AD 50


Michael Kapp





Time & Location:

Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium

444 N Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Cross streets: N Rexford Dr. & Burton Way
Location Phone: 310-288-2220

Sunday, Jan. 11
Registration begins: 12:30pm  




Name   Gender   Candidate Statement
Jon Katz   Male   My first term as delegate was a very successful one. We elected several great progressive candidates in our region and effected meaningful changes in our party platform and bylaws. But there is so much more work to be done. I look forward to working on the many challenges our party faces over the next two years.
Sion Roy   Male   Thank you for considering me to be an AD50 delegate. I am a cardiologist at Harbor UCLA hospital (a publicly funded LA County safety net hospital) and am proud to be running on the progressive slate. I'm deeply committed to the Democratic Party and have served on the executive committee of the Santa Monica Democratic Club since 2011. Before that I served as President of the College Democrats at Johns Hopkins University. I'm dedicated to public education and serve as chair of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Health and Safety District Advisory Committee. Additionally, I serve on the Santa Monica College General Advisory Board and Bond Oversight Committee. I'm committed to universal healthcare and believe that increasing access to quality healthcare for all, including undocumented immigrants, is something our party must advocate for. I'm committed to LGBT rights, gun control, anti-poverty measures, the living wage, progressive immigration reform, and protecting reproductive rights. Please vote for me for AD50 delegate as part of the progressive slate.
Kevin McKeown   Male   I'm running for re-election as a member of the Progressive Slate. Pursuing the progressive strategy of bridging the gap between the streets and the halls of power, I am both a long-time activist and a local elected official. I've been elected to Santa Monica's City Council five times, three of those as top vote-getter, without ever accepting any corporate campaign donations. I've championed renter protections, living wages, affordable housing, policies to reduce homelessness, and a globally famous Sustainable City Plan. My motion put Santa Monica on record for Prop 34, to end the death penalty. I've also initiated City of Santa Monica actions on campaign finance reform, equal benefits for same-sex partners, one of the first city resolutions against the Iraq war, and universal single-payer health care. My work won support from the California Democratic Party in a 2009 resolution urging other Democratic local officials to document the governmental fiscal savings of single-payer, as I had done. Twice in the past five years I have been honored as our Assembly District Democrat of the Year. As an ongoing delegate from our District, I serve as SoCal vice-chair of the state party I
Ted Liso   Male   Hi My name is Ted Liso, I have had the honor of serving on the county level, and with the State. On may issues such as HIV, STD'S the Disabled, Poor, chronically ill. I aso made the pleasure of staying active with Affordable Housing, was very much a part of many Bills/legislature for an example AB 1733, speak to another issue of homelessness. I have visited Sacramento on many times, and not afraid to show my support. I am dependable and willing to learn. Ted Liso
Casey Robinson   Male   It has been a pleasure serving this district for the past 4 years, and would be an honor to continue to do so. I am honored to once again run on The Progressive Slate. I strive to fight for true progressive values of equality, social justice, environmental projects, and helping those less fortunate. We are a bottom up party, not top down. I will fight to keep it that way. Key Focuses for 2015-2016: Supporting Progressive Candidates Ban Fracking Support a Minimum Wage Increase Increasing Transgender Rights in the State of California
Steve Bott   Male   At the previous ADEM for the 50th Assembly District in 2013, I earned the spot as the first male alternate delegate. I attended both the 2013 and 2014 CDP State Conventions as a proxy delegate, and I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to represent the district as a delegate to the 2015 and 2016 State Conventions. I will be running on the Progressive Slate! I am one of the founding members of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club, currently serving as the club's Communications Vice President. I am also an active member of the Stonewall Democratic Club, serving as the club's Credentialing Committee Chair. I have always been a strong Progressive Democrat -- passionate about protecting our environment, LGBT rights, economic justice and fairness, building a strong public transit system, and limiting the role of money in politics.
