AD31 - Fresno 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 Begin: 12:00pm
Fresno Democratic Party Office
1035 U Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Cross streets: Tulare
*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.
Bernie Delegate & EBoard Candidate
I have always been engaged in politics, but it wasn’t until I decided to run for a position as a district-level DNC delegate that I truly began to realize the power that we all have within us, to change our world for the better. I found myself moved by progressive and youthful voices that, for the first time in their lives, truly believed they could be a part of a socially-driven, grassroots revolution to transform politics as we know it.
Like many, I have often felt betrayed by politics and argued that too many leaders have failed to be true representatives of their communities. Channeling frustration, I began to devote much of my time and heart into championing a truly progressive presidential candidate. As a Bernie Sanders volunteer, I had the opportunity to connect with a wide array of people, many of them reinvigorated by the campaign’s resolve. Equally, I found many that were troubled, angry, and saddened with the state of our nation and our politics. I think the results of our election speak to that frustration.
My candidacy serves to constitute the resentment that exists within our party. I represent so many voices within our ranks that demand reform. There are too many that truly believe that the Democratic Party has left them out in the cold and abandoned core principles. Money and special interests have been at the root of too many poor decisions. One party leader recently asked, “Are we the party of the donor class or the working class?” Truly, that is the question we must all ask.
Leaving the Democratic Convention this past summer, I felt as so many others within our party did: lost and neglected. Many felt so wronged by certain party actions that they decided to sever all ties. I don’t blame them. The party must learn how to stop pointing fingers and start taking a long hard look in the mirror. I hope to be a part of that process.
I am here to work towards the betterment of my community through this party because I still believe that we can evoke the kind of meaningful change being demanded of it. In short, I’m here to make a difference.
My name is Angel Rodriquez and I humbly ask for your consideration for Assembly Delegate, District 31.
Born in the south valley town of Easton to parents who both belong to unions, my passion for the political world started young. I distinctly remember my mother using placemats with the faces of all the presidents and locations of state capitols. After graduating from high school in Kingsburg, and joining the SAGAFTRA Union myself, I was fortunate to be accepted into New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where I majored in Film & Television Production, and double minored in Producing and Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology with extensive coursework in European and Mediterranean Studies. Post graduation, I was selected to Intern at The White House in the office of Management & Administration-Operations Unit. One of my proudest achievements was winning a speechwriting contest to introduce Vice President Joe Biden, the first Latino to do so. Since moving back from DC, I joined the Draft Biden movement to encourage VPOTUS to enter the presidential race, and later became a delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders in Congressional District 21, having the opportunity to attend the DNC in Philadelphia in the Summer. I was asked by a former organizer of the Sanders campaign to volunteer with an Progressive organization called Politics Reborn, having meetings in Madera and Fresno. I would appreciate your vote, and the opportunity to represent the valley, and the issues that face those who I have had the opportunity to meet while phone banking and canvassing the neighborhoods of Fowler, Delano, Selma, and Sanger.