AD18: Alameda County

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: 
9:30am
Registration & Voting Begin:
10:00am-12:00pm
Counting of Ballots: TBD

Location:
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 Building
1720 Marina Blvd.
San Leandro, CA 94577

Cross streets: Merced St.

*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

Gabrielle “Gaby” Dolphin

Former Bernie Sanders Delegate

I have only begun to fight

Bill Schwulst

Delegate Candidate

Daniel Wood

Long time political activist & 3-time former delegate

Jeromey Shafer

Bernie Delegate

Rabi’a Keeble

Bernie volunteer, activist

Michael Fortes

Bernie Delegate

Betty Olson-Jones

Retired teacher, former President of Oakland Education Association

Detailed Information

Gabrielle “Gaby” Dolphin

I am Gaby, your 2016 delegate to Philly for Bernie. While in Philly I witnessed the last vestige of a hope that justice would prevail in our primary election proceedings, but the wikileaks email proved what we all along intuited to be happening as true. The nomination was taken from Bernie by the DNC itself. Bling Russia was just a diversionary tactic to turn people from the content of that email. Berners returned home broken but driven to do “down ballot” work. Back in Alameda I have been successful at many levels and have only begun to fight. I helped successfully elect Alamedas first millenial to City Council; started Alameda Progressives – a local political affiliation of former Berners staying engaged at all levels; successful in mobilizing a referral in City Council to consider Alameda a Sanctuary City; petitioned City Council members to work for local campaign finance reforms with the League of Women voters after an ugly election on renters rights that brought out our towns 1% fighting viciously with outside money to crush the 99% struggling to keep a roof over their heads; have arranged a meeting with Council member to hear the case for mandating solar on all new construction. This meeting to be independent of our local Energy utility and the Board that oversees it and who have refused to consider the drastic but infinitely doable work demanded to mitigate the repercussions of climate change. I,’m preparing proposals for Alameda Living Wage and divestiture from Wells Fargo; have successfully “infiltrated” the local Dem club and as Program Director brin g in new members and am lining up a 2017 Program series to introduce and re- frame local issues in the Bernie Progressive framework to educate and mobilize Alamedans: Jan 2017 Program will be Kimberly Ellis, candidate for CADEM chair; Feb program will be “Healing the Police/community divide”; March program on “End White Silence, Black Lives Matter”; i stand with, demonstrate and help grow Alameda groups supporting social justice causes like Alameda for Black lives, Standing with Standing rock; pro LGBTQ march “We All Belong”, supported and spoke at Alameda County Supervisor meeting where the banned fracking in Alameda county; continue to work with our Alameda Renters Coalition to find relief for folk who will never in their lifetime, this culture or economics own their own home. This and more. And the winds of change can be felt. CADEM will have its status quo but the status quo desperately needs our Bernie style of Progressives framing the issues and agendas if the Party is to wake up and mobilize voters. I’ve found they are not practiced in thinking or speaking outside their “bubble”. Berners introduce, frame issues and deliver solutions in ways that grab the voter and bring them to the polls in droves. HRC may have won CA in a walk this last election cycle but that does NOT secure 2018 or 2020. Don’t for a moment think Trump’s machine isn’t coming after CA. If we go about things business-as-usual we are at risk, just as the nation was at risk this last election for a Trump predidency – we are at risk to once and for all hand our state and (as CA goes so goes the nation) our nation over to Oligarchic control. Damn. Far as I’m concerned it’s already happened and ours is to reclaim justice for the 99%. Popular votes or not in the recent Presidential election, the bottom line is that the campaign run by the Dem status quo within the political system we have gave us Trump. Blaming Russians, lack of voter turnout out, third party whatever…We have to first admit it is Dems that have the problem and Bernie progressives have the solution. We are needed to pick up the tired old Dem donkey and bring her home again to where she was once great, and so she can become great again by being a party of, by and for the people. This infusion of Berner Progressives must happen NOW because we stand at a dangerous and delicate crossroads. We must get as much fresh blood and progressive intelligence into action at the state level as possible. The same old same old won’t do. Nancy Pelosi ‘s idea that Demcrats don’t need or want change is THE most dangerous idea floating out there. I stand on the backs of giants here and Nancy is one, but this thinking is the same asleep-at-the-wheel thinking that got us Donald Trump. To stop this unraveling drift of the “Clintonesque” status quo Bernie said “get inside the party”. This is what I’m doing. I need YOU to get me in to the Party to continue this work. All hands on deck. I/we need you out there on Jan 7th. The struggle has really only now been engaged. Get your pitch fork and torches and come out to VOTE!!! Thanks?

