AD35: SLO & N.SB 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: 10am
Registration & voting: 10:30am-12:30pm

Location:
IBEW Local 639
6363 Edna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Cross streets: Edna @ Price Canyon

*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?

Your Progressive Candidates

Vote for all 14.
Heidi Harmon

Mayor of San Luis Obispo & Former Bernie Delegate

Sherri Stoddard

Regional Director, CA Nurses Association & Former Bernie Delegate

Violet Cavanaugh

Vice Chair, Northern Chumash Tribal Council

Erica Reyes

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board Member

Rosemary Canfield

Educator

Quinn Brady

SLO Progressives Dem Club Member

Julie Zafiratos

SLO Progressives Dem Club Member

Nicholas Andre

Co-Chair, SLO Progressives Dem Club & Former Bernie Delegate

Also vote for Nick for e-board rep.

Thomas Dunne

Labor Rep, CA Nurses Association

Erik Baskin

Former President of the SLO City Firefighters Local 3523

Michael Costello

Vice-Chair of SLO Progressives Dem Club

Stephen Lacki

Mesa Refinery Watch Group & SLO Progressives Dem Club Member

Brian Ivie

CA Nurses Association

Giacomo Longato

SLO Progressives Dem Club Member

Your Progressive Executive Board Candidate

Vote for Delegate AND Executive Board Rep.
Nicholas Andre

Co-Chair, SLO Progressives Dem Club & Former Bernie Delegate

Detailed Information

Heidi Harmon

As the newly elected Mayor of San Luis Obispo I am honored to be part of a slate of progressive candidates to represent you at the state party. Please be sure to obtain our slate card before voting, I believe the candidates on this slate will best represent the progressive values we share, and will advance the movement started by Bernie Sanders. As an advocate for positive solutions in San Luis Obispo for the past 30 years, I am passionate about keeping the voice and concern of local residents at the forefront of everything I do. As an experienced community organizer, climate change activist and public speaker with a track record of success impacting positive change through coalition building, policy advocacy and public education, I will bring your voice to the California Democratic Party. After having the great opportunity to serve as your Bernie Sanders delegate to the DNC and running the local campaign, I will fight for the progressive change we want to see. Bold action on our climate emergency, ensuring racial, gender, and economic justice, and healthcare as a right, just to name a few. Formerly an early childhood educator in San Luis Obispo for many years, I also continue to teach a music program for young children. I am a former Director of San Luis Obispo 350.org, the Climate Change Task Force Chair of the Santa Lucia Sierra Club, and a Point Person at Protect SLO – Stop Oil Trains. I am also a graduate of Emerge California, and a former board member of both Planned Parenthood, and the League of Women Voters. I would be honored to have your vote and support.

Sherri Stoddard

I am a Registered Nurse with strongly held beliefs in social justice. I want to see our Democratic Party once again be the party of a just society for the 99%. Working as a labor and delivery nurse for the past 34 years has provided me with perspective into many differing human situations, and continues to show me over and over again how in our humanness, we are so alike in the basic things we want from life, and yet how, in our society, there are so many insurmountable gaps in opportunity and access to achieve them. So often the blocks to achieving even basic human needs are based simply on the situations of one’s birth – where you were born, your gender, the color of your skin, and the home environment are all determinants of being a successful member of our society. Providing a fair chance at access to basic needs will expand the playing field, so that each of us has opportunities to contribute, in our unique ways, to our communities.

I am also a proud member of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, my RN professional association and union. We continually work to improve patient care conditions. This work doesn’t stop at bedside care; patients are affected by all aspects of their living situations. We have long advocated for single payer health care, and what we call our “main street campaign”, which is deeply founded in the concept of social justice, as we know that access to healthcare and basic needs determine the health and welfare of people and communities. Our campaign includes: jobs at living wages to reinvest in America; equal access to quality, public education; guaranteed healthcare for all; a secure retirement, with the ability to retire in dignity; good housing; protection from hunger; a safe, clean, and healthy environment; a just taxation system in which corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share.

My beliefs are the basis of my politics. I have been a registered Democratic since I first started voting at age 18. In the last several years, I have been active in reaching out to others, speaking with fellow union members and co-workers, canvassing neighborhoods, phone banking, helping with voter registration and “Get Out the Vote”, and contacting elected officials. I was elected to be one of our CD’s five delegates to the Democratic National Convention, as a delegate for Bernie Sanders. I’m extremely proud of that work, and of the progressive values of that campaign. I feel that our party has lost regular working people – the 99% – and that we need, now more than ever, to get back to being the party of the people.

