Assembly District 27

District

BallotName

Eboard(*)

SelfIdentifiedFemale (SIF) OtherthanSIF (OSIF)

27 Magdalena Carrasco No SIF
27 Pamela A Schure No SIF
27 Babu Prasad No OSIF
27 Gina Gates No SIF
27 Enrique Arguello No OSIF
27 Luis Arguello No OSIF
27 Will Smith No OSIF
27 Mara Michele Privitt No SIF
27 Latoya Fernandez No SIF
27 Domingo Candelas No OSIF
27 Zia Karim * OSIF
27 Dieu “Bruce” Huynh No OSIF
27 Emilie Gatfield * SIF
27 Monica Kitchiner * SIF
27 Elizabeth Barcelos No SIF
27 Raymond “Ray” Mueller No OSIF
27 Huascar Castro No OSIF
27 Angel D. Martinez No OSIF
27 Jose R Lopez No OSIF
27 Jean Cohen No SIF

Candidate Statements

I have been involved with Orchard City Indivisible (OCI) since its inception. I am also a member of the Avalanche Club – a democratic party club associated with OCI. Over the years, we have raised money, donated time and energy into the local community.

I focus on boosting participation in elections where it matters: CA-10, Virginia, Georgia, and Texas among others. I am a Peace Ambassador and have served in that capacity for the Women’s March and many other events.

As a by standing victim of gun violence I strongly support gun safety legislation. No one should experience the trauma that gun violence brings into a community. And I have managed property, so am aware of the pulls and pushes of that industry. I am appalled that homelessness stands as an issue that we should be working on as a community.

I am also a marketing professional and published author. The Democratic Party needs the messaging and communication skills that I can bring to the area, the state and local organizations.

I will support the community aspirations of AD-27 with my skill set to the benefit of all.

Pamela Schure

I am Lalbabu “Babu” Prasad. I have been interested in politics since I was nineteen. I was introduced to politics in Nepal, where I was born. I have lived in San Jose for 16 years and run a small business here. I also work for Kaiser Permanente San Jose and am a shop steward for my fellow members of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers. I am a leader in politics in my Union, interviewing politicians for our endorsement decisions and lobbying South Bay Legislators on priority health care Bills. I’m also a member of SEIU-UHW’s Asian Pacific Islander Caucus. I am the secretary for the Hayes Neighborhood Association, which holds community events bringing the whole neighborhood together safely and enjoyably. I am also a member of the Neighborhoods Commission for the city of San Jose. These roles call for me to go around the neighborhoods in the 27th Assembly District, ask people about their complaints, and try to get their problems fixed. I hosted campaign events for Dave Cortese’s State Senate campaign. We held get-togethers at my house, and I fundraised for Dave. On top of this, I phone banked and went door to door to help spread the word for Senator Cortese’s campaign. I also campaigned in 2016 for Ash. Ash Kalra’s very competitive election. Finally, I am also the treasurer of the Bihar Foundation USA, a nonprofit which represents the local Indo-American community. I want to become a Delegate to the California Democratic Party so I can help the CDP serve the community. One of the first things I want to do is help elected officials understand how important it is to provide funding for our people and neighborhoods which are in need.

Lalbabu “Babu” Prasad

Gina is a Progressive that believes in listening to the community.

She is a staunch believer in Health Care For All, transparency in power, and equality for all. No special favors or treatment for anyone. Everyone abides by the rules and that is especially important for people in elected office or that have the power to make decisions for others. She believes that being a Democrat is about investing in the community, (families, small businesses, students, elderly, and workers) so folks can lift themselves up to health, prosperity, and service.

Gina has served on numerous boards including MADD Bay Area, SV Housing, and currently services on the Bay Area 211 Advisory Board. She has fought for equal wages for equal work, against predatory payday lenders, and Bank Accountability locally, in Sacramento, other states, and in Washington DC. She has served as a Progressive Candidate before and wishes to continue to serve the community in this capacity.

