AD34 - Kern 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: Sunday, January 8
Candidate Speeches Begin: 9:30am
Registration & Voting Begins: 10:30am-12:30pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: 12:00pm

Location:

Carpenters Hall Local 743
911 20th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Cross streets or landmarks: Across from Sinaloa Restaurant

*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

Neel Sannappa

Community Activist

Jessica Wilhoyt

Volunteer Co-Leader for the Bernie Campaign in my Area

Michael Flores-Castaneda

Educator/ Union Activist

Sandy Reding

Nurse, Bernie Sanders Delegate

Renee Westa-Lusk

Bernie Supporter from June 2016 primary & Executive Board Representative and DSCC Delegate from 34th A.D.

Matthew Lindholm-Guenther

Registered Nurse

Arleen Llanes

Teacher

Detailed Information

Neel Sannappa

I’m a progressive minded person, and as a board member of the Young Progressive Coalition for the past year, I’ve been working on progressive candidates campaigns and coming up with ideas to get our youth more invovled with the community and the political process. I also co founded No Kill Kern animal rescue and am a local advocate for animal welfare.

I want to help bring our party back to the working class and grassroots organizing. Some of the most important issues I believe the party must take on are campaign finance reform, climate change, wealth inequality, immigration reform and finding a way to end mass incarceration. I believe in taking bold stances on these issues. I believe I’m well suited and educated enough on the issues to represent and serve our district effectively.

Jessica Wilhoyt

I believe in the progressive principals that guided the Sanders campaign. Social and Economic justice must be on the forefront of the Progressive agenda. I will honor these principals to the best of my ability.

Michael Flores-Castaneda

I’m an elementary school special education teacher, and the President of my local Teachers Association, as well as the Chair for the California Teachers Association Sierra Service Center Council, which serves as a liaison to all 54 local CTA affiliates in the Kern County area.

I have attended the CADEM as a proxy in the past, and am eager to attend as a delegate to promote a more progressive platform, especially out of the 34th AD.

Sandy Reding

Hello, my name is Sandy Reding and I have been an operating room nurse serving our community, and beyond, for 30 years. I was a strong progressive voice at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, and will continue to fight for social, economic and environmental justice, in addition to healthcare for all. I am a union nurse, and advocate for my patients and my community on a daily basis. As a board member of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, and a strong voice for progressive values, I will make your vote count. Please come to support me, and others that share progressive values, on January 8th..

I have attended the CADEM as a proxy in the past, and am eager to attend as a delegate to promote a more progressive platform, especially out of the 34th AD.

Renee  Westa-Lusk

I have been actively involved with the Democratic Party since 1992 and have participated at various levels through the State Party, County Committee, A.D. and Clubs at different times over the years. I worked in and was educated in a healthcare field and am very partial towards healthcare issues. I’ve lived in Kern County since 1983 and over the last 20 years since 1990 have gotten involved in campaigning for statewide initiatives and local issues as well. I worked during the June 2016 primary on a county wide tax initiative to fund the county library system. This fall I worked on a local city tax initiative to fund public safety and road repair for the City of Ridgecrest, CA. I have worked on and participated in many Democratic Candidate campaigns over the years including this fall I volunteered for Andre Gonzales for Bakersfield City Council campaign.

Matthew Lindholm-Guenther

I’m running for a seat on the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party. I am hoping to change the party for the better! The Democratic Party used to stand for the people, and I want to make it that way again.

I’m a registered nurse, and I live in Bakersfield, CA. I’m married to my amazing husband, Caleb, and we are in the process of becoming foster parents for the first time.
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Arleen Llanes

https://www.facebook.com/arleen.cardenas.llanes

http://www.mrsllanes.com

I am a middle school teacher and I am running because the Democratic Party needs to continue to grow. I am the daughter of Mexican and Peruvian immigrants and I strongly supported Senator Bernie Sanders in the Primary. I am a New Leaders Council Alumni and consider myself a progressive. I feel we have to fight together against income inequality so that working families like mine and my students have the opportunities to succeed in life and with dignity. We need to work together to protect families against deportation, regardless of their race or religion. We need to work together to invest in education, provide students with skills for good paying jobs, and close the achievement gap among minority students. I am determined to do my part by supporting progressive Democrats for elected office who will fight for these values and who will support working families.