AD45 - Los Angeles & Ventura 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: Sunday, January 8
Candidate Speeches Begin: 12:30pm
Registration & Voting Begin: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Ballot Counting Begins:
 3:00pm 

Location:

Westfield Topanga Community Center
21710 Vanowen Street
Canoga Park, CA 91303

Cross streets/Landmarks:
Northeast corner of Westfield Topanga, at the Vanowen Street and Owensmouth Avenue intersection

*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

Noah Neumark

Environmental and Clean Election Activist

Micha Liberman

Bernie Delegate

Leslie Simon

Labor and Environmental Activist

Loraine Lundquist

Doctor

Doris Dent

DPSFV Executive Board

Cary Brown

Community Activist

Dan McCrory

Labor Activist

Marco Santana

District Representative, State Senator Bob Hertzberg

Mike Goldman

Progressive Activist

Calvin Abbasi

Professor

Detailed Information

Noah Neumark

My name is Noah Neumark, and I was born and raised in this district. My involvement in politics revolves around a core question, “what kind of planet will we leave for our children and grandchildren?” I fear that unless we take bold action to change our direction, we are headed for even greater crises than we have today, and an unsustainable planet to live on. We need a system of government that listens to the interests of people from all walks of life, and encourages civic engagement. As a delegate, I would see that issues such as fair elections, environmental sustainability, and income equality are held as priorities for our Democratic Party.

I started to get actively involved in politics by traveling to Montana, a swing state in 2008, to volunteer in the general election. I worked to fight the devastating effect of climate change with grassroots organizations like the Sierra Club and the Alliance for Climate Protection. After seeing the little progress that Congress was making, I began to realize that we would not accomplish much on any important issue unless we first dealt with the influence of money in politics. I became an organizer for Wolf-PAC, a group that works to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and pass a constitutional amendment to end the undue influence of money in politics. I volunteered for the California Clean Money Campaign, working towards transparency in elections, and I participated in a March for Democracy, walking from LA to Sacramento to bring awareness to these issues. I helped initiate an effort to get a measure on the California ballot to repeal a ban on publicly financed elections. As a result of our efforts, the legislature passed a bill that effectively repealed that ban.

Over the last year, my political involvement grew as I took leadership in organizing during the presidential primary. Through rigorous work planning fundraisers, organizing regular outreach events, leading canvassing teams, designing graphics and videos, coordinating trips to neighboring states, we built a strong grassroots network of people that continue working together as a movement. I would be honored to represent my home district, and to bring all of my skills and my perspective to the California Democratic Party.

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Micha Liberman

We’ve all heard the saying “As California goes, so goes the nation.” This is especially true for the Democratic party and especially true now. We, as the California Democrats, have a unique opportunity and a unique responsibility to show the nation what the future of the party can be by focusing on our local politics. Over the next two years, the DSCC will model how a strong Democratic Party will lead us into the 21st century. We will guide what the future of the 45th district, the state of California and America as a nation looks like. We will lead by championing the right policies and candidates for our future right here at home. To do this, we need representation that is able to listen to the grassroots, understand what is important to us here in the 45th and translate that into real policies. I have lived in this district for almost my entire adult life. My children go to public schools here. My wife has been a teacher at Welby Way Elementary for almost two decades. This is my community, and I believe I can be such a representative. Like all the other community members running for this position, I have dedicated my time, my talents and my money to this party and its future. And while none of us can do it alone, I believe that with my reputation as a “policy wonk” and my experience working in policy and political messaging, I can add an element to our delegation that will benefit all of our delegates and all of the people in the 45th assembly district. We have an exceptional district. From the gates of Calabasas to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, from Balboa Park to Bell Canyon we need an exceptional team from the 45th made up of strong and diverse leaders who can represent all of us.

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Leslie Simon

I have worked in the labor movement as an organizer, business representative and legislative advocate for over 20-years. Prior to that, I was a legal aid lawyer, handling a range of issues from immigration, domestic violence, employment, landlord tenant and consumer law. I serve as Co-Chair of Labor United for Universal Health Care and have been involved in lobbying campaigns on various issues at the State, County and Municipal levels. I have lived in Woodland Hills for close to 20-years, with my husband, Marc Bender and 2 children, Arlo and Phil, who both attended our local public schools (Serrania, Parkman and Taft).

As a union activist, I have been involved in many political campaigns. During the 2016 primary, my husband and I hosted over 25 phone banks and canvasses for Bernie Sanders at our home. We met many people of all ages and backgrounds, many of whom had never been involved in politics before. There was an excitement and level of hope created that I have not experienced in my many years of involvement in progressive politics.

I would like to serve as a Delegate in the party so that I can help to bring that sense of excitement into the party.

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Loraine Lundquist

I’m a progressive activist, a scientist, and a parent. I teach sustainability at California State University ,Northridge, and I’ve been active in local climate issues for some time now. Most recently these include the push for 100% renewable energy for LA, accountability for the Aliso Canyon gas blowout, and electric buses for LA. I’m a strong advocate for public education, and I work closely with K-12 teachers on sustainability curriculum and events.

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Doris Dent

I am a proud Progressive Democrat. Having worked for LAUSD for 34 years as a teacher, coordinator and elementary principal I have grave concerns over the encroachment of charter schools upon our public school system. Charter Schools siphon funds away from our public schools resulting in less equitable education for non-charter students. I fear under a Trump administration this inequity will get even worse. Securing proper funding for California public schools is a key issue for me. My other key issues are addressing income inequality, protecting and increasing the rights of women, minorities and union workers, protecting the environment, making college more affordable again for our own California students, and reform of our election process so that big money does not determine the winners. I actively work for these issues and support progressive candidates who share similar values and views. I voted for Bernie in the primary, but proudly cast my vote for Hillary in November. I have been on the DPSFV Executive Board for 10 years and am active in 2 Democratic clubs, plus the local PDA Chapter. I am a member of the DPSFV PAC committee and have served on the Endorsement Committee. I have put in hundreds of hours working at the DPSFV campaign headquarters in addition to work for individual candidates. I received the Roz Teller Award as the DPSFV Outstanding Volunteer for 2014. I have marched and protested in support of many causes, most recently for Standing Rock and DAPL. I don’t just talk, I do.

