AD77: Inland Northern San Diego/Poway

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: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Doors Open: 12:00pm
Candidate Speeches Begin: 12:30pm
Registration & Voting: 1:00pm-3:00pm

7444 Trade Street
San Diego, CA 92121

*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

Ryan Trabuco

Field Representative for State Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins

Also vote for Ryan for e-board rep.

Aleena Nawabi

Local Millennial Female Progressive Democrat, raised in San Diego, attended the local SDSU. Working in Finance and a Teacher

Andrea Cubitt

Local Progressive Activist

Corrine Wilson

From Office of City of San Diego Council President Georgette Gomez.

Eva Jackson

Mother, Grandmother, and Gr-Grandmother, Employed as Strategic Communications Specialist for the US Postal Service

Judy Ki

Retired Teacher, Political Activist, Animal Protection Advocate, Commissioner Emeritus for the California Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Founder of AAPI Democratic Club, CTA/NEA member

Katherine Hogue

Employment Law Attorney, Mother

Ria Otero

Works in Education and Technology, owner of startup, Born and Raised San Diegan

Danny Corky Jackson

Vietnam Veteran, VP Development Black Mountain Democratic Club, Congressional Campaign Worker

Fayaz Nawabi

Resident of Temecula, and a Proven Problem Solver

Luca de Sanctis Barton

Staffed for Obama 2008, Delaine Eastin 2018, Organized for Bernie

Matthew DuBurg
Paul Sasso

2016 Delegate to the Democratic National Convention for Bernie Sanders, Member of San Diego Progressive Democratic Club (Social Media Chair)

Tommy Hough

Broadcaster, Environmental Advocate, recent Democratic Candidate for San Diego City Council 

Your Progressive Executive Board Candidate

Vote for Delegate AND Executive Board Rep.
Ryan Trabuco

Field Representative for State Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins

Detailed Information

Ryan Trabuco

I am running to serve and be your voice on our California Democratic Party’s Executive Board in the 77th Assembly District. Since the nightmare of November 2016 (even before then), Democratic activists have been advocating for equality, equity, and justice within our Democratic Party. To seek those changes to help empower activists to build a stronger, more active, more robust party from the top down.

For some who think we’ve come so far, I say we’ve got so far to go.

This past election, we had the treasure of seeing countless young Democrats run for office  and win! We were inspired by more women candidates, and candidates of color. Many of them won. More should!

I would like to see our California Democratic Party step-up and do more to train those unsung, everyday heroes. Train them to run for office, or manage a political campaign. Train them to be better activists, and yes  even train them to raise money (unnecessary evil, though.) Through our shared values, we continue to take a chance on the Democratic Party, and I believe our party should take a chance on us.

My background experience volunteering within our Democratic Party includes serving as Vice President for the San Diego Democrats for Equality, as an executive board member of the Clairemont Democratic Club, and as an alternate member of our San Diego County Democratic Party’s Central Committee.

During the day, I work as a Field Representative for State Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins. My job working for our Senate Pro Tem includes attending community meetings within Council Districts 6, 7, and 9, as well as handling constituent casework  one of the great joys of my job is being able to help people every day. Also, I cover a variety of public policy areas for Senator Atkins, including: animal welfare, consumer affairs, professional licensing, public safety, and criminal justice reform.

I don’t want to make this overly long, but I do hope you’ll consider me to be our Executive Board representative for Assembly District 77. I want to see a fairer, more just, more equitable California Democratic Party, and for that I hope to earn your support, and your vote.

Aleena Nawabi

I have always been active in my own way within several communities; I even, started an all women non-profit organization MISK in 2010 to help females struggling physically, financially, mentally, and spiritually.

Local Millennial Female Progressive Democrat, who was raised in San Diego and attended the local SDSU.

Linguistics and English major, currently working in Finance and a Teacher.

My first exposure to politics was reading the Declaration of Independence. Although, I was a child it ignited a force of inspiration within me. I realized the impact my footprint would have in this World and that my singular vote could change the face of history.

Then came the 2016 elections; racism, hate, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, environment, equality, and everything that made us a community was under attack.