George Christopher Thomas   Male   I am running for Assembly Delegate in the 50th District to bring progressive and forward thinking ideas to the California Democratic Party and our state convention. As a lifelong Democrat, I believe in creating jobs and strengthening the economy, reforming education, protecting the environment, and taking care of our sick and elderly. As a local elected official and Council President, I have revolutionized civic and citizen participation, with some of our council meetings having upwards of 300 people attending and being involved with their city government. As a LAPD volunteer for over ten years, I have and will continue to fight for lowering crime, creating community policing initiatives, and for our law enforcement officers to wear body cameras for more accountability and transparency for all parties involved in incidents and traffic stops. As your Assembly Delegate, I promise to actively participate in all three days of our convention, and to submit and supply a detailed report of everything that took place during our annual get together in 2015 and 2016. I respectfully ask for your vote on January 11th, and look forward to serving as your Assembly Delegate. Cheers and thank
Daniel Osztreicher   Male   I am running to be an AD50 delegate because I am passionate about the issues Democrats are fighting for in CA such as immigration, cost of education and technology. I was born in Argentina and had the privilege of being raised in Los Angeles. I became politically aware in high school but it was the rising cost of higher education as I attend San Diego State University (SDSU) which introduced me to grass roots organizing. My senior year at SDSU I was elected Vice President of External Affairs. In my role as VP of the student government I was the voice of the student body on City, State and Federal matters. I was so proud to take part in lobbying efforts for the CA dream act which is a national model for a pathway to citizenship for young adults. I graduated with a Political Science degree in 2009 and Masters in Education in 2011. I currently serve on the board of the Los Angeles County Young Democrats(LACYD) representing the 3rd district and work for Councilmember Mike Bonin of the City of Los Angeles focusing on the technology/Silicon Beach community, Education and Special projects. Thank you for your vote!
A. Lee WALKUP   Male   I am a 2012 congressional (CA-28) delegate for the National Democratic Convention. Also, I am a California state (50th assembly) delegate to the State Democratic Convention. For the State convention I am a member of the Progressive caucus, the LGBT caucus, and the Senior Caucus. I am a native of Beverly Hills, CA where I attended grade and high school. I have a bachelor's degree from UCLA in Business-Real Estate, a master's degree from the University of Idaho in Business, and a 2nd master's degree in Economics (an unawarded PhD) from Utah State University. I am a 23-year resident of West Hollywood and a continuing member of the City's Senior Advisory Board. I am a 26-year performing member of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. As a 40-year professional travel agent and a former U.S. naval officer (8+ years - LT CDR), I have traveled in 73 counties.
Robert Adams   Male   This last election proved that running away from your beliefs and accomplishments is a costly mistake. Republican lite democrats are not who we should be supporting. I want to be involved in the process of getting more progressive candidates on the ballot. Pushing progressive policy's,policys that even won in red states this past election, raising the money minimum wage, fracking bans in particular. Our messaging was terrible this last election even though our message was clear. We could have done run with the president and his record, but instead we wimped out. It's time to have a more progressive momentum in the grassroots of the party.
Charles Taylor   Male   My name is Charles Taylor. My broad range of education and experience in federal, state, and local tax issues, finance and state and local government are critical assets at a very critical time in the history of our nation and the state of California. Especially here in California, we must find more effective ways to raise revenue through a tax system that can support the state's most critical needs, such as building new infrastructure, water, and helping the state's most vulnerable populations. I ask for your support and your vote. Thank you.
James Altuner   Male   I am a National Board Certified teacher and proud UTLA member working to close the achievement gap, with a passion for improving our educational system and provide for the needs of all our students. As an elected member of the Political Action Council of Educators (PACE), I have worked on numerous political campaigns and know first-hand how groups of like-minded individuals working together can solve problems. At Fremont High School, I procured millions of dollars in QEIA school improvement grants used to reduce class sizes and hire additional teachers. I have worked to improve the climate of communities such as the Crenshaw Corridor and South LA, teaming with community organizations, local businesses utilizing the arts (theater and poetry), political actions and mentors to positively influence our youth. I believe we can do a better job of providing for the needs of all children. I am concerned about, and will work to, improve the environment, address wealth/income disparities, ensure corporations do not place profits over people, and support policies that provide for better health care and a fairer, more socially just, society. I hope you support my candidacy.
