AD15: Alameda & Contra Costa 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: 
11:30am
Registration & Voting Begins: 
12:00pm-2:00pm
Ballot Counting Begins: 2:00pm

Location:
Albany Community Room at the Albany Library
1247 Marin Ave.
Albany, CA 94706

Cross streets: Masonic/Ohlone Greenway

*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

Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto

Councilmember

Jess Dervin-Ackerman

Community Organizer

Vincent Casalaina

N. Vice Chair Progressive Caucus CDP

Rita Xavier

Senior Assemblymember, California Senior Legislature

Alfred Twu

City of Berkeley Zero Waste Commission Chair

Seren Pendleton-Knoll

Policy Chair & Commissioner, Alameda County Human Relations Commission; Program Director, Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business

Alex M. White

Congressional District 13 Delegate for Bernie Sanders, 2016 DNC

Detailed Information

Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto

My name is Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto. I have been a Registered Nurse for fifteen years. I am married and I have two little boys. I have recently been elected to the El Cerrito City Council and had the great honor of being endorsed by Our Revolution during my candidacy. I look forward to the opportunity of improving the Democratic Party. I believe we can work together to make sure grassroots activists voices are heard. We need to make sure that the Democratic Party does not just work for a few, but can work for all of us going forward. I know this is possible because I have met so many great activists over the last few years. People that work tirelessly on the behalf of helping others. I have also seen the birth of new activists with a strong desire to see the changes they want to see in their government. While this is a time of uncertainly that we are living in, it is also a time of awakening, where so many more people are becoming involved in the political process. As leaders of the Democratic Party, we need to channel that energy and let it blaze the path in front of us. I served as a delegate to the California Democratic Party from 2013-2015. During that time I authored and passed two resolutions. The first was California’s Nonprofit Hospitals and Charity Care. It states that hospitals should put patients before profits and provide adequate charity care to our community hospitals. At this time there are not adequate standards for nonprofit hospitals in regards to the amount of charity care that they provide to the community. In ass, these same hospitals do not pay taxes. The second resolution was the entitled Loving Day. The California Democratic Party now recognizes June 12th as Loving Day. Loving Day honors the landmark civil rights case that legalized interracial marriage. Loving Day celebrates racial equality, marriage equality, and human equality. As a delegate, the principals that will guide me are the following: Healthcare for Everyone, Free Education, Living Wages, Affordable Housing, Retirement with Dignity, and Climate Justice.

Jess Dervin-Ackerman

I’ve worked as an environmental & political organizer with NextGen Climate, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, and 350 Bay Area on campaigns to fight for climate action, equity, and justice for our communities at the local, state, and federal levels.

Vincent Casalaina

I’m currently the N. Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus CDP. I’ve worked for progressive candidates at the local, state and national level. In Berkeley I’ve worked for Jesse Arreguin the new Mayor and Alejandro Soto-Vigil on the Rent Board, both of whom were endorsed by Bernie in the Nov. election. I was the volunteer lead coordinator for Assembly member Tony Thurmond’s 2014 grassroots campaign. I worked for Bernie in Iowa and Nevada where I walked precincts before the caucuses. I was the vice chair of the Wellstone Committee to Elect Bernie in charge of events and finances as well as walking for Bernie in the June Primary. I was endorsed by Bernie for my run for Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. In the Nov. election I worked for Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada.

Rita Xavier

As an AD 15 Delegate for 2015-2016, I attended the California State Conventions and Caucuses. I am on the Endorsement Committee for the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County and a member of West County and El Cerrito Democratic Clubs, working to get Democratic candidates elected. In light of the recent election I plan to work diligently to promote the Democratic Party and fight for equal rights for everyone. I practice values that are on the Democratic Platform in my work as Assemblymember California Senior Legislature PSA 7, San Pablo Planning Commission, San Pablo Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board, Contra Costa Transportation Authority Paratransit Coordinating Council and Expenditure Plan Advisory Committee, Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging, Secretary West County Senior Coalition, Chair San Pablo Advisory Committee on Aging, Senior Mobility Action Council, Treasurer Lao Family Community Development Inc. Board of Directors, Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Commission, President League of Women Voters West Contra Costa County, San Pablo Economic Development Corporation Focus Group, Vice Chair San Pablo Senior Center Advisory Board, California Alliance for Retired Americans CARA Action Team.

Alfred Twu

My entry into local politics began with recycling, where I’ve served on Berkeley’s Zero Waste Commission, advising on how to reduce waste while balancing the needs of workers, residents, and local businesses. During the Bernie campaign, I helped run phonebanks and also got students involved on local issues, in particular housing and environment.

After the presidential primary ended, I campaigned for housing related ballot measures and candidates in Berkeley, including Measure U1 (affordable housing funding) and the CALI slate for the Rent Stabilization Board. As housing is most Californian’s single largest expense, I believe that it should be a top priority for the Democratic Party. We need expanded rent control and tenant protections to provide relief right now, and also more housing built to solve the problem in the long term.

I’m running on the Democrats Rising slate. Our goals include banning fracking and oil trains, statewide rent control, ending the Prop 13 tax break for large corporations, funding alternatives to prisons, single payer healthcare, and democratizing the Democratic Party.

Alex M. White

Elected as a Congressional District 13 Delegate for Bernie, representing the East Bay at the 2016 Democractic National Convention

Member of CADEM Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus, CADEM Progressive Caucus, Democratic Socialists of America – East Bay Chapter, Showing Up for Racial Justice – Bay Area Chapter, Socialist Alternative, Electronic Frontier Foundation

My work as an activist, social documentary filmmaker, teacher, Peace Corps Volunteer, and field organizer has taught me how to create and maintain age-inclusive structures of support and mutual aid in social justice movements and communities. My experiences as a Chamorro American, growing up in a working-class household with mixed-race parents, living in a remote Kazakhstani village with a Muslim family, graduating from college during the worst recession since the Great Depression with the majority of my peers having student loan debt exceeding more than $50k – $100k, and fighting health insurance companies for my partner’s lifesaving treatments when they were diagnosed with cancer; all of these experiences and more are why I would be honored to have your vote to represent our East Bay community.

I refuse to accept that Donald Trump and Republicans won the 2016 election, but instead, that the Democrats lost it. Many believe the party is controlled by the Establishment, a concentrated group of oligarchs and corporatists who hold the ear of the neoliberal elite while, according to a 2014 Princeton University study, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” For the future of not only ourselves and future generations, but the planet as a whole, we must radically transform the Democratic Party, and I ask for your vote to begin that transformation now.

From a party that pushes disastrous trade agreements like the TPP forward for the benefit of multinational corporations, to one that pushes legislation like the Rebuild America Act and creates good-paying jobs by investing in our crumbling infrastructure and is paid for by closing corporate income tax loopholes. We can no longer be a party that only pays lip service to racial justice movements that are little more than campaign platitudes. Together, we can transform the party into one that fights with and for the Movement for Black Lives, Fight for 15, the Water Protectors and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Together, we can be a party that is a true coalition of the working class, LGBTQIA, labor unions, Native Americans, People of Color, immigrants, liberals, progressives, democratic socialists and social democrats.

I’m running on the Democrats Rising slate. Our goals include banning fracking and oil trains, statewide rent control, ending the Prop 13 tax break for large corporations, funding alternatives to prisons, single payer healthcare, and democratizing the Democratic Party.

Seren Pendleton-Knoll

The 2016 election results have demonstrated the need for promoting a progressive and inclusive Democratic party. It is key going forward to advance leaders and a platform that address the needs of all Californian constituents – including people of color, the LGBTQ community, and rural voters. AD-15 activists will lead the way in CA and I would be honored to represent this district. I have a 8-year record of bringing diverse perspectives to the same table and lifting up voices that are traditionally underrepresented. I believe we need a renewed focus on a 58-County Strategy to ensure that we are inclusive of ALL communities. I worked for four years in social services, and my experiences assisting parolees in finding employment, working with foster and homeless youth in group homes, and promoting alternatives to incarceration for youth offenders have lead me to propose the creation of a Family Unification Caucus addressing the needs of parolees, foster youth, undocumented parents, and the homeless. I am proud that my three years working with San Mateo County to ensure youth were heard in local government earned me recognition from the Board of Supervisors for outstanding service. I support adding the California Young Democrats President to the Democratic Party Leadership and embedding youth throughout the party’s decision-making. In my current role as Program Director at UC Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business, I work with students and companies to redefine business for a sustainable future, ensuring business is acting now to protect our planet. I believe the party needs an explicit focus on climate change. I am a proud Master of Development Practice graduate from UC Berkeley and an even prouder Berkeley resident. I serve as Chair of Alameda County’s Human Relations Commission Policy Committee, am an Alameda County Court Appointed Service Advocate, and am a board member of New Leaders Council Oakland. I am ready to draw on my diverse experiences to ensure all voices in the party are heard, and that we promote elected officials who are developing progressive policy. I’m asking for your vote and your continued activism because together we will lead.