Let’s Get This Party Started! State Democratic Party Delegates Will Be Chosen on Saturday; Here are Some Progressive Slates


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Bernie Sanders in Anaheim, making a point.  Maybe about the problems with a party being in lock-step?  Could be!

If you’re not a Democrat, this post is not so much for you, although you’re welcome to read, comment, and generally add to the general sense of deflation that Democrats are feeling these days.  Here’s what we’re talking about in this post, from the California Democratic Party’s website:

The Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) are held every two years (Saturday, January 7 or Sunday, January 8 of 2017) to elect 7 women and 7 men to be Assembly District Delegates (ADDs) for their area.  ADDs are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout the region and working with other delegates to represent their community. They are also elected by voters in their district to vote on behalf of the community they represent at Regional Meetings, the California Democrats Convention, and those who are also elected to serve as an Executive Board member are responsible for voting and representing their community at the semi-annual E-Board meetings.

We’ll start with the general introduction and then touch on each of OC’s 7 Assembly Districts.  (It’s more like 6-1/2, actually, with my northernmost district being shared with east San Gabriel Valley and Chino Hills.)  This next section with basic background is taken wholesale from the site entitled:

Help Elect Progressives to the CA Democratic Party

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.

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

IF YOU ARE AN ADEM CANDIDATE AND YOU THINK THAT YOU BELONG ON THIS LIST, CONTACT THE SPONSORS OF THE LIST THROUGH THE LINK FOR YOUR OWN DISTRICT AND ASK TO BE ADDED!  (Note: of course, you can always post a comment here as well.)

Orange Juice Blog’s management has added some of our own recommendations to this list as well, and they marked as such.

One other thing: we haven’t asked a single person for their permission to endorse them.  It’s not their fault that, having read about them, we think they’d be good additions to the CDP.  These endorsements come primarily from a review of their candidate statements.  If you’re reading this and see that we’ve endorsed you, but don’t want to be endorsed — maybe you don’t like the photo of Bernie up there, or maybe you’ll get calls from some party insiders threatening to tar you with the brush that they use on us (which tells you exactly why we’re reformers!) — we would welcome contact from you.  (We will ask why you want out, and who if anyone told you to bail — although of course you don’t have to tell us — so if anyone who badgers you tells you to keep that a secret then you know that they’re scum and are the exact reason that we lost the Presidency.)  Okay, with that out of the way, here we go!

DISTRICT 55

 Voting Time & Location

Date: Saturday, January 7
Candidate Speeches Begin: 9:30am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:00am-12:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begins: TBD

Location:

Applebee’s Restaurant
21625 Valley Blvd.
Walnut, CA 91789

Cross streets/landmarks: Valley Blvd. and Grand Ave.

Progressive Candidates Slate:  TBA

OJB: Support Sanobar Baig, Carole Levers, and Brandy Carter!  (Deborah White withdrew, )  Among men, Michael Hsu.  As for E-Board, based on their statements, let’s go with Michael Hsu.  (Part of this is by process of elimination — no prison guards’ union reps, thanks! — but not all.)  This is a heavily East Asian district; it’s one of the ones that should put a politically adept East Asian onto the E-Board.

List of all female candidates
List of all male candidates
List of all executive board candidates

DISTRICT 65

Voting Time & Location

Date: Saturday, January 7
Candidate Speeches Begin: 9:30am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:00am
Counting of Ballots Begin: TBD

Location:

UFCW Local 324 Union Hall
8530 Stanton Ave.
Buena Park, CA, CA 90620

Cross streets:
Stanton Ave. and Crescent Ave.
Room is on the second floor, but there is an elevator.

Progressive Candidates Slate includes:

ANTONIA ALARIO

Bernie Volunteer and former Dem Party office holder

RASHAD AL-DABBAGH

Community Activist

AHMAD ZAHRA

Filmmaker

MIRVETTE JUDEH

Community leader and activist

OJB: Definitely support women Glenda Flock, Ada Briceño, Jeanine Robbins, and Mirvette Judeh, and men Stephen Weissbart, Rashad, Aaruni Thakur, and Ahmed Zahra.  (Faisal Qasi has withdrawn )  For Executive Board, Mirvette Judeh, who would help cut through some of the bullshit there.  (Special to Connor TrautSLOW DOWN!  You don’t have to take over the entire world before you’re 25!  We’re still trying to figure out if you’re honest!)