Daniel Osztreicher   Male   I am running to be an AD50 delegate because I am passionate about the issues Democrats are fighting for in CA such as immigration, cost of education and technology. I was born in Argentina and had the privilege of being raised in Los Angeles. I became politically aware in high school but it was the rising cost of higher education as I attend San Diego State University (SDSU) which introduced me to grass roots organizing. My senior year at SDSU I was elected Vice President of External Affairs. In my role as VP of the student government I was the voice of the student body on City, State and Federal matters. I was so proud to take part in lobbying efforts for the CA dream act which is a national model for a pathway to citizenship for young adults. I graduated with a Political Science degree in 2009 and Masters in Education in 2011. I currently serve on the board of the Los Angeles County Young Democrats(LACYD) representing the 3rd district and work for Councilmember Mike Bonin of the City of Los Angeles focusing on the technology/Silicon Beach community, Education and Special projects. Thank you for your vote!
Susie Shannon   Female   I have served as a delegate and elected Executive Board member to the CA Democratic Party (CDP) since 2007. I am running on the Progressive Slate as a delegate and to be the Executive Board Representative for the 50th Assembly District. I am a progressive grassroots activist, an advocate for homeless and low income communities and an officer of the CDP progressive Caucus and Stonewall Democratic Club. I have fought to protect the environment and end fracking, marched and organized against war, worked for single payer healthcare, fought for marriage equality, and currently run an advocacy organization that helps homeless and low income communities, I was successful in adding poverty issues to the CA Democratic Party Platform and have authored or co-sponsored resolutions, platform language and legislative positions to end fracking, end the Iraq War, promote single payer healthcare, end poverty, promote campaign finance reform, and further environmental causes. I developed the grassroots strategy to add Marriage Equality to the platform. I would appreciate your vote for me and for the Progressive Slate!
Ilissa Gold   Female   I am the President and founder of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club, and am running for ADEM for AD50 as a member of the Progressive slate. My focus is on gender equality, reproductive justice, worker's rights, increased funding for public transit, and working towards a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Jessica Yas   Female   As a lifetime resident of California & Los Angeles native, I believe our region plays a critical role in the California progressive political landscape & should represented as such. If elected as a delegate, I intend to work with fellow Democrats move our collective ideals forward. I have worked in government, politics & the nonprofit field since my beginnings as a high school intern for a Democratic Congressman in the San Fernando Valley. There, I started cultivating the progressive values I am so proud of today, including a woman's right to choose & gender/sexual-orientation equality. I got my BA in Poli Sci & Spanish at UC Berkeley & completed a portion of my coursework abroad studying urban development in Costa Rica. Now, I am the volunteer manager at United Way of Greater LA, a nonprofit working to end chronic homelessness in LA. I am a current board member/past Communications Director/Treasurer of the San Fernando Valley Young Dems. In my free time I love to hang with my family (especially our dogs), read, run/spin & volunteer. In voting for me, you're choosing someone with a fresh perspective on California politics & a passion for the SoCal way of life. Thanks for voting!
Ann Doneen   Female   Clean energy and pristine wetlands, rivers and oceans are crucial to peace and to survival itself. They are my deepest concerns. But we must also work relentlessly to ensure family planning options, stop fracking, protect privacy, end corruption, supercharge campaigns against prejudices and pass single-payer health care. My background is national and local media, but my recent focus is grassroots. I was elected president of Malibu Democratic Club last June and our new team of board members has transformed a skeletal and moribund club into a thriving one with a strong local voice, a viable budget and events that draw crowds and make headlines. Over the past 10 years I've met with local and Congressional leaders to protect habitat from corporate/public projects disguised as restorations. My background includes posts as public affairs director at CSUN and Art Center College of Design; producer for Channel 2 News Investigations. Exposés on substandard living conditions have taken me from inside refuge camps in Southeast Asia to inside nursing homes throughout L.A. County. I'm running on the Progressive Slate, I work tirelessly and will thank you to vote for me and Progressives!
