ethnic studies and minority principals to a city whose school children are mostly minority. I brought the same curriculum to all schools in the district. I insured that students were assigned to special needs classes on the basis of testing and evaluation and not on the basis of language.
As past President of SEIU Local 768, I am also a Labor voter because I believe that labor is the basis of a strong and vibrant middle class. Cesar Chavez taught us that labor and civil rights are inextricably intertwined.
As Chair of the Chicano Latino Caucus Voter Registration Committee, I am a civil rights voter. I registered over 11,000 high school students from 2016-2018. I regularly registered at the New Citizens Ceremony at the Memorial Auditorium when we could do so. In the last five years, I was the recipient of the Mentor of the Year Award from Young Dems and Sac State Dems, as well as recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer and Innovator Award from John Burton, past Chair of the CDP.
I am the elected 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, and a member of the Yolo County Early Childhood Education Committee. I am President of LULAC (the Latino version of the NAACP) and President of the League of Women Voters of West Sacramento.
I was a Delegate for Bernie Sanders to the 2016 Democratic National Convention and for President Obama in 2012. I humbly ask for your vote.
As Democrats, we are responsible for ensuring our Party remains a Party for the People. With threats to workers, public education resources at-risk, and over-reaching political power of corporations, our Democratic leaders must stand strong for our values and be representative of their constituents. I want to serve as an ADEM Delegate for AD7 because as a life-long Democrat with progressive values, I want to ensure our party moves forward in a direction that recruits, retains, and elects Democrats who put the interests of people first.
Currently, I am a member of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, Women Democrats of Sacramento, and Wellstone Progressive Democrats. Over the past few years, I have witnessed an increasingly divided party, where moderate positions have weakened the party’s ability to advance progressive agendas and candidates. I am confident that electing leaders who are familiar with the districts they serve, are active in community affairs within and beyond the Party, and contribute a fresh, new perspective, will help our state Party evolve into a powerhouse that not only changes the face of elected leadership, but holds its leaders accountable to their promises and the members.
As a teacher and mother, my vote is not only for my community and California, but for future leaders who may not have a voice. I want to represent Assembly District 7 as an elected delegate because I believe in our democracy and our party. I believe 2020 is our year to take back our country and change the face of politics. I look forward to serving as an ADEM Delegate, and hope to earn your vote!
I would like the opportunity to represent the residents of Assembly District 7, as a delegate to the Democratic Party. I am new to party activism and became involved prior to the 2016 presidential elections. I, like many others, went from being a busy mom and grandmother to a Bernie Sanders inspired progressive activist.
As a mom of a child with a chronic illness, I know the struggles for families to obtain medical care. I had to fight the insurance company for coverage, the school district for special education services and the Social Security Administration for benefits. I spent much of my daughter’s childhood in the Children’s Hospital and have seen the suffering of many children. I have also experienced the loss of a loved one, due to not having medical insurance or the ability to pay for healthcare. Through this experience I have become a strong advocate for children and persons with disabilities. I support health care for all and will fight for your family too.
I am a former Department of Defense civilian, and active duty military spouse. I know the sacrifices that our military members and families make and I am committed to ensuring that our Veteran’s receive the care they deserve for their service. I currently serve as the Chair of Organizational Development for the Democratic Party’s Veteran’s caucus. I believe in supporting the troops with more health care, better wages and fewer wars.
My career has always been intertwined with my personal life. I am currently an employee of the State of California and have worked in many areas including civil rights, employment for persons with Disabilities and mental healthcare Compliance. I am an active member of SEIU 1000 and the Coalition of Labor Union Women.
As a mixed Native American (Pima), Mexican/German woman, I believe that I represent the diversity of this district and have the energy, passion and tenacity to move the party to be more inclusive of those without money, connections or status.
Thank you for getting engaged in the ADEM process! We need more folks with progressive values in the CA Democratic Party.
I’m excited to be running to represent AD 7 for another term. It is my continuing commitment: to improve our party, to work collaboratively, to hold others and be held accountable, to work for greater transparency, to fight the good fight, and to help move our party to better reflect the communities it represents.
