AD52: Ontario & Pomona Areas
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 Begin: 10:30am-12:30pm
Ballot Counting Begin: 12:30pm
Elks Lodge – Ontario
1150 W 4th St.
Ontario, CA 91762
Cross Street: 1st Street
*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.
I’m a parent who has variously worked as an entrepreneur, ethnographic photographer, inventor, printmaker, educator, and caregiver. My experience working as a photographer and teacher in rural areas here and abroad sensitized me to the burden of social inequality, and the ensuing cyclical catastrophe of wasted human talent.
Growing up abroad straddling a cultural divide was often bewildering to me as a child, then eye-opening as a young man, and empowering as an adult. By awakening to the facts that our true nature is not inextricably bound to the ethnocentric dogmatism of preconceived belief systems, but to our creativity, imagination and hope instead; that change is inevitable, but that it can also be steered to a significant degree; and that the value of our individual contributions grows exponentially when we unite, we can open the door to redefine freedom and sustainable survival as universal rights, rather than the elusive privilege of a minority.
There is no doubt in my mind that the right to life set forth in our Declaration of Independence now requires us to defend every person’s right to clean water, quality health care and education, and wages on a par with the dignity our work demands, as well as government that represents us effectively and transparently. I prefer to work for group success as a higher objective than pecuniary gain, because I’m completely convinced that profit without sustainability is useless, and my own experience has proven many times that there is greater lasting security in community than in hoarded symbols of wealth.
“The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment,” as former US Senator Gaylord Nelson succinctly remarked. I firmly believe that by refocusing our attention on the needs of community to do for ourselves, we can empower humanity through generations, and enable us all to bring the way we live into better alignment with what we think and feel. That’s what I understand by “integrity”, and to me, there is no higher purpose or duty. After all, it’s about US.