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: 1:00pm
Registration & Voting Begin: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: TBD

Location:

Sprinkler Fitters U.A. Local 709
12140 Rivera Rd
Whittier, CA 90606

Cross streets: Byron Rd

*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

Henry Huerta

Candidate for E-Board Representative 

Bernie Delegate at DNC, Labor Activist

Roberto Alvarez

Bernie DNC Delegate

Zenaida Huerta

Youngest CA DNC delegate (pledged to Bernie), Student Organizer

Manuel Herrera

Environmental Activist

Stephanie Terrazas

Community Advocate

Jennifer Portillo
Community activist and Philanthropist

Detailed Information

Henry Huerta

My name is Henry Huerta and I am running to be elected Assembly Delegate and E-Board Representative in the 57th Assembly District. I am a labor activist and was a Bernie Sanders pledged delegate at the Democrat National Convention. I was proud to work alongside many of you in this past election as we made hundreds of phone calls, registered voters, knocked on doors–in particular new and young voters. You trusted me and elected me to represent you at Democratic National Convention and we made sure that your voices were heard across the nation. I have spent over 25 years working on labor issues with State Labor Commissioner office and as the past Director of the Car Wash Workers organizing campaign with the AFL-CIO. I will fight for working families and not corporate interests.

I take great pride in raising two young Democratic Party activists in this community. My daughter Zenaida Huerta who was the youngest California National Delegate and will be also seeking election as a Assembly District Delegate. In my early youth I grew up in a farmworker family and marched with Cesar Chavez in the Salinas Valley and learned the value of organizing for change.

During the past year I have invested my efforts in building our Democratic party by registering voters and educating new and young voters to participate in the election process. I have trained and recruited Democrats to phone bank, door knock and have participated in the planning of a number of political events. We all believe in health care for all, equal pay for equal work, affordable housing, ending of institutional racism and income inequality and making sure that we live in a healthy and safe environment. It is important that we work on building a long lasting connection to working families and encourage active community participation around the issues that affect all of us without the involvement of special interest money. The nation is looking at California as a beacon of hope in turning the tide of the poisonous ideology that is professed by the Republican Party.

During the past year as National Delegate I gave numerous interviews in all forms of media, promoting the changes that are needed in our society. As a parent of two college-aged children I have become concerned with lack of opportunity because of the escalating costs for education. We need to provide them a world that is not toxic and free of pollutions and not dependent on fossil fuel.

I ask for your support in my election as a ADEM delegate and E Board Representative. I believe that I have the skills to work with diverse groups and accomplish needed change that will build our party into one that is truly represents working people.

Roberto Alvarez

I am a computer tomography technologist, I have been working in the medical field for the past 25 years. I am a union worker a Bernie’s delegate in Philadelphia. I believe in fairness, opportunities to all and in a more justice society.

Zenaida Huerta

Throughout my life, I’ve been inspired by my grandfather who organized with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in the Salinas Valley. As a child, I remember asking him why he invested his life to community organizing. He told me “It was a lot of work, but it was right”. That is my mantra today.

My dedication to organizing in my community has led me to organize for progressive values through the Bernie Sanders campaign and run to be an Assembly District Delegate. During my year with the campaign, I worked with the campaign’s National Latino Outreach team in the 38th congressional district, Pico Rivera, and East Los Angeles. I spent the year knocking on thousands of doors, sometimes for 8 hours a day, calling Democratic voters, and registering Democrats in the 38th congressional district—especially young Democrats.

As a senior in high school, I founded “Lancers for Sanders” to recruit volunteers for Bernie Sanders’ campaign. At 17 years old, I was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention and served as the youngest delegate ever elected from the state of California. I represented progressives in the 57th AD during interviews where I advocated for the 46% of the Democratic Party who were demanding fundamental change.

Now, at 18 years old, I am a Government student at Claremont McKenna College. I work at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government where I conduct research on California politics. The world is already looking towards the California Democratic Party to be the major opposition force to Donald Trump. We need to oppose Donald Trump’s bigotry and demagoguery on every front. To do that, we need to continue the political revolution by electing progressives who will fight for the working class, not special interests. I humbly ask for your support in order to ensure that our political revolution continues.

Manuel Herrera

I am a student and environmental activist currently attending Whittier College and actively trying to address sustainability issues that have an impact on our community. In the past election, I was involved with registering students to vote and getting them involved in canvassing and phone banking in the Whittier area. Now I am ready to lead as a Democratic Party Delegate.

Stephanie Terrazas

I am community activist in improving in the areas of income inequality, our environment, healthcare and veteran needs. I have always been supportive of progressive ideals but did not really start to get involved until the Bernie Sanders campaign. I helped with voter registration, phone banking, canvassing as well attending many rally’s to support the Bernie Sanders campaign and I have not stopped. Now is the time for more of us to stay involved and connected more than ever!

Thank you for your support!

Jennifer Portillo

I officially began my political career in 2016 when she ran and was voted  3rd delegate for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Before this I volunteered with the Bernie campaign. I canvassed, registered voters, and helped to educate people both within and outside my local AD38 on the issues affecting our communities. Moving forward I plan to continue to make efforts for positive change through political channels with no intention of abandoning any of the necessary feet-on-the-ground hands-on work.
As an assembly delegate, I will continue to support alleviating issues affecting families and the working class by providing better access to a good education, better working conditions, veteran’s resources, accessible healthcare, a healthier planet, and basic human rights.