Being a delegate to the party isn’t just about going to convention, although that’s an important responsibility. We have the opportunity to use our role as delegates to push the party forward – on taking sexual harassment seriously, holding elected Democrats accountable, and advocating for policies that represent our progressive values. I’m proud to say I’ve worked hard on all these fronts as a delegate.
I work for Public Advocates, a non-profit civil rights law firm and advocacy organization. I spend my days advocating for progressive housing and tenant protection legislation in the Capitol. I’m also the lead author and a named proponent on the Sacramento rent stabilization and just cause charter amendment (which City voters will have an opportunity to pass in 2020). Additionally, I’m a board member of Organize Sacramento, a small and mighty local non-profit that fought to raise the minimum wage and advocates for a transit system that serves those who need it most, among many other campaigns. I bring these experiences with me to my work as a delegate.
Again, thank you again for getting engaged in the ADEM process and I’ll appreciate your vote on January 13th!
My name is Shirley Toy, and I am running to be an ADEM delegate in District 7. I have been a bedside nurse for over 37 years, and I believe that HealthCare is a Human Right. I have seen firsthand how urgently we need Medicare for All as people’s lives are literally destroyed by our profit driven health care system. As a mother, I believe in good public education and affordable college for all. Education and Healthcare is an investment in our society and our future. I am the Chief Nurse Representative at UC Davis Medical Center, and I am a passionate advocate for patient’s and worker’s rights. My faith motivates me to serve others and to work for social justice. The Democratic Party needs to speak for everyday working people. It would be an honor and privilege to be elected again to serve and speak for the working people in District 7. Please vote for me and my entire Progressive Labor Slate.
RACHELANNE (RAE) VANDER WERF
I am interested in being your AD 7 Delegate, because I believe my values are closely aligned with those of our district. I hope to increase representation and transparency in our party. As an Environmental Scientist and an elected local Flood Control District Trustee, I know that representing our community is a privilege, and an important responsibility. We need to make sure our Party listens to experts in all fields, including scientists, when shaping our platform and policies we promote. We need more accessibility to ensure everyone can be fully involved in the democratic process, and that means using the twin lenses of social justice and inclusiveness.
As an Environmental Scientist with the State of California, my focus is ensuring access to clean drinking water for many areas of the state. As a representative for California Association of Professional Scientists, I build solidarity within my field, and fight for the rights of State Scientists. As a trustee on the American River Flood Control District, I am working to increase transparency, as well as use my background in drinking water to assist in protecting our community. As the President of the Environmental Democrats of Sacramento County, we educate the public through local outreach events featuring speakers in a variety of areas of environmental concern, and raise funds for special projects and relief efforts, including raising almost $1,000 for victims of the recent Camp Fire. As Committee Chair for the Parks and Recreation Committee of the Sacramento Women and Girls Coalition, we are working to ensure that there is gender and racial equity in city activities. As well, I am an active member in many other Democratic Party and local community groups.
I have grown up in the Sacramento area, and I have personally seen what our communities have experienced, and are going through. I hope that I can ensure that we pass single-payer health care and tuition-free college, enhance LGBTQ rights, fight for criminal justice reform, and win rent control for the state’s struggling working families. It is vital as Democrats that we make sure we are doing more in California, and on a national level to fight climate change. No one should go bankrupt due to tuition, or because they have a health emergency or chronic illness. It is our job as Democrats to ensure that our communities are not only protected, but thriving.
I have had the honor of representing the 7th AD as a Delegate and E-Board Rep since 2010. I’ve worked since 2009 to ensure Progressive/Labor slates win throughout CA. I chair the California 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 Progressive Democratic candidates across the nation. I worked with minority communities to register voters throughout our region. During the general election I worked to turn out minority voters in 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 ensuring that diverse voices are heard within our Party. It will be an honor to represent you again. www.elkarra4kids.com
I’m honored to join Progressive-Labor Alliance slate. I’m running for Assembly Delegate because I want to make sure that working people not only have a seat at the table, but that they drive the agenda in the California Democratic Party. At a time when corporate money and interests play an outsized role in our politics and daily lives, I look forward to working with you and fellow delegates to insist that the Democratic Party be a party of, by and for the people.