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Cary Brown

Cary Brown, Emmy Award winning writer, producer, director, attended the University of Illinois and Columbia College, Chicago. He has written, produced and directed more than seventy films and video projects, and has received over 25 national and international awards.

Brown helped create the Cannon Macro Zoom lens, which was awarded an Oscar for technical achievement.

Moving from Chicago to California in the late 1970’s, Brown worked for ABC Sports and on film and television projects. He directed the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics presentation film that was shown worldwide.

Brown developed an artificial intelligence computer program designed to assist writers in creating characters and story. Collaborator® Story Development, nominated for an Academy Technical Achievement Oscar, was twice voted best software of the year. Screenwriters, novelists, the motion picture and television industries, government agencies, law and education have used the Collaborator program.

Brown developed Studioline, a software system that offers management and filmmakers greater productivity by improving the flow of production information.

Working with Follow Your Heart™, Brown created a family of vegan foods provided to Veteran’s hospitals, UCLA, and to such well-known restaurants as Inn of the Seventh Ray, Malibu, California. After retiring, Brown taught children and adults healthy and safe cooking for the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Brown starred in a series of healthy cooking shows for SMTV, shown in 18 languages, worldwide. The series is available on the internet.

Brown is active in numerous political and community activities, including serving as a Delegate to the state Democratic Convention for 3 terms, and being a member of a large hospital system’s local and regional patient advisory councils.

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Dan McCrory

I’m running for reelection as an ADEM state party rep where I’ve been involved with state and federal legislation. I got involved in the Democratic Party because of my union, the Communications Workers of America. Since 1994 I have walked precincts and made calls for over 100 candidates and issues. I was a political coordinator for the union throughout southern California, working with elected officials on legislation, vetting candidates and training a new generation of grassroots labor lobbyists. I’m now doing the same with my new union, the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981, a nationwide local representing book authors, freelance journalists, bloggers, etc.

I have lobbied at all levels of government with my unions, MoveOn.org and Label GMOs. I have been involved with Democratic clubs, the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, LA County Central Committee and numerous caucuses at the state party level. I also ran for State Assembly in the 45th AD in 2008 and 2013. I’m writing a book called Capitalism Killed the Middle Class, that looks at ways the system has been turned against working families and future generations and explores solutions to the obstacles we face. I’m running with a group of progressives who want to save Social Security and Medicare, improve Obamacare, and tackle issues like climate change, money in politics, immigration reform and income inequality. Those and other issues we thought were settled years ago will be under attack with this administration. It is vitally important that we here in California come together to make our party the party of the people and support each other in the coming battles. Please send me back to continue the work I’ve been doing with the party at the state level and elect the others on the slate to join me. Thank you!

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Marco Santana

Hi there!

My name is Marco Santana, I was born and grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and have lived in Reseda for over 13 years. I am a first generation member Latino, and was one of the first of my family to go to college as well.

I received my B.A. in Political Science from CSUN, and since, have worked in bettering our communities through government. I have worked for Congressman Tony Cardenas, and currently, I work for State Senator Bob Hertzberg.

In addition to that, I have worked/volunteered on many campaigns, looking to get good Democrats elected. I am a proud progressive, and am looking to work with other smart Dems to keep California Blue as your delegate.

I believe that although California is a safely Democratic state, now more than ever is the time to push the envelope of what Democratic values truly are. In this time of great Political and Socioecomic divisiveness it is time come together and push forth our progressive values as a Democratic Society.

It is time for us to become active innovators and participants in our democracy, and I hope you can join me in that effort by voting for me as a delegate!

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Mike Goldman

We, the people face an epic fight to end corporate control of our government and save our
democracy from the corporatization of America.

I am seeking a fourth term as an issues-oriented, progressive delegate to the CDP State Central Committee. Together, our slate will work with the Party’s current and new progressives to turn the Democratic Party back into the party of the people.

Let’s put an end to our permanent war economy and support a foreign policy that emphasizes diplomacy, mutual respect, welfare, security and human rights for people here and abroad.

As we make the Democratic Party more progressive, we will fight the Trump regime’s attempt to put the corporatization of America on steroids, and we will resist its elevation of racism, xenophobia and misogyny.

Current Roles:
–Treasurer, CA Democratic Party Progressive Caucus
–Executive board, Dem. Party of San Fernando Valley
–Vice-President, Progressive Dems of Santa Monica Mountains
–Member, Progressive Dems of America-San Fernando Valley
–Member, Valley Grassroots for Democracy
–Member, North Valley Democratic Club

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Calvin Abbasi

I am running with the rest of the Progressive AD45 slate. Here is my candidate statement:

The political arena is meant for constructive engagement by active, passionate voices in the community striving for positive and progressive action. Too often those ideals are not reflected in representatives and the process. From being Executive President of the California chapter of Students for Obama, to running a homeless job training nonprofit, to being on several nonprofit and Democratic boards in the Valley, to teaching my engaged students at CSUN, participating and organizing several domestic and international debates on policy and values, and conducting academic work and research in the realm of using emotive dialogue to find common ground – I believe that I, and many of us committed to progress, are fit to be a model for what the Democratic party should be. Looking forward to this journey with all of you.

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