If elected as a delegate, I will bring my commitment to these values, together with a slate of other like-minded, progressive candidates, to the Party.

Violet Cavanaugh

As a Native American business woman and 7th generation beekeeper/ farmer it is my intention to run for office as a delegate of Democratic Party. Having volunteered for several campaigns, the idea of social contract and social responsibility hits home with me in the light of recent elections. Born and raised in the Central Coast, I have personally witnessed the struggles facing the people of California. The extreme drought due to climate change is changing the economy of California. The task of being water and energy independent is critical for California and especially all farmers in California. I have been participating in local government as a concerned citizen for years tasked with representing my people regarding environment protection. My intention to serve in office is to further beneficial action towards water and energy independence, social justice and combat all parts of Republican agendas that put members of our community and ethnic groups around the world in jeopardy. As a member of two marginalized groups it is my goal to be a spokesperson for the ones who need us the most. The women, minorities, children, disabled, elderly and environment are the foundation for my strong core values. I have aligned myself with like-minded people particularly, the members of the slate that I am running with. I am proud to partner with other candidates who share a progressive Democratic platform to effect positive change for the state of California. “Water is life” movement sweeping the nation, hits home here on the coast where there is severe drought and where families struggle to meet basic needs for water. I embrace challenges that create strong employment, strong labor unions, affordable accessible medical care for all, prison reform, while addressing climate change. My struggle as a business owner and entrepreneurs gives me first-hand experience with challenges facing small business growth. Living in a tourist community really stressed the importance of hospitality industry and recreation. As a result of my first-hand work in solar energy I definitely saw the benefits green jobs provide to all areas of the community simultaneously addressing nuclear decommissioning and climate change. As a former public service employee, I’m vested interest in improve public safety and infrastructure in California. Simultaneously, boosting our economy and helping us as a community transition from oil dependence, fracking and nuclear energy to clean renewable energy. I’m working towards creating a legacy of good work for our children’s children and public service is where I can be most effective. It is my honor to be considered as a member of this progressive slate of Democrats who are advocating for real action. I am willing to stand together with all groups as brothers and sisters of this state, country and earth to do what is right for the worst disaster our generation faces- Climate Change. Allow me the privilege to help address the most precious gifts we care for, our future.

Erica Reyes

Now more than ever it is imperative the voice of the Central Coast be heard at the State and National level. Having worked throughout the 35th assembly district in both an official and campaign capacity, I have had the opportunity to speak with Democrats from Santa Maria and all over SLO County. Though regionally unique what binds us all together are our values. Standing up and speaking out for basic human rights, protecting all people from discrimination, protecting our environment, protecting access to reproductive health, strengthening our education system and pushing for humane immigration reform. These are the concerns I will bring as your delegate and I hope to have your support. In Solidarity!

Rosemary Canfield

As an educator and parent, I am greatly concerned about the leadership of our state and our country. Our government has become entrenched with big money interests in recent years and I believe it has lost sight of the human factors that truly matter. I have always believed that it is crucial to take action when something does not seem right. That is why I am running to be a delegate for our Assembly District. I would like to be part of restoring integrity, responsible stewardship, and social justice to our government.  The election of Donald Trump is simply unfathomable. That our fellow Americans feel so disenfranchised that they chose to support a self-centered, manipulative, climate-science-denying individual with absolutely no regard for moral integrity underscores the need for people to stand up for both non-majority and majority groups. It may not be the convenient, easy, or popular thing to do, but I have chosen to take action via making phone calls, writing letters to the editor, literature drops, and cultivating an atmosphere of social justice in my family and my community. I observed with great pride as my 18 year-old son first worked on the campaign and then became a delegate to the DNC for Bernie Sanders this year. While his candidate did not win the nomination, he maturely took on the call to support the party nominee as he then went to work to elect Salud Carbajal to Congress – getting me involved in the campaign alongside him.  At first look, our community appears to lack cultural diversity. However, we are a county of multiple ethnicities, gender identities, and socio-economic interests. If our party hopes to keep a strong voice in state and national leadership, I would seek to find ways to communicate and to empower all who call this district home. The current state of our national leadership is not tolerable and I want to be a part of the productive change that will lead to a safe and prosperous place for all people to thrive.   Citizens of California are looked to as progressive leaders for everything from agriculture to technology. Climate science is an absolutely critical area that we need to focus on. With a president-elect who clearly does not deal in facts, Californians need to lead the way toward mindful Climate Policy. I see the CA Democratic Party as being indispensable in this area.