I’m a longtime labor activist and organizer. Since March 2015, I’ve been a Legislative and Political Organizer with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). In this capacity I help federal employees build political power, fight privatization attempts and take on the draconian Trump Cabinet. Here in Sacramento I’m a member of Wellstone Progressive Democrats, DSA Sacramento and Delegate to the Sacramento Central Labor Council.
While I’ve been in the labor movement for close to a decade, it was a February 2003 protest in New York City that opened my eyes and brought me into the world of political action and active citizenship. I was high school senior and joined hundreds of thousands in protesting the illegal invasion of Iraq. Since then, I’ve been in the fight: fighting for workers’ rights, taking on corporations such as Coca-Cola for labor and environmental abuses, fighting for $15 an hour minimum wage, campaigning for marriage equality, for rent control, for public financing of elections and against the Keystone XL Pipeline and other abuses of our planet, against wars and the military industrial complex, and against the corporate takeover of our democratic institutions.
As Paul Wellstone said “We all do better when we all do better.” Let’s work together to make sure our Party leads the way. I would appreciate your vote for me and the entire Progressive-Labor Alliance slate.
The Democratic Party needs to change. It’s not good enough to just elect “Democrats” anymore. Are you tired of corporate Dems whose allegiances lie with big business? Are you fed up with working people being sidelined? Are you done with our futures being sold to the highest bidder? I am. That’s why I’m choosing to run again.
As a union man who works for a progressive labor organization, I’ve spent my entire career helping working people in both the Communications Workers of America and the Sacramento Central Labor Council. I’ve been extremely active within the local and statewide Democratic Party for over 15 years, both as a progressive activist and elected delegate, and have led the Progressive Labor Alliance ADEM slates in the Sacramento region for two terms, helping to elect progressive labor delegates to reform the Party from within.
I founded the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club and the Labor Democrats of Sacramento County, and worked hard to turn a red Congressional district blue. On top of attending CDP Conventions and Executive Board meetings as a delegate, I’ve also been deeply involved with the Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC); in fact, I was recognized for my work as the sole recipient of the DPSC’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year award.
I believe that 2019 will be our chance to bring the Democratic Party back to where it should be: supporting progressive ideals and working people. To that end, I humbly ask for your vote.
At 10, my first electoral campaign was for a congressional “peace” candidate who – now we know how ominously — lost to a young Republican newcomer named Donald Rumsfeld. Six years later, I joined the anti-war, insurgent presidential campaign of Gene McCarthy, then protested against the highly undemocratic 1968 convention in Chicago.
As an adult, I’ve been a newspaper editor and writer, a legal aid and human rights attorney … and always a political organizer, on the side of the underrepresented, exploited and oppressed, in this country and from 1974-85, in Israel-Palestine. In Sacramento ever since, I’m active in movements reflecting my priorities and skills, emphasizing the interconnectedness of domestic and international struggles; economic and social issues; race, gender, class … and more.
In recent years I’ve gotten involved with Wellstone Progressive Dems locally and the state party Progressive Caucus. Wellstone endorsed early and mobilized for Bernie Sanders; I spent hundreds of hours calling and walking in Nevada and Sacramento. Since then I’ve done the same on local and state levels. I frequently advocate at the Capitol for progressive measures of all sorts and against attacks on protected speech, particularly regarding the exceptionalism with which Israel is treated – and Palestinians mistreated. I also work with Jewish Voice for Peace, the National Lawyers Guild and DSA.
At the 2017 state convention, we came within a whisker of electing a progressive chair. Now that the “winner” has been forced to resign due to his outrageous behavior, we will have another opportunity to democratize the party and pull it to the left.
The vehicle is the Progressive Labor Alliance. Pick up our slate card at the ADEM and vote for all seven women and seven men.
Corporate-backed politicians have no answers for the urgent priorities of the 99 percent. That needs to change from the bottom up, and I hope to play a role with another term as a delegate. Together with allies around the state, I’ll fight to make the party more representative, vibrant, small-d democratic and progressive.
