AD14: Contra Costa & Solano 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

Candidate Speeches Begin: 10am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:30am-12:30pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: 12:30pm

Location:
Plumbers Local 159 Assembly Hall
1308 Roman Way
Martinez, CA 94553

Cross streets: Off of Muir 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 Vote?

Your Progressive Candidates

Susan George

Former Bernie Sanders Delegate

Activist, Small Business Support Services, Performance Artist, Playwright in Training

Leslie Wetsch

Community Activist

Matthew Finkelstein

Clown Activist

Zalaikha Lodin

Social Media Specialist/Organizer/Activist

Brittany Kasdan

Bernie Volunteer & Canvasser, Climate Change Activist

Stephen Hallett

President of the United Democrats of Southern Solano County

Detailed Information

Susan George

My name is Susan George and I live in Vallejo, California, in the beautiful SF Bay Area. I am running as a Delegate to represent Assembly District 14 (AD 14), which is comprised of Vallejo, Benicia, Martinez, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Pittsburg, Clayton, and parts of Walnut Creek. In 2011 after being a lifetime Democrat, I left because it had become a party of corporate influence, of big money and Wall Street. There is one reason that I returned. His name is Senator Bernie Sanders, and he has given me the confidence to stand and work for the values and interests of the people and our planet and not the financiers and corporate interests. Because of this, I know that I will be a strong voice for transformation of the California Democratic Party away from its unholy alliance with big money and back to seriously fighting for the needs of real people. California is one of the wealthiest of all states, it is also one of the most unequal. Poverty, mental health issues, homelessness, joblessness, environmental degradation through fracking are rampant. We need to be a voice for real progressive change in word AND in deed. The day of neoliberal rule within the California Democratic Party and at large has come to an end. If we don’t recognize this and act accordingly it will be the undoing of the Democratic Party. I was a leader in the organizing for Bernie Sanders in Vallejo from the beginning with a group of passionate, dedicated, creative people, including many artists. Together we held debate watch parties, registered voters, phone banked, barnstormed, canvassed, made speeches, performed activist theatre, and successfully got the word out to our extended community. In short, I am a woman who is on fire with the participatory revolution for equality, social, and environmental justice. Professionally, I provide small business support services, I am an actress, classically trained opera singer, and playwright in training. I am a political activist and advocate on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised and have worked in non-profits locally and internationally for over two decades. California is in a unique position to lead in a truly grassroots manner and help transform the Democratic Party from within, one district at a time. I hope you will vote for me to be your AD 14 Delegate to the California Democratic Party. I will work hard on your behalf.

Leslie Wetsch

I was born in California and am a resident of Vallejo. For the past two years, I’ve been working with community groups and the city council to develop reasonable and responsible regulations for medical cannabis in Vallejo. I’m a founding member of and currently serve as secretary to the Vallejo Patient’s Coalition, a medical cannabis patients’ advocacy group. I’m also an appointee to the City of Vallejo’s Medical Marijuana Stakeholder & Expert Group- an advisory group assisting the Council & City Manager’s office. A lifelong Democrat, I am also a member of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Solano County. I don’t like politics, but I’m running to be a delegate because I want to bring the voice of ordinary people back to our government.

