AD78: Southern Coastal San Diego 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: Sunday, January 8
Candidate Speeches Begin: 9:30am
Registration & Voting Begin: 10:00am-12:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: 12:00pm
American Federation of
1717 Morena Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110
Cross streets: north of Morena Blvd joins W. Morena Blvd next door to Mission Bay
Automotive “ProMusic 325” on sign
*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?
Public Health Scientist, Progressive Unity Slate
Business Manager International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers Local Union 465
AD78 Progressive Unity Slate member
President/Founder of SUSTERRA and Factinista.com (AD78 Progressive Unity Slate member)
President, Pt Loma/OB Democratic Club
Director, Sequoia Foundation
Professor of Environmental Politics and Civil Rights
Women’s studies Professor/feminist activist
Elizabeth Cooper Schultz
Grassroots community activist
Co-Founder of Tritons for Bernie at UC San Diego
Nate Fairman has spent the last decade of his life developing his skills as a Journeyman Lineman constructing and maintaining high-voltage power lines. At the age of nineteen, he began a four-year apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers which included 8,000 hours of on the job training in one of the most dangerous fields of work. He sat on the Executive Board of IBEW LU 465 for over 5 years and has founded an IBEW Young Worker group focused on volunteer work and building community-labor partnerships. In 2016 he ran a successful grassroots campaign to become the youngest Business Manager in the history of IBEW LU 465. Now in his first term in office, he is working hard to develop a strong foundation in the community for the members of IBEW Local 465 in San Diego and Imperial County.
Nate is a native of San Diego and was raised by his mother whom he lost as a teenager after a difficult battle with cancer. At a young age he provided for his family and worked at a fast food restaurant while attending high school where he developed a tremendous respect for working families from all walks of life. Shortly after graduating he began his apprenticeship and found a passion for the construction trades and organized labor.
After attending the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Workers leadership training and the IBEW NextUp young workers summit he has returned to college majoring in Labor Studies and Political Science. Nate Fairman is dedicated to protecting labor unions and helping working families in every aspect of his life.
I am a public health social scientist and a progressive Democrat. I am running to be your Assembly District Delegate for the California Democratic Party because I believe that now more than ever California Democrats have a responsibility to advance the progressive movement in this country. As your delegate, I would work to continue the fight against economic inequality in our state and nation, particularly unsustainable housing costs, skyrocketing student debt, the fight for a livable minimum wage, and our moral obligation as a wealthy industrialized nation to work towards universal healthcare. I believe very strongly that this call to economic justice cannot be separated from our call to fight for racial justice, reproductive justice, and gender equity. We cannot achieve economic equality when the majority of people working full time for minimum wage are women of color. We cannot achieve economic equality when African American communities are systematically decimated by the war on drugs. And we cannot achieve economic equality when women are denied access to the reproductive healthcare and paid family leave we need to keep ourselves in school and in careers. As California Democrats, it is our responsibility to ensure that our state is not only a sanctuary from misguided federal policies, but also a beacon of what our nation can be in the future and should be at our best. I hope to represent all of you in working for that future.
I want Democrats to win. I volunteered for Bernie, and then for Hillary during this last election. As Californians I think we can continue to lead the nation on progressive issues. I want to see our party cultivate coalitions that are already fighting for economic, racial, gender, and LGBT equality. I will be your voice to push for the most progressive platform and candidates that we can get. I will advocate anti-war and pro-science positions. I’ll encourage the party to listen to activists, to the people marching in the streets, to the voices calling on us to dismantle the systems that are perpetuating inequality. I believe that these fights for justice are what make the Democratic party strong, and as we work to reduce the corrupting influence of corporate money we will be able to build the grassroots-powered Democratic party that we are going to need for the battles ahead.
Now is the time for California Democrats to advance a truly progressive agenda. California has the economic and political strength to lead the nation (and the world) toward a future that is more sustainable, equitable, and just — we need policy makers with the courage and commitment to act in the interests of our citizens — not just the markets and special interests. For almost twenty years I’ve worked to address the social and environmental challenges that we face as a society. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, I worked as an environmental consultant working along the U.S.-Mexico border to help maquiladoras and other business reduce waste. After finishing my dual Masters in Public Policy and Urban/Regional Planning at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, I founded Susterra, a consulting firm with the mission of empowering nonprofit organizations to more effectively carry out their missions. For more than 10 years, I’ve worked with community organizations, nonprofits, and international NGOs working on a diverse range of important issues, including: legal aid for the disenfranchised, public health research, environmental conservation, and economic development. This experience has shown me firsthand that the challenges we face as a society are complex and there are no silver bullets. We need policy makers who can think systemically and strategically about long-term solutions that benefit our society as a whole. I am committed to supporting an agenda that that addresses the fundamental challenges of our time: climate change, economic inequality, and structural racism.
