AD51: Northeastern LA
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 Begin: 10:00am-12:00pm
Election Portion Begins: 12:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begins: TBD
Barrio Action Youth & Family Center
4927 Huntington Dr N #200
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Across from Food 4 Less
*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?
2016 Elected Delegate for Bernie Sanders
Mishna Erana Hernandez
Teacher & Graduate Student
Union Organizer, Bernie Delegate
Rabbi, Economic Justice Advocate, Nonprofit Director
Juan Carlos Cruz
Regional Field Director
Bernie supporter, Complementary Healthcare Practitioner
Hi, my name is Eden McFadden and I was an elected delegate representing Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Bernie has inspired me to become active in politics, because real change comes from the ground up. That is why I am running for Assembly District Delegate in CA AD51. As a delegate, I promise to only support candidates who have a proven track record and established platform that is progressive, and puts people first. I additionally will only support ballot measures and a platform that further push the democratic party to the left.
Mishna Erana Hernandez
I was a Sanders delegate this summer at the DNC , founded and have organized the group Northeast LA for Bernie Sanders since June 2015. It’s clear that we need to reform the party so that it represents the progressive ideas that many in Los Angeles support, so that it is transparent and accessible, and operates as a grassroots coalition. I have no fancy credentials, but I will be entering this position with a lot of fresh ideas, a positive outlook, and a commitment to work together with others to best represent the 99%. Like Bernie said, when we stand together there is nothing we can’t accomplish!
“I’ve lived in District 51 for over 20 years and was Canvassing Captain for Bernie Sanders out of the
Highland Park office. Our team made a priority of reaching out and speaking with all communities
in the area – Our district voted strong in the primary for Senator Sanders and his progressive agenda because of that kind of outreach”
“Please come cast your vote for me & join us to keep this momentum going! Let’s keep these new voices in the Democratic Party!”
As a lifelong progressive, published author, and educator, I have always believed in standing up for the under-represented, under-served, and marginalized. I believe California is at an important crossroads; after the recent election, it has become clear that we must strive harder to lead America towards a progressive future – one that believes in the adverse effects of climate change, one that believes in diversity, both in identity, cultural heritage, and in ideas – a future that is inclusive and not divisive. California, like America, is a nation of immigrants; the current political climate is trying to erase us, as if our work does not matter, as if our voices are meaningless. As your Assembly District Delegate, I will work hard to promote the values and desires that I believe we share as Angelenos ¬– that we deserve a living wage, clean air, clean water, opportunity for our children through investment in schools instead of prisons, access to affordable housing and healthcare, and sustainable strategies for development that puts our shared resources first, not last.
I am a social justice activist and was proud to be elected as a Bernie delegate for my congressional district. For the last 13 years I have worked for California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and have helped lead nurses campaigns for progressive values, including single payer healthcare, environmental justice (ban on fracking, anti-Keystone), a financial transaction tax, and most recently organizing for Bernie and support for the water protectors at Standing Rock. I believe that the General Election of 2016 was a call to action. While volunteering for Bernie’s campaign, I was incredibly inspired to see so many young people moved to participate in politics for the first time. People are ready for true progressive values, for politics and an economic system that works for them. Now, we need a Democratic party that has the strength and courage of leadership to fight for these values. California can and should lead the nation and I am ready to fight to make that happen.
As a rabbi and economic justice advocate working closely with the labor and immigrant rights movements, I have contributed to making California a solid blue state through my community organizing, specifically to organizing the faith community in partnership with others committed to justice for all, without regard to race, gender, country of origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, age, class, or any other meaningless slice and dice of humanity. I personally canvassed to get a full slate of Nevada Democrats elected, from US Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto to Congressman Ruben Kihuen to Hillary Clinton, I could not believe that our President-elect would be such an unintelligible non-thinker who violates all our shared Democratic values. This bizarre universe our nation just entered contradicts everything that I have helped built as the director of a faith-based worker/economic justice organization here in Los Angeles City and County and in California:
***Local Hotel worker living wage campaigns in Long Beach and Los Angeles
***Statewide minimum wage increases
***Federal Employee Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA)
***District elections in Anaheim that redistribute power to People of Color
***DACA/immigrant rights: Just this week we held a Posada outside the Metropolitan Detention Center, and we are organizing congregations to boldly proclaim Sanctuary
***Farmworker and domestic worker overtime pay
***Civilian oversight of the LA Sheriff’s Department
***Abolishing the Death Penalty; I was quoted by the campaign and spoke at several rallies as a faith leader.
***Unwavering support for public education, and accountability and transparency with charter schools.
***Fair processes for union elections, in many different industries, etc.
I supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries, Hillary Clinton in the general election.
