AD70: San Pedro, Long Beach, Signal Hill, Avalon

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 12, 2019
Doors Open: 9:30am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:00am
Registration & Voting: 10:30am-12:30pm

Location
Teamsters Local 848
3888 Cherry Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

*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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Kathy Dasilva

Our Revolution Long Beach

Pedora Keo

CNA Nurse

Allison Miller

CNA Nurse

Shannon Ross

Vice President, San Pedro Democratic Club

ILWU-endorsed

Also vote for Shannon for E-Board rep

Carrie Scoville

President, San Pedro Democratic Club

Long Beach Gray Panthers

Naida Tushnet

Peace Activist

YES WE CAN Democratic Club

Alexa Victoriano

Officer, San Pedro Democratic Club

Student Advocate

Steve Askin

SEIU retired

DSA Long Beach

Christopher Duvali

Treasurer, Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club

Grassroots Activist

Jerry Garcia

Our Revolution Long Beach

ILWU-endorsed

Ben Hauck

Organizer & activist

DSA Long Beach

Bill Roberson

San Pedro Democratic Club

San Pedro Neighbors for Peace & Justice

Chris Robson

Chair, Long Beach Board of Health

President, YES WE CAN Democratic Club

Andrew Swetland

Veteran

Healthcare & Immigration activist

DSA Long Beach

Detailed Information

Kathy Dasilva

I have been a grassroots organizer and activist for 20 years working tirelessly to advocate for policy outcomes that benefit people over special interest money. Knowing the first step is to end the legalized bribery that underpins our campaign finance laws, I have worked to get money out of politics with California Clean Money Campaign, Common Cause, Move to Amend, and Money Out Voters In (MOVI). As a grassroots lobbyist, I helped shepherd SB 1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act, through the California Legislature and when it became a ballot measure in 2016, served as the Director of Operations for the successful Prop 59 Campaign Committee. In 2018 I focused on electoral politics, volunteering to turn Orange County blue. I earned a Masters in Public Policy and Administration to broaden my knowledge base and to prepare me for my commitment to public service.

I am running to give voice to the grassroots and will work diligently to see our progressive values adopted by the California Democratic Party.

Pedora Keo

As a registered nurse working bedside in the intensive care unit for over 20 years at St. Mary Medical Center, in the heart of downtown Long Beach, I have seen so much suffering and death relating to social, economic, racial, gender, and environmental injustices. It still breaks my heart each day to see & deal with each death. This should not be happening here! One death is just too much. No one should die because he/she could not afford medication. No one should die relating to respiratory illness because he/she cant move out of a polluted home near the refinery. No one should become homeless as a result of hospitalization. All of these issues are preventable and can be improved. As a struggling single mother of an asthmatic son and a nurse, I want to be the voice of my patients and my children to make it right and just again. I believe we can change for the future of our city. Thank you.

Allison Miller

I am an RN who works with Cancer patients and I also practice Forensic Nursing for victims of sexual assaults. I am committed to ending health care disparities and moving towards equal access, having spent much time on campaigns such as Medicare for all, SB562, the Pharm Bill, and Prop 61. Economic and racial inequalities are a daily struggle for many in our area, and my passion for social justice moves me to be active in the fights against rent increase and to push for livable wages and continued safety for hotel workers, or for those who suffer from human trafficking. I’ve joined the efforts fighting for a clean environment against such things as Fracking, and have spoken to public officials regarding the health complications from the Torrance Refinery and Aliso Canyon Porter Ranch leaks.

I am running as a Delegate in hopes to continue to reform the Democratic Party to a more progressive bridge so that the gap between the voters and the actual seated politicians can be filled and peoples needs are better met. I have sat on many boards in my long career as a Secretary and then as a Nurse and have been involved in Labor unions such as the Teamsters and the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. I presently sit on the Professional Practice Council at my hospital where our committee oversees Nurse Practice Complaints and Patient Safety Issues and we meet with the Chief Nurse Officer and Management to dialogue on how our problems can best be resolved. I have testified in Sacramento at hearings regarding patient lift assist needs that Nurses and other work place professionals did not have, and I have addressed the Long Beach City Council several times regarding Nurse or Patient issues: the latest being the closure of Community Hospital of Long Beach where I joined the campaign to keep it open.

I did campaign for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primaries, traveling out of state in that effort, and I also was a Delegate by Proxy as a ADEM at the California Democratic Convention and was able to strike a vote for Kimberly Ellis who lost disappointingly to Eric Bauman.

I’ve gained a reputation for standing up where or when others won’t, and of not being afraid of the Structured Elite. I believe we need to hold our own Parties and Associations accountable when need be, and to be heard as a loud voice for those who can’t speak when necessary.