Back against the wall, I heard Jefferson’s whispers traveling hundreds of years to remind me that a single vibration of harmony can destroy the harrowing dents of our society. We are designed to endure stress and pain, so don’t give up. This will only build the muscles our humanity and we will overcome this turbulent World. Don’t dwell in the ills of the past nor the currents; instead, build in the communities and places where all people can share the good and blessings of Equality, Human Rights, Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. So put your fears and differences aside and let your voice shake and your shoulders tire because Unity is that one medicine that can cure any disease.

Although, I have recently started engaging in local politics, I am very ambitious and have a range of connections with different communities. I have several youths working under my mentor-ship and parents that are eager to help me establish myself in the political realm.

Andrea Cubitt

Like so many other women across the country this year, I’m running for an ADEM in the 77th  District so I can represent my community and their views in the democratic party. I believe that we have a unique opportunity for California to lead Ð and create an opportunity to tear down the walls of hate, discrimination and corruption.

I’m running for the same reasons that many new candidates are running. I’m really fed up with Washington; Fed up with partisan politics that divide complex issues into black and white or yes and no issues. We tell our kids Ð don’t lie. Respect others. Don’t bully. Don’t cheat.  But we have a president and administration, who have systematically attacked the fundamental bedrock of our society, and eroded the values that made America great.

I have been very lucky in life to find amazing people that have supported me. I believe that through my experiences as an immigrant, as a hard worker, as a successful business women and as a thoughtful scientist, and entrepreneur, I can help become part of the next generation of democrats who can develop a platform of fiscally responsible, social inclusive, smart, strategic leaders.

I don’t believe that I alone have all the answers to the current issues in our community, but I do believe that good ideas can come from anywhere, Democrats or Republicans don’t own them exclusively.  I believe that a good leader listens to everyone, but importantly pressure tests ideas with experts in their field, sets the direction, but enables people to set the culture.

  • I believe in empowering our communities by increasing efficiency, accountability, and better systems for democracy and transparency by promoting a culture of customer service excellence
  • I believe in promoting meaningful environmental and social programs through entrepreneurial, fiscally responsible, smart planning approaches and thinking
  • I believe in using common sense to find win-wins for everyone in society, by working for everyone in our community,  not for special interests.
  • I’m running because I know Scripps ranch and we need a voice that speaks for our district.  I believe that you can’t lead a good life in an unjust world. We can’t leave so many folks behind. We must find ways to help our youth get the education they need to fully participate in high paying industries like biotech and high tech.
Corrine Wilson

I am asking for your vote to represent you in 77th Assembly District. I am honored to have earned the trust of the voters in the District twice before. I have been an advocate for social & economic justice while working for the Center on Policy Initiatives, then as a Labor Rep for the California Nurses Association, & now in the Office of City of San Diego Council President Georgette Gomez. I have volunteered on countless campaigns over the years and have been the Vice President of the Chicano Democratic Association. I believe that all governance should be equitable, inclusive, transparent, and accountable and work toward those goals everyday.  I want to cast my vote for these values at the state level as a representative for my AD 77 neighbors. Thank you.

Eva Jackson

My name is Eva Jackson.  I am a Mother, Grandmother, and Gr-Grandmother and currently employed as the Strategic Communications Specialist for the US Postal Service in San Diego.  My career has spanned 34 years and I started out as a letter carrier and worked my up thru supervisory and managerial positions and now am the main point of contact for all media inquiries directed to the USPS.  I have great interpersonal skills, can handle tough media situations, and have been called upon to make quick decisions. I have been a resident of San Diego County for 55 years and am a lifelong Democrat and have become very active in the last two years.  After the election of President Trump, I knew that it would be up to me and thousands of other disappointed voters to join together to resist some of the bad administration decisions being made. I have marched in numerous protests and rallies (including the Women’s March in Washington DC in Jan 2017).  I have also joined and become active in numerous Democratic Clubs in San Diego County (including Black Mountain Dem Club, Dem Veterans of San Diego, Environmental Dem Club, the Progressive Dem Club and the Escondido Dem Club. I have contributed to the campaigns of two Congressional candidates in the county, have campaigned for many months in the Ammar Campa Najjar campaign (including canvassing, phone banking, letter writing, meet and greet get togethers).  Ammar and his team relied on me to give them advice concerning the campaign and they considered me to be one of the key leaders. I am a passionate participant and know how to listen and give feedback that helps with a better team product. I am probably one of the strongest administrative individuals you will meet and my experience as a manager for a number of years has honed my analytical skills. I am honest, a hard worker, dependable and can bring a variety of skills if selected as a delegate to the ADEM 77 slate.  I would appreciate your support and vote to allow me to work on this very important task ahead of us. 2019 and 2020 will be two of the most important years we will face and I assure you that I will give my best effort to the challenges of being a delegate. Thanks for your support and vote!

