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AD 37


Convener:

Hillary Blackerby

Phone:
760-285-7025

Email:
hillary.blackerby@gmail.com

 

 

Time & Location:

UC Santa Barbara - Givertz Building, Room 1004

 

UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Landmark: On campus across from the Davidson Library
Location Phone: 760-285-7025

Saturday, Jan. 10
Registration begins: 12pm

 

 

Candidates


Name   Gender   Candidate Statement
 
Rebecca Rein   Female   My name is Rebecca Rein, and I am a first-year student at UC Santa Barbara. I have been involved in Santa Barbara politics since I arrived here months ago, campaigning for the successful reelection of Congresswoman Lois Capps and volunteering for Yes on P, which won 80% of the votes cast in Isla Vista. I am a progressive Democrat, and I support policies that guarantee equality for all Californians, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation; protect the environment; safeguard our civil liberties; and foster economic equity. I will vote to nominate candidates who share these ideas as well so that our great state can have a brighter future.
 
S. Monique Limon   Female   I have been a delegate for AD 37 and a member of our CDP E-board since 2011. As an elected official who volunteers for local elections, I understand the importance of engaging in electoral work. I have volunteered and engaged in party phone banking, precinct walking, visibility, and communication efforts to support California democrats. I also believe it is important to empower our community by giving them the tools to understand the civic role they can play within our party. My work with community members in the Santa Barbara and Ventura areas remind me that it is important to engage in this effort year-round. As a delegate and E-board member I am also a part of the CDP Women's Caucus, the Chicano-Latino Caucus, and contributed to CADEM-2014. I am interested in continuing to serve as a delegate to support party efforts and encourage involvement and awareness in our communities.
 
Rachel Enders   Female   I am a student who sits on the officer board of the UCSB Campus Democrats and as the UCSB liaison for the Democratic Women of Santa Barbara. I would love to be involved in this process as I consider myself to be fairly involved in political issues and campaigns in this area. Please consider me to be chosen as a Delegate. Thank you.
 
Darcel Elliott   Female   I graduated from UCSB in 2008 with the goal of becoming a teacher but the Recession brought significant divestment in education. Soon after I took an internship with Hannah-Beth Jackson's 2008 State Senate campaign because I realized that the best way to advocate for values I care about is to elect progressive Democrats that will fight for those issues. That narrow lost instilled the importance of organizing and getting out every single vote to make the difference. Since that election, I've worked on a variety of campaigns in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, including serving as organizing director for the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party's 2011 city council campaign, field director for Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson's 2012 campaign, GOTV director for Supervisor Janet Wolf's 2014 campaign, and field director for Measure P, the initiative to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County. Additionally, I worked on Das Williams' 2010 election and have worked as a field representative in the Assembly District office ever since. Organizing has become a natural fit for me to educate voters and act as a teacher, training young progressives in organizing and campaigning. I am running for a 37t
 
kassandra hawkins   Female   As an assembly delegate, I will be a voice for working women, young mothers, educators, laborers and minorities. Over the past couple years I have worked as a member and political organizer for my local teachers union, Oxnard Federation of Teacher and School Employees AFT 1273. I lead a grassroots organizing efforts which helped to elect 4 progressive school board members to Oxnard School Board. As a political organizer, I worked to create a strong member to member campaign which helped to pass Proposition 30 and defeat Proposition 32. This fall, I helped to elect Jacqui Irwin, Das Williams and Julia Brownley. With the passage of prop 30 and the implementation of LCFF, I worked with Community organizations, Parents, Students, Educators and stakeholders to create a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for Oxnard Union High School District which serves the needs of the students and community. Our LCAP included increases to instructional days, services and support for students, as well as wages and benefits for employees.
 
Alexandria Choate   Female   College is largely considered a time that young people can find themselves, meet people that challenge their beliefs and be able to have a more firm understanding of themselves and the world around them. As a recent graduate from UCSB, I had the ability to solidify my democratic ideals through seeing the need of marginalized communities representation. College allowed me to advocate for student needs, and provide students opportunities of empowerment to advocate for themselves by supporting free public higher education for California's residents. Furthermore, after working on a local measure to ban fracking and extreme oil extraction, I have seen first hand the importance of maintaining liberal voter involvement in each cycle. In this specific campaign, we ran one of the largest field campaigns that Santa Barbara county has seen, but despite that, oil companies were able to pour money into the county that inevitably lead to skepticism of voters in the measure. Having this experience, I saw the need to have progressives working year round to engage and educate community members in order to maintain democratic ideals in our local, state and federal governments.
 