Courtney Hamilton   Female   I am a Los Angeles native and a lifelong progressive. I have been involved in politics and government my entire life, working to elect Democrats and now as a Council Aide to a Los Angeles City Councilmember. I am committed to progressive causes such as gender and LGBTQ equality, raising the minimum wage, sensible gun control, and campaign finance reform. I would be honored to represent AD50 in championing these and many other progressive causes.
Lisa Maki   Female   I am the immediate past-president of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles and also served as Vice President for the Consumer Attorneys of California. I would love to become more directly involved and help progressive policies become law and protect workers and consumers, the environment and education. thank you
Heidi Shink   Female   I have served as a delegate for the past two years and was appointed to the Party's Platform Committee, where I introduced gender neutral and Transgender language that was ratified and adopted. I have more than twenty-five years experience advocating for LGBTQ, women, social justice, and environmental rights. I am currently a Planning Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood after having served a long tenure on the City's Human Services Commission; Vice President of Communications for the Stonewall Democratic Club; Advocacy Board member for the National Council of Jewish Women; Community Funding Board Member for Liberty Hill; Secretary for the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club; Advisory Council member for Emerge California, and Campaign Board member for the Victory Fund. I also volunteer on behalf of Breast Cancer and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, am a strong supporter for the aging and immigrant populations, and work daily to promote affordable housing and renters rights. In 2013, United States Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) honored me with his district's Congressional "Women of the Year" Award. I look forward to serving the people of Assembly District 50 for a
Melissa Grant   Female   Ever since I helped my Mom win a seat on the White Plains, NY City Council, I've been hooked on politics. I am an ardent Progressive Democrat and proudly serve as President of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club. This is the 2nd time I am running for Delegate for AD 50. At the April 2013 Convention, I wrote the Minimum Wage Workers' Rights Resolution that was adopted by acclimation on the Convention floor. With Congress incapable of enacting legislation, it's more important than ever that California Democrats lead the country in working for the middle class, protecting voting rights and the environment, and so much more. I want to do what I can to make sure we do.
Justine Beirne   Female   I am an executive recruiter with a focus on the non-profit sector and I oversee a national practice placing C-level candidates in organizations that make an impact on people in need nation wide. I was educated in Political Philosophy at Drew University and Columbia University where I did in depth analysis of the texts upon which our democracy is based. I am also a film maker and I oversee the production of Feature length films through my production company 7J Productions. After volunteering on a recent democratic campaign for LA County Supervisor, I joined CA young Democrats, and decided to take action for our party in this way. I intend to add value in this position through my energy, education and ability to communicate effectively across all platforms.
Vicki Maturo   Female   I am applying to be an ADD because I'm outraged by our society's failure to meet the needs of the poor. I believe in protecting women's rights including their right to choose and have access to birth control; gender and marriage equality; child welfare; the environment, which includes protecting biodiversity and sustainable development; animal rights, which includes embracing veganism and ending animal studies; income equality; gun control, which includes banning hunting; free speech; education and student loans; universal health insurance; creating good jobs and a strong middle class; non-violent resolution; elderly rights; civil rights; reasonably expanding the public and government sphere, which includes expanding public lands; raising the minimum wage; labor; a just tax system requiring the rich to pay their fair share; ending homelessness; and poverty and hunger prevention. I hold a BA with honor in English literature and sociology and anthropology and an MFA in film production. I have worked and volunteered as a political organizer on many campaigns, am a professional entertainer and artist, and have a Life-Only insurance license. I would be honored to have your vote.
