AD9 - Sacramento & Lodi Counties
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: 9:30am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:00am-12:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: TBD
Pins-N-Strikes Bowling Alley
3443 Laguna Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95758
*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.
Father of Three, Progressive Activist, Trial Lawyer
Gina Barkalow Kay
Union Organizer & Representative
Consumer Activist and non profit attorney
Labor Lobbyist, Berniecrat Activist
Father, Union Leader / Activist, President Sac Latino Democratic Club, Programs Consultant for Department of Education
Union negotiator and progressive activist
Consumer Activist and non profit attorney
Labor & Community Organizer
I negotiate and manage all contracts and legal instruments of a $50 million dollar company that employs union workers. I know how to work with disparate personalities and am able to create long-term business relationships by being empathetic to the needs of various parties. I fought in California for Bernie Sanders by organizing volunteers and sharing Bernie Sanders’s message at the State Capitol in October 2015, before the Sanders Campaign had arrived in California. I canvassed and phonebanked vigorously for Senator Sanders and now I want to represent my dostrict just as vigorously to rebuild the Democratic Party. My legal background, having a juris doctor, and my over ten years of negotiations and business development experience make me a strong candidate to represent the Democratic Party. Please join me on January 7th to vote for Kyle Beckman for District 9!
I am proud to be endorsed for Assembly District Delegate by Labor and Progressive leaders in our region. I have worked very hard over the years as an activist, community organizer, non-profit organizational leader and attorney to serve the interest. I put my career and livelihood on the line to oppose my congressman, Ami Bera, and his anti-working family agenda. I have never been afraid to take on establishment interests, be they Republican or Democrat. The 2016 election would have been vastly different if the California Democratic Party establishment been truly open to the Sanders campaign; I am committed 100% to making sure we don’t repeat this mistake. It’s time for the people to be represented in the Democratic Party.
If re-elected, I pledge to continue my work with progressive colleagues to build a California Democratic Party that fights for the poor, for working families and for policies that are based in morality and equality of opportunity. As the child of a working-class immigrant mother raising two children after the death of her husband, I understand that public education, quality healthcare and equal rights are the cornerstones of a just society. As a father of three, I am determined to do the hard work necessary to build our party into the organization that will be a worthy caretaker for future generations.
In my role as a board member of the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, I work to ensure that we all have an equal opportunity to fight against the powerful interests intent on benefitting at our expense. My leadership role in civic activism began after the shooting deaths of two Sikh grandfathers in Elk Grove. As a Sikh, I was touched by the outpouring of support from diverse religious, ethnic and political organizations in the region. I have committed my energies to helping all communities find a voice in civic affairs and supporting organizations that believe in strength through diversity. If re-elected as a delegate, I will be diligent and faithful in serving the best interests of our community, our state and our party.
I humbly request your vote and thank you for your consideration. Do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Gina Barkalow Kay
I am a progressive union member and a married mother of two. I worked long hours phone banking, canvassing and being a canvass captain for Bernie Sanders and had the honor of attending the 2016 Democratic National Convention as a Bernie Sanders Delegate. Inspired by Bernie, I am focused on getting progressive Democrats elected to transform the Party so that it better represents our diverse California community, entices independent voters, and inspires millennials. I believe in working to make the Democratic Party one that represents the best interests of people and the environment – not corporations. As an Assembly District Delegate, I look forward to voting for Kimberly Ellis as California’s Democratic Party Chair.
I am running on the most progressive-labor slate in district 09. Please vote for our slate to help transform the CA Democratic Party.
Since successfully completing a PhD in Geography last year, studying the corporate pillage of public education and the movement to resist it amongst teachers and parents in Chicago and New York City I. have been employed as an organizer and representative with the National Union of healthcare Workers (NUHW) in Northern California. In this capacity I represent and fight for healthcare workers from Fresno to San Francisco. In the past 16 years I have worked as a union organizer, researcher, and adjunct faculty in Canada and New York City. In all of this time, I have been active in a wide range of struggles in the United States and Canada to expand democracy in all sphere of life and to build the power of workers and oppressed people in workplaces and in our communities. I have been a long time proponent of democratic socialism and advocate for an independent working class politics that aims to radically transform our society along more egalitarian lines. I grew up with a single mother with mental health problems and am intimately aware of just how difficult it is for too many Americans to survive in this country. We need radical solutions to address the pain and desperation is plaguing so much of US society.