Quinn Brady

As a committed advocate for people centric values and progressive focused governance, I ask for your support as an Assembly District Delegate for the state Democratic Party. When I think about the future of our nation and our planet, I find myself both deeply concerned and fiercely motivated to create the type of engaged, proactive and strategic change that we need. I am a mother to a two-year-old and currently expecting twins, and I know it is more important than ever to consciously raise engaged, committed, open-minded humans who will lead the way into an inclusive and sustainable future for our state and our nation. It is as a mother that I come to my motivation and commitment to engage in meaningful action on a communal and global level. Our changing climate is an imminent and legitimate threat to our future generations, our economic security and international relations. It is our moral obligation to stand up for children and vulnerable communities worldwide. We have come to a time that necessitates collective action towards sustainable solutions. Freedom from our dependence on fossil fuels is possible, and Californians must proactively lead the way through reformed and progressive policy. I spent years working abroad in East Africa as the Development Director for an education focused non-profit, as well as mentoring youth and facilitating leadership training workshops for young people. I have seen first-hand how the way we live locally makes an impact on a global level, and the way that young people bring vitality, creativity and collaboration to leadership on all levels. This is more important now than ever as we enter uncertain times under new national leadership. People are longing to be heard, honored, and represented by their leaders, not governed by big money and entrenched agendas. I recently helped run the winning campaign for the new Mayor of San Luis Obispo, and worked daily to represent the voice of voters and constituents in our area. It is my commitment as a delegate to represent the diverse interests and perspectives of our district, because every voice matters and the power of the Democratic party lies in our unity and inclusivity. By standing together and stepping up to the challenges ahead, the Democratic party can work to create powerful victories for years to come.

Julie Zafiratos

I have been a resident of California for over 30 years, 17 years in San Francisco Bay area, 13 years in Los Angeles, and have lived in San Luis Obispo County for the past year and a half.  I pledge to fight against the growing income inequality in our nation, to preserve our planet, to respect and protect the rights of all people, to wisely use our tax dollars to rebuild infrastructure and create real jobs, to get corporate money out of politics, to make sure that health care is a right and not a privilege and to make sure everyone who is working full time is making a living wage.  I support single payer health care, racial justice, women’s rights – including our right to sovereignty over our own bodies, LGBTQ rights, native American and native Hawaiian rights.  I pledge to listen to your voices and make sure that your voices are heard. I work at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and support free public education for all, since educating our young people is the surest path to a brighter future.  I have previously worked for 13 years in the television, film and video industry, 5 years in the internet industry, 3 years in the advertising industry as well as working as an administrative coordinator and office manager.  I believe that I have the skills and experience to effectively represent you and pledge to do so if you see fit to elect me.

Nicholas Andre

After having served as one of your elected Bernie Sanders delegates to the DNC, I humbly ask for your support to represent you at the state Democratic Party.

A lifelong progressive Democrat, I became inspired by Bernie Sanders, temporarily leaving my job to work on his campaign and becoming one of the volunteer team leaders for San Luis Obispo. I was then tasked with running the local campaign office, and was also privileged to have been elected as a delegate. Driven by Bernie’s message of economic and social justice, I made over 1,500 calls, organized teams of volunteers, traveled to Nevada to train precinct captains, and more. With the effort of our great local team, Bernie was able to win SLO County and the entire Congressional District.

After traveling to the DNC, I organized the creation of the SLO County Progressives Democratic Club with fellow Bernie campaign volunteers. I am currently the co-chair of this fast growing club whose mission is to organize Democrats and help elect progressives to local office. I also was the campaign manager for the new Mayor of San Luis Obispo.

In addition to running for Assembly District Delegate I am also asking for your support to be the Executive Board (E-Board) representative. I have already attended several E-Board meetings as a guest, networking and learning the inner workings of the party. I will be a strong progressive voice at the state level, committed to revitalizing our party.

