AD41 - Los Angeles & San Bernardino 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: 10:00am
Registration & Voting Starts: 10:30am-12:30pm
Ballot Counting Begins:
12:30pm 

Location:
Flintridge Retreat Center
236 W. Mountain Street, Suite 117
Pasadena, CA 91103

*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

Marguerite Renner

Bernie campaign organizer-Pasadena

Robert Nelson

Sanders Delegate to Dem National Convention CD27 & EBoard Candidate

Tina Fredericks

Assembly District 41 Delegate candidate

Jason Schadewald

Assembly District 41 Delegate candidate

Lori Gunnell

Community Activist

Leslie Bilderback

Bernie Supporter and Delegate Candidate

Mindy Pfeiffer

Voter Outreach for Bernie

Amanda Cotylo

Political Organizer, rabble rouser

Meg Pinsonneault

Filmmaker and Activist

Jenifer Marchain

Community Activist

Diana Mayoral

Latina Environmentalist & Activist

Kyle Motycka

Transportation and Community Advocate

Detailed Information

Robert Nelson

Founding Member:
Pasadena Foothills Democratic Club
Democratic Socialists of America
Progressive Democrats of America
The Planetary Society
President, Pasadena Foothills Democratic Club 1993-1995
Lead Plaintiff Nelson et al. vs. NASA, A Supreme Court case involving 28 JPL employees who sued the
US Dept of Justice to stop background snooping into the private lives of federal employees
Chairman Southern California Federation of Scientists 1980-2000
Co-Author of the study, ‘Nuclear War in Los Angeles’, 1982
Radio Show Host, KPFK-FM, ‘The Wizard Show’, 1980-1998
Delegate for Reverend Jesse Jackson to Democratic National Convention, 1988
Addressed 1988 Democratic National Convention on ‘No First Use’ of Nuclear Weapons policy
Pasadena Campaign Director for Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign
Delegate for Governor Jerry Brown to Democratic National Convention, 1992
Delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders to Democratic National Convention 2016
Member of the Board of Directors, Southern California American Civil Liberties Union, 2012- 2016
Member Progressive Democrats of America
Block Captain Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association
Lunch Counter Sit-In Demonstrator for the Congress of Racial Equality 1959-1963

Marguerite Renner

Background

  • A Democrat since 1968, when I was old enough to register and vote
  • A history professor at Glendale Community College
  • President of the Board of Directors of Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association
  • Former member of the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women
  • Guest Columnist, Pasadena Weekly
  • The wife of a fabulous man who shares the responsibilities of running a home
  • The grandmother of two wonderful grandchildren who deserve an earth that is beautiful and has not been destroyed by climate change

Democratic Party Experience

  • Founding member of the Democratic Club of Pasadena Foothills
  • President of the Democratic Club of Pasadena Foothills, 1989-1991
  • Past Secretary of the Democratic Club of Pasadena Foothills
  • Organizer in the Rainbow Coalition of the Jesse Jackson campaign, 1988
  • Activist in the campaign for Barack Obama 2008, 2012
  • Member of the Bernie for President committee in Pasadena, 2016

Professional Experience

  • Chair of the History Department at Glendale Community College
  • Former President of the Western Association of Women Historians
  • Former Executive Director of the Coordinating Council of Women Historians
  • Former President of the Academic Senate at Glendale Community College
  • Former Member of IMPAC, as a representative of the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges
Tina Fredericks

26 year Democrat. “super volunteer” on Bernie Sanders campaign, trained phonebanking, canvassing, and voter registration. Convener for CD-27 to elect Bernie delegates to the National Convention. Worked at the United Democratic Headquarters in Pasadena, phonebanking for Anthony Portantino, Chris Holden, and Hillary Clinton. Worked for the campaigns of Eloise Reyes and Nanette Barragan, strong Progressive Democrats outside Tina’s district.

