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
Election Portion Begins: 3:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begins: TBD

Location:

SEIU Local 721
1545 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Cross streets: Corner of S. Union street and Wilshire Blvd

*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.

Your Progressive Candidates

Dan Gordon

Bernie DNC Delegate

Nancy Kim

Bernie Delegate/Community Organizer/Neighborhood Councilwoman

Ernesto Hidalgo

Community Advocate

Detailed Information

Dan Gordon

I was a Sanders delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. I’m a member of the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council, Animal Rights advocate, community organizer, and an educator by trade. I strive to continue to be a valuable resource and leader in my community. My goal is to understand the fine print of democracy and the democratic party and share that knowledge. We all need to know and trust those running for elected office to represent us. I already research candidates on my own and really enjoy the process and the collaboration. As a delegate, I want to better understand why things are the way the are so I can learn how to make change happen. We all have to take action, get involved, and keep showing up. That is how we will make our community stronger. I want to help lead the charge.

Nancy Kim

I”The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” -Mahatma Gandhi

My name is Nancy Kim, born and raised in Koreatown, Los Angeles, I’m a trilingual (English, Korean, Spanish), Korean-American community organizer passionate about social justice. I’m running to become one of the next Assembly District Delegates to see that the most progressive Democratic Party platform in history is upheld and activated for the People living inside the 53rd Assembly District, as well as for the rest of Californians.

As a community organizer, I work with multi-cultural community residents and organizations on a daily basis to improve the quality of life and well-being of underprivileged children, families and neighborhoods in Los Angeles. This working experience informs my passion and commitment to help guide the direction of the Democratic Party towards compassionate and humane policies, especially towards people of color and of the low-income and working class.

Additionally, as a social and political activist, I invest time locally into my community around efforts that include but aren’t limited to voluntarily interpreting for, empowering, and informing our monolingual, senior tenants of their rights; stirring intellectual curiosity around politics and policy issues in our youth; and supporting local progressive, grassroots organizations that believe the People’s rights outweigh that of corporations.

Furthermore, as a Neighborhood Councilmember, my hope is to energize, especially the neighborhood blocks under my jurisdiction, into one of the most well-informed citizenry. Progressive and People-centered leadership come and go; as such, it is in my belief that it is incredibly important that we have a highly, civically and politically-literate population.

I will be clear: the Democratic Party must return to the etymology of its name and be represented of the People, by the People, for the People. The unnecessary physical, mental, emotional, cultural and economic sufferings that our community lives through are real. I see it at work, and I see it outside of work. As I witness what is happening real-time on the grounds, I hope to take all of the personal stories with me of the most vulnerable in our society to the decision tables. Enough is enough.

Ernesto Hidalgo

I’m proud to have campaigned for Bernie and voted for him twice in the presidential election (as a write-in candidate in the general election). I am dedicated to improving our communities, protecting the environment, ending homelessness, investing in public education, keeping community colleges affordable for everyone, improving public transportation, expanding access to parks, creating affordable housing, caring for our veterans, making healthcare affordable to everyone, supporting workers’ rights, supporting tenants’ rights, and combating the effects of the ‘Citizens United’ decision by pushing for increased financial disclosure requirements and a Constitutional Amendment. I presently take pleasure in being of service to others through the following public organizations: LA City Rent Adjustment Commission, LA Metro Service Council, Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Planning & Land Use Committee, Latino Coalition of Los Angeles, Green Latinos for Environmental Sustainability, Montebello Oversight Board, and the Carson Oversight Board. I would be honored to win your vote to help reshape the Democratic Party!