I will be a champion of progressive causes, fighting for the removal of big money from our electoral process, and promoting single-payer healthcare, bold climate action, tuition-free public college and university, support for labor unions, and opposition to trade deals that are detrimental to American workers. As a local small business owner and member of a union household (California Teachers Association), I know firsthand the struggles of the working and middle class and will do everything I can to lessen the damage of a Trump presidency and help lead the Democratic Party to overwhelming victories in 2018 and beyond.

Thomas Dunne

I am a longtime labor activist, who believes we must protect the rights of workers to organize and bargain collectively. I believe very strongly that we must protect our environment, and protect and expand our social safety net. The Democratic Part must stand with the working class, and work to narrow wealth and income disparity in this country, and must support the fight for the $15 an hour minimum wage. We must actively OPPOSE any efforts to privatize Medicare, Social Security and public education. I am adamantly pro-choice, and as a Labor Representative for the California Nurses Association, know that we ultimately must have a single payer, Medicare for All healthcare system. In the years ahead, we will need to fight diligently to protect the rights of immigrants, and the rights of native Americans, and to ensure that all minorities are protected. I strongly support our LGBTQ community, and we must ensure that we defend their rights against any GOP onslaught! I support services for our returning veterans and their families, and feel the Democratic Party needs to demand an end to the perpetual wars in the middle east. Taxpayer dollars would be better focused on infrastructure needs of our communities. Also, in order to finance an expansion of Medicare, I would like to see a Robin Hood tax on Wall Street financial transactions enacted. The Democratic Party needs to demand and work for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizen’s United. We MUST level the political playing field, by restricting campign contributions.

Erik Baskin

My name is Erik Baskin and I’m a husband and father of 2 boys (14 and 12). Many of you know me from being a firefighter or the Union President of the San Luis Obispo City Firefighters Local 3523 for over a decade. As many of you, I am deeply concerned by what just transpired in our election. I want to re-engage the middle-class and the unions. We have forgotten, taken for granted and simply not done enough over the last 4 years to better reach out. I am personally committed to ensuring the Democratic Party is truly the party of labor and that our promises to working people and unions are fulfilled. I want to make things better for my kids who are entering high school and soon college. We need to rebuild our relationships with the middle-class and labor and that is what I hope to accomplish.

Michael Costello

My name is Michael Costello, and I am a candidate for Assembly District, running on a slate with 13 other progressive Democrats from District 35. I believe in fairness, the commons and protecting the environment. I have a quest for knowledge and a desire to know the truth, which is why I chose my profession as an academic. I studied agricultural systems as an undergraduate, and specialized in entomology in graduate school, and I am currently a professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I have been very interested in politics and policy since I was a teenager, but I did not become involved until fairly recently, when I organized the first Occupy San Luis gathering in October of 2011. I put together one of the first local Bernie Sanders campaign meetings in June 2015, and spent three weeks in Iowa in January 2016 canvassing and phone banking for Bernie prior to the Iowa caucuses. I was part of the SLO Feels the Bern team through the primary in June. Most recently, I worked on the campaign for the mayoral race in San Luis Obispo, which my candidate won in a squeaker. I want to help take the Democratic Party back to its FDR and LBJ roots, and add to their legacies. FDR gave us economic fairness, and LBJ gave us civil rights. We need both. Some of these policies we have lost, for example, the cap on income (we no longer have a 90% top income tax category), corporate executives now earn hundreds of times what their average workers earn, and we now allow bankers to gamble with little risk of negative consequence. This has resulted in major wealth inequality, which is correlated to a host of social concerns, including mental health, violence, imprisonment, and social mobility. Civil rights are taking a hit, with the gutting of the voting rights act and the recent recordings of police killings of unarmed African American citizens. We need to strengthen fairness and civil rights and add to them, including election reform, health care rights and environmental justice. We need to have publically funded elections if there is to be any fairness to our election process. I am a strong advocate for single payer health care, which is the norm in most industrialized countries. And most importantly, for the sake of future generations, we need to move immediately toward 100% renewable energy systems to avoid the potentially disastrous consequences of excess carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and the ocean. I am Michael Costello, and I am asking for your support.