Trump’s dismissive rhetoric against our environment undercuts my work on local styrofoam and statewide plastic bag bans and my public opposition to TPP on the steps of LA City Hall. His hoarding of wealth conflicts with my proven record of opposing Walmart’s greedy invasion of the Southland, my efforts to fund local wage enforcement bureaus, and virtually everything I do in my day job. His groping women and grotesque misogyny has led me to loudly and proudly proclaim undying commitment to women’s rights as a feminist. I want to help build a Democratic party that opposes the buying of elections by the California Charter Schools Association, one which distinguishes between corporate Democrats and true progressives, a party in which elected leaders stand in stark contrast with Republican opponents. The battle lines are drawn; let’s recreate the party of The New Deal and The Great Society (but also anti-war), with values-driven elected leaders unwilling to cave to moneyed interests. Fight for what is right: Please help me to make this a Party that stands for core values once again.
I helped move a Fur Ban in West Hollywood and a bullhook ban in Los Angeles; I am an animal advocate, vegan, and created a nonprofit to support policies to protect animals from unbridled Capitalism.
My civil disobedience arrests suggest my consistent priorities over time:
***1989 to oppose US military aid to the death squads of El Salvador
***1999 to oppose New York Police Department’s 41 bullets into an unarmed Amadou Diallo
***2010 to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform, in Costa Mesa
***2013 to support Walmart Workers
This is me; hope this gives you a sense of why I should be elected as an unabashed PROGRESSIVE from District 51.
My name is Nicholas Brown and I live in Highland Park. I’m running for ADEM to help push for progressive reforms in our state government and introduce left-leaning policy ideas into the conversation. I believe everyone has a fundamental right to clean air and water, fair wages and workplace protections, and access to healthcare. As a delegate, I want to advocate for programs designed to give workers more control over business operations by incentivizing co-operative and employee-owned business models, in concert with increasing the minimum wage up to and beyond $15/hr to benefit working people. I support expanding Medi-Cal to all Californians, so everyone can have affordable healthcare that works without high premiums and deductibles. Let’s not wait to find out what terrors may lurk in “Trumpcare.”
Juan Carlos Cruz
Today we are seeing the revival of the 60’s and the rebirth of democracy. We are uniting to fight Trump’s administration. At the same time, we have to learn from past mistakes. Although I am a proud Democrat, I am baffled by their decisions. We cannot continue to support corporate Democrats, we must accept progressive ideologies, but more importantly, learn to compromise and move forward. This doesn’t mean that we will compromise at the expense of others. Today we have a decision to make. Are we going to rebuild the party with progressive ideologies or will we continue with the same tactics that gave Republicans all three branches of government? I was born and raised in Lincoln Heights. As a kid I was affected by gang violence, I was a teen father with a single mother. I was dismissed from two high schools and ultimately received my High School diploma from East Los Angeles Occupational Center. I attended East Los Angeles College and became involved with the community. Participating in various walks and protests helped me understand the depths of poverty in my district. At 20 I managed to transfer to Cal State Los Angeles where my involvement continued. After receiving my Bachelor in Sociology, I applied to USC, where I became the President of my Student Government and gave speeches about gun violence, Immigration Reform, and the student debt crisis. It was there where I began to organize individuals and spread Bernie Sanders’ message. In May 2016, I graduated with my Master in Social Work Degree and was hired by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to work for congressional seat 26 in Florida. I became a Field Organizer and successfully won Monroe County. I was promoted as a Regional Field Director, but left the DCCC to continue my work with Terra Strategies Political Consulting Firm. We helped organize North Miami Beach and won our region in the Presidential election even though Florida went red. The one thing I learned from my childhood is to compromise and move forward. Even when things look tough, we must continue to fight. Any candidate that wants to serve as a public servant must have the right intentions and be willing to make decisions that might not always be the popular choice. What I bring to the table is a strong progressive ideology. I have been fighting and will continue to fight for those who do not have a voice.
As a lifelong Democrat, I was energized by the Bernie Sanders campaign and would like to see more Progressive policies adopted into the Democratic Party. I would like the Democratic Party to represent the People again, not special monied interests, not Wall Street, but regular working people. I support policies for affordable housing in Los Angeles, job creation and a living wage, sustainable environmental improvements, transparency with our elected officials, a grassroots process where the People inform the elected officials instead of a top-down hierarchy that has permeated our party politics.