Jason Schadewald

The California Democratic Party cannot return to business as usual. Despite our 3-seat gain in the state assembly and despite defeating Trump in the presidential election, California Democrats failed to achieve a number of goals that were within our reach. We failed to pass affordable prescription drugs. We failed to abolish the racist and medieval death penalty. We failed to gain an easy seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors. Shockingly, there are even indications that some Sacramento-based strategies to elect Democrats in red districts actually helped the Republican candidates. Here, in the most progressive state in the country, we need to do better and demand more from our leaders.  We need to be a party that aims higher. We need to guarantee healthcare as a right, make voting easier for everyone, provide free college or vocational training to every Californian, convert to a green economy, protect our water resources, relieve the working class and small business owners by shifting the tax burden to the wealthy and to large corporations, and fight for a living minimum wage. And, we need to do it all without taking bribes from the interests we’re supposed to keep in check. These are basic Democratic values.  We need to be a party that comes to you. Right now, we ask for money and deliver laws. What we need to be doing is asking for ideas and delivering results. If you want people to donate their time or their money, if you want them to choose to vote for Democrats, then go to their doors, call their numbers, and listen to what they have to say. Money, volunteerism, and votes need to be earned — both by making people feel valued and by actually valuing them. These are basic principles of democratic government.  We live in a time of great change, and it’s up to us to harness the change sweeping our country to grow and strengthen our party. Right now, there are millions of young people, aged 18-44, who make up nearly 40% of the voting-age population in California (US Census, 2010) and who feel as though their future was sold to the highest bidder, leaving them with crippling college debt or without a degree at all. There are also millions of people living in fear of the police or of needless deportation proceedings. Let’s not merely hope they’ll show up to vote in 2018. Let’s be proactive. Let’s act now to earn their votes by giving them a stronger voice

Lori Gunnell

I have been a progressive Democrat my entire adult life. For more than 20 years, I’ve worked in fundraising for nonprofit organizations as a writer. I’ve travelled to some of the poorest places in the world and seen the suffering that comes when corporations and governments choose profit over people. As institutionalized greed and corporate interference in elections become more prevalent in the U.S., I am compelled to do more to help keep our democratic processes safe.

http://www.californiascracked.com

Leslie Bilderback

Thank you for the opportunity to run for District Assembly. I am very concerned with the direction our country is headed, and I feel a need to jump in and do as much as I can to help move our party, state, and country in the right direction. I am concerned about the current political climate, and feel the need to jump into the process to help ensure that our rights–the Constitutional Bill of Rights that I hold so dear–are upheld. Change only ever really happens one on one. I think it is my duty to set an example of American patriotism, in the hopes that a couple of people notice along the way. I am interested in welcoming the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free. I don’t care they look like, who they love, what they wear on your head, what language they speak, what god they revere, or how they got here. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the unalienable rights of all people–not just Americans.

I am concerned about the state of the planet, and I want to leave a healthier planet to my kids and grandkids. I am concerned about the price of education, and would like to see college tuition made accessible to all citizens that wish it. Our public universities were historically available to everyone. I’d like to see a return to that inclusive mindset. I am in favor of gun control. If you, too, are concerned for the future of our society, culture, and patriotic values, please consider voting for me, Leslie Bilderback. http://culinarymasterclass.com/

 

Mindy Pfeiffer

I have been a special education teacher for 35 years, and a Democrat. I became very inspired by Bernie Sanders and spent about 9 months phone banking, canvassing, and doing outreach for his campaign for President. I am running for Assembly Democrat because I am committed to making sure that our party moves in a progressive direction, and because I feel it is very important, especially at this time, to work as hard as possible to protect the values we stand for such as healthcare for all, protecting the environment, and equal treatment for all people regardless of ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or where they have come from.