List of all AD-65 candidates

DISTRICT 68

Voting Time & Location

Date: Saturday, January 7
Candidate Speeches Begin: 9:30am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:00am-12:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: TBD

Location:

Teamsters Local 952
140 S. Marks Way
Orange, CA 92868

Cross streets or landmarks: Chapman and Marks Way

Progressive Candidates Slate includes:

NICHOLAS SEIDER

Student and Sen. Sanders DNC Delegate

SETH GROSSMAN

Community Activist

SAMILA AMANYRAOUFPOOR
Ex. Bernie Delegate, Community Activist, Current AD 68 Delegate

OJB Recommends: Among women, Christina Avalos, Sherri Loveland, Samila Amanyraoufpoor, Naz Hamid, and … and … oh, it is so weird to see Loretta Sanchez’s name there!  TILT!!!  Among men: Edward Garza, Mani Kang, Iyad Afalqa … and … and … oh, it is so weird to see John Paul Lucas’s name there!  (Note: one well-known member of the DPOC is running here, which we were specifically encouraged not to do.)  For E-Board:  OJB disagreed with Sherri Loveland‘s take very much about this past year’s race, but as President of our state’s National Women’s Political Caucus and an ardent environmentalist, she deserves to be on the state E-Board.

All Female candidates
All Male candidates
All E-Board candidates

DISTRICT 69

Voting Time & Location

Date: Saturday, January 7
Candidate Speeches Begin: 12:30pm
Registration & Voting Begin: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Election Portion Begin: 3:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: 3:00pm

Location:

Unitarian Universal Church
511 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim CA 92802

Cross streets: Santa Ana St & Harbor Blvd.

Progressive Candidates Slate includes:

LEÓN CISNEROS

Community Organizer

TISH LEON

Community Activist & Senior Advocate

OJB:  Among women: Tish, Laura Kanter, Becca Edwards, Yenni Diaz, and Maria del Pilar Alatorre Valladarre.  Among men: Edward Garza, Martin Lopez, Al Jabbar, Rigo Rodriguez, Benjamin Vasquez, Julio Perez, and either Cisneros or Ivan Enriquez.  For Executive Board: any of them would be excellent.  Three of them — Laura Kanter, Al Jabbar, and Martin Lopez — are too good to even implicitly advise against.  Could y’all write in and make a pitch?  Who has both the money and the time to serve on this Board?

All AD-69 Candidates

DISTRICT 72

Voting Time & Location

Date: Saturday, January 7
Candidate Speeches Begin: 2:30pm
Registration & Voting Begin: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Election Portion Begins: 5:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begins:
 TBD

Location:

IAMAW District Lodge
5402 Bolsa Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Cross streets: Bolsa Ave./Graham St.

Progressive Candidates Slate TBA:

OJB: Among female candidates: Gina Clayton-Tarvin (of course), Lynn Hua, Jen Siegert, and Monica Curca.  (Lots of other good choices.)  Among males: Mark Sheldon and Oscar Rodriguez.  (Some prominent party regulars will likely get seats even without our endorsement.)   For E-Board: Melanie Formosa (if she’s eligible, as she doesn’t appear on the women’s list, but she may qualify otherwise) although current member Trung Ta would be fine.

All female candidates
All male candidates
E-Board candidates

DISTRICT 73

Voting Time & Location

Date: Saturday, January 7
Candidate Speeches Begin: 12:00pm
Registration & Voting Begin: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Election Portion Begins: 2:30pm
Counting of Ballots Begins: TBD

Location:

San Clemente Community Center
Fireside Room
100 N. Calle Seville
San Clemente, CA 92672

Cross streets: Avenida Del Mar & Calle Seville

Progressive Candidates Slate includes:

WILLIAM SUMMERVILLE

48th Congressional District Bernie Delegate

OJB:  Among females: Anne Cameron, Jennifer Cunningham, Wendy Gabriella, Linda May (despite some clashes for much of the year online!), Octavia Tuohey and Grace Tuohey.  Among males: William Summerville, Scott Rhinehart, and Steve Stewart.  Executive Board: Anne Cameron would be a very good addition.

All Female Candidates
All Male Candidates
All Executive Board Candidates

DISTRICT 74

Voting Time & Location

Date: Saturday, January 7
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:00am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:30am-12:30pm
Ballot Counting Begin: 12:30pm

Location:

Verano Place Commons
6529 Adobe Circle, South
Irvine, CA 92617

Cross streets: California Avenue

Progressive Candidates Slate includes:
CRAIG BEAUCHAMP

Bernie supporter, progressive democrat, and community activist

ANNE MOHR

CD 48 Elected Sanders Delegate

CASSIUS RUTHERFORD

Student Organizer & Young Democrat

KENNETH STAHL

Professor of Law

OJB: Among women: Craig Beauchamp (yes, she is one!), Anne Mohr, Mary Carter.  Among men: Cassius Rutherford, Kenneth Stahl, Gary Bennett, and Manual Chavez, per Craig Beauchamp’s recommendation, but also Matthew Nguyen based on his statement.  For Executive Board:  Anne Mohr.

All female candidates

All male candidates

All E-Board candidates

 


And … scene!  Show up, probably eat snacks and drink coffee, vote, and leave!  Simple!  If you’re not a registered Democrat, but you think you’d like to be one, you can register right there and vote!


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)