AD79: Southeastern San Diego and its closest eastern suburbs

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
Election Portion Begins:
12:00pm
Counting of Ballots Begins: TBD

Location:

Tubman Chavez
Community Center
415 Euclid Ave
San Diego, CA 92114

Cross Street: Market 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 to Come Vote?

Your Progressive Candidates

Andrea Beth Damsky

San Diego Progressive Democratic Club At-Board Member, Bernie 2016 Volunteer Outreach Organizer

Jose Caballero

Bernie Delegate, Navy Veteran, Community Activist

Nisa Marks

Bernie Organizer

Katie Meyer

Young Democrat

Griselda Ramirez

Civic Engagement Organizer

Mona Rios

National City Councilmember

Steven Flores

Acting Secretary of The San Diego Progressive Democratic Club

Max Cotterill

Former Bernie 2016 Staff, Organizer

Detailed Information

Andrea Beth Damsky

This year, we have seen Democratic party candidates defeated nationwide in many electoral races. I believe this is because the people no longer believe the Democratic party has their interests and concerns at heart. I am running for Assembly District Delegate to change that, and to reclaim the Democratic party as the party of, by, and for the people. I have been a lifelong Democrat and activist. In my 40+ years of activism (I started young), I have worked for women’s rights, environmental concerns, health care, LGBT rights, labor and union struggles, and more. I’ve volunteered for many national and local electoral campaigns, and was even a field organizer for one. Our presidential election brought results that are shocking, and of deep concern to many. The Democratic party must stand up for our nation’s immigrants, and speak out against Muslim registries and deportation. It must work for the rights of our LBGT citizens, and stand up for our veterans. It must protect workers and union labor, and keep good-paying jobs stateside. It must respond to the needs of our elderly and our poor. The Democratic party must protect our environment, our planet, and our future. Election results show that Democratic party leaders are no longer trusted to do these things. The party must be revitalized with new leadership. It must rid itself of corporate sponsorship and control. It must work to secure voting rights, open primary elections, and elections results that are easily audited and verifiable. It must get rid of the electoral college. My name is Andrea Beth Damsky. I live with my wife, Randye Hedgecoke. Randye is a Marine veteran and a union ironworker. I am Jewish, originally from Brooklyn, NY, and have been living in La Mesa since 2010. I own a small acupuncture and nutrition practice in El Cajon. I have a degree in Environmental Science and Land Use Planning. I am an interim Executive Board member for the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, and former President of National Organization for Women, Atlantic City NJ chapter. Most of my political life I’ve been supporting causes and helping good people get elected. Now it is time to get better leaders for the Democratic party. We need leaders who will listen to our voters, especially our new and young voters. I will listen, and I will vote for leaders who will also listen, and work for change.

http://www.nccaomdiplomates.com/andreabethdamskylac

Jose Caballero

I’m Jose Caballero and I am running for ADEM, because I have been a strong voice for change in my community. I will demand that we bring the corruption of our system to an end and call for reform to our system as a whole. As a proud progressive I will continually bring up issues that matter to people like housing, healthcare, jobs, environmental action, education, and social justice. My first order of business will be to ensure we have new leadership of our State Party that will focus on a fair Primary Election process and clear finance reform that does not take money from Big Special Interest. “Enough is enough” and we will do everything possible to help steer our Party into a better a progressive future. I am honored to be a Navy Veteran, Progressive, and Community Activist that is currently the Acting President of the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, Bernie Sanders Delegate 2016, ADEM 2015/2016, Secretary of the San Diego Climate Action Network, and a former San Diego City Council Candidate. I will not quit and will use my experience to create change to the system in a way that lets everyone feel included. If you want someone that will stay engaged, stay active, and stay fearless then please vote for me Jose Caballero. I look forward to meeting you on Election Day. Together we can again make the Democratic Party the party of the people!

https://www.jose4sd.com

Nisa Marks

2016 was a call to action. The Party must lead. The Party must support candidates that are willing to stand up and fight on the core issues that impact people’s lives – like economic inequality; money in politics; student debt; and climate change. Too much is at stake to stand by and allow the status quo to prevail. We need strong leaders, we need progressives, we need voices as diverse as our country. As someone who organized and campaigned for Bernie in 3 states, I believe there is a broader readiness for change than the election showed. We need people pushing for that change from both outside and inside the Party. I would be honored to serve in the California Democratic Party to be a voice for youth, for women, and for those who don’t always have a seat at the table.

