AD10 - Marin & Sonoma 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: Sunday, January 8
Doors Open: 2:00pm
Candidate speeches begin: 2:15pm
Registration & voting: 2:45pm-4:45pm
Counting of Ballots: 4:45pm
Marinwood Community Center
775 Miller Creek Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
Cross streets: Lucas Valley 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?
Bernie Delegate to DNC, Secretary, CDP Progressive Caucus, Co-Founder
Ericka Omena Erickson
Public Administrator & Community Organizer
Co-Chair, Coalition for Grassroots Progress
Community activist; current AD 10 Delegate
Democratic Socialist Feminist
Bernie Delegate, Marin Democratic Central Committee alternate
New Delegate Candidate for AD10
Human Rights Commissioner
Carey Caccavo Wheaton
Political Activist and Bernie Democrat
Progressive politics activist
Maureen De Nieva
Program Coordinator for Community Health Policies
As a lifelong Democrat, an unabashed liberal and current AD10 delegate, it has been an honor to serve the district and the party in a greater capacity. My passion for progressive causes was instilled in me, a first generation American, by parents who were escapees from the Holocaust. Having been a public school teacher in West Harlem in NYC, I am sensitive to the needs of the diverse population living in AD 10 and, as a family therapist, I am an effective communicator.
In light of the results of the recent election, it is imperative that the California Democratic Party lead the way in fighting for the following (among others): social security protection; a single-payer health care system including the protection and expansion of Medicare and Medicaid; real climate change actions with an immediate ban on fracking; ending militarization and increasing accountability of law enforcement and ending excessive use of force as well as racial bias; protecting the rights of women, the LGTBQ community, the disabled as well as religious freedom; and creating jobs with justice, a living wage and affordable housing. I currently serve as Treasurer of the CDP Senior Caucus and was an elected Sanders delegate in July as well as assistant manager of our Marin Democratic Party headquarters for the presidential election. I respectfully ask for your vote.
Currently Marin/Sonoma (10th Assembly District) CDP Executive Board Representative and Secretary of the Progressive Caucus for this past term. As Delegate for Bernie Sanders to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, I worked daily with Norman Solomon holding daily press briefings for the Bernie Delegates Network, the only Opposition Statement to the Press each morning of the Convention. As a proponent of Our Revolution, I ask for your vote for our entire Progressive Slate.
Ericka Omena Erickson
I’m a new candidate for CA DEM Assembly District 10 Delegate who can bring a new energy, go-getter attitude, and unique grassroots perspective to the Democratic Party. I hope you agree that, now, more than ever, we need to innovate and revitalize the Democratic Party, making it more transparent, inclusive, and powerful in the advancement of social equity, economic development, and sustainability.
I’ve lived in our District for over 15 years, more specifically in San Rafael and Novato. As a multilingual and multiracial Latina engaged in our local civic life, and as a mother of a young child, I have a unique and important perspective on the issues affecting diverse communities and working families.
I believe that as Democrats we need to strengthen our leadership for economic, social and environmental justice to ensure that even the most vulnerable among us can thrive and realize their full potential. I have dedicated my life to uplift the unheard voices of low income communities and communities of color through civic engagement, leadership training and political mobilization, including voter registration and education. I have served in our community on nonprofit boards and public commissions, including the Marin County Planning Commission and the Marin Women’s Commission. I am currently the Coordinator for the Marin County Child Care Commission, which acts as the state-mandated Local Child Care and Development Planning Council. I am also a fellow of the 2016-2017 California Women’s Policy Institute by the Women’s Foundation of California.
A Native of Brazil, I speak Portuguese, Spanish, and English. I have a BS in Administration and an Master in Public Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Rio, Brasil). As an education and nonprofit management professional with over two decades of local, national and international experience, if elected I will also bring to the 10th Assembly District Delegate position significant expertise in grassroots civic engagement, coalition building, and public policy.
I am not formally in our District’s Progressive Slate, but I am as progressive as you get. I will be honored to represent our District and work together with the other delegates to champion the innovation that our Party needs. I hope you will trust me with your vote – I will make sure to make you proud of having an effective representative.
Let’s do it! Si se puede! Vamos lá!
Rarely have we seen times more perilous – not only for our country, but for the entire world – than the situation we’re facing now. Our environment, our privacy, our healthcare, and our Constitution are under relentless assault from multi-national corporations and “business as usual” legislators. If elected, I will work to represent those who do not automatically inherit seats at the table of power in this country: working people, minorities, people in the LGBT community, people without homes, people without healthcare, people under suspicion because of their religion This is not the time for grassroots Democrats to be timid or conciliatory; we no longer have time for business as usual.