Shannon Ross

Now is the time for Democrats to focus on the future. The newest generation of voters face great social and economic challenges. We cannot take their support for granted. We need to understand and respond with programs that will keep California blue far into the future. As a Democrat, I know that our strength lies in our diversity. I will fight for a progressive agenda that values all lives and works to make this world a better place that offers a bright future for everyone. I am a Democrat who believes in the power of people and I will work to unleash that power in the 70th Assembly District and everywhere else I can. I will fight for our shared ideals and the specific proposals to make them real. Please cast your vote for me and I pledge that I will work for you.

Vote Shannon Ross for Eboard Representative and Delegate for the 70th Assembly District as well as the Blue Revolution Slate.

Carrie Scoville

Our Party has achieved a historic electoral victory; however, it remains plagued by internal turmoil. As your delegate I pledge to pursue policies and procedures that would rectify these situations. I already introduced reforms to the CA Democratic Party as a founding member of the Blue Revolution affiliation of Party delegates. Examples are cancelling the $5 ADEM voter fee, and elimination of the 10% vote advantage incumbent candidates had over challengers to earn the Party’s endorsement.

My personal and professional experience spans the Assembly District. I serve as President of the San Pedro Democratic Club, as a member of the I-710 Community Advisory Committee, and I am a CSULB Master of Public Administration candidate.

I am thoroughly committed to progressive values. Under my leadership the San Pedro Dems endorsed SB562 (Lara) for single payer healthcare, AB699 (O’Donnell) keeping ICE out of our public schools, and SB10 (Hertzberg) eliminating cash bail. We’ve also endorsed Prop 10 allowing local communities to implement rent control, and Prop B establishing a public banking system in the City of Los Angeles.

I look forward to your vote for me and the Blue Revolution slate on January 12. Let’s continue our progress toward a Party that is responsive, accountable, and closer to the voters.

Naida Tushnet

I retired as the director of evaluation research in an educational research and development agency. After my retirement, I increased my community activism, working for increased minimum wages for hotel workers, and immigrant rights, rent control and inclusionary housing, and reform of the criminal justice system. I am also an active member of the Long Beach Area Peace Network, striving for world peace.

I am a member of the steering committees of Long Beach Rising and the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community as well as for the Long Beach Area Peace Network. In addition, I serve as president of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University Long Beach, offering a wide range of classes to people over 50.

As a member of both the Womens Democratic Study Club and the Yes We Can Democratic Club, I have been active in electoral politics on the local, state, and national levels. I have always called myself a progressive. I served as a delegate during the last cycle.

I am proud to be running with the Blue Revolution team of progressive delegates, which our community elected in 2017.

Alexa Victoriano
Steve Askin
As a Service Employees Union (SEIU) Research Coordinator, recently retired, I developed strategies used by tens of thousands of workers to build strong unions. And I led research for the California Fight for $15 in its successful drive to raise our states minimum wage.
For more than a quarter century, I have used my professional training as an accounting MBA to serve the public interest working with labor and social justice advocates to investigate and expose abusive nursing homes, slumlords, gun manufacturers, global arms traders, antiabortion movement funders and contractors that steal public jobs.
I live with my wife and four children in Long Beach’s Rose Park neighborhood. I am secretary of the Long Beach Special Education Advisory Committee and a former LB Homeless Services Advisory Committee member. Long Beach has been my home since 2002.
I’ve been an anti-racist activist since my teen years, when I volunteered in the campaign for civilian review of police violence in New York City. I later worked in Chicago progressive politics, serving as Congressional press secretary for the late Harold Washington.
I am an active member of the Democratic Socialists of America. I’m a proud member of the Blue Revolution slate of progressive grassroots delegates and I ask for your vote for me and the entire slate.
Christopher Duvali

I have been a Democratic Party activist since before I was able to vote. Being born into a family with two parents who were active Democrats I learned that progress is only made through action. I am currently an elected AD70 ADEM, Treasurer of the Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club and one of the BLUE REVOLUTION founders. I wish to continue my Democratic Political Activism within the California Democratic Party. Over the last two years I have submitted multiple progressive rules changes and testified before the rules committee on the merits of the rules changes to have them approved and amended to the California Democratic Party Bylaws. I wish to continue being a strong, passionate, inclusive representative in the AD 70 within the California Democratic Party. I humbly request your support and vote.

Jerry Garcia

I am a native of Long Beach Ca. and a 3rd generation of one of the strongest Unions in the country, the ILWU. As a grassroots activist, I advocate for: Healthcare reform in California supporting bill SB562 healthcare for all. Spoken in favor of affordable education so people with low incomes can attend college. Support of comprehensive immigration reform like paths to citizenship for Vets, and Environmental Justice. I support Unions and Progressive candidates like Senators Bernard Sanders, Harley Rouda, and Delaine Eastin for Governor of California. As a Progressive activist I’ve attended numerous rallies and town halls. I’ve visited thousands of homes in support of a progressive agenda. I am looking forward to being part of creating a stronger more diverse Democratic Party. It will be an honor to represent the people of Long Beach, San Pedro, and Avalon in AD70. It’s a privilege to be part of the Blue Revolution slate.