Feel Free to reach her at 669-500-0128 (text is best)

Please vote for Gina Gates

Gina Gates

https://democratsvote2020.com/gina-gates

Gina Gates

My name is Enrique Arguello. It has been my pleasure to serve as a AD27 Delegate and I am seeking your support for re-election. I am a proud immigrant and have worked in the fields, the restaurant industry and later as a Laborer and with hard work and dedication I am the Business Manager of Laborers Local 270. I have a different viewpoint and can bring my experience to best serve as a delegate. Sadly, as a covid-19 survivor and having lost my immediate family members I have seen firsthand how this virus has impacted our communities of color and my district the most. It is imperative that our party work together to overcome the damage this virus has caused. Pushing for policies and equity across the board to provide relief both mentally and financially.

In this past term, I have supported the party by electing more Democrats across the state from top down. Assuring that we secure the next generation of leaders ready in the pipeline. I have participated in engaging the community by registering people to vote and engaging with them to become educated and active voters. I have organized hundreds of volunteers in precinct walking, ran-phone banks and fundraised to support our Democratic candidates and leaders that support our values and policies that will benefit the working-class families.

I have always been passionate about actively participating in the labor movement and fighting for social justice. I have been involved in organizations like SIREN, Somos Mayfair, Sol Coalition Primo De Mayo, Movimiento Democratic Coalition and in all union activities of the Laborers Local 270. I have continued to mobilize hundreds of community members to help pass measures that create jobs, fight for the increase of the minimum wages, rent control, wage theft, assisted with the San Jose flooding, continue to organize a food bank that helps hundreds of families each week and have hosted many workshops for citizenship.

I will continue to advocate for the Democratic party to fight for Equity and Social Justice and share the needs and ideas with our party leaders. I respectfully ask you for your support and vote to be your AD27 delegate.

Enrique Arguello

My name is Luis Arguello and I am running for AD27 delegate.  I live in East San Jose and I am a proud alumnus of Overfelt High School and graduate of San Jose State University.  As a mental health advocate while at San Jose State University I served as a SJSU Mental Health Ambassador.  I also volunteered at the YWCA as a Rape Crises Counselor and at Valley Medical Center Suicide and Crisis Services (SACS) as a Suicide Prevention Volunteer Counselor. I have continued to be involved in many community organizations giving back as much as I can.  

Most recently I have been serving as a member of the San Jose 2040 Task Force.  Currently, I work as the Assistant Business Manager of LiUNA Laborers Local 270 and prior to that I was a Business Agent and apprenticeship coordinator for LiUNA—Northern California Laborers Training Center.  As a Local 270 Executive board member I always advocate for our working-class families and work to support our allies and candidates that hold our Democratic values.  

I have been involved in many local races supporting our Democratic candidates.  I have also volunteered in for many candidates assisting and coordinating precinct walks, phone banks and voter outreach.  I believe that we are at a tipping point within our party to really make some positive grand strides.  Although we have President-Elect Biden now, we must work together to reverse the damage that has been done these past 4 years.  Our country and our neighborhoods are suffering more than just financial hardship, they are suffering physically and emotionally.  We need to work together to help elect Democratic Leaders that will fight for the most vulnerable members of our community.  

If elected I will continue to advocate for our working-class families and make sure we show the rest of the United States how we can come together and prevail.  I kindly ask for your support and vote to serve as your next AD27 delegate.

Luis Arguello

I have called Santa Clara County home for most of my life. After moving quite a few times in my youth, the past 15 years I spent living in AD-28 has given me an appreciation for the beautiful diversity of our district. Two years ago, my fellow constituents awarded me the honor of an ADEM position. I would love to win your vote again, to continue participating in and learning from our state’s democratic party in the coming years.

As a founding member of Orchard City Indivisible (OCI), I have been passionate about showing my commitment to improving our community through local activism. Part of my work includes organizing clothing and supply drives for local fire victims, donations to women’s shelters, and weekly contributions to the food pantry at the church we call home. Additionally, through our weekly OCI meetings, I have had the opportunity to personally speak with many of our local and state representatives about issues that directly impact our district, such as housing, income inequality, systemic discrimination, education, etc.

Besides my local political activism, I have owned and operated a small business while raising a family. I am now finishing up a degree in Nutrition Science and hope to put my education to use in my community. As a proud member of the LBGTQ+ community and a black woman, I understand the needs of our most marginalized groups. Given the opportunity, I would continue to represent you with a diverse understanding of our district’s driving issues and the hope of building a brighter future together.

