AD2 - Del Norte, Mendocino, Trinity, Sonoma & Humboldt 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 #1

Date: Saturday, January 7
Candidate speeches begin: 10am
Registration & voting: 10:30am-12:30pm

Location:
Eureka Labor Temple
840 E Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Cross streets: 8th

*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.

Voting Time & Location #2

Date: Saturday, January 7
Candidate speeches begin: 10am
Registration & voting: 10:30am-12:30pm

Location:

SEIU office
655 King’s Court
Ukiah, CA 95482

Cross streets: Orchard Avenue

*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.

Your Progressive Candidates

Robert Shearer

Grassroots Activist & Community Organizer

Allen McCloskey

Licensed Medical Professional

Lesley Ester

Registered Nurse/Community Activist

Deborah Burger

President California Nurses Association

Helene Rouvier

Candidate Working for Progressive Change

Miles Kurland

Progressive Activist

Detailed Information

Robert Shearer

I was appointed an at-large delegate to the Democratic National Convention by Senator Sanders’ presidential campaign. I also attended 2016 CADEM Executive Board Meetings, where I became a member of Progressive Democrats of America and the Progressive Caucus of CADEM. Despite having been a registered Democrat most of my life, these experiences marked the beginning of my involvement with Party politics. I volunteered for Bernie’s campaign for 16 months and worked for National Nurses United, taking a semester off school, registering over 600 voters, phone banking, tabling public events, and knocking on doors across my community.

Despite my being relatively new to Party involvement, of my 34 years on Earth, I’ve spent 21 deeply engaged in progressive activism. Since the age of 13, I have been involved with social justice and reform issues, fighting against war, economic inequality, systemic oppression, and corporate rule. When I moved to Humboldt County in 2007, I redirected much of my activist energy towards environmental concerns, working for healthy forests and clean water. I am VP of the board at EPIC (www.wildcalifornia.org), president of Humboldt State University (HSU) chapter of Society for Conservation Biology (www.conbio.org), and I am a biology graduate student at Humboldt State University, where I also teach botany lab to undergraduate students. My loving wife and I hope to bring a child into a world that is aggressively addressing the climate crisis, where the US and CA are leading the way in renewable energy, environmental protection, and progressive social programs.

The Democratic Party must quickly find a way to sincerely represent the needs of everyday, underprivileged people and the Earth if we want to get people to the polls in upcoming elections. As a DSCC delegate I will make it a priority to continue urging Party leadership to break ties with big moneyed interests. Not until the Party puts people over profits and principle over politics will the progressive base feel adequately represented. We want windmills, not weapons deals. We want healthcare, not warfare. We want policies that are directed by the needs of the climate and struggling people, not the greeds of corporations and billionaires. The progressive values of NW CA (AD-02) will ring a little louder in Sacramento and throughout the nation in 2017, as they will be the drivers of the Party that reclaims the White House and majorities in Congress by 2020.

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Bernie Delegate FB page: www.facebook.com/shearer4sanders
… I am carrying the torch of OUR Political Revolution! #NotMeUS

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ENDORSEMENTS INCLUDE::
~ California Nurses Association. www.facebook.com/calnurses
~ North Coast People’s Alliance. www.facebook.com/NorthCoastPeoplesAlliance
~ Dr. Bill Honigman, ER surgeon and CA State Coordinator of Progressive Democrats of America. www.facebook.com/PDAmerica/
~ Alan Haffa, Chair, Monterey County Democratic Central Committee and Monterey City Council member.
~ Austin Allison, Eureka City Council member.

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…every single VOTE means a lot in these local elections! — See you at the polls! 🙂
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http://www.ad2progressivedems.com/robert