Ben Hauck

As an organizer and an activist, I fight for a platform of progressive values prioritizing the people and the planet. I would be honored to serve and represent the people of Assembly District 70, bringing that same activist spirit to the California Democratic Party.

I have spent my entire life in Southern California, and have been an active organizer in Los Angeles and Long Beach. I am a trained Climate Reality Leadership Corps ambassador, and helped to mentor a group of environmentalists in Los Angeles. My environmental activism expanded after going to Standing Rock and seeing the injustice and oppression firsthand. Upon my return, I helped to create and lead the Divest LA campaign, successfully getting the City of Los Angeles to commit to divesting from Wells Fargo bank. This led to the creation of Public Bank LA, a grassroots organization fighting for public banking. I am the Political Director for Public Bank LA and was one of the lead organizers on the Measure B effort. I am also a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

The California Democratic Party has one of the most progressive platforms in the nation, but we have a lot of work to do to implement the platform. Homelessness continues to be a major problem in our state, and the housing crisis demands urgent solutions for affordable housing. Climate change fueled wildfires are ravaging the state, yet we continue to be one of the largest fossil fuel producers in the nation, with frontline communities bearing the brunt of the pollution. It is time for our party to fight for bold solutions like a just transition and a Green New Deal. It is time for California to move forward on a single payer healthcare system, and provide coverage for all of us.

We must ensure the party truly represents the people, and fights for our communities. Money in politics and corporate influence in our government are serious problems that must be confronted head on. We cannot allow the will of Main Street to be subverted by the corrupting influence of Wall Street. As an Assembly District Delegate, I vow to fight for the people and the planet, and never be influenced or pressured by corporate interests.

I am proud to be running on the Blue Revolution slate to represent the people of AD70, and work within the party to create real solutions.

Bill Roberson

 

Chris Robson

I serve as president of the YES WE CAN Democratic Club – Long Beach, elected annually since 2009. Under my leadership, our organization actively (Fundraisers, phone banking and canvassing) supported Alex Villanueva for LA County Sheriff, Harley Rouda and Gil Cisneros in the flipping of their house seats. In 2016, I served as the Long Beach Regional Organizing Lead for Hillary for America and immediately prior to that, as Co-Leader of Long Beach Area for Bernie. Due to my forty-year career in health care administration and business development, and my support for his campaigns, was appointed by our Mayor to the Long Beach Health and Human Services Board., for three terms, two of them as the elected Chair.

I am a lifelong Democrat and 10-year resident of Long Beach’s 70th Assembly District. I am running to bring progressive change to Democratic politics and elections operations in the Assembly District, County of Los Angeles and State of California. Our platform consists of specific reforms of the California Democratic Party, which we initiated in the last ADEM election and have been working toward since then. Please vote for me as one of our team of AD 70 Blue Revolution progressive Delegates and Shannon Ross for our EBoard Representative.

Andrew Swetland

As a U.S. Air Force Intelligence Analyst veteran, I now apply my lifelong dedication to public service through progressive activism in our community and in the California Democratic Party. Over the past two years, I have:

* Been unanimously elected and served on the board of a Democratic club as Communications Director, endorsing dozens of progressive Democrats for office across the state.

* Joined 1,000 union nurses in storming the Capitol to lobby every single California state legislator to vote Yes on S.B.562 Medicare For All universal healthcare for every man, woman, and child in California, leading to its successful passage by the California Senate.

* Authored the resolution condemning ICE which was passed by unanimous vote by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.

Soy el autor de la resolucion del condado de L.A. para eliminar la migra.

* Ran to serve on the Executive Board of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party.

* Supported fantastic Democratic candidates old and new (such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!) with hundreds of hours of the hard, unglorious work of phonebanking and knocking on doors.

I have made it my newest mission, in this time of brutal and inhumane treatment of immigrants, to stand up for the human rights and civil rights of immigrants, in this proud nation of immigrants which I so dearly love!

I am dedicated to making the California Democratic Party more open and responsive to the will of Democratic voters, and less beholden to corporate interests. I am committed to the continual renewal of the Democratic Party at all levels into an organization that is responsive to, and representative of, the human needs of all Americans.

I would be deeply honored to be empowered by your vote as one of your new California Democratic delegates. I will serve as a bold progressive champion to represent our strongly progressive community of San Pedro, Long Beach, Signal Hill, and Avalon.

I am proud to be running with the Blue Revolution team of delegates whom our community elected last time in 2017 to these positions.