AD77: Inland Northern San Diego/Poway

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: 2:30pm
Registration & Voting Begin: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: 

United Association
Local 230 Union Office
6313 Nancy Ridge Dr
San Diego, CA 92121

Cross Streets: Carroll Canyon Road

*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

Tommy Hough

President, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action

Joan Little

Community Activist

Paul Sasso

Bernie Delegate, Progressive Activist

Terry Surinsky

Bernie Supporter

Raghavan (Jay) Jayakumar

Community Activist, Bernie Volunteer

David Little

Personnel Commissioner for the Poway School District (union appointee)

Detailed Information

Tommy Hough

My name is Tommy Hough, and I’ve been serving as the elected president of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action since 2014. As a career broadcaster and long-time environmentalist, I’ve worked for Surfrider, Oregon Wild and the Climate Action Campaign, and I helped lead the county party to reject overt corporate influence over community choice aggregation, and the building of additional freeway lanes in communities beset by chronic air pollution-related illnesses. As president of the Enviro. Dems. I’ve led the club in opposition to TPP, we were part of the labor and environmental Quality of Life coalition this past election cycle, and we’ve stood against destructive developments being built in environmentally-sensitive areas free of CEQA oversight.

Joan Little

I hit the streets in 2002 to protest our country’s march to the War in Iraq and have remained politically active ever since. My activism has included volunteering on several presidential campaigns, including traveling to NV, PA, TX, and FL to canvass for President Obama. I have volunteered/canvassed for a number of San Diego area Congressional, City Council, Mayoral, City Attorney and School Board races since 2003 and, in the recent elections, for Barbara Bry, Georgette Gomez and Kimberley Beatty. At the County Party level, I have helped with voter registration drives and have served on the GO Team in various capacities since 2004 including Regional Coordinator, Community Coordinator, and Precinct Captain. I have served as Chair and E-Board Rep for the “old” 75th AD and as a state party delegate from 2005 -2010. I am a member of the Black Mountain, Poway, Rancho Bernardo and San Diego Environmental Democratic Clubs. I have been involved in local and statewide clean elections and single payer healthcare efforts over the years and donate to the CA Clean Money Campaign.

I am a retired attorney (and former paralegal, waitress, and wildlife rehabber). I believe it is so important we have a strong party infrastructure to keep California a Progressive state that can continue to serve as an example of Progressive success in counterpoint to the travesty I fear with a Trump Presidency. I see young, inspiring new leaders with amazing insights, experience and energy seeking to be elected to key positions in our party and in our state and I want to help them do so. We dearly need to support this new energy in our party to continue to grow successfully into the future. We have important state races coming up in 2018 (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, etc). I want to make sure we have qualified, honorable Progressive candidates running who will respond to the needs of the working class, seek to get big money out of politics, protect civil rights, women’s rights and significantly address climate change. For these reasons, I seek to be a delegate. I respectfully ask for your vote.

Paul Sasso

Married twenty years, two children. Twenty years in San Diego. Architectural draftsman and small business owner. Passionate about stopping Global Warming, stopping the corporate takeover of the world, and taking back our government to make it serve the needs of the middle class, working class and poor.

Terry Surinsky

I’ve always been a Registered Democrat and voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary election. I support universal health care, free (or at least cheap) public college tuition, reduction of income inequality, reduction of student debt and pathways to immigration. Immigration is an important part of what has made our country great and unique. I moved to San Diego August 2015 after living in St. Louis my whole life. I love the San Diego weather, ocean, neighborhoods, canyons and people. I’m a Case Manager for Molina Healthcare and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work with Medi-cal and Medicare members with multiple health problems to ensure they receive the medical and mental health treatment and social services they need. I have 3 grown children, a daughter in San Diego, a son in Los Angeles and a daughter in Denver. All 4 of my grandparents came to the US from eastern Europe about 110 years ago after their lives were threatened in various ways, and my great-grandmother saw her brother buried alive during a pogrom. They moved here under desperate circumstances, had difficult but mostly good lives, and I’ve been lucky to be the recipient of the many benefits of being a US citizen because of what they did. The election results shocked and demoralized me, and contradicted my beliefs about what I assumed would be a no-brainer dealbreaker (Trump and his birther movement) for a large majority of our citizens. I welcome the opportunity to something concrete and practical to encourage more people to consider a progressive democratic platform, and this would be my first experience in such a position. I would be happy and honored to serve as an Assembly District candidate.

Raghavan (Jay) Jayakumar

I am a physicist and an activist for social justice. I believe that a nation only as good as the life the least privileged lead. I believe that the society and the government owe all its citizens equal opportunities and treatment and the weakest deserve a generous helping hand. I believe that while defense is important, war should be a last resort and young women and men should not be enticed into military through jingoistic notions of patriotism and duty. A citizen can perform her or his duty to the notion through any chosen profession through dedication, smartness and hard work. I believe America should join rest of the advanced societies by providing free college education, free health care and assistance for child care. I believe that we Americans owe it to the world to eliminate fossil fuel use, to conserve our forests, reduce our consumption and structure our society such that reduction of carbon foot print is a national priority so that we can mend the world’s climate and prevent the catastrophe that awaits us. As a scientist, I believe that responsible and responsive science can solve many problems and prevent future problems and nurturing of a scientific attitude among people is the way for an enlightened society.

David Little

I have been a union construction worker, an attorney, and currently serve as the union representative on the Poway School District Personnel Commission. We have just lived through a shocking national election. The good news is that in CA, we elected a Dem super majority in both the Assembly and Senate. We also fought hard locally to successfully maintain our majority on the SD City council electing Georgette, Chris, and Barbara. CA is the nation’s firewall and as such, we must work to continue to have a vigorous, effective, progressive CA Dem Party. I am running to help ensure our CA Dem Party continues to lead the nation in supporting progressive ideas and government.

I have been very involved supporting local, state, and national Dem candidates with money and time, including serving as an Obama delegate to the 2008 convention. I have also served as the convenor of this delegate election 4 times to ensure a fair election process. I would appreciate your vote and promise that I will work hard at the State conventions to continue the great progressive tradition of our CA Dem party and the practical polices that have lead us to super majorities in both State houses.

I voted for Bernie in the primary because in addition to supporting his platform, I was convinced that having energizing the Millennials, he would beat Trump and lead us into a exciting new era of progressive government. Although we lost this time, I am convinced that the Millennials are the key to our future electoral success and to making our country much better and so it is the job of each of us and the Dem Party to continue to energize our youth and engage them in politics and the only way to do so is to run progressive candidates and the local, state, and national levels.