AD76: Coastal North County, stretching from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in the north to Encinitas in the south.

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: Saturday, January 7
Candidate Speeches Begin: 11:30am
Registration & Voting Begin: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Ballot Counting Begins: 2:00pm

Oceanside Public Library Community Rooms
330 North Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

Cross Street: Coast Hwy & 3rd st.

*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.

Can We Count on You to Come Vote?

Your Progressive Candidates

Chris Barroso

Bernie Delegate to the DNC

Linda Breen

Campaign volunteer and business owner

Marggie Castellano

Bernie Delegate to the DNC

Jim Hesson

Bernie Volunteer

Cori Schumacher

Carlsbad City Councilmember

PJ Duke

Community Organizer and Activist

Kyle Thayer

Paramedic, Progressive activist

Detailed Information

Chris Barroso

I’m a far-left, true liberal from way back (ACLU member since 1978), humanist, social democrat, with strong anarcho-syndicalist tendencies, and a Bernie supporter for over ten years. I’m an electrical engineer, so I’m very detail oriented, never forgetting the big picture including most importantly the moral and ethical motivations for why we are progressives. I want to help move the Democratic party way from its 15+ years of increasing emphasis on big money and business and back to its roots of caring for the common person. I would be grateful for your support; thank you.

Linda Breen

I am a lifelong progressive democrat. I have a degree in Engineering, and have been a small business owner for over 10 years. I volunteer twice a week at an elementary school that has one of the highest poverty rates in the state. In the past year, I became heavily involved in Carlsbad politics, speaking repeatedly in City Council meetings, working for the No On A campaign and in electing Cori Schumacher to City Council. For Bernie Sanders, I tabled, volunteered at the San Diego rally, made phone calls, canvassed voters in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista, monitored polls on election day and I monitored ballot counting after the election. For Doug Applegate, I marched in 3 parades, registered voters, and canvassed in nearby cities. I believe strongly that we must work to reinvigorate the Democratic party in order to take back congress and the Presidency, and to minimize the damage that may be done with the new administration.

Marggie Castellano

I am running because:
1. I have a passion to serve and empower my community
2. I love to learn new things and to be challenged specially by the status quo
3. My 25 years of Leadership and International Management experience as a businesswoman and as a Producer will be an asset to my District .

My Vision: The message is clear, our country needs a need direction. My District will lead the evolution of progressive (grassroots) leadership needed in the country. Our constituents will have a voice in shaping the future of our country.

My top priorities and policies areas are: Climate Change, Medicare for All (single payer), Stop the TPP, Ban Fracking, Immigration Reform with a path to citizenship, College for All, and an Open Source Media TV/Radio Channel (We-The People) to distribute crucial information, and for Community Outreach and Civic Engagement. I am a firm believer of using Science, Technology and the Media to benefit society.

I was deeply involved campaigning for the presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. On May 1, 2016, I run and was voted # 1 female Delegate for Bernie Sanders for CD-49 in California. At the DNC, I was one of the 1,900 Delegates for Bernie Sanders that made history by doing everything we could to make the Democratic platform as progressive as it can be.

I just recently run for Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors (Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad), I didn’t win, however, I got close to 23,000 votes.

Thank you for your vote!

Cori Schumacher

As a newly elected Council Member in the majority Republican coastal community of Carlsbad, I was able to win a seat on the entirely Republican City Council as the first Democrat in memory. I did so as a Progressive, LGBT candidate by running an unorthodox, bipartisan-supported campaign that swept our community up in a vibrant, issues-based local election. Rather than running an oppositional campaign focused on unseating incumbents, I chose to focus on the community I would be serving. The response was palpable and has served as a glimmer of hope for many during this election cycle.

The key focuses of my platform in Carlsbad revolved primarily around listening to the community, putting the community first, focusing on a key economic vision centered on clean and green tech, and driving home the need to insert an ideology in local government that incorporates the social sector in innovative ways. I want to work toward expanding the private/public conversation to include the social good sector, a shift that is happening globally with the introduction of the new Sustainable Development Goals embraced by the United Nations.

I strongly believe that my experience in Carlsbad, from my participation in a local grassroots movement to stop a billionaire developer from building a 600,000 square foot mall on one of Carlsbad’s lagoons, while circumventing the California Environmental Quality Act (Carlsbad’s Measure A), to crafting a politically viable candidacy with strong bipartisan support, is a case-study on how to do progressive politics in the current and emerging political climate.

In addition to the knowledge and experience I have gained through these struggles over the past two years, I would bring over 15 years of activism experience in the pursuit of gender equality, international labor rights, sustainable development, and increased inclusivity in sport (specifically in surfing), as well as being a 3-time women’s world longboard surfing champion, and being a social entrepreneur myself. I am the co-founder and executive director of a local non-profit called The Inspire Initiative that uses surfing as a novel medium through which to empower women and girls to be civic leaders.

I believe Progressive policies and perspectives should be further infused in the Democratic Party, that we should focus on a bottom-up approach that utilizes the knowledge-base of grassroots efforts, while listening and working closely with community leaders and organizers throughout California. I want to push issues, not personalities, to the forefront of our Party platform.

The issues I would like to work hard to place at the front line of our identity as a Party are:

1. Overturning Citizens United
2. Environmental Justice/Climate Justice
3. Leading and supporting California’s role as a key player in pushing back against Trump’s Policies

PJ Duke

Hello! I am a retired aerospace engineer now pursuing my passion for political activism. In these polarizing times of dug in heels, fear mongering, and romanticizing ignorance; we need to focus on equality, justice and inclusion. Having the Democratic Party cater to ALL, not just big donors. It is time to re-engage people from all walks of life in the political process. THIS IS MY GOAL. I will tell you what I think and feel, and listen without judgment. I am a determined, passionate, pragmatic natural leader and organizer with a bias toward action.

I am married and live in Oceanside, and love it here. The recent blatant showings of hate and prejudice hit close to home; one son is gay and one daughter transgender. Both deserve to be judged based on the content of their character.

Marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary cemented my conviction to community service. Since then, I worked doggedly for Bernie, and am proud we reshaped the Democratic platform. My house was an Bernie organizing hub during the primary. Although disappointed Bernie wasn’t nominated, I voted for Hillary for president. I have organized for congressional candidates Patrick Malloy (CD50) and Doug Applegate (CD49). I continue to network across progressive organizations to amplify our influence.

Given the times, we have MUCH work to do. I have the time, energy and resources to make things happen. Together we can do anything. Elect me and allow me to get to work. Thank you for your consideration! — PJ

Kyle Thayer

My name is Kyle Thayer, and I am running to become a Democratic delegate for assembly district 76. A little background about me: I am 27 years old working as a Paramedic for the city, and have been involved in emergency services for the past 8 years. I am a graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, and a current resident of Carlsbad.

Making the world a better place has always been passion of mine; I would like to continue making progress in that sphere as your delegate. During this most recent election cycle I spent countless hours as a volunteer for Bernie Sanders. I was involved in phone banking, voter registration, door to door voter outreach, and other forms of grassroots activism. I am also involved in an organization called Wolf PAC that actively works toward getting a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics. I believe that the nearly unlimited money being poured into campaigns has a corrosive influence on our political process; In my view this is the most important issue facing our political process today. My experience as a Paramedic has reinforced my support of a public option as part of our health care system, and is another issues I care deeply about.

I am running to become a delegate as part of a progressive slate, and would like to have your help advancing a progressive agenda within the Democratic Party. I believe that with my background in public service, community activism, and public administration, I am the right choice to serve AD76!