Michelle Rubio   Female   As a second year UCSB student, I've experienced the student body's apathy toward our democratic rights and I've had enough. Many people feel discouraged because they think it's "only a game for old white people," but my experiences prove that's untrue. As a Latina woman, I've made it my goal to show that democracy goes beyond the borders of race, age and the excuses people make to justify their inaction. I've played an active role in Orange County politics, interning for Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and the Orange County Employees Association, which represents 18,000 working families. I have continued my work in the 37th Assembly District with Yes on Measure P, USCB Campus Democrats and Congresswoman Lois Capps. Our party's platform is more than just an agenda--it represents values we must protect to ensure the fair treatment and well being of all. My passion is a reflection of those beliefs. To put that into practice, I'd like to improve the UCSB voter registration operation, promote solidarity between UC workers and students, build strong Young Democrat organizations in the South County area, and educate students on issues that affect them outside of the college bubble.
 
Helga George   Female   I am a life-long Democrat and started my political involvement in high school. Currently I am the President of the Santa Ynez Valley Democratic Organization (SYV-DO). I am also the SYV-DO representative to the Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee. In addition, I am the administrator for the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party's political database and worked closely with the major Democratic campaigns in the last election. Aside from politics, my other long-term interest in life is plants. I have a Ph.D. in plant pathology from Cornell University and most recently performed plant biochemistry research part time at UCSB as a volunteer for ten years. As a scientist, I am passionate about science policy and am highly concerned about approaches to curb global warming. I am also highly concerned about the level of income inequality in this country. I think that Democratic policies are the country's best chance to continue its economic recovery and provide opportunities for working class and middle class Americans.
 
Vella Buchanan   Female   Why do I want to be an Assembly District Delegate: Last week NPR reported on the increase in homeless families and homeless children in California. All unacceptable. California has the highes rate of homeless children who are going to school in the nation so they aren't hidden. We must see them every day. But are they acknowledged as a social responsibility? That is the kind of question that Democrats embraced in the past and need to stand proudly and passionately behind. What do I bring to the table: Service on a number of Boards where I learned the importance of listening and working as a group for a greated goal, 30 years in Real Estate has honed my negotiating and skils and a childhood influenced by an Irish Democrate Grandmother who was not shy in telling you what she believed in.
 
John Brooks   Male   I am proud to say my first vote in a presidential election was for Senator George McGovern. If the rest of the voters had shared my desire for peace, fair wages for all workers and concern for the environment , that crooked bastard Nixon would have been defeated. I worked as a journalist for almost 40 years and have known many a politician. The democrats have been the most honest and inspirational. Now Ventura County has Congresswoman Julia Brownley and my own assemblyman Das Williams and I would like to help them keep our country and state implement a progressive agenda.
 
Lucas Zucker   Male   I am running for re-election as an ADEM delegate to uphold the progressive values of the California Democratic Party. As a community organizer and researcher for a local social justice organization, I advocate for progressive policies and work to elect progressive candidates throughout the Central Coast. My work in Oxnard, Ventura and Santa Paula has improved public transportation, protected affordable housing, brought oversight to English Learner education programs, and prevented pollution from dirty energy production. I have worked on several statewide ballot initiative campaigns including No on Prop 23 in 2010, Yes on 30 in 2012, and Yes on 47 in 2014. I am active in the Ventura County Young Dems and was recently appointed chair of the VCDCC's Activist/Candidate Training Committee. I also raise funds for diverse young progressive candidates for local office to build the bench of Democratic leadership in California's politically shifting regions like the Central Coast, Orange County, Inland Empire and Central Valley. As a delegate I will work to ensure that bold, active Democratic leadership continues the transformation of the Central Coast into a progressive region.
 
Robert Ackermann   Male   I am a graduate student, union leader, and Democratic party activist. Over the past several years, I not only contributed my own time to win elections for Lois Capps, Das Williams, Janet Wolf, etc. but I also got my friends and colleagues involved. Working with the union for Teaching Assistants at UCSB, I organized an effort to register hundreds of voters during TA sections. As a delegate, I will faithfully represent students, labor, and the broader Santa Barbara progressive community.
 
