AD68: Parts of Orange, Tustin, & Lake Forest 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: 9:30am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:00am-12:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: TBD

Location:

Teamsters Local 952
140 S. Marks Way
Orange, CA 92868

Cross streets or landmarks: Chapman and Marks Way

*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 to Come Vote?

Your Progressive Candidates

Nicholas Seider

Student and Sen. Sanders DNC Delegate

Seth Grossman

Community Activist

Samila Amanyraoufpoor

Ex. Bernie Delegate, Community Activist, Current AD 68 Delegate

Michael Fox

Bernie Caucuser, CDP ADEM Representative, CDP EBoard

Iyad Afalqa

Progressive Democrat & Community Organizer

Detailed Information

Nicholas Seider

My name is Nicholas Seider. I am a history senior at CSU Fullerton, with two associates degrees in history and social science. My academic interests include women’s history, 19th century immigration, and the history of American infrastructure.

My political involvement began in 2015 as a Bernie Sanders supporter. In early 2016 I stopped sitting on the sidelines, and became a committed member of the campaign. I phone banked daily, canvassed local neighborhoods, and was a leader in organizing California’s Bernie delegation.

As a pledged district delegate at the Democratic National Convention, I forged positive relationships with Sanders and Clinton delegates alike. I spent my time at the Convention listening to the leaders of the Democratic establishment, and discussing infrastructure investment, universal healthcare, and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment with delegates.

I’m seeking to continue my political involvement as an assembly delegate. If elected, I hope to accomplish three things: First, to make investment in public infrastructure a higher priority for the California Democratic Party. Second, to continue the path towards LGBT+ equality. Third, to foster greater discussion about ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Seth Grossman

Dr. King once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” With Donald Trump’s election, I agree with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky when he says that “the arc may take longer to bend than we previously hoped.” I’m running to be a delegate because I believe in the equality and inherent dignity of all persons and that it’s time to turn our anger and frustration into action. Words are simply not enough.

I was raised in a family that honored the values of charitable, civic and community involvement. My grandfather was an active local and national leader with the Long Beach Postal Credit Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers for over 60 years, and chaired the union’s national health benefit committee for over 30 years. One of my fondest memories was attending the 1992 Democratic National Convention with him when he served as a Clinton nominating delegate and I was a young Capitol Hill staffer for Democratic Rep. Thomas Foglietta.

I believe that California’s future prosperity will depend upon jobs that ensure a minimum standard of living and that improve the quality of life for all its residents. Food, shelter (including affordable housing), health care, and education are among the basic human rights of all individuals.

I’m a proud parent of two children. They inspire my areas of focus for civic involvement – children and education. I am now in my second term on the City of Irvine Child Care Committee where we work to identify child care needs, early care and education concerns, and to promote the availability of quality, affordable child care within the community. I am deeply involved with the award-winning Irvine Unified School District, having served on the Finance Committee, the CAC-GATE Advisory Committee, the Math Pathways Committee, WASC Accreditation Committee and School Site Council at 3 different schools. I was honored to serve as Endorsement Chair for the successful passage of Measure E, IUSD’s recent school modernization bond initiative.

Professionally, I lived and worked in Asia-Pacific for 15 years as a CEO in the marketing services space. I speak fluent Chinese and have a strong relationship with our diverse Asian Pacific Islander communities.

I would be honored to have your support and to further our shared goals.

Samila Amanyraoufpoor

I am a University Professor, a Bernie Delegate, and an active member of California Faculty Association (CFA). As a public servant, I will be honored to serve my fellow Progressive Democrats by getting re-elected as delegate to the 68th Assembly District. I have been involved in helping progressive Democrats getting elected on local and nationwide. I walked precinct and phone-banked and volunteered for candidates in the Coordinated Democratic Campaign. I worked for Presidential Campaigns in 2008, 2012, and 2016 providing computer and technical support and was honored to serve as an elected DNC Delegate in 2016 representing Congressional District 45. I am a college professor since 2008 and have been an active member of various community and educational organizations. My life has been enriched with my passion for volunteering and giving back to the community, and I would like this opportunity to expand my involvement. My experience includes serving as a board member in various non-profit organizations and fundraising for a variety of causes that affect our community positively. I believe that voters deserve ballot choices representing Democratic values. I respectfully ask for your vote and hope to work with you to further the causes of the Democratic Party in our community, state and nationwide. Vote for Samila.

Michael Fox

I’m a life-long progressive Democrat. I currently serve as the 68th Assembly District representative on the CDP Executive Board.

As your representative, I have faithfully keep you informed and asked for your views on the issues facing our nation, our state, and our party. I’ve been a lawyer for the United Steelworkers Union and an activist for civil rights, gender equality, organized labor, healthcare reform, economic justice and other progressive causes and policies. I received an award from the AFL-CIO for Commitment to Human Rights. I’ve served as president of the Greater Irvine Democratic Club and as a member of the Executive Board of both the California Democratic Party and the Orange County Democratic Party. I’ve worked for the campaigns of numerous Democratic candidates, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Betty Yee, Beth Krom and Melissa Fox. During the primary, I participated in the Bernie Sanders caucus. I believe that together we can make Orange County blue and make California a progressive sanctuary.

I respectfully ask for your vote to continue to serve our community as an ADEM representative and EBoard member.

Iyad Afalqa

I am a University Professor and a game changer. As lifelong Progressive Democrat and grassroots community organizer from the people to the people, I have served within the ranks of our Democratic Party in different capacity, an Executive Board Member (2 terms), Assembly District Delegate (2 terms), Vice Chair of the Arab American Caucus of CDP, member of a Standing Committee, Chair of a Democratic Club , and a 2016 DNC Bernie Sanders elected Delegate. I proudly served as Southern California Sanders Whip and was an Advisory Board member of the Bernie Sanders California Campaign, and advised the senator of foreign affairs and healthcare issues. Currently, I am the Chair of the Democrats of Greater Irvine. Under my leadership, Irvine became BLUE CITY for the first time in its 45 years of history, doubled the paid membership and made the club number one in finance and organizational structure and reform. In the 2016 elections, I helped with engineering Democrats WIN in 6 swing states. On the local and state level, I helped with school board, city council, and state senate and assembly progressive campaigns. During the June Executive Board of California Democratic Party meeting in Long Beach, I ran against the incumbents’ slate for DNC to become a Super Delegate. I came close to win when he earned the 13th spot among 34 men candidates who were competing on 10 seats. This was despite the fact I only had my campaign for 27 hours and spent only $28.83, where the incumbents’ slate campaigned for as long as a year and half and spent thousands of dollars. I am running because I strongly believe that we need a new bolder leadership culture in our party at the local, state and national level so we can defeat Trump NOT to advance for a second term. I am running because we need a strong voice for: More investment in grassroots organizing so we protect Immigration Reform, Health Care Reform, Workers Rights, Marriage Equality and upholding our Democratic values of diversity and inclusion. #TheStruggleContinues