Judy Ki

I am a retired middle school science teacher, a political activist, an animal protection advocate, a Commissioner Emeritus for the California Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, founder of the AAPI Democratic Club in San Diego, and a lifetime CTA/NEA member (retired).

Many of us worked tirelessly, from 2004 to present, to help bring about progressive changes in San Diego County. I’m one of the first GO Team Precinct Leaders (Grassroots Organizing  we take responsibility for our home precinct). I’m also one of the original DEM (Donate Every Month) donors, DEM originated in SD County. Every election cycle, I pour my heart and sole (misspelled on purpose) into our slate of candidates.

Elections are never about a single candidate, it is about building a progressive movement, a lesson I took to heart from my Wellstone training. I want to keep the vision we worked so hard for alive in San Diego (14 years and counting). In the 2018 primary, I donated to 13 local candidates (maxed out for 3), only 5 advanced; in the general election, I donated to 12 local candidates (maxed out for 3), only 6 won. While my statistics are not so good, I am proud of the fact that I supported so many good candidates, many of whom were first time candidates. I believe in walking the talk, and putting my money where my values are.

I would be honored to have your vote at the ADEM! When elected, I will represent the Democrats in the AD 77 well. Thank you!

Katherine Hogue

I will be honored to represent AD-77 as an ADEM delegate.  I am an employment law attorney practicing in California. I represent clients across the state dealing with low wages, high costs of living and laws that almost always favor large corporations.  This must end.

I am also a mother of my two year old daughter.  This makes me concerned for her future with the horrifying effects of Climate Change, the state of our Health care system, police brutality, difficulties in obtaining higher education, and of course the rampant take over of the 1% and multinational corporations.  We have lost our democracy and MUST get it back in 2020! I will spend all my energy toward that goal. Cheers.

Ria Otero

I would be grateful and honored to represent AD-77 as an ADEM Delegate. I split my time working in the fields of both education and technology. As the owner of my own startup, I believe that technology will have a huge role to play in the way our state addresses major issues such as climate change, healthcare, and the housing crisis. I am a proud Californian and a San Diegan, born and raised

It makes me proud to see that California has set itself apart as a leader in innovation and a national model for progressive policy-making on immigration, gun-control, and environmental protection.

I believe that, as Democrats, we must continue to fight injustice at every turn. We must stand up for the rights of women, immigrants, persons of color and the LGBTQ community, and we must always speak up against hate and intolerance.

Danny Corky Jackson

My name is Danny Jackson.  I am a husband, a father, grandfather, gr-grandfather.  I am a Vietnam veteran and graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Management and Stanford University with a MS in Management.  I served 37 years in the US Postal Service and retired as the VP Operations for all USPS Operations in the 5 states surrounding Chicago. I then worked for Netflix for 10 years and was Director Postal Operations and Security. I am now working as a consultant to improve operations in a major mailing company Dollar Shave Club. I became very active in Democratic politics after the Nov 2016 election and have determined that I will never be on the sidelines again.  I am a member of 5 different Dem Clubs and currently serve as the VP Development Black Mountain Dem Club. I was an active volunteer on the campaign of Ammar Campa Najjar for Congress and also supported thru donations and volunteer work on other Dem campaigns. I have marched, called, faxed, spoken at rallies, and I am passionate about our Democratic Party and seek to do whatever I can do to help our party to restore sanity and integrity to our country.  I would appreciate your support of me as a delegate for ADEM77. Thanks!

Fayaz Nawabi

Fayaz Nawabi is a resident of Temecula, and a Proven Problem Solver.

Rated Best of San Diego 2017 by San Diego City Beat

As an Assembly District Delegate for the California Democratic Party I will focus on three issues.

Encourage our California Democratic Party to invest more in our states infrastructure. Having studied City Planning at San Diego State University I am well equipped with  helping our Party navigate through understanding the importance of properly investing in our infrastructure. Too many of our bridges and roads are crumbling.