Meg Pinsonneault

My name is Meg Pinsonneault. I am 33 years old and I’ve been a resident of Assembly District 41 for almost 9 years. I live in Pasadena and I’ve been a Democrat for almost 12 years. I’m an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and content creator. I’ve devoted my life to telling stories through moving images because I believe film is the most influential way to create positive change on a large scale. I’ve focused much of my efforts on social and political issues through documentaries and short pieces. My films can be found on iTunes, Amazon, and Vimeo On Demand.

I got my first taste for politics when I volunteered for John Kerry’s campaign while attending Emerson College in Boston, MA. After I moved to LA, I created a short film for Moveon.org’s 2008 contest, “Obama in 30 Seconds,” which won third place and garnered over a million views online. Ben Affleck and Mobi voted for my entry. I volunteered and campaigned for Bernie Sanders over the past year. I made a video featuring diverse Democrats in our community that received almost a million views online as well. I’ve photographed many political rallies and peaceful gatherings in LA. I served as a Poll Inspector during the Primary and as a Poll Worker in the General Election this year. I wrote a detailed blog about my experience that’s received almost 10,000 views online. I plan to serve as a Poll Inspector or Worker on every election I can in the future.

I’m running for Assembly Delegate because I want to be a part of the positive change within the Democratic Party moving forward. As a filmmaker and photographer, I’ve met so many amazing people, but I’ve also witnessed many hardships. There are American families who can’t put food on the table or educate their children. They can’t wait, so neither can we. Millions of people in this country are suffering. California is no exception.

As Assembly Delegate, I will work hard to lift up the middle class and to support working families. I will push for lifestyle acceptance, cultural diversity and positive climate change initiatives. I will fight against corporations who put profits over people. I will strive to support consciousness and unity within our party as we rebuild our foundation. From climate change to education cuts to job loss, there’s not a minute to lose. This change must happen now. I’m ready to work hard and fight together for our future.

http://www.Welcometoweird.com

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Jenifer Marchain

My name is Jenifer Marchain.  I am running for Assembly Delegate for District 41.

I’m from Monrovia, CA and a clinical consultant for Kaiser Permanente where I manage our Diabetes Management program along with two physician co-leads for 13 medical centers in Southern California.

I have been a Democrat for years and first became politically active in 2008 when I worked on the Obama campaign and I learned a lot about how campaigns work.  During the 2016 primary election I worked as a campaign organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign.  As a volunteer organizer I co-hosted two successful events for Bernie.  One was the Pasadena March for Bernie in February 2016 and the other a demonstration at CNN Headquarters in Hollywood in April 2016 where we had over 2,500 participants attend.  Additionally, I helped as a co-convener in district CD 32 delegate caucus and I worked as a poll worker on primary election June 7th.  I spent many hours canvassing and phone banking for Bernie as well.

As Assembly delegate, I am committed to building a stronger, more progressive Democratic Party that represents millions of struggling Americans.  As a single mother, with each passing year it is getting harder and harder for me to provide for my family.  Budgets are cut and wages are stagnant while the cost of food and fuel goes up.  We must protect and engage the middle class through grassroots movements, build the Democratic party fueled solely by people.

My priorities are:
1) Education -improving public schools and educational opportunities, addressing college debt.
2) Environment – tackling climate change and protecting our most basic natural resources like fresh drinking water.
3) Protecting our democracy from media corporations that value profit over people.

Rather than let the Trump campaign rhetoric of hatred splinter and divide us, join me in moving our country forward.
I’m raising my hand to represent my Assembly District 41 as a delegate because I live the change I want to see in this world.
Thank you for your consideration.

