AD24 - San Mateo and Santa Clara 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: 10:30am
Registration & Voting Begin: 11:00am-1:00pm
Counting of the Ballots Begins: 1:00pm
Hillview Community Center
97 Hillview Ave
Los Altos, CA 94022
S. San Antonio Rd
*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.
Carolyn “Cari” Templeton
Hi-Tech Leader, Mentor, Volunteer
Leonard (“Lenny”) Siegel
Council member, city of Mountain View
Democratic Socialist, Basic Income Activist
CD 17 Elected Bernie Delegate
Passionate, Progressive, Parent
Shanta “Shay” Franco-Clausen
Passionate, Powerful and Persistent Community Advocate
Carolyn “Cari” Templeton
Proud, progressive Berniecrat! I campaigned, canvassed, hosted volunteers, painted cars, and fought however I could for Bernie Sanders, and became an alternate delegate for him in CD18. As a Palo Alto resident for 11+ years, a Silicon Valley high-tech worker at Google, and a Stanford student, I want to see the party take definitive action on major progressive issues, including:
* EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN AND LGBTQ #EqualPay #StandWithPP
* CIVIL RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR #BLM #CleanWater
* RESTORING THE MIDDLE CLASS #Fightfor15 #UniversalHealthcare #FreeCollege
As a program manager, I bring a strong background in driving projects forward and bringing ideas to reality. I have been involved in women’s and diversity groups at work and in the community with the goal of furthering women and people of color in leadership positions in Silicon Valley. I ask for your support to become a Central Committee delegate for assembly district 24. #NotMeUs #OurRevolution
Leonard (“Lenny”) Siegel
Lenny Siegel is a professional environmental advocate and a member of the Mountain View City Council, slated to become Vice-Mayor in January, 2016. He is a long-time student and community organizer who has worked for peace, economic justice, environmental protection, and affordable housing, among other goals, for more than 50 years. He founded the Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View and Mountain View Voices for Peace. In 2011 U.S. EPA named him as national “Superfund Citizen of the Year.” He was a Sanders delegate at the 2016 Democratic Party national convention.
I’m a democratic socialist and a former volunteer for the Bernie campaign. I work as a computer programmer, but I think the tech industry needs to stop acting like it has all the answers, the same way that Party insiders need to stop acting like they have all the answers. The California Democratic Party must open its doors to the anger and energy and intelligence of activists and protesters, and shake off the corporate grip that hurts the working class every day, and hurts the party at every election.
Margaret Okuzumi is an award-winning community activist who has helped lead successful campaigns for clean energy, the environment, and gun safety. She co-lead Silicon Valley for Bernie from June 2015, coordinated a team that helped hundreds of canvassers get to Nevada, organized the Bernie presence inside the state Democratic Party Convention in February 2016, helped coordinate and train conveners for the Bernie caucuses statewide, and was one of the elected leaders for the California Bernie Sanders delegation to the DNC Convention.
Hello, my name is Kenneth “Kacey” Carpenter, running for Assembly District Delegate (AD-24) to bring progressive grass roots passion, energy, and commitment to our Democratic Party. It was an honor to serve as a delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and prior to Philly as an active volunteer helping to get out the vote in California and 10 other states including co-leading 300 people from 30 states to Iowa. The convention was a life changing experience and I was proud to vote, support the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic party, and advocate for grassroots priorities including #NoTPP, #NoFracking, and #NoMoreWar. I met many Democratic delegates and elected officials and strongly articulated the need for California to lead not only with a progressive agenda but also with committed leadership and action to bring about the changes necessary for our community, our state and our country.
the people and run as a candidate for Mountain View City Council where I continued to advocate for people over profits, was endorsed by the Santa Clara County Democratic Party, and helped pass Measure V. My fight for progressive priorities and principles will continue representing our community in AD24 in strong partnership with grass roots progressive volunteers and leaders to help ensure a future for all of us to believe in.
California must lead the to ensure the progressive ideals we all strive to achieve.
It would be an honor to represent and help drive our most progressive Democratic Party platform vision to action. Thank you for your support.
I am a retired engineer/scientist and have been a Democratic Party member since I was first able to vote. I have been an active volunteer in many campaigns over the years, particularly the McGovern campaign, the Obama campaign, where I did regular phone banking in both 2008 and 2012, and the Sanders campaigns where I was active with the Barnstorm Support team and the Turf cutting Team. I have also been active in 350.org, the California Clean Money Campaign, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Federation of American Scientists. I am also a member of the professional organizations, the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society , and the American Vacuum Society.
Shanta “Shay” Franco-Clausen
In the current political climate, it’s extremely important to be both proactive and informed. I currently reside in Assembly District 24, which is located in the heart of the ever advancing and changing Silicon Valley. I have been a resident of this district for almost 6 years but have seen waves of different communities and demographics shift. As a avidly engaged community advocate, it has been disheartening to seen the lack of diversity within my Assembly District. As an Afro-Latina mother and politically engaged, it seems imperative to speak up for nearly 25% Latino, African American residents that are under represented with un addressed and identified needs in the city, county and state levels. I believe this position would give me the opportunity to provide a different prospective, diversity, and a vote that will take into account a solution that will represent and truly mirror the needs of my Assembly District. It would be an honor and privilege to continue to engage and understand the district in its entirety, absorb some of the lessons, concerns that are universally shared, and act as a liaison for my community. If provided this opportunity I would ensure to continue the mission of our Democracy and strengthen the participation in my Assembly District, expand the scope of my peers, communicate and learn from the members that served before me, and adapt with the changes that are occurring now and in the future
I have been volunteering in the Democratic Party for years. First as a lobbyist for health care through the Calif. Nurses Assn., then as a member of Health Care for All-Calif. fighting to pass Single Payer legislation only to be vetoed twice by Arnold S. We are considering introducing a new bill in 2017.
I also work with the homeless and worked in a homeless women’s shelter for 10 weeks in the winter of 2014. I continue to attend City Council and Supervisor meetings as an advocate for them and housing.
I volunteered for several months out of the Dem. Vol. Ctr. in Mt. View doing voter registration, phonebanking for Hillary, running the front desk,etc.
I worked on Bernie Sanders’ campaign involved with 25 events.
I believe that I am the only candidate who has the depth of knowledge about the US health care system which is crucial with the Republicans trying to remove health care coverage from millions of Americans.