AD 30


Cesar Lara





Time & Location:

Teamsters Hall/Labor Council

931 East Market Street
Salinas, CA 93905
Cross streets: Sanborn & Market

Saturday, Jan. 10
Registration begins: 10am




Name   Gender   Candidate Statement
Neil Berman   Male   My name is Neil Berman. I am on the Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). CAOC is an organization dedicated to protecting the constitutional right to trial by jury for all consumers and championing the cause of those who deserve redress for injury to person or property and resisting efforts to curtail the rights of such injured persons. I am a shareholder at Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna in Salinas. I handle personal injury, workers' compensation and Social Security Disability claims. I am a proud Democrat who wants to help the party and most importantly the community.
Peter Leroe-Mu–oz   Male   It is has been an honor to serve as an Assembly District Delegate, and I wish to continue serving our Party on the state level. I am a Council Member in the City of Gilroy, as well as President of the Gilroy Youth Task Force. I have a strong record of supporting and campaigning for Democrats on the Central Coast and in Silicon Valley, and I have been a forceful advocate for Democratic values on the City Council. I have pushed for legislation regarding prevailing wage, open space, and transparent government. I have also worked to improve dialogue between all segements of the community and local law enforcement. I would be honored to help the Party build on our Democratic gains during the next two years.
Steven McDougall   Male    
Arthur Barron   Male   I (Arthur Barron) as a Democrat with the State of California in good standing would like to have your vote as a Delegate for the Democrat Party for my Assemblyman Luis Alejo. I am very active in my community as a volunteer and working for a Non-profit to help those that are less fortunate. Personally I have supported and been a part of many committees to elect City Council, School Board and State Assembly. I was a member of the Gilroy Planning Commission and fulfilled my four year term. Art Barron would like your support to be a Delegate for the California Democrat Party and to represent my Assemblyman Luis Alejo.
Felipe Hernandez   Male   My name is Felipe Hernandez, I am Vice-Mayor of the City of Watsonville. I believe we should elect Democrats that are building a healthier future for our state and improving the quality of life for all Californians and the Central Coast. I believe our State must make university and community college affordable for today's working and middle-class families. I believe in rewarding hard work and expanding economic opportunities for all Californians in order to create stronger and healthier communities.
Juan Lopez   Male   I am looking forward to participating as a delegate so that I can serve as an example to my children and my community. I would also like to participate more fully in our democratic process. If chosen I will consider it an honor.
Vince Luna   Male   I have been a democrat all my voting life, voting at every election. I am retired San Benito County Road Department employee. Served in the US Army from 1964-1966, stationed at Fort Ord, CA., Ft. Riley, Ks. Republic of Vietnam. A lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion. Have been a member of the Chicano Latino Caucus of the CA Democratic Party while my wife Mickie was Chair of the Caucus. Have participated in LULAC for 30 years, been a youth advisor for the past 25 years, working with our youth and collegiate members. Currently the District #12 Director of LULAC which encompasses 8 adult chapters, 1 collegiate chapter and 4 youth chapters. I would like the opportunity to return and become active again in the Democratic party and encourage more participation especially from the Latino communities in our region and beyond.
DAVID KONG   Male   I am seeking re-election as a state democratic delegate representing the citizens of the30th Assembly District. I am a lifelong Democrat and have been promoting democratic values thru my involvement in the California School Employees Association, The Greenfield Democratic Club, and the Monterey County Democratic Central Committee. I believe in a strong middle class, universal healthcare for all, and affordable housing. I have just finished helping to elect Democratic candidates to state and local offices in the last election. I am currently active in local community outreach promoting the affordable care act and signing up new voters to the Democratic Party. I would be grateful for your support and vote on January 10th.
Daniel Dodge   Male   My fellow democrats, I have been active in the Democrat party for over 25 years. I have extensive history of organizing and community involvement in the Pajaro Valley and through the State of California. My record of public service includes serving as the Mayor of the City of Watsonville and as a City Councilmember, Chairperson of the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, Chairperson of LAFCO of Santa Cruz County, Board of Directors of Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), Commissioner of Regional Transportation Commission of Santa Cruz County. As the former Political Director of the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, I helped coordinate and direct the endorsement process, coordinate local field campaigns and activities, direct solidarity actions and I was a public spokesperson for hundreds of working families in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. I have served as a member of the Santa Cruz County Democrat Central Committee (DCC) and I was endorsed by the DCC twice as a candidate for City Council for the City of Watsonville. I would be proud to serve as a 30th Assembly District Delegate. I would be honored to have your support and your vote.
Teri Short   Female   Our Democratic leaders are working hard to restore the economy and help America recover from the recession. They need our support! The midterm elections were a mess resulting in the lowest national voter turnout rates since 1942.! We are on the wrong road, the party has abandoned the President and his many achievements. We must find new ways to energize our voters and get ready for 2016, there's no time to waste! Over the last 8 years, I have worked hard to promote our Democratic values, educate our communities about them, and help elect Democrats. I have proudly served as a state and national delegate and on our county central committee for the last 6 years. I would like to continue to fight for the important issues facing our families joblessness, healthcare, education, and racism. I hope you'll support my re-election for the 30th AD District.