I am a founding member and Co-Chair of the Coalition for Grassroots Progress, a former several-term elected member of the Sonoma County Democratic Party, serving as Chair of the Candidate Search & Development Committee. I have served as a delegate to the CaDem for several terms, both as an elected Adem delegate, and as a delegate from the county central committee. I co-chaired the PDA Sonoma County chapter for several years, and volunteered on the campaigns of numerous progressive candidates.
I am currently the treasurer of the Coalition for Grassroots Progress, and the chair of the Marin Chapter, ACLU. I was the proponent of the 1993 Marin ordinance on domestic partners’ registration, and was an activist for senior affordable housing in Mill Valley 2006-2014. I served as a delegate to the state party 1994-2005, and wish, now, to be a part of – and a vote for – a progressive movement to revitalize the party, as well as maintain LGBT presence, adherence to civil liberties and a rededication to social and economic justice.
Past member Sonoma County Central Committee (10 yrs); current AD 10 Delegate (delegate since 2009) , running on Progressive Slate on Jan 8. ; Bernie Sanders/Our Revolution supporter; several yrs working on single-payer healthcare, Clean Money Campaign/CA DISCLOSE Act; involved with Jobs with Justice/North Bay Living Wage Coalition, and various groups, actions, and lobbying efforts to ban fracking and end the age of fossil fuel extraction and development.
I’m a Democratic Socialist, a feminist, a Head Start supporter. I’m sick and tired of seeing the Democratic party pander to the donor class. I’m interested in intersectional progressivism and leftist movements. I live in Petaluma with my spouse and 2 cats. For more on my platform, see the candidate statement on my website.
I have been a member of the Democratic Central Committee of Marin and a delegate to the State Convention, and a delegate from Assembly District 10 and former E-Board representative. I was co-chair of Marin for Dean and have worked on several campaigns, most recently Norman Solomon for Congress. I was a co-founder of Take Back Red California and of the California Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus. I was honored to be elected a Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 Convention in Philadelphia.
Coming of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s instilled in me a lifelong commitment to progressive values, social justice and environmental engagement. As a tree farmer like my father, I appreciate the bounty and wonders of nature, and more recently as a wine-grower in Mendocino, I am intimately acquainted with the rewards and challenges of stewardship of the land.
The Democratic Party has lost its way. The leadership’s focus on financing and fundraising has caused it to lose track of its ideals and its connection to the people it exists to be an advocate for. I want to help it find its way back. My time as a Fellow at “Redefining Progress” and my 12-year service on the board and as Treasurer of the Pacific Forest Trust both demonstrated and deepened my environmental commitment. I have long been concerned about the effects of money in politics and both contributed to and canvassed neighborhoods throughout AD10 for Sen. Sanders’ and campaigned myself to be one of his delegates to the Convention in Philadelphia. It would be an honor to continue to advance his agenda at the State Democratic Party level.
As a lifelong Democrat, I have voted for candidates that have excited me or bored me over the years. But no candidate made me more enthusiastic than Bernie Sanders. It is clear to me that the set of policies put forth by Senator Sanders (and the 2016 Democratic Party convention) will further the agenda of peace, justice, and a more sustainable future. And it is clear that we really need ALL of these policies to be pushed at the same time (e.g. a living wage, Medicare for all, climate protection, justice reform, voting reform, immigration reform, etc…). I think we owe it to future generations to strongly put forth a vision of how we can save our planet and improve the lives of all people by thoughtful, evidence-based planning, in conjunction with inclusive communications and community organizing. I am also frustrated by the lack of forceful action by the Democratic Party in general in response to the Republicans who have vowed shut down governments in order to avoid any sense of compromise. We need a party with the moral force of righteousness behind us, and the legal weapons of change at our disposal. We must defend the freedoms we have, the rights we have recently won, and the ability to protest unfair and illegal practices against the onslaught of the money-fueled agenda of the rich and powerful.
My passion for change through the political process was fueled by Bernie Sanders. As a Marin County Human Rights Commissioner and AD 10 E-Board member, I am deeply disturbed by the threats this election poses to human rights and democracy. Like so many others, I am frustrated with establishment politics, the stranglehold of money, endless wars, and the belief that government is a problem rather than the protector of the public good. With this election, we became USA, Inc., replacing human values with corporate values. Our system is changing fast and corporations and billionaires are re-writing the rules. The Democratic party must scrutinize its practices and quickly adapt to new realities in order to take back our democracy. We need to take bold steps. We need to recapture the terms of the political debate and the identity of our party. We need to ensure that what we stand for is clear.
Among other issues, the Democratic party must re-gain working class trust. We must lead on reducing income inequality, remedying exploitive labor practices, creating affordable housing, protecting and advancing human and civil rights and environmental gains, and strengthening public education and the social safety net, including healthcare and social security. We also must work to overturn Citizens United.