Mara Privitt

As an educator and activist I’m committed to inspiring the next generation of leaders and game changers; Our Youth! I’ve worked in schools across the county serving as a teacher, restorative justice coordinator and Dean of Students. I replaced out dated discipline systems with restorative practice, cultural responsiveness and community engagement. I founded a community based organization : Youthhype and work alongside our youth to bring justice to our marginalized communities while empowering the people to rise up. I plan to represent the voices of those traditionally excluded from the table regarding matters of policy and social change.

LaToya Fernandez

My name is Domingo Candelas and I write this today to humbly ask for your vote for ADEMs representing Assembly District 27. I am a passionate and dedicated public servant with a history of working towards improving the lives of families.

Currently, I work at (Valley Water) also known as the Santa Clara Valley Water District, advocating for policies to ensure access to safe, clean, and reliable drinking water for everyone in our community.

Prior to joining Valley Water, I served as the District Director for State Senator Jim Beall, advocating for progressive policies and equity through Transportation, Health and Human Service, and Education policies.

I was born and raised in AD 27 and look forward to continuing to serve as an elected delegate once again.

Thank you for your consideration and for your vote!

Domingo Candelas

A lifelong Democratic Party activist and member, I have taken part in 2016 California Democratic Party Convention in San Jose, CA actively. Although I am a Tech Executive, I have spent major portion of my time in political activity, leading Charity Organizations, and organizing community programs. With my experience, I like to get your support for my candidacy so that I can spend time in actively contributing in Democratic Party enhancement programs, supporting leadership improvement activities, and dedicating myself to my values and believe of low-income housing, technology for all, and social equality and partnership through social entrepreneurship.

I am currently Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development, Technology and Strategic Marketing at Yield Engineering Systems, a leading Semiconductor and Life-Sciences Equipment company located in Fremont, CA. I have also led Charity Organization – Educational Charitable and Humanitarian Organization (ECHO) at different Executive leadership capacity including President from 2011-2013. Before joining Yield Engineering Systems, I spent 15 years as Vice President of Business Development and Technology at Eugenus/AIXTRON/Genus (acquisitions). I also held senior management positions at Applied Materials and Novellus (acquired by Lam Research). I received my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Dublin City University in Ireland in 1993, and the Certificate of Business Excellence from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley in 2019.

With my technical career achievement, Democratic Party involvement, and Charity Organization engagement, I would be able to contribute as a member of ADEM in Democratic Party. I would highly appreciate your support.

Zia Karim

I came to the United States at the age of 12, got a job a few years after to help support my family. At age 18, I casted my vote as a Democrat for the first time as a new citizen, as a student, and as a son who saw his own parents abused at work, struggling to make ends meet.

Growing up in an immigrant working class family, I believe the Democratic Party needs leaders that remember who we’re supposed to look out for: the marginalized, the poor, the working class families who are being squeezed like never before. The past 4 years, and especially during this COVID pandemic, it’s clearer than ever that the inequities that exist in our society will never go away unless we actively and vigorously fight them.

We must be aggressively anti-racist, pro-immigrants and create a political climate of accountability and bold leadership. If elected as an ADEM 27 Delegate, I will put people first before all else.

As a former educator, union organizer and having spent all my adult life organizing and volunteering to support our communities, I humbly ask for your vote and your trust. I will represent you and will fight to make sure Democrats stay true to our values. — Dieu “Bruce” Huynh

Dieu "Bruce" Huynh

The Democratic Party is an important force for progressive values, and its strength comes from the work of its grassroots delegates. Delegates work in the field to register voters, elect good Democrats to elective office, and build the California Democratic Party (CDP).

I am a lifelong Democrat, a native of San Francisco, and a 20 year resident of San Jose. The Bay Area is my home; the values of Bay Area Democrats are my values. My experience in training and non-profit administration are valuable assets for volunteer work within the CDP, and my knowledge of California legislative history is a valuable resource for new delegates and candidates.

As a delegate, I promise to represent your interests and your values within the California Democratic Party.

Please vote for me for delegate.

Emilie Gatfield

Donald Trump is not the main problem for the current division and issues