The goal is not to elect more opportunists who call themselves Democrats; it’s to ally with grassroots progressive social movements throughout the state and country to build a majority for comprehensive transformation to an anti-racist, non-sexist, post-carbon, post-capitalist and peaceful world.
RENE CRUZ MARTINEZ
I am a labor Organizer with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. I am a Mexican American living in Sacramento, CA. I have lived in California for most of my life and I love the diversity that this great state brings. I have been a member of the IBEW for over 7 years. I come out of the utility sector where I worked for over 6 years. I began my activism by volunteering my time in local politics since 2012. In 2017, I was recruited by my local union to come work full time as an Organizer. Today I am committed to continue fighting for workers’ rights, preserve good wages and continue to empower our members to fight back against the constant attack on labor unions. In an age where labor continues to be under attack by corporate America, we need more labor activists in politics. We must take back our government and take corporate money out of politics. We must hold our elected officials accountable.
My background also consists of being an activist in my local community. I am a delegate to the Sacramento Labor council and I am also on the Executive Board to the Solano County Electrical Workers Minority Caucus. I have worked on local campaigns to get labor leaders elected into office here locally and at the state level. For the 2018 midterms, I volunteered here in Sacramento and surrounding areas to support elections that resulted in labor leaders in getting into office. Canvassing and going door to door to talk to registered voters is my passion, as it gives me the opportunity to connect and learn more from the people in my community. I strongly believe we need more minorities involved in politics.
I was raised in an immigrant family who came to this country seeking a better life. I graduated from Yuba College with an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement. I am also a proud member of the LGBT community. I married my partner of 8 years in 2016, this was possible thanks to the political efforts and focus leading to marriage equality. If elected I would like to continue to hold elected officials and candidates for office accountable for worker rights and social justice. I am honored and excited to be part of the Progressive Labor Alliance Slate in Assembly District 7.
As a lifelong progressive, son of labor, grandson of immigrants, and native Californian, I am excited to run as a progressive, labor CADEM delegate for AD 7.
For over ten years, I have fought to pass progressive legislation in CA and across the country, hold elected Democrats accountable to the needs of our most vulnerable communities, and give a voice to the voiceless.
I started my career in progressive politics with SEIU helping public service employees unionize, from there I joined MoveOn.org as regional state organizer where I oversaw California, Hawaii, and Alaska. During my time at MoveOn.org, we helped pass the ACA and elect President Barack Obama. For the past 5 years, I’ve been with Courage Campaign where I’ve worked on passing progressive legislation and ballot measures, and hold Democrats accountable to the values of most Californians.
If given the chance to serve as a delegate for AD 7, I’ll work to make the state Democratic Party more transparent and accountable to an inclusive, progressive, and equitable agenda.
I strongly believe in quality and affordable public education for everyone who lives in California, from pre-school to University, single payer healthcare, and that all workers, whether they be native born or immigrant, documented or undocumented, should have the right to respect, dignity, a livable wage, and benefits for themselves and their family.
Yes, we are proud that California is a sanctuary state and Sacramento is a sanctuary city, we are here to fight for the rights of all immigrants, documented or undocumented.
We stand with the students across America who want to end the mass shootings at schools and pass responsible gun control legislation.
We want progressive taxation so that corporations and the rich pay their fair share of taxes, not tax cuts for Trump’s corporate and business friends that has added $1.5 trillion to the budget deficit and now they want to cut Medicare, Obamacare, Medicaid, and social security.
We are very close to losing a generation of Californians because of the State’s divestment in education, social services, and infrastructure, and many Californians are becoming disillusioned.
We need to rebuild a government that works for all Californians and have a system of progressive taxation to pay for those necessary services, to strategically invest in California, and restore the people’s faith in California’s future.
Unfortunately, many in government, both Democrats & Republicans, have lost sight of that goal and it is my purpose as a delegate in the California Democratic Party to hold those in government responsible. Therefore, one of our highest priorities is to get rid of the worst President in history, Donald Trump.
I believe that the 7th Assembly District has been a strong voice for progressive values in California and I would be proud to represent all who live in the district.
I will do my best to work with my colleagues in labor and progressives for a better future in California and the nation.