AD70: San Pedro, Long Beach, Signal Hill, Avalon

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: 12:00pm
Registration & Voting Begin: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: 2:30pm

Location:

Teamsters Local 848
3888 Cherry Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

Cross streets/landmarks: Just south of Carson Street on the east side of the street.

*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?

Your Progressive Candidates

Lisa M. Kato

Business Owner, Educator, Community Organizer

Bill Roberson

Community Activist

Christopher Robson

President, YES WE CAN Democratic Club (Former Co-Lead Long Beach Area for Bernie, and Regional Organizing Lead, Hillary for Long Beach

Shannon Ross

Community Leader, Bernie Delegate

Carrie Scoville

President, San Pedro Democratic Club. CD44 Sanders delegate to the DNC. AD70 delegate to the DSCC.

Andrew Swetland

Bernie Activist, U.S. Air Force veteran

Naida Tushnet

Community Activist

Yosh Yamanaka

Bernie Delegate to DNC

George Favell

Educator, Progressive Candidate

Ron Feldman

Patron of the Arts

Allison Miller

Registered Nurse, CNA Board Member, Community Activist

Robert Harmon

Berniecrat Veteran, Community Activist, Technologist & Entrepreneur

Margaret Keenan

Registered nurse activist

Detailed Information

Lisa M. Kato

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for JAN 7th, 2017! I’m running for Democratic Assembly District Delegate AD-70. Please come to Teamsters Local 848 on Cherry Avenue in Long Beach on JAN 7th, anytime 12-2pm and VOTE for me and 13 other progressive candidates who are committed to progressive values (see ISSUES on my campaign web site), and want to represent the community, not corporate interests.

Like thousands of others in Long Beach, I was inspired by the campaign of Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders to change the political and economic way that we do things. We aren’t expected “rainbows and unicorns” – we simply are tired of the assaults on the middle class and working class by the upper one percent of society, without concern for education, economic opportunity, the environment, and having a livable, working, and healthy society for all. As a “99-percenter”, I feel the pain of disenfranchised people from all political sides, and am dedicated to working with my neighbors of all political backgrounds for the betterment of our community.

Progressive slate candidates like myself are all committed to voter empowerment, and major Democratic Party reforms – fixing our confusing crossover ballot system (which caused ballots to be thrown out this past election season), ending automatic Party endorsements, democratize the DNC election system, institute standing committe term limits, and open up State Executive Board Elections.

I urge all citizens to get involved in local elections and community concerns. Change happens from the bottom up, rather than from the top down.

Bill Roberson

I’m a lifelong Democrat and 40+ year resident of the San Pedro area.
I’ve supported Democratic candidates early and often, phone banking, canvassing, and donating whatever I could wherever I could. But, I’ve become concerned that our Party has lost touch with its natural constituency, the hard-working Americans struggling to stay afloat while the good jobs disappear, wages remain stagnant, but rents always rise. Instead of courting special interests donations, our party leaders need to listen to the grassroots. I pledge to do so as a 70th AD Delegate to the Central Committee. Please Vote for me and my Blue Revolution Slate to your voice in Party governance.

Christopher Robson

I am the current and past president of the YES WE CAN Democratic Club – Long Beach, serving since 2009, and most recently also served as the Long Beach Regional Organizing Lead for Hillary for America and immediately prior to that, as Co-Leader of Long Beach Area for Bernie.  I am a lifelong Democrat and 10-year resident of Long Beach’s 70th Assembly District.  I am running to bring progressive change (See Platform attached) to Democratic politics and elections operations in the Assembly District, County of Los Angeles and State of California.  Please vote for me as one of our team of AD 70 Delegates (See attached Slate Flyer) and also for EBoard Representative.

Shannon Ross

I am a Democrat who believes in the power of people. As a grassroots activist and community organizer involved with the San Pedro Democratic Club, Harry Bridges Institute, and Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, I am committed to a progressive agenda driven by the understanding that our strength lies in our diversity. As a mother, I understand that we have an obligation to future generations to make this world a better place than it is. I know that global warming is not a hoax, that there is no excuse for homelessness in the richest country on earth, that if all work has meaning, it should also have enough value to sustain the person doing that work, and that public education is the key to the success of the individual and society. I support the working class and labor unions. I will fight for these ideals and the specific proposals to make them real. Please cast your vote for me and I pledge that I will work for you.
Endorsed by the ILWU Local’s 13, 63, 94, SCDC & The Southern California Pensioners

Carrie Scoville

I’m running with the AD70 Blue Revolution slate to change the Party from within. I DemEntered in 2006 to support Marcy Winograd for Congress. The surge brought by Bernie Sanders has transformed the electorate and is the future of our Party. I am running now to elect new leadership and enact policies that bring the Party closer to the voters.

Andrew Swetland

I am a 32-year-old veteran, a 6th-generation Californian, and a millennial “Berniecrat.” I believe that the problems that we face do not come down from the heavens; they are made by bad human decisions, and good human decisions can change them. I have spent the last two years dedicating my life to progressive activism and volunteering extensively for the Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign, from Day 1 of his campaign and when he started out at 3% in the national polls.

I believe that the correct path forward for California, perhaps the strongest state for our Party due to our supermajority strength in government and the sheer size of our base of support, is to lead the national Democratic Party and the nation by example by enshrining in our legislation the blueprint of a fair, equitable, and just society up to the standards of the 21st century. As the world’s 6th largest economy (having surpassed France this year), California can certainly offer several vital rights to our citizens and residents.