Pamela Conley Ulich   Female   I have been a lifelong Democrat and am grateful for the help and opportunity I was given. My father was 1 of 13 children and lived in poverty. The values of the Democratic party - affordable education and opportunity for all - allowed me and my family to get an amazing education and make a good living. After one candidate running in the LA County 3rd District race stated that she intended to raise lots of money to "scare" anyone else, I didn't want to passively sit and watch someone try to use money to dissuade others from participating. Rather than cede to that threat and impossible odds, Team Love LA was launched to make fundamental REFORM. We ran a campaign for to get money out of politics and pour love in so Citizen's win. The campaign was run entirely by volunteers, not highly-paid campaign staffers. I came in 4th in a field of 8 candidates in the primary and garnered nearly 7% of the vote without raising millions of dollars, but by raising our collective consciousness about the disturbing "trend to spend" in political campaigns. I want to help Citizens feel empowered, not apathy, when it comes to voting. Thanks for your consideration.
Genise Schnitman   Female   I started young as a progressive, antiwar Democratic Party activist: I grew up in the Fabulous Fifth congressional district in New York, and volunteered for Al Lowenstein at age ten and for George McGovern four years later. In Boston, I was intensely involved in the nascent South African campus divestiture movement and Central America solidarity work. On moving to Santa Monica I remained active on Central America and other peace-&-justice issues, took part in progressive get-out-the-vote efforts with Jobs With Peace, and got involved in renters' rights--I'm on the steering committee of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights--and the local struggle for a living wage. I serve on the Santa Monica Dem Club exec board and have attended the last seven CADEM conventions--first as observer/proxy and the last four as elected delegate--and several e-board meetings. As an anti-capital punishment activist, I am proud of having played a role in changing the Party's position on the death penalty. I ask for your vote so that I may continue to offer my skills in research, analysis, advocacy, and communication--honed over years as a freelance scholarly editor and grantwriter--as your elected delegate
Julie Shannon   Female   I am a lifelong Progressive Democrat who has 3 main priorities. I want to see democracy restored in America. Right now I believe that what we have is an Oligarchy. Power in the hands of the few. The few being Corporations and the lobbyists that serve them. I believe Democracy can be restored with a constitutional amendment mandating campaign finance reform. Additionally, I would like to promote job creation through Climate Change initiatives. And lastly, I would like to see a redistribution of wealth, out of the hands of the few and into the hands of the masses, which will ultimately grow our economy.
Paulina Velasco   Female   I am Paulina Velasco, a true democrat in action that understands our community's needs. I am running for delegate because our district has boundless potential and with my proven leadership I will tirelessly represent our community's values and party agenda to endorse quality candidates and measures that put our district first. Professionally, I advocate for environmental issues using scientific evidence to create powerful policy outcomes for the region's most underserved communities. I experienced and actively fought against the many problems faced by residents of urban communities in California and abroad. I have given a voice to residents in underserved communities suffering the impacts of socioeconomic and environmental injustice. I devoted my time directing and winning meaningful outreach programs supporting Democratic candidates and measures in the region. My personal commitment is to dedicate my life to maximizing social action in Southern California's communities. Please vote for leadership that represents your values, vote for me. If you have any questions, please reach me at paulinavelrod@gmail.com
Jennifer deNicola   Female   I hope to make a difference leading by example, standing up for those who don't have a voice and for issues that ensure we leave this world a better place than how we found it. I sit on the board of the Malibu Democratic Club. I have been an advocate for children for over 20 years. I founded Malibu Unites/America Unites for KIDS a grassroots 501c(3) dedicated to Environmental Health Excellence in all schools for all children and those that educate them. I believe that a child's right to a good education includes the freedom to learn in an environment that does not jeopardize their health. I graduated from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University and hold a Master's Degree in Education. I have been a leader on issues of school curriculum, environmental safety and community engagement. Last year, I drafted a Parents Right to Know law to give parents of public school children the same right as parents of private school children; the right to be informed of chemical contaminants in schools. I advocate for excellence in education, environmental policies, campaign finance reform, along with other important issues. I have served on several boards and charities.