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: 1:30pm
Registration & Voting Begins: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Election Portion Begins: 4:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begins: TBD

Location:

Veterans Memorial Building
Rotunda Room
4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

Cross streets or landmarks: Culver 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

Steve Dunwoody

Veteran, Environmentalist & Community Advocate

Robert Leahy

Bernie Delegate, Community Organizer/Activist. Veteran.

Jeanna Harris

Bernie Delegate to the DNC, RN

David Levitus

Progressive Movement Organizer

Alyson Dykes

Bernie Supporter, Community Activist, Law Student, Future Public Defender

Katrina Matheson

Lifelong Dem but Newcomer to Party Politics

Edward “Ed” Garren

Bernie Supporter, Civil Rights, Economic & Environmental Justice Activist

Mattias Lehman

Writer, Community Activist

Tom Camarella

CDP Executive Board Member

David Lyell

I felt the Bern then I was with Her

Sara-Jean Lipmen

Educator, Doctoral Candidate and Mother

Fernando Morales

Senate District 26 District Representative, Voter Engagement Advisor, and Community Organizer

Detailed Information

Steve Dunwoody

Steve Dunwoody is a Veteran, Environmental and Community Advocate. Steve is the California Director of VoteVets.org, the nation’s largest progressive group of veterans, committed to adding their voices to today’s top policy debates. He was a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention for Bernie Sanders and served in the first term of the Obama Administration, working at the White House and U.S. Department of Energy. Steve is an Iraq War veteran, having served with the Air National Guard there. Steve is committed to putting California on the path towards a living wage, ending dependence on fossil fuels, as well as achieving universal healthcare and education. He resides in the Palms/Culver City neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.

Robert Leahy

Robert is a United States Navy Veteran who is a self employed businessman and has been a political activist for over 10 years. Has served on the board of a non-profit organization for veterans for the past 6 years. Robert is active within the community always promoting equality, integrity, and empowerment. Robert understands economics, good morality and stands up for what he believes in. He utilizes integrity and compromise to achieve short and long term goals. Robert is a Progressive activist who believes we can not wait for change to happen and we must act now if we want to see real change happen. On the issues: Robert is in the fight for a $15 minimum wage for all. Robert believes we can achieve Tuition free college and universities. We need to invest in more youth programs.

We must provide Universal Healthcare at no cost. We need to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics. We need to Invest more in Infrastructure and created more and better paying jobs for working class individuals and families. We need to combat climate change and protect the environment, by investing in clean air technologies, stop fracking and reduce our oil dependency. We need to reform our Immigration policy and be more welcoming . We need to put a stop to the injustices against minorities by stop profiling, switch to a community based style policing and promote equality as guaranteed by the 14th amendment with out prejudice or reservation. We need to fix our economy and bring back the cost of living on housing and consumer goods to a livable cost instead of the disastrous inflation brought by bad economic policies. We need to strengthen and expand Social Security and not increase the minimum retirement age. We can together see a lower cost in prescription medication. We need employee privileges like paid family vacation and medical or sick leave brought back to most everyday jobs. Finally we need to end the abusive and senseless wars, and this includes the War on Terrorism and the War on Drugs. As a United States Veteran I want to take up the fight on these issues and take them to our Local State and Federal legislators to make real progressive change happen.

Jeanna Harris

The word “Progressive” is the hot button word right now but it hold a strong meaning. What I learned in the last year is that a Progressive stands up and speaking out when everyone else stays quiet and falls in line. A progressive never stops fighting and advocating for what’s right even when it is not what everyone else is doing, or when the very party leadership you look to support you turns their back. I am that Progressive and I know the Democratic Party needs more people like me who are willing to stand up and speak out for OUR rights to live, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s time to bring this party back to the PEOPLE.

David Levitus

I’m a lifelong Democrat and a long-time organizer for social and environmental justice causes. I co-founded and run a nonprofit called Climate Cents which enables crowdfunding campaigns for local environmental projects. It’s designed to bring more people into the climate movement and engage them with local community building projects. My involvement isn’t new. I’ve been working on Democratic campaigns since I was 16 years old. I’ve organized in the Jewish community on economic justice issues like better wages and working-conditions for garment, carwash, and domestic workers with groups like PJA and Bend the Arc. I’ve worked for an organization seeking to bolster Obamacare policies and outreach among 18-34 year olds. For that last 3 years, I’ve spearheaded the affordable housing work of the LA Voice community organizing network, playing a key role in citywide coalitions like ACT-LA. For two years, I served on my neighborhood council in the West LA-Sawtelle neighborhood. This past year, I co-founded a group, LA Forward, which put together a thoughtful, comprehensive, progressive voter guide to all the city, county and state ballot props. It was a huge success, reaching thousands of people in only a two-week period for the cost of less than $1,000. I moved to LA 11 years ago to attend USC and I earned my Ph.D. there with a focus on progressive movement-building and urban studies, with an emphasis on Los Angeles. My dissertation focused on how progressives in the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s gradually turned the Democratic Party into a political powerhouse and a force for social justice. History doesn’t operate on autopilot. If I know anything, it’s that we’re going to have to keep pushing hard and organizing smartly to keep the promise of democracy alive. I want to be part of that process. I am 100% committed to making the Democratic Party into a powerful force for progress, in Los Angeles, in California and nationwide. If elected, I promise to devote myself to the cause, to developing relationships with as many people as possible, and to building a strategic-minded grassroots movement of which we can be proud.