Katie Meyer

My name is Katie Meyer, I am 21 years old and I am running to be a delegate because I think that young progressive democrats need a voice in the Democratic Party. I am currently a student at Mills College, graduating this spring with my bachelor’s degree in Public Policy. I am president of the Mills College ‘Fem Dems.’ I first became involved in democratic politics when I was 17 years old, spending my weekends phone banking for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2012. That election was a great example of what can be accomplished through grassroots organizing and teamwork. The future of our party is dependent on those very same core competencies to empower diverse, progressive candidates to run for office. I believe it is time to make the democratic party a party for everyone. Too often, I have been the only young person in the room, the only woman in the room, or the only queer person in the room. It is time to change that and get more people involved. It is incredibly easy to get discouraged and to become disengaged. We need to get people engaged in the process and the only way to do that is through inclusion. We need to strengthen our Young Dems Chapters and ensure that they have the resources to succeed. I am running because young people are vital to the success of the party. Young people are not only the future of the party, but currently taking leadership on progressive issues. I am ready to be part of that leadership. Vote Katie Meyer for ADEM district 79.

Griselda Ramirez

I am a life long democrat. I am a Civic Engagement Organizer in San Diego and I understand the power of voting and why it is so important to educate our communities. I’m running because I’m committed to building a stronger and representative Democratic Party. My goal is to bring a younger and diverse base into the Democratic Party. As a young person of color, I will be a bridge builder and contribute my passion and talent growing our party to be reflective of our communities.

Mona Rios

I am a life-long Democrat and lifetime resident of National City. I have lived, worked, raised my family and currently serve as a twice-elected (2010 & 2014) National City Councilmember.
Positions serving or served:
Housing Authority of the City of National City Board – Nov 2010 – Present
Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors – Sept 2011 – Present
MTS – Ad Hoc Public Security Committee – January 2013 – Present
San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) Board of Directors -Alternate
January 2015 – Present
SANDAG San Diego Regional Planning Committee – Jan 2013 – Present
LOSSAN (Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor) Board of Dir.
Jan 2014 – January 2016
San Diego Unified Port and City of National City Working Group
2012 -2016
League of California Cities – Policy Committee(s) 2011- Present
Retiree/Delegate to the Labor Council representing SEIU Local 221 –
2009-present
I believe in democracy. Local government is democracy in action and because my decisions are very up close and personal, it is frightening to me to think that a state can pass laws and implement programs without the approval of the majority of its citizens. There’s no place where one’s voice can be heard more than in his or her own backyard but after this presidential election, I was passionately moved to add my voice, experience, and knowledge as a Candidate for ADEM. I challenge the status quo and offer proactive approaches with a positive attitude, and with your support and vote, we can start making a difference together!

Steven Flores

I am a Progressive Democrat working to return the Democratic Party to the party of the people. I am the Acting Secretary of The San Diego Progressive Democratic Club and play an instrumental role in it’s on going success. I ran to be a Bernie Delegate receiving the alternate position in my congressional district, and will fight for all Progressive values.

I have been a progressive ever since I first heard Thom Hartmann’s radio show. Within 10 minutes of starting his show, Thom introduced his first guest and I was hooked! You see it was a Friday the first time I accidentally tuned into Thom’s show, and his first guest was Bernie Sanders. Bernie would call into Thom’s show for the first hour every Friday for a segment called “Brunch with Bernie”; where Bernie, in a town hall style would take calls from Thom’s listeners. I immediately fell in love! In love with Thom, in love with Bernie and in love with politics. That was almost 10 years ago and I have not stopped educating myself sense.

I am running to be an Assembly District Delegate in large part because of those two men and their ongoing encouragement to get out there and get active! Thom ends all of his radio shows with a call to action, saying; “democracy is not a spectator sport. Get out there, get active, tag you’re it!” And that’s what I intend to do… Tag you’re it!

Max Cotterill

My name is Max Cotterill– I am a political organizer and am running for re-election as a DSCC delegate. I am a recent graduate of UCSD and a veteran of local and national progressive projects. I spent much of the last year living in Vermont working on the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders. During the primary, I spent many months travelling across the country as a proxy of the campaign– in states that did not yet have staff. I listened to the heartfelt (often tearful) testimonials of supporters who were moved to action by Bernie’s analysis of the multitudinous issues impacting their life. This deeply informed my political analysis and motivation to continue the fight. After the primary, I moved back the San Diego full time and worked for NextGen Climate on a program to register and mobilize millennials to vote for pro-climate action candidates in critical races across 8 swing states. Re-elected as a DSCC delegate or not– I intend to continue working hard in my professional and spare time to advance an agenda that is clear eyed about the sources of structural inequalities in our society and seeks to remedy them.