Jenny Sarmiento   Female   For the last thirty years, I have been working in the fields of social service, social justice and education. I am extremely passionate in being an advocate for resources and opportunities for people in low income communities. I've served in various county, city, and community boards which have given me an opportunity to increase my knowledge about city government, health access and education.
Monica Quiroz-Rivera   Female   I have been a lifelong Democrat since 1963. I currently serve on the San Benito County Democratic Central Committee and have served as the secretary, as well as, heading various committees. I attended the Democratic California Convention in 1994 as a student observer. Now that I am retired I feel it is time to attend the convention as an official ADEM Delegate.
Theresa Sage   Female   I am Theresa Sage, a high school social studies teacher in Morgan Hill and president of our local CFT teachers' union. I am an active Democrat in Assembly District #30 and Senate District #17 who has campaigned to support propositions, measures and bonds that serve our community. In addition, I have vigorously worked to elect city, county and state candidates that support strong democratic values. I have walked precincts, phone-banked, attended lobby days and moved many community members to action. I am concerned about the issues facing our legislature in the areas of education, health care, minimum wage, pension reform, and immigration. I would like to ensure that the Democratic Party supports our local communities and our needs as opposed to corporate interests that are creeping into local, county and state political decisions via campaign contributions. I want to ensure Californians recognize the growing disparity between the top two percent and the rest of Americans and continue to fight racism, classism, sexism and the anti-gay bias that contribute to this disparity. As a faithful democrat I want to serve our assembly district at the state convention and help lead our pa
Maria Orozco   Female   I have been heavily involved in 30th Assembly District for several years, and have worked on several campaigns walking precincts, phone banking, to leading and organizing voter registration drives. I am an active member & current Co-Chair for the Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club and served as its former treasurer. Through this club I have worked tirelessly to promote Democratic candidates and legislation in our region; have educated voters on important issues, influenced Democratic Party policies, and have mobilized our community. I currently serve in several boards and commissions including the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Friends of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Board of Directors; served on the Santa Cruz County Women's Commission, and the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County. I was elected to office in 2012 as a Board Trustee to the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. As a delegate for the CA Democratic State Convention, I hope to support our elected officials, enhance the goals of our party, and improve voter turn-out. I ask for your support in my bid for the delegate position. In solidarity, Maria Orozco orozco.maria.r@gmail.com
Veronica Lezama   Female   As a proud child of farm working parents, I have been involved with a number of agencies supporting human rights and youth development. As a child, I became involved with the United Farm Workers (UFW) and more recently assisted in organizing the San Francisco Cesar E. Chavez Parade and Festival. I have been the President, for the past five years, of the Mexican American Committee on Education (MACE) and a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of San Benito County. MACE works hard to raise scholarship funds for local youth while LULAC advocates for human rights and youth mentoring. In 2012, I was humbled to have been nominated and awarded the KSBW Jefferson Award for 20 years of community service. In addition to my volunteerism, I have been a Transportation Planner for over a decade. I work with stakeholders to address community needs related to land use planning, active transportation, and other areas related to quality of life. Through my profession, I became the Vice-President of the Safe Kids California San Benito Partners. I hope that you will consider me as one of the newest delegates for the 30th AD District so I can continue advocating human rights,
Karina Cervantez   Female   It has been a great privilege to serve our region as a delegate to the Democratic Party. My parents could not vote, but growing up I watched them champion for worker and immigrant rights. Their public service has inspired my own work with our Democratic Party. Our local club has registered hundreds of voters in our community and developed a pipeline of progressive democrats ready to run for office. During my time on the Democratic Central Committee, I worked to bring additional resources to south Santa Cruz County to increase voter turnout and get our candidates elected. These past two years, I have proudly served as council member, and most recently as mayor, for the City of Watsonville. During my time on the council I have fought to strengthen our living wage ordinance, coordinated a countywide effort to end veteran homelessness, and increased funding for public safety. I would be proud to have your support and look forward to continuing our work moving California forward.
Linda Gonzalez   Female   As a young Democrat and former Assembly District Delegate, I have had the privilege to work in the community with other fellow Democrats. I am a native of Salinas CA and have been involved in local, state and national democratic campaigns. During these campaigns we addressed affordable housing, public safety and employment opportunities as well as other important issues. I continue to be actively involved with our local democratic committees that work towards finding solutions for working families. It would be an honor to get your support and represent you as a 2015 Assembly District Delegate.
Rebeca Armendariz   Female   I would be honored to have your vote so that i may continue my work organizing and empowering workers, students, immigrants and others in the community to strengthen our base and movement based on progressive values and strategies.
Lupe Sànchez   Female   Brother & Sisters, My name is Lupe Sanchez and I worked for the United Farm Workers of America for the past 18 years. I am the current President of La Union Es Para Todos Staff Union (LUEPTSU) who represents some of the UFW staff. I have been a registered democrat since I became a US citizen in 2000 and I strongly believe in our democrat values and principals. I have the time, passion and commitment to proudly represent us and ensure that our voices are heard, specially our voices as democrat women. I will be honored to receive your vote and support. Thank you for your consideration.