AD29 - Monterey, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz 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: 9:30am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:00am-12:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begins: 12:00pm
SEIU Local 521 Union Hall
571 Mission St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Cross streets: Mission & Locust 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 Come Vote?
Assembly District Delegate Candidate
Dr. Arlene Haffa
Bernie Campaigner, local Progressive activist
I am a teacher who represents CTA as a state rep, primarily because I took Bernie at his word to get involved. I have always volunteered, but I am ready to run and represent people like you and me. Working people who know what it’s like to try and scrape by until payday. People who think they’re getting ahead, just to need new tires or something, and everything goes two steps back.
We are all to be respected and to have a voice. I learned that way before I joined the Peace Corps, but the experience brought it home. Some countries do not enjoy the freedoms that we have, and if there was ever a time to get involved, now is that time. Let’s implement Bernie’s platform, and have our revolution.
I am a nearly lifelong resident of N. California, a registered Democrat since the age of 18, and I am proud to have never missed the opportunity to vote in any election. After my family moved from Milwaukee, WI when I was 9, I attended public grade, middle and high schools in Santa Rosa, and from there moved on to Santa Rosa J.C. and finally Sonoma State Univ., where I earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry (1988). After working in the environmental testing and remediation field for two years, I re-enrolled in graduate school at U.C. Davis, where I completed a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (1996). I’ve since worked in various science and engineering capacities in the pharmaceutical research, medical device and electronics fields. Since 2012 I’ve enjoyed working as an Applications Engineer for INFICON, Inc., where I specialize in sensors and software used in a variety of manufacturing settings. Thank you.
I am a mother, nurse, teacher and lifelong California resident. As a nurse, I have seen the importance of access to good, affordable care, and am a staunch supporter of Medicare for All. On a daily basis, I see how our environment affects health, and believe that we must move towards more sustainable energy and agricultural practices. Education is key to informed and powerful advocacy–to that end, it is critical that we find a pathway to debt-free higher education.
I want California to lead the nation. My goal as an assembly district delegate is to support the Democratic Party in electing progressive leaders and writing legislation that serves all Californians.
Dr. Arlene Haffa
Arlene is a progressive activist in her community. She worked hard on the Bernie Sanders campaign and with local candidates as well. Arlene serves on the executive board of her union as the Political Action Chair (CFA-CSUMB SEIU 1983), and is a delegate to the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council as well. She is involved in organizations that promote civil liberties. As an educator and scientist she is a proven leader, speaker and organizer. As an activist she has walked the walk as a protestor and picketer.
I’m a Santa Cruz native and work in Energy Management at UCSC. I am passionate about protecting our natural environment, and know that policy is the best way to do that. I got involved last year with the Bernie Sanders campaign and dove right in. I started out with simple door knocking, phone banking and tabling. As the months went on, I became more of an organizer, turning out hundreds of volunteers. When Bernie came to Santa Cruz, I had the honor of giving the field pitch at his rally. I then was elected as a delegate for Bernie for Congressional District 20, and represented Bernie voters at the DNC. I’m going to be blunt, the Democratic party needs change. 1,030 democrats seats were lost in the last 8 years. We can ignore the results of the general election, or we can embrace the people who want to be involved and hopefully inspire the type of voter turnout that gets Democrats elected. There are many issues that we must all work to address; climate change, unilateral foreign policy, immigration reform, women’s rights, gun violence prevention, wealth and income inequality, affordable healthcare, the list goes on. Unfortunately, we will not be able to make progress on any of these fronts if we do not have elected leaders who represent us. This means using people powered movements, that have not been corrupted by corporate and big monied interests, to elect new officials who are beholden only to the people. If elected as an assembly member, I promise to use my seat at the table to represent all of us, and help steer the party in a direction that wins seats.
After working for three decades in managing conferences that support literacy, I moved on to working for the Bernie Sanders campaign as a turf cutter, data pilot, volunteer coordinator and other roles. Following the primaries, I have continued to do significant work in local politics canvassing for Bernie Sanders, cutting turf for our City Council candidates, attending leadership meetings and executing on special projects, including the founding of a new umbrella Progressive organization in Santa Cruz. In addition to local work after the primaries, I have contributed my volunteer management skills to organizations such as Our Revolution, Brand New Congress and the Progressive Coders Network.
As a resident of Felton, I represent the rural citizens of our district, who often need a voice that can work with the more populous elements of our district.