Matthew Finkelstein

If at this moment, you can’t imagine Donald Trump as the perfect helmsman, and the ship of state as the Titanic itself, then you, sir/ madam, lack imagination. But if you can’t see the iceberg coming it’s because most of them have already melted. But it’s coming. Not the Iceberg, the melt. Right now the stakes are kinda high. Here’s the scary part: If we don’t get our act together and instead follow this landslide of orange colored sewage into the cesspit, we are not gonna survive as a state, much less a country. I owe a lot to a certain kind older Jewish man from Vermont. Did anyone here get politically active for the first time as a result of awesome grandpa? I can relate to that. Since that guy made it on the scene, for the first time in my life I got politically active: I went from slacktivist to activist, I walked for candidates, I became a treasurer for Marianne Kearney-Brown’s successful campaign for school board, I took up clown activism, I became co-chair of the Solano Stonewall Democratic political activities committee, I helped to run Vallejo for Bernie Sanders, and after the Democratic National Convention, I went on to become a co-creator of Vallejo’s advocacy group the Solution Revolution. I podcast about local, state and national issues. I’m a proponent of clown activism. It is my belief that with hastily applied clown make up, a shoe string budget and the right shtick you can topple an empire. My name is Matthew Finkelstein and I am the battle clown of the revolution. It’s kind of weird that in one of the most progressive states in the union we’re watering our produce with fracking water. We frack in a state with massive earthquakes and contaminate our ground water in the midst of a drought that has no end in sight. Even worse, most of the key players making all that happen are Democrats. Those Democrats don’t deserve to be Dems. There’s a cinnamon cheeto flavored fascist waiting for them with open arms. So when Nancy Pelosi says that the Democratic Party doesn’t want a new direction and that we must merely change our image, I would like to offer her a plate of fracking salad and a tall glass of frack water and some frack salad dressing (it’s probably also in the salad dressing) and then toast to her long health and the health of California. Together, let’s purge the parasites.

Zalaikha Lodin

Hello, my name is Zelly Lodin. I am a proud resident of Walnut Creek, California. I am running to be an Assembly District 14 Delegate because I want to help rebuild the Democratic Party. I believe that Democrats have lost their way and it’s time to re-discover our roots. My experience working at a trade union would help me connect Democrats back to their origins. After attending public university here in California, I was fortunate enough to find a job in the Labor Movement. I have worked for the California Nurses Association, National Nurses United for 5 years now. As a burn survivor and Occupy Oakland medic, it was important to me that I could now serve the wonderful people that had such a significant impact on my life. In my time at CNA/NNU, working under dynamic labor leaders, organizing non-union workers, leading chants on the strike line, and utilizing media outlets to share our progressive voice, I learned about the power that the American working-class yields: union and non-union alike. I’m passionate about becoming a delegate because I want to make sure workers are represented in the California Democratic Party. Often times, especially with hot button issues, our own local politicians are silent or on the wrong side. As the saying holds true: actions speak louder than words. When Democrats support hydraulic-fracturing, then we can’t be the party for Environmentalists. When Democrats are silent on the Dakota Access Pipeline, then we can’t be the party that stands for Native Rights. When most local Democratic leaders have not taken a stand against the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership then we can’t be the party for the American worker. Many issues that Democrats are supposed to stand for have fallen by the wayside. Our good progressive name has been besmirched by faux-progressives and Corporate Democrats. If I am elected, I will work with my fellow delegates to create and push a progressive platform, one that puts the working class first. My name is Zelly Lodin, I hope you will vote for me to represent Assembly District 14. Thank you.

Brittany Kasdan

I am running as a district delegate for the California Democratic Party in District 14 because I believe that we need a grassroots movement to have a government that truly represents the people. While I had been active in specific movements in the past the Bernie Sanders campaign sparked my interest to get more involved in politics on a deeper level. This opportunity to run for district delegate means that I can ensure that the California Democratic Party is represented by Progressives that are aligned with the values of the voters. My priorities are as follows:
-taking action against climate change targeting both the oil industry, including fracking, and the agricultural industry while promoting renewable energy.
-clean water, clean air, and arable land.
-access to affordable healthcare with an emphasis on preventative care.
-income inequality that will only grow worse with increasing automation.
-housing affordability and expanding public transportation.
-affordable and accessible higher education and mitigating crushing student debt.
-racial equity and criminal justice reform.
-get money out of politics.

Stephen Hallett

I was a Bernie supporter in the primary and I supported Progressive candidates Mariko Yamada for State Senate and Mae Torlakson for Assembly District 14. I believe that we need to elect strong progressives to represent us at the State party to move our party in a progressive direction. We need single payer healthcare, a ban on fracking, a gas extraction tax and so much more. Only by electing progressives to all levels can we do that. The movement to make our party more progressive starts with electing progressive delegates.