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Diana Mayoral

An active member of my community I was a poll worker in Pasadena during the recent election, sent out progressive voter guides for Courage Campaign days leading up to the election and phone banked for Measure Z which was successful. A native Californian, I was brought up in a working class family, both my parents were proud union members (SEIU & CSEA) and Democrats. They taught me progressive democratic values that I have carried into adulthood. Donald Trump is our new president and as surreal as that is, it is the reality that we wake up to everyday. The republicans are not wasting one minute. They plan on attacking Medicare, civil rights, and the environment. This is no secret and now they have the numbers to move on such issues. We as Democrats need to be organized and focused to oppose this kind of agenda, an agenda that does not reflect the values of the majority of the country. California has always been at the forefront, a national leader on progressive ideals whether it be a champion for the environment or fighting for LGBTQ rights. Now is the time to put forth a progressive agenda that illustrates our ideals and shows the nation that we are the future. An agenda that will be successful for everyone and be an example for the rest of the country and as a state delegate I plan to do just that. I am eager to put in the time and effort to not only be a State Delegate but to also elect Democrats statewide.

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Kyle Motycka

2017 is a new year my fellow Democrats. Hello, my name is Kyle Motycka. I am 31 years old and I’ve lived in Pasadena for six years. I’ve believed in Democratic values from a very young age and am dedicated to making this country better for us and our future generations. I am an active member of the Tournament of Roses and a past president of the nonprofit, The Railway Association of Southern California. For a living, I manage a division of a bus and rail transportation company. In it, we have great relationships and close ties with operating and labor unions and employ 100’s of employees. I take great pride in the fact that we partner with local governments and municipalities to bring vital services to communities all across the country.

With Midwest roots, having grown up in St. Louis, I’m a firm believer that everyone deserves equal opportunities to succeed in this country, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. My mother never attended college. She had my older brother at 18 and secured employment as an HR clerk in the 70’s through a government subsidized work program. Ever since hearing that story at a young age, I’ve believed in the power of giving each person in this country the means necessary to take a step up.

I’m committed to ensuring that Assembly District 41 is represented to the highest moral and ethical standards. I believe in universal healthcare, the United States’ education system becoming the gold standard across the globe and a society where everyone has an equal chance to succeed. I believe in the California Democratic Party leading us to the next great chapter of American history and would be honored to help represent the citizens in Assembly District 41. I humbly ask for your vote.

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Amanda Cotylo

Our political climate is not business as usual and I’m not going to pretend otherwise. After Trumpocalypse it is more important then ever that the country looks to us in California as leaders and we must never stop fighting–and we can always do better–and we can always fight harder. I’ve been a progressive political activist for over six years now I’ve done everything from registering voters at Gay Pride parades to running US Senate offices in red states.

As a delegate I would be interested in:

–Reducing the amount of business as usual “pay to play” politics and cronyism–as someone that has never officially held office and was driven to run purely on a desire to advance the tenets of the Sanders “power of the people” revolution–I am not beholden to anyone other then the residents of AD41 and am solely committed to their best interests
–Advancing the stellar reputation that California has in reference to clean energy and environmental sustainability (strengthening zero-waste policies, building on Pasadena’s ban on carry-out styrofoam, stimulating our state market in reusables, etc) and supporting bills such as AB2525, water efficiency landscaping–as well as committing to preserving and protecting our Angeles National Forest
–Extending resources to our homeless and low income residents–a mandatory $15 minimum wage should only be the first step towards pulling many of our residents out of poverty–I am also greatly supportive of bills such as Holden’s Assembly Bill 2442 which facilitates more affordable housing for former foster youth, homeless and disabled veterans–and believe we should push for similar additional bills
–Empowering residents to become voters and taking an active part in local issues–by listening to their concerns, identifying problems, inviting residents and community stake-holders to events where all have a seat at the table, to educate and organize coalitions
–Maximizing funds for public schools, including community colleges, and limiting charters while holding them accountable to their premise–I support and am a staunch advocate for example of students being able to use public transportation for free–while interviewing renters rights members in Los Angeles this practice was overwhelmingly supported by all

Throughout all my political organizing I have specialized in building coalitions, brokering deals,
gaining endorsements, speaking truth to power, but above all listening the the voices of the
people. I feel like I would bring integrity to the position of ADD for my community and that is
why I would be honored to be elected.

The revolution continues!