In my view, these rights must include:
Universal Healthcare At A Cheaper Price, as all 35 first-world countries of the OECD provide to their citizens except for the U.S. and Mexico, by way of a single-payer system and negotiating the drug prices paid by our state.
Paid Family and Medical Leave, as every other country on Earth provides to their citizens except the USA and Papua New Guinea, in the amount of 2 weeks per annum.
Free K-16 Public Education, as provided by many nations to their citizens, most with smaller economies than California.
A hard commitment to moving to 100% clean energy statewide on an aggressive timetable
Ending privatized prisons in the state, which will deliver many benefits including the reduction of mass incarceration, sanitary conditions and fewer health emergencies for arrestees, accused individuals, and inmates.
Ending the Death Penalty in the State of California.
Statewide publicly financed elections, eliminating the antidemocratic influence of billionaire and special interest campaign contributions and enabling our public servants to focus exclusively on the implementing the political will of their constituents and protecting their well-being.

Naida Tushnet

I have been a progressive activist since my teens. Since moving to Long Beach over 25 years ago, I have been involved in progressive activities. For example, I am a member of the Steering Committee of the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy community, which brings together organizations and individuals concerned with social justice. The Coalition was responsible for passing Measure N, which ensures living wages for hotel workers and was a key player in raising the minimum wage in Long Beach, with an enforcement mechanism. In addition, I am a member of the Steering Committee of the Long Beach Area Peace Network, which has been fighting for peace and justice since 1990, holding vigils, educational events, and participating in anti-war marches. I contributed to and campaigned for Bernie Sanders in the California primary election.

Yosh Yamanaka

Former Board member of KPFK Local Station Board & Pacifica Foundation. Bernie Delegate to DNC. Candidate for Assembly District Delegate for AD 70 together with 13 other members of the Blue Revolution slate (Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill)

George Favell

I marched in Washington against the Vietnam War in 1969 and I have been a passionate supporter of progressive candidates and causes over the years. I have lived in the Middle East, among Native Americans and taught for many years in South Central Los Angeles. I want the Democratic Party to live up to its platform and be a true voice for those who have come to feel they do not have a voice.
We must proactively get our message out. We cannot afford to be reactive and wait for every move the opposition makes before we sound out. We have a positive, affirming message. We have a political agenda that works and works for all. At the risk of being strident (and we must risk that) I passionately intend to be a part of the effort to get this message before the American people consistently, continuously and with forthright confidence.

Ron Feldman

I’m seeking election as Assembly District Delegate of the California Democratic Party for District 70 (this includes Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill, and Avalon). I seek to be involved in the political process so that my open heart and incisive mind can be utilized to find balanced solutions and encourage peace and harmony.

I am not attempting to achieve grand improvements for everyone’s lives. Those are larger issues and require a lot of effort and support. I am attempting to enable larger, more important changes by pushing for smaller changes to the way the party does its business. There are many mechanisms in place meant to maintain status quo, consolidate power, and stifle change and, in effect, kill liberty.

I moved to Long Beach less than two years ago, after my wife of 25 years passed away. The people and the culture of this city have contributed greatly to my healing, and to the personal Renaissance I have experienced. I continually strive to return the love that Long Beach has shown me. I support the local musicians, artists, and poets, as well as local businesses and organizations.

I see all people and perspectives as having value. I respect each person’s individuality, experiences, and culture. I listen and give space and time for thought, reflection and expression, rather than drive a conversation to my own ends. I ask questions intended to learn as well as teach. I am adept at analyzing complex systems and processes and finding achievable, meaningful changes that add up to big improvements. I love to learn, and I love to have my mind changed through reason or compassion.

Allison Miller

Oncology RN for 18 years, Community Activist and Progressive Bernie Supporter. I sit on the Board for CNA (California Nurses Association) , and strive for single payor healthcare for all. We can do this!

Robert Harmon

As a decorated USS RANGER Top Gun Veteran, I am proud to have served my country. As a dedicated community activist, I have worked tirelessly to organize our fellow neighbors into a grass-roots collective focused on cleanliness, safety and the revitalization of our communities. There are many people in our district have been underserved and undervalued for far too long. I want to bring fresh ideas and results-driven solutions to our 70th District by serving as your voice as an Assembly District Delegate.

My mission is to end corruption, restore trust​, represent the the most vulnerable and make the Democratic pary more responsive and to the voters.

I will work for a Universal Single Payer Healthcare System and affordable state subsidized childcare and preschool for low income families.

I will work to protect the environment and will fight industries that practice environmental racism.

I will revitalize our inner city corridors and neighborhoods through responsible development while creating quality job opportunities for the residents that call this district home.

I will provide our schools with the necessary resources to improve student performance by partnering with our local businesses to create mentoring programs to better prepare our children for future success.

I envision a vibrant and prosperous America. Based on my years of experience as a successful business entrepreneur, community organizer and healthcare technologist, I have the proper skill-sets necessary to take on the issues that are important to us. I’ve cultivated excellent relationships with many community organizations and know what it takes to get things done. I care about our district and the people who live here.

I pledge to listen and continue to work with other like-minded individuals and organizations for positive change to move our 70th Assembly District forward.
Please vote for Robert Harmon, a new progressive voice, for District 70 Assembly Delegate and Executive Board.

Thank you for your support.

Margaret Keenan

Registered nurse and life long activist for healthcare reform. It is a human right. Working with national nurses united on our Main Street campaign to heal America. Worked across country on the Bernie campaign.