End affordable housing crisis; reduce homelessness by pushing the California Democratic Party towards adopting the housing first model to combat homelessness. One integral element of this is to build more affordable housing units throughout the State of California.

Be a champion for working families and the neglected as an Executive Board member. The citizens of the State of California have been under-represented and have not had a voice. I will work tirelessly to be the community voice for the good citizens of California who are unable to or don’t even know how to speak out for themselves. I will be the arms for those who can’t reach out for the help they need, and I’ll be the feet for those who can’t travel to City Council, State Legislature, and Congressional meetings.

I earned my degree in Public Administration and a minor in City Planning at San Diego State University, I was a former elementary school teacher, I ran for City Council in the City of San Diego, and I currently serve on the Trustee Advisory Council for the San Diego Community College District which serves over 140,000 students per year.

I respectfully ask for your vote to be your Delegate for Assembly District 77 with my fellow Unity Slate candiates!

Luca de Sanctis Barton

The basic job of an Assembly Delegate is to attend State Democratic Party Conventions and Vote. Like my fellow AD77 Unity Slate members, I’d like to use the delegate platform for much more. Here are some ways I’d like to do so:

  • Update the community with the ongoings of the CA Dem Party, candidates, bills / policies
  • Listen to neighbors’ ideas for the party and our community to find goals, then achieve them
  • Organize with Dem Clubs to get more knocks and calls for our unbought candidates so we win more in 2020 and beyond
  • Get more AD77 youth civically engaged as well as attending Dem Clubs
  • Meet with Dem candidates to listen, push them on policies (ex. not taking corporate donations, single-payer healthcare, etc.), and help them get elected
  • Unite Democrats with the understanding we will not agree on everything and that makes us stronger when we do not let those differences divide us
  • TLDR; Listen, Build, take Action to better our party and community.

– Scripps Ranch High 2002

– Staff for Obama 2008, Delaine Eastin 2018

– Organized for Bernie 2016 (led effort to win the only Congressional District to win for Bernie in LA), Monica Montgomery, Matt Brower, and >15 unbought Dem candidates since 2015, Healthy CA, Tenants Union

– Volunteer with many groups for our homeless neighbors, migrants seeking asylum, community gardening, tenants rights, single-payer healthcare, living wages, unions, social, economic, and environmental justice for all

– I’m a graphic designer who has worked pro-bono with 7 non-profits.

I would be honored to earn your Vote JAN 27 and look forward to hearing your ideas and working with you!

Paul Sasso

I believe the Democratic party should be standing strongly for a Living Wage, Medicare for All, Free Public College, and a Transition to Clean Energy, If elected I will vote to support these issues.

In 2016, I was a pledged delegate to the Democratic National Convention for Bernie Sanders.

In the 2018 midterms, I canvassed for Sunday Gover for State Assembly for this district, 77.

I am an active member in San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, and  I serve as the Social Media Chair for the West chapter of that club.

I would be very grateful for your vote. Thank you!

Tommy Hough

I’m a broadcaster and environmental advocate, and most recently ran as the endorsed Democratic candidate for San Diego City Council in District 6, including the communities of Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Sorrento Valley, Miramar and Rancho Penasquitos.

I was a co-founder and served as the first president of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, and I remain on the club’s executive board. I’m active in several other local Democratic clubs, I serve as an alternate on the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee, and I’ve member of the California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus for several years.

I’m running for my third term as a California Democratic Party delegate, having first been elected in 2015 and again in 2017. Along with bringing my environmental bonafides to the table in both policy and activism, I’m an energetic public speaker with robust media experience. Having spent 14 months running for office in San Diego District 6 during the 2018 election cycle, I’ve already spoken with many of you at candidate forums, neighborhood meetings and even at your front door.

Locally, my priorities as an Assembly District 77 delegate will continue to be focused on solutions to our region’s homeless and housing crises, improving roads and transportation infrastructure, implementing various climate action plans around the region, closing our fire station gap and emphasizing a holistic approach to fire safety, and working with municipalities to move forward on communitywide composting policy.

Just as I asked for your support and vote in my San Diego City Council race, I’d like to ask for your support and earn your vote in the Jan. 27, 2019, ADEM election. If you’re a registered Democrat in AD-77, please come out to the IBEW 465 offices in Mira Mesa to vote for your local state party representatives. Thank you.