Jacqueline works as a consumer advocate for the Consumer Attorneys of California. She has spent the past five years advocating for employee and consumers’ rights, fighting to protect seniors against elder abuse and ensuring access to the civil justice system for all. Prior to CAOC she worked on successful legislation to expand California’s pregnancy disability leave laws and ensure equal access to education for undocumented students. As a Progressive Democrat, Jacqueline believes the Democratic party must represent the people, not the corporate interests that fund both parties.
“The election was a wake up call for our party and our nation, that a new voice is needed who will not be afraid to challenge the status quo. I supported Bernie Sanders from the start of his candidacy because he provided that perspective that our party so desperately needed. We can’t move forward without analyzing our failures as a party in 2016. I am running for a second term as a AD 9 Delegate for this very reason.”
Jacqueline graduated cum laude from UCLA with her B.A. in History and Chicana/o Studies and earned her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of the Law. While at UCLA Law she completed the International Justice Clinic, where she worked with members of the Cambodian diaspora community in the United States who had survived the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Born and raised in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, Jacqueline aspires to use her legal background and advocacy skills to achieve positive legislation and policy changes that will better the lives of all Californians.
I have been a labor activist for over ten years, starting with in-home caregivers and now with the CA Federation of Teachers. I view organized workers and democracy in the workplace as a solution to many problems; however, other political solutions are also required to fix the broken parts of our society. I went to law school at night, while serving as the political director of a statewide union to learn how to protect our rights. As an ardent supporter of collective bargaining and planning, Bernie’s campaign spoke to me, unlike any other candidate in my lifetime. I plan on carrying his message deep into our party and holding anyone seeking our endorsement to the standards that Bernie has demonstrated. I will fight to protect pensions, obtain living wages, single-payer healthcare, free higher education, stop the privatization of public education through charter schools, fight the chronic impoverishment by the “sharing/gig economy” and fight corporate welfare.
I am running for delegate because I believe the Democratic Party needs voices that speak for labor, people of color, immigrants, and those that feel they don’t have a voice. I believe this country still doesn’t understand what equity means. When I look around my community, my state, my country, we still have a huge need for people to truly understand what social, environmental and economic justice means. I am running because I want to make sure we in the Democratic Party understand, we are not there yet and we have to roll up our sleeves and keep working.
I have served as President of the Sacramento Latino Democratic Club for three years and have been engaged in immigration reform efforts, amongst many other community issues. I serve as the Chair of the Latin@ Committee for SEIU Local 1000. The Latino community continues to grow and is a major force in the Democratic Party, but we need to truly represent the needs. Our issues reflect the needs of the working class, the African American and Asian communities. They reflect our inequitable educational system. They reflect the food deserts and the lack of public services (eg. public transportation) that exists. I want to see real change. I want to bring a different perspective. I want to help drive out and develop a new base of voters that will become involved because they see a path to real change.
At this critical moment in our history, I am running to be an Assembly District Delegate as a progressive voice and a grassroots activist who will fight to uphold the core principles of social and economic justice. A resident of the Sacramento area for the last 10 years, my story is rooted in my childhood growing up in the Central Valley of California.
A child of field worker grandparents, I was raised in the creed that opportunity and hard work will get you ahead, but it is no use going alone. It is this which fuels my passion for uplifting our community. With this core value, I found a home at California’s largest public sector union fighting to ensure our members and all Californians have social, economic and environmental justice.
My first unofficial political campaign effort was the 2000 presidential campaign. Walking car-to-car soliciting votes for Al Gore from the parents of my peers — an activist was born. When the election ended in such a close margin I knew it was because I wasn’t able to talk to voters in Florida. I maintain this sense of activist power and it will drive my perspective as a delegate for the party.