AD74: Coastal Central Orange County.

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: 10:00am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:30am-12:30pm
Ballot Counting Begin: 12:30pm

Location:

Verano Place Commons
6529 Adobe Circle, South
Irvine, CA 92617

Cross streets: California Avenue

*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

Craig Beauchamp

Bernie supporter, progressive democrat, and community activist

Anne Mohr

CD 48 Elected Sanders Delegate

Cassius Rutherford

Student Organizer & Young Democrat

Kenneth Stahl

Professor of Law

Laura Ferejohn

Volunteer worker bee for Bernie Sanders’ OurRevolution.com

Manuel Chavez

President of College Democrats at UCI and Community Volunteer

Louise Stewardson

Progressive Activist

Scott McKown

Community Activist, Precinct Organizer

Detailed Information

Craig Beauchamp

Many professions in the non-profit sector except for the last as a poverty attorney since 1991, meaning my clients are the working poor. Politically, always a democrat, anti-war and a socialist (they are not mutually exclusive) since I was a teenager supporting 1st JFK, McCarthy, RFK and most recently Bernie whom I’ve supported openly as my hero since 2005 or earlier. I believe strongly in single-payer healthcare, in a living minimum wage, increasing the wage caps for SS to $2.5M, increasing taxes on the wealthy, taxing hedge fund income as wages, equality for all, free public colleges for all and true acceptance, and inclusion in the multicultural society we have become. We need to build grassroots coalitions throughout the country to take back this country of the people and for the people. For now, we have to protect California’s gains and goals from Trump because we are more inclusive and progressive here. Next, we need spread out to grassroots in Middle America to get back our country from the corporations and billionaires.

Anne Mohr

In addition to being an elected National Delegate for CD 48, my political experience includes having been active in politics since the early 90’s. When I lived in New Jersey, I ran for City Council and also held office as an elected Municipal Committee member for ten years, the last two years of which I was voted Vice-Chair and then named Chairperson.
Throughout, I have been active in working on presidential and local campaigns, and after moving to California nine years ago, I worked on our president’s two campaigns. Currently, I am a member of the Steering Committee of OC4Bernie (now My Revolution OC.) In addition, I campaigned for over a year, hosting phone banks and door knocking events from my home in Costa Mesa as well as participating in many events during this last primary period.
A vote for me is a vote for real change within the California Democratic Party. I firmly believe that Democrats’ dependency on big corporate money needs to end and we need to return to our party’s basic mission which is to be the party that stands for America and all its citizens. I will work to ensure that voters have a party that they can trust has their best interests in mind and not only those of big business, Wall Street and the like. Thank you for your support.

Cassius Rutherford

My name is Cassius Rutherford, and I’m running to be a Democratic Assembly Delegate for the 74th District. Throughout my time as a student at UC Irvine, I’ve been actively engaged in our community walking door-to-door for both national and local campaigns to hear firsthand the issues faced by our diverse community. As a leader in political organizations on campus, I’ve worked hard to lend a strong student voice to progressive campaigns and issues. In Irvine, I’ve been an active organizer for local campaigns where I’ve pushed students and residents to become more engaged in politics at all levels. In this critical time for the Democratic Party, we need fresh voices that will push for more grassroots, community-oriented organizing that engages more people in our political process. I believe in a future for the Democratic Party rooted in the values of social justice, economic fairness, and environmental sustainability. I’m running as an assembly district delegate to help ensure that our party embraces a focus on local organizing which engages people before, during, and after elections behind the democratic values that we share.

Kenneth Stahl

My name is Ken Stahl. I am a Professor of Law at Chapman University Fowler School of Law., where I teaches courses in election law, local government, and land use law, among others. My recent work has focused on on empowering cities to enact progressive change in the face of hostile state and federal governments, and reducing barriers to affordable housing.

I am running to be an Assembly Delegate for AD 74 because I believe our democratic system is facing a moment of crisis and that the Democratic Party needs to adapt swiftly to meet this crisis. The core of the problem is this: Donald Trump prevailed because a majority of Americans in a sufficient number of states found his dark, reactionary, and bigoted vision for America compelling, and were not moved by Hillary Clinton’s wonkish, anodyne message of inclusiveness. Democrats need to articulate a vision of a diverse and inclusive America that motivates voters to see that America’s promise lies in its openness, and that it will only be weakened if we attempt to escape into a nostalgic vision of the past. If elected, I will fight to enact structural reforms — such as ending gerrymandering and voter suppression — to ensure that America’s urban majority is empowered to enact progressive change, and do everything in my power to combat the toxic stew of white supremacy and plutocracy at the heart of the Trump administration.

https://www.chapman.edu/our-faculty/kenneth-stahl

Laura Ferejohn

I am a nonprofit consultant specializing in grant writing, board and program development, working with human and social services organizations. I have seen firsthand the impact of draconian policies that offer false promises of progress on the backs of women and children, immigrants and people with disabilities through the subsidizing of already wealthy corporations. Politics is not a spectator sport. It never was.

Manuel Chavez

I have been a resident of Costa Mesa in AD 79 my entire life. I have been championing our Democratic values though my work as the President of the College Democrats at UCI and as the Student Outreach Coordinator for the Democrats of Greater Irvine. Following the 2016 election it’s now the time for our Democratic Party to incorporate new younger progressive voices to further our strength in California and the entire country. I want to see our party continue to grow and I believe incorporating progressive values such as grassroots organizing will be an integral part of that process. I hope you consider supporting me and my team as delegates for our district.

Louise Stewardson

I am a long time progressive Democrat and political activist. I have been on the State Central Committee and have fully participated in last eight conventions. I keep myself well read on issues facing California. I am a registered nurse and mother of four boys.

Scott McKown

I have been following Bernie Sanders for a least 12 years since discovering him on the Thom Hartmann radio show where he would join Thom for an hour every Friday. Over this time, I have walked precincts, supported progressive candidates and volunteered to serve on committees. I have been a sustaining contributor to both the State Democratic party as well as the Democratic Party of Orange County. I believe that progressive values are the values of the Democratic party and need to always be included in the Democratic platform.