Stephen Lacki

It had been my intentions shortly after the presidential election to hibernate through the next four years of what is expected to be a disaster. Yet, after careful consideration and receiving calls to action from many of my fellow progressives I have brushed the dust off my shoes and started again with grassroots efforts to take the fight to Trump in defending California against the madness that is sure to ensue. I was a strong campaigner for the Obama presidency in 2008 and continued into his second term election of 2012. During those eight years I was a representative to the Democratic Central Committee in the County’s fourth district and vigorously campaigned for Caren Ray to retake her seat at the County Board of Supervisors. At the same time I worked as one of the founding members of the Mesa Watch Group from Trilogy Central Coast that initiated the stand against Phillips 66’s oil by rail expansion. Through our grassroots efforts we were able to defeat Phillips Oil via the Planning Commission’s decision to deny construction. Likewise while on the DCC, I initiated and then co-authored the resolution passed by the DCC opposing oil by rail. I believe it is in the best interest of this district to stop the trains and design policy that directs us to a net zero carbon community Moreover it is important that other environmental, social and economic issues be addressed as we stand against the onslaught of Trump’s administration against California. It is important that we stay principled towards that goal and lay out a platform that our progressive candidates at the local, state and national level can follow. I believe those policies include but are not limited to: climate change policy, single payer health insurance, campaign finance reform, air quality for the Mesa, County water allocation reform, $15.00 minimum wage for SLO County to establish a wage scale base that will keep our best and brightest here, airport expansion to attract high tech industries, preparation and planning for the shutdown of Diablo Canyon and the invigoration of a new “New Deal” for the middle class. I hope to gain your vote in this journey towards challenging times.

Brian Ivie

My name is Brian Ivie. I am a father, a husband, a proud nurse who belongs to the CA Nurses Association, a lifelong Democrat, a graduate of Cuesta College and CalPoly University, and I am proud and excited to ask for your vote to become an Assembly District Delegate. I have been a member of this central coast community for 20 years, and Paso Robles is where my family calls home. I believe we witnessed something special in 2016, when Bernie Sanders was able to motivate millions of Americans to join grassroots democratic movements to fight for the liberties that we as Americans cherish and hold dear. I have chosen to actively participate in this movement, to raise my voice and inspire others, as others have inspired me. My hope is to embolden the efforts of my fellow citizens to protect this special place that we call home, and to continue to fight for the progressive liberal democratic values for which we have fought so long and hard to achieve. To be progressive means to be addressing the issues of our time in a way that advances and protects the rights and liberties of all. The enormous issue of our time is climate change. It is real. It is caused by human activity. It is already causing environmental calamity around the world. Unfortunately, this issue was not discussed during our recent presidential campaigns and debates. We continue to see abuses of power, most recently with the Dakota Access pipeline, in propagation of a fossil fuel agenda. But, we have also witnessed that great power truly does reside in the communities of people that peacefully assemble to fight for basic human rights, such as clean drinking water and justice for our sacred and protected lands. Locally, San Luis Obispo recently voted against the Phillips 66 rail spur project that would have allowed tens of thousands of barrels of crude oil to be dangerously transported via railway through our communities. There are many fights ahead of us, and if we stand together and raise our voice, I believe we can accomplish great things. But we need to be informed, and we need to speak up. I hope to be a loud voice of reason that protects and advances our progressive liberal values.

Giacomo Longato

My name is Giacomo Renato Longato. I became a naturalized American Citizen on September of 2001. I am originally from Peru, South America, with a Bachelor’s degree in Law & Political Sciences. I am sincerely concerned about the polarization of our society and the invigoration of radical groups based on vitriolic rhetoric and simple solutions to our daunting problems. In my lifetime, I have seen the rise of strong men in Latin America and its consequences. The results are quite damaging with polarized societies and social unrest. With the election of Donald Trump these possibilities can materialize in our country. Moreover, his blunt statements; denying climate change are unacceptable and constitutes an affront to institutions like the National Academy of Sciences, NASA and the Department of Defense. We have just witnessed how the most forgotten minority in this country put up an epic fight protecting our water resources. As a human being I am concerned about the long-term effects of climate change for the future generations and its devastating global consequences. Also we cannot allow the presence of powerful, anonymous limitless financial interests that are influencing our politics and government but undermining our democracy. When I became a citizen I made a commitment to this great country when I took the Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution in my path to citizenship. Still is in my heart our most cherished motto: E PLURIBUS UNUM. As a citizen of California and a member of the Democratic Party I am looking forward to be part of a constructive change in our society. That means to look for the preservation of our natural resources through education, inclusion in our community and a self-sustainable society for our fellow human beings. Politics should be the tool to serve the common good with ethics and common sense. These are the main reasons that I am humbly running to be a delegate for our assembly district.