Eric Friedman   Male   Since 2002 I have served as an assistant to County Supervisors Salud Carbajal and former Naomi Schwartz. Specific areas I have focused on include the environment, senior and aging issues, homelessness, and social services. This past year I was lead staff to Supervisor Carbajal who was appointed to President Obama's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency. I received a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame, an M.P.A from Cal State Northridge and served as a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. My experience has enabled me to contribute to the formation of public policy that is collaborative, forward thinking and focused on addressing the many complex issues we face. I am running to be a delegate because it is my belief that the choices our communities and state make in these next few years are critical for the long-term ability of our state to be competitive in the 21st century economy. This includes how we make our communities more resilient in our transportation infrastructure, emergency preparedness and response planning, natural resources protection, public and mental health systems, and education.
 
Robert Bundens   Male    
 
Leif Dautch   Male   I'm a Santa Barbara native currently working for Attorney General Kamala Harris. I attended the state party convention in March and was inspired to meet so many enthusiastic and committed activists who share my progressive values. I'm most passionate about environmental protection (ending fracking in the Los Padres National Forest), campus safety and affordability, and reducing the corrupting influence of big money in politics. Having grown up working on my family's organic farm and selling our wares at the Santa Barbara and Ojai farmers markets, I'm also interested in ways to increase access to healthy food in underserved communities and schools. Our district has played a leading role in the statewide conversation on these issues and many others, and I'll work hard to make sure our party and our state stay true to these progressive ideals.
 
Daniel Ramirez   Male   Having the opportunity to represent my fellow local Democrats at the State Convention would be an honor. I believe California needs to continue to be the Bluest State in our nation, while working to turn purple states and red states BLUE. We cannot afford our nation to regress to a country that only benefits the super wealthy. We need to progress and stand up for our future and fight for our hard working families and children!
 
Michael Diaz   Male   As a transfer student from UC Merced I wanted to make an impact on my new home at UC Santa Barbara. I was an active member in UC Merced's Democrats club, where we helped campaign for California assemblyman Adam Grey as well as California Representative Jim Costa. This was especially difficult in a predominantly red district but at the end we prevailed. With our help we were able to register thousands of voters on the newly established campus. When I finally arrived to UC Santa Barbara I did not hesitate to join the Democrats club and looked forward in helping in any way I could. We registered thousands of voters and helped get Louis Capps re-elected into office. I have attended CYD and CADEM conventions in the past and look forward to finally being included in the legislative process. With your vote I can assure you a strong voice for our district and further support our democratic ideals.
 
Nardin Sarkis   Male   Campus Democrats at UC Santa Barbara has a long history of working for the party in a long standing red county. Upon joining Campus Democrats, I have had the amazing opportunity to work for the Party in Santa Barbara, specifically by mobilizing student votes. Many of these votes contributed to reelecting congresswoman Louis Capps in California's 24th district. Prior to joining Campus Democrats, I was an intern to San Jose's Vice Mayor, Democrat Madison Nguyen. Having been a proud democrat and active member of the party from a young age, I would be thrilled to run as a delegate for 2015. I believe efforts such as the democratic youth convention are vital in strengthening and encouraging democratic ideals in the next generation of Democrats.
 
Mark Love   Male   I have been active in Democratic politics since I was a kid. I interned in Senator Barbara Boxer's Los Angeles and Capitol Hill Offices as a college student. More recently, I volunteered for President Obama's campaign in 2008. In 2012, I worked as a Field Organizer for Organizing for America (Obama-Biden Campaign) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently, as a Labor Relations Representative, I am an advocate for Classified employees at the bargaining table and in the work place.
 
Eric Friedman   Male   Since 2002 I have served as an assistant to County Supervisors Salud Carbajal and former Naomi Schwartz. Specific areas I have focused on include the environment, senior and aging issues, homelessness, and social services. This past year I was lead staff to Supervisor Carbajal who was appointed to President Obama's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency. I received a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame, an M.P.A from Cal State Northridge and served as a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. My experience has enabled me to contribute to the formation of public policy that is collaborative, forward thinking and focused on addressing the many complex issues we face. I am running to be a delegate because it is my belief that the choices our communities and state make in these next few years are critical for the long-term ability of our state to be competitive in the 21st century economy. This includes how we make our communities more resilient in our transportation infrastructure, emergency preparedness and response planning, natural resources protection, public and mental health systems, and education.