Allen McCloskey

My name is Allen McCloskey and I am a lifelong resident of Humboldt County California. My family history in California goes back multiple generations with my Grandparents being direct descendants of California’s largest Indian Tribe’s. As an Indigenous American-Californian, I have an intimate connection with our state and our natural resources, as well as a unique perspective on the socio-economic, environmental, political and cultural needs of California’s original inhabitants.
As an employee of St. Joseph Health Systems, I work closely with patients and their families, physicians, managers and all members of the healthcare team to bring the best level of care to each patient. Working in healthcare I have developed an in-depth understanding of the industry and also first-hand input and feedback from California’s with regards to Obama Care, Single Payer Healthcare, and accessibility issues for rural communities and historically underserved communities. Most recently, I was fortunate enough to represent hundreds of hard working Californians and together with a small committee spearheaded the effort to Unionize St. Joseph Hospital. Together we took on the corporate healthcare giant that is St. Joseph Health (a multi-billion-dollar corporation). Our efforts resulted in securing a truly just and living wage for California families and thereby assured that our healthcare dollars stayed local and eased the burden on our taxpayer-funded safety net programs. I am excited about serving the California Democratic Party and continuing my efforts of representing the interest of our middle-class hard-working families.
This is my home, this is our home, and this is our Party, and I want to continue working together to make our State and our party stronger and renew our commitment to genuinely represent every facet of the Democratic Party. Working together we will make our State and our Party better and stronger than ever. Needless to say, there is much to be done, but I am both excited and optimistic about the challenge of addressing the issues of our party and our challenge of reclaiming the White House and the majorities in Congress. The progressive values of our District NW CA (AD-02) were very evident in this most recent election, and not just with regards to the Presidential race, but those values also carried over into Supervisor and City Council races. We must continue to preserve our progressive values by ensuring adequate representation in the California Democratic Party and assert our values in an effort to set the tone going forward.
Thank you all for your support.
In Solidarity, Allen McCloskey

http://www.ad2progressivedems.com

Lesley Ester

Greetings, my name is Lesley Ester and I am a Registered Nurse asking for the opportunity to represent US as a California Democratic State Central Committee Delegate for Assembly District 2. My two main goals moving forward as a Democratic District Delegate will be to form coalitions and build power to fight climate change and the disaster that will be a Trump Presidency.

Earlier this year I spent many days and nights phone banking and knocking on doors in California and Nevada for Bernie. Additionally I monitored the Nevada caucus that was held at the Paris Hotel on the Las Vegas strip. There I was able to video the local Democratic players illegally allowing Hillary supporters into the caucus room to vote. I realized then that the entire Democratic Party was rigged against Bernie and our Progressive ideals – I knew we would need to fight harder and smarter.

It has been my great honor to work towards the health and well-being of our planet through the actions and commitment of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United. This includes causes like the Main Street Contract, the Robin Hood Tax, Environmental Justice, and National Safe Staffing Ratios. Locally I have served on parent teacher councils, charter school governance boards and a district school board. I am currently a CNA representative to the Humboldt-Del Norte Central Labor Council and I am also the Chairperson of the St Joseph Hospital Professional Practice Committee.

Thank you for taking the time to read this statement and being committed to vote in January.

http://www.ad2progressivedems.com/

Deborah Burger

I have been a lifelong voter and an political activist one way or the other for years. I have finally come to the conclusion that you get what you work for and I really want to make the Democratic Party really represent the everyday working person. This last election I saw with dismay that people made it to the top but did not really represent my values and those of working people. As a registered nurse, of over 44 years, I see the devastating effects of decisions made by our elected officials. I see on a daily basis patients that can’t afford to see a doctor; take the medications ordered for them by the doctor; get treatments and procedures required for follow up (most often to prevent cancer); and having to decide whether to pay the rent or mortgage or buy groceries instead of getting medical attention. And that is just the beginning. Many of our neighbors have their adult children or grandchildren living with them because they can’t afford housing and because they aren’t getting a decent living wage! We need to elect politicians who will work for us the working class and I want to be a delegate to help in this effort.

For over a year, I was one of hundreds of nurses on the Bernie Bus traveling the county to bring Bernie’s progressive message and agenda to millions of people. The nurses values of caring compassion and community are what helped us move over 23 states to join in the progressive movement.

We will continue to move the agenda forward, if we all stay focused and committed to a real political revolution.

http://www.ad2progressivedems.com/

Helene Rouvier

I am a life long Democrat and have lived in Humboldt County since 1970. Over the past year I have worked with Northern Humboldt for Bernie and the North Coast People’s Alliance. I am also active as a member of the Community Advisory Board for radio station KHSU. I work as a grants and contracts analyst for a local non-profit supporting independent media, and have worked for local tribes and the North Coast Cooperative. I have a graduate degree in anthropology. My goal is to return the Democratic Party to its roots as supporting working people, the poor, social-economic justice, and a healthy sustainable planet.

Miles Kurland

I’m the national director of Web Development for Democracy for America, and I am committed to empowering the volunteers and organizers who are the heart of our central committees and Democratic clubs. I’ve done web consulting for numerous progressive organizations, including the California Labor Federation, the Courage Campaign, MoveOn.org, the Daily Kos, and the NAACP.

I’ve previously served as a CDP delegate for 4 years beginning in 2005 where I proudly supported John Burton’s bid to become our party chair. I also served on the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee for several years, and would look forward to doing so again.