Susan grew up in Jacksonville, FL and taught under court-ordered integration to desegregate an all-black elementary school as one of its first white teachers.
She has served as a Trustee at the San Diego History in Balboa Park, a Sunday school teacher, a Girl Scout leader and served on the Point Loma Girl Scout Service Unit as treasurer and Outdoor Trainer. She has served numerous Peninsula PTAs and was awarded the PTA Community Service Award by both the Point Loma High School and Correira Junior High School PTAs.
Susan is an active Democratic Party member and known within the San Diego activist community as a supporter of progressive causes. Widowhood radicalized her politically. She was elected President of the Point Loma/OB Democratic Club, has attended the Democratic California Party State Convention as a delegate of the 78th Assembly District and is an alternate member of the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee. She has been a Precinct Leader for the GO Team, and worked with OFA in Las Vegas, 2012, on Obama’s second term election.
She has lived in Ocean Beach for forty-four years and has two adult children and one grandchild.
Jonathan ‘Cody’ Petterson is a lifelong Democrat, born, raised, and now raising a family in La Jolla, California. He is committed to making San Diego, California, and the United States more equitable, sustainable, and democratic. He is currently the Director of the Sequoia Foundation, a non-profit social science research firm dedicated to impact assessment, fisheries management, climate mitigation, and community resilience. He received his PhD in Anthropology from UCSD, and spent two years in the Peruvian highlands studying land reform, municipal politics, and ethnic conflict. He splits his time between his home in La Jolla and Santa Ysabel, in the San Diego backcountry, where he’s currently implementing the largest private reforestation and habitat restoration in Southern California.
I am a political science professor at the University of San Diego who specializes in constitutional law, civil rights, and environmental politics. I was a practicing attorney before I turned to teaching, having represented clients in New York and Central America in civil rights and environmental justice cases. Given recent political events, I feel called to become engaged in state politics. Despite the setbacks we’re bound to face with the incoming presidential administration, California, due to the size of its economy, has the capacity to set standards for environmental policy that will guide the actions of national entities. It can also offer forms of protection to residents who may be experiencing increased vulnerability under the Trump administration. I want to be a part of those initiatives, in addition to promoting many other policies that could help to usher in a new era of progressivism. I choose to see the disappointing results of the recent election as an opportunity to galvanize support around a new and vibrant Democratic Party.
I have taught at San Diego State University (SDSU) for more than 20 years and am currently the chair of the Women’s Studies Department there. My teaching and research center on feminist policy and politics, and I am eager to use this knowledge to strengthen the Democratic Party. I also have in-depth knowledge about and commitment to higher education in California and have fought for faculty and students through the California Faculty Association. My work as an educator of a diverse student body keeps my attention on the passions and challenges of the next generation, and I would like to help make the party more inclusive of young people.
Elizabeth Cooper Schultz
I’m a community activist, wife and mom of two. My goal is to bring people together in meaningful and creative ways to address the issues we face. When we stand together, we win!
I am a senior at UC San Diego, an ecology major and resident of University City. As a Democrat I’ve volunteered for David Alvarez’s mayoral campaign, Scott Peters’ fight against Carl Demaio, and a College Democrat of over 3 years at UCSD. After the announcement of Senator Bernie Sanders’ candidacy in early summer of last year, along with two other good friends founded what became Tritons for Bernie, the premiere advocacy group for the Sanders campaign at UCSD, with the sole purpose of getting out Bernie’s name (not as well known at the time) on campus long before the start of the primaries. The group blossomed and we ended up taking part in GOTV efforts in Nevada, phone-banking into multiple states before their primaries, canvassing around the 52nd congressional district, taking part in voter registration of students, and in the final GOTV efforts at UCSD. Around the time of the group’s founding that summer I also became the first intern of Barbara Bry’s campaign for the San Diego City Council. I started with cataloging donors, then small canvassing shifts, then canvassing over 100 doors in a day, then thousands by June, all for us to beat four men in the primary and the result of our main opponent dropping out in July. I was promoted to UCSD Field Organizer and saw the campaign to the finish.
This past year of hard work has driven my passion for politics to new heights, despite the outcome of the presidential election. It’s driven me to travel to other states, to lobby in Sacramento for the rights of students, to run as a pledged delegate to the DNC not just for Senator Sanders but for the progress and future he represents. A future that can be if our party pushes for true progress, which is why I am running to be an ADD. Myself and other progressives need to take this opportunity to affect the course of our state party, to endorse Democrats who truly stand for progressive values, and to support propositions our fellow Californians have the privilege to initiate.