I believe my strategic thinking, research and communication skills could help this come about. Educated as a sociologist, I have worked in nursing homes and community mental health, as a journalist, and for the last 20 years as a writer and strategic planner and researcher in colleges and universities that serve multicultural student populations. As an alumnus of Leadership California’s California Issues and Trends Program, and having lived in Central and Southern California as well as the Bay Area, my familiarity with how the State’s issues differ by region would be useful in developing tactics to achieve our region’s goals. As an AD10 delegate, I will apply my energy and skills to standing up for progressive, humanitarian values, practices and candidates.
Carey Caccavo Wheaton
In the shadow of the November election, California and our Democratic Party must shine even more brightly as a beacon for the country, guard the hard-earned rights and protections we cherish, and expand them. I am a progressive Democratic volunteer activist in the Roosevelt-Warren-Sanders tradition, part of the #DemEnter movement to bring the Party back to its ethical core. I will bring caring and love of collaboration to my job as a delegate representing our district. With our votes and our influence, we will urge the Party to defend the disenfranchised, and resist the corrupting influence of big money on elections, media, political process and policy. We must fight for: safe elections, safe food and water, health and wellness, a ban on fracking and cancer-causing chemicals in agriculture and manufacturing. We must encourage organics and green forms of energy that do not contribute to climate change. We must protect what remains of uncorrupted news media, challenge corporate influence on news, and resist the right wing’s ability to manipulate, divide and conquer the Left– and the country– with fake news and hateful propaganda, as we have painfully witnessed. In the face of outrage, we must protect and care for one another.
Carey Caccavo Wheaton has lived 12 years in Marin and 15 years in Sonoma county. Raised in NY in a Jewish community, with Italian immigrant and Quaker lineage, she was educated in Massachusetts in Clinical Social Work, practicing in MA and CA. She volunteered for Bill Clinton’s campaign in San Rafael when pregnant with her first child. Since moving to Sebastopol in 2001, she has co-written voter guides, edited and proofread political pieces, hosted phone banks and other political meetings from Gore and Kerry on up, including midterms, worked hard for Barack Obama ’08 and even harder for Bernie Sanders. Passions: fairness and justice, education, nutrition, health, music, arts; parenting creative and conscious children; building community. Carey is honored to bring her voice to the Party, running with a strong and experienced AD 10 Progressive Slate.
I have been active in North Bay progressive politics for over a decade, working on a diverse set of issues including affordable housing and renters’ rights, open space and environmental protections, for anti-war candidates, libraries and public safety measures and worked for communities of color in Boston and Los Angeles.
I’d like to bring my campaign experience to our party to help advance our values and priorities. Raised by two social worker parents in Miami and now as a father of three daughters, like many of us, I was horrified by our most recent national election. We must now come together to defend what we believe in and challenge anyone who threatens our rights and hard-won policy victories. I would be honored to represent you as a state party delegate as I have for the past two years.
I have served three terms as AD representative to the California State Central Committee. I am a founding member of the Progressive Caucus and a champion of grassroots participation in the Democratic Party. I have been actively involved in election campaigns for local progressives for many years.
The recent election was a wake-up call. I strongly believe that our party and our state have a key role in advancing progressive values during a Trump administration. The party needs stronger positions to defend the marginalized. We need candidates and party leaders who will read and defend the party platform. Important Issues are avoided by too many candidates.
I have served as AD10 DSCC Delegate for the last four years. As an officer of the Wine Country Young Democrats and former President of the Marin County Young Democrats, I have focused on youth involvement and expansion of a genuine leadership pipeline across the region. This passion has informed my involvement in other organizations such as the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee and the CDP Progressive Caucus, which I serve as Parliamentarian.
I am committed to engaging and empowering new people into the political process. With the recent election, engaging new people is crucial to revitalizing and strengthening the party and our future. Representing the 10th AD has allowed me to use my voice and serve the community and so seek your support for re-election.
Maureen “Mo” De Nieva
I have been a social media activist long before #hashtagactivism was a thing. At Marin County Health and Human Services, I blend fun and humor while spotlighting the County’s public health priorities with an equity lens. Prior to my work as a Senior Program Coordinator for community health prevention policies and issues. I am an active member and leader with the Democratic Central Committee of Marin, California Democratic Party, and California Young Democrats (Marin) and President and Charter Member of the Rotary Club of San Rafael.
Our party is at a crossroads. We need to unify by strengthening our leadership pipeline. As a delegate I would commit to identify emerging leaders in our AD-10 community and bring them into the Democratic Party and progressive fold. AD-10 has dedicated and passionate individuals. However, we haven’t taken the time to strategize who’s missing from this leadership table – women, LGBTQ, people of color, and young people. If re-elected, I will share with them the skills to organize and recruit to strengthen progressive issues at the state and local level. continue this pipeline strategy and include community voter registration and education. I would work with fellow delegates to be proactive and determine what target issues are being threatened in a Trump presidency.