Alyson Dykes

I am a third year law student at UCLA, currently pursuing a career as a public defender after graduation in 2017. I am most passionate about reform of the criminal justice system, the end of mass incarceration, and stopping the drug war. I’ve volunteered in a variety of settings including leading citizenship classes, and teaching conflict resolution to men incarcerated at Twin Towers.

Katrina Matheson

I am a mother who strongly supports public education; a volunteer with Casa Libre shelter for unaccompanied immigrant youth; and an executive working in film and television. I am new to Party Politics and was inspired by the disappointing election cycle and principally, I feel that the Dems can and must do better in terms of outreach to working-class constituents by adopting an inclusive and progressive platform.

Edward “Ed” Garren

* Life long Democrat, 2nd generation
* Family Therapist (LMFT) practicing in South Los Angeles
* 25 years working in Offender Rehabilitation
* Lifelong activist in Civil Rights, Economic & Environmental Justice
* Former SEIU Shop Steward (worked for DCFS in South LA)
* Supports rapid move to Sustainable Energy
* Supports expansion of low cost health and mental health care
* Active in Miracle Mile & Stonewall Democratic Clubs
* Convener of Sanders Delegate caucus for 37th CD

Mattias Lehman

I am a child of California’s values, born to a white immigrant and a black woman in the first state to rule laws against their marriage unconstitutional. I have pushed for anti-bullying laws with GSA Youth Council, researched employment discrimination with the NAACP, and stood for racial justice with Don’t Shoot Portland.

I will fight for a more progressive Democratic Party, one which continues to support marginalized people and returns to its service of the working class over banks and corporations.

California must take the lead in ensuring that the Democratic Party fights for all people. While many on the right fear progressive taxes and living wages as economy-killers, we know better: the state of California boasts an economy larger than all but five countries in the world. We embrace people from all walks of life. Immigrants and refugees, gay and trans people, racial minorities – all are welcome in California. In these trying times, California must be a beacon for progressivism.

I ask for your vote and your support, and would be honored to serve as a Delegate for the 54th Assembly District.

Tom Camarella

Tom Camarella is currently both the elected 54th AD Executive Board Member and elected Delegate. He is a member of Karen Bass’ Congressional Council. Tom has spent 20 years as a union representative and negotiator in LA County. He is a founding member of the CDP Progressive Caucus and Past-President of the Culver City Democratic Club. In 2008 Tom was chosen LACDP “Democrat of the Year” for the AD, and is currently endorsed by Culver City Councilpersons Meghan Sahli-Wells and Thomas Small. “I live our Platform and respectfully ask for your vote.”

David Lyell

As a proud Russian Jewish, Irish Catholic descendant of immigrants who came to America to escape persecution and create a better life, my background fighting for progressive issues includes these experiences:

With five other activists, in 2010 I marched 365 miles over 48 days from Bakersfield to Sacramento as part of the “March for California’s Future,” advocating for tax fairness and essential public services.

I ran an independent low-budget, grassroots campaign for citywide office in 2011 with United Teachers Los Angeles, promising to expose district waste and reign in union bureaucracy.

I believe our tax dollars and union dues should be spent advocating for students, and served as the elected UTLA Secretary from 2011-14.

I’ve served as a delegate in the 62nd AD, have served on the CADEM Voter Services Committee, and have volunteered to help with numerous progressive campaigns and initiatives.

I’m asking for your vote so I can continue helping to promote a progressive agenda: tax fairness, preserving the environment, advocating for a quality education, fighting for women, minorities, the LGBTQ community, undocumented immigrants, and other under-served community members.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sara-Jean Lipmen

As a mom, educator, child of Latino immigrants, doctoral candidate focusing on education and lifelong Los Angelina, Californian, and Democrat, Sara-Jean has always felt that she has no choice but to be loud and make sure her voice is heard. She is a lifelong liberal and activist. Despite having had opportunities to live all over the world, teaching and learning, she has always returned to her home, the city of her birth, Los Angeles. She has worked tirelessly to support humane immigrant rights and educational equity throughout her lifetime. She has canvassed, phone banked, protested, taught workshops on advocacy and lived her life with progressive values. With these values, she has hope for the future. Please vote for Sara-Jean Lipmen as an Assembly District 54 Delegate.

Fernando Morales

Fernando, 26, is a California Senate District 26 Field Representative, political and voter engagement advisor, first generation immigrant, Mid-City resident, and 2016 DNC Delegate. Fernando studied Psychology and Sociology at James Madison University. He began his career as an educator conducting behavior interventions at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in Westlake/McArthur Park. This experience transitioned into public service career under the California State Assembly and currently to the California State Senate. Fernando’s passions and priorities include fighting for comprehensive immigration reform, increased workers rights, campaign finance reform, and ensuring healthcare as a fundamental human right. He hopes to represent you, our progressive goals, and the vibrant and diverse Assembly District 54 in the California Democratic Party.