AD16: 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: 
10am
Registration & Voting: 
10:30am-12:30pm
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10am
Ballot Counting Begins: 12:30pm

Location:
Lafayette Library
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA 94539

Cross streets: 1st St & Mt Diablo

*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

Ellis Goldberg

TriValley Democratic Club President (10 years), Chair Contra Costa for Bernie & Caucus Convener

Sharon Goldberg

Vice President TriValley Democratic Club

Brodie Hilp

Member of Contra costa for Bernie; President of the San Ramon Valley Democratic Club

John Hall

Member of Contra costa for Bernie; President of the San Ramon Valley Democratic Club

Greg Bonato

Political Director IBEW 595/ Community Activist

Detailed Information

Ellis Goldberg

I believe in justice, “democracy” and that climate chaos threatens us all. “democracy” is not a spectator sport; it’s a team sport. “democracy” is corrupted by big money in politics. Big money stands in the way of meaningful beneficial progressive reforms and undermines “democracy”. I lead a team of “democracy” champions. Please vote for us.
EXPERIENCE
TriValley Democratic Club President & Webmaster 10 years
Delegates to the California Democratic Party Convention Since 2008 Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee 6 years
Editor of THE LOOP a DPCCC official publication 4 years
VolunteerFoodbank of Contra Costa & Solano Counties Since 2002 –6 sites each month distributing food
California Democratic Party Region 2 Volunteers of the year 2016
Bernie Sanders Campaign Chair of Contra Costa for Bernie & convener of the caucus that elected Sanders delegates to the national convention
MoveOn Media Coordinator for TriValley & Contra Costa

Sharon Goldberg

I believe in justice, “democracy” and that climate chaos threatens us all. “democracy” is not a spectator sport; it’s a team sport. “democracy” is corrupted by big money in politics. Big money stands in the way of meaningful beneficial progressive reforms and undermines “democracy”. I help lead a team of “democracy” champions. Please vote for me.

EXPERIENCE
TriValley Democratic Club – Vice President 10 years
Delegate to the California Democratic Party Convention since 2008
Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee 6 years
Volunteer Foodbank of Contra Costa & Solano Counties since 2000 – 7 sites each month & warehouse boxing. 2006 Volunteer of the year.
California Democratic Party Region 2 Volunteer of the year 2016
Contra Costa for Bernie steering committee & caucus staff
MoveOn – TriValley & Contra Costa Council Member

Brodie Hilp

For Contra Costa for Bernie, I was an active member serving as secretary and on the steering committee. I also was a staff member for Bernie’s Caucus. As a Delegate, I will stand up for progressive values, even if it is against the established position. For example, at a CDP convention, I was one of the people holding up Stop Fracking signs when Governor Jerry Brown spoke. He is a strong proponent of climate change regulations, but he is also a big proponent of fracking, which releases harmful methane gas. I stood up for progressive issues. Other important issues? Citizens United and having our legislators support an amendment to get rid it. When the California Supreme Court rejected Proposition 49 to be on the ballot in 2014, I protested, and I was there in the Court when the justices heard the arguments in support and against. I was there keep our justices accountable. We can’t control the amount of money in politics, but we can at least make people disclose their contributions. I lobbied my local legislators in favor of the California Disclose Act. It was not fun trying to talk to a Republican legislator about the Disclose Act. In fact it was so frustrating that I worked very hard this past election to get a Democrat elected to the Assembly. I have worked on many campaigns, including Congressman DeSaulnier, McNerney, and Ami Bera in Elk Grove. I even walked precincts in 2012 for Obama in Reno. I have served in leadership for the past 3 years as president of the San Ramon Valley Democratic Club. This past year was successful. We increased our membership 50%. I stay in contact with more than 450 people on our club’s email list educating them about progressive issues. We educate our members with our expert speakers who attract our members from as far away as Walnut Creek and San Leandro. Our goal is to educate and motivate our members to become more active, work on campaigns, and then to spread that enthusiasm to their friends and neighbors. Spreading enthusiasm about Democratic values is our goal. That gets people to the polls. I have served as a Delegate for four years, and hope to have your vote to become an ADEM 16 Delegate.

http://srvdems.org

John Hall

It is time for a change in the Democratic Party. We have been concentrating on economically reducing the rich and their influence (which is good), economically supporting and transforming the poor (which is still good) and ending discrimination (which is still good) but we have been deflected from concentrating on the slippage of the middle class (which was an oversight). We have over burdened ourselves with too many single issue problems and given the narrow problems a disproportionate amount of our attention. We have lost sight of the “forrest for the trees”. Retuning, our attention should be adjusted to the proportions that begin with needs of the middle class as the middle class proportion SHOULD BE in the U.S. This does not exclude our traditional focus. It reprioritizes our resolve.

Greg Bonato

I am Greg Bonato the Political Director & former President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595 in Dublin. For the last 16 years I have been the IBEW 595 Political Director and the Union’s Representative on the Alameda Central Labor Council. My Political Director responsibilities include making the union hall available for political activities in the TriValley. The union hall has been used for election campaigns, the Bernie Sanders Caucus, Democratic Club meetings & parties, Retired Teachers Association meetings and monthly Saturday Night Movies. The union hall is the center of progressive political activities in the TriValley. I have been a long time member of the TriValley Democratic Club and a delegate to the Democratic Party State Convention. I am a son, husband, father & electrician living in Dublin. I grew up in the Bay Area. Please vote for me