Bill Schwulst

I’ve been involved in progressive politics since I was in grade school when I joined the union picket line with my father. I have advocated for social and economic justice issues around the country and worked on many Democratic campaigns. This election cycle I worked for the DNC helping voter file managers in the states of Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and several campaigns here in California. Prior to that I was the National Reporting and Voter File Director for Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primaries. I also served as an At-Large delegate to the Democratic National Convention. I worked on the Kerry and Obama primary and general campaigns as well as local Democratic campaigns continuously since 2004. I have also supported causes pushing for more affordable access to higher education, more care for our veterans, and a less militarized and just criminal justice system. In the coming years we must rein in a hugely unregulated financial system and overturn campaign finance laws that corrupt democracy. I have also worked hard to empower local Democratic Clubs. I helped grow membership, organized fundraisers and training, and maintained active web and social media pages for regional clubs and am eager to help grow the party in the East Bay

Daniel Wood

A big Bernie Sanders volunteer 2015-2016, helping and supervising at phone banks, running house parties, leading local canvassing events. Now co-leading local “Alameda Progressives” group which is offshoot of Bernie’s campaign here in Alameda. Before that, I had been a CDP delegate three terms, 2005-2010, riding the progressive wave that brought in a lot of fresh blood in 2005. Authored quite a few successful CDP resolutions, contributed to the CDP platform (especially re-framing away from conservative language). Also spearheaded successful “No on 1A” campaign at 2009 convention. Done volunteering and fundraising for many local, regional, and national progressive candidates. I am running as part of the GROUNDSWELL PROGRESSIVES slate which is comprised almost entirely of Bernie activists and supporters; we are going against a powerful “business as usual” slate hand-picked by our assembly member.

Jeromey Shafer

As a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign, Jeromey coordinated all canvassing in San Leandro, was instrumental in the forming of San Leandro for Bernie and co-presented at a dozen barnstorms throughout the Bay Area. Through these efforts he was able to get commitments from hundreds of volunteers to phonebank, register voters and canvass for Bernie and was elected as a delegate to the national convention for Bernie.

Rabi’a Keeble

I graduated from the Graduate Theological Union with a Masters in Social Justice and Religious Leadership. I am an activist, a womanist and a writer. I have worked on the campaigns of: Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, and locally Dan Seigel for Mayor of Oakland. I am African American and Muslim, I wear hijab proudly, I advocate against Islamophobia and any type of racism, and bigotry. I am a lifelong democrat.

Michael Fortes

Michael Fortes (Oakland) is an administrative professional, an active participant in the San Francisco Bay Area music community, and a resident of the Bay Area since 2004. Michael actively campaigned during the 2016 presidential primary season, served as a pledged at-large delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and continues to raise awareness and encourage more young Bay Area residents to participate in the political process. Michael is running in the 2017 ADEM caucus in AD18 as part of the Groundswell Progressives slate.

Betty Olson-Jones

Betty Olson-Jones grew up overseas in India, Italy, and the Ivory Coast, and has lived in Oakland for over 36 years. She has always considered herself a citizen of the world. She moved to the Bay Area after getting active in the anti-Vietnam War movement at Carleton College in Minnesota, and has been involved in movements for justice and social change ever since. After receiving her teaching credential at Holy Names University, she began her teaching career at Allendale Year-Round School in 1994 as a bilingual Spanish teacher in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades, and then taught 4th and 5th grades at Sequoia Elementary. After twelve years in the classroom she was elected President of the Oakland Education Association, and during her six-year tenure focused on advocating for the supports and conditions teachers and students need to be successful. After terming out as President in 2012, she returned to Sequoia, where she taught 5th grade for two years before retiring. Since then, she has been active in the Oakland Alliance, seeking progressive candidates for Oakland School Board and City Council, volunteered in Bernie Sanders campaign for President, has become a Master Gardener, and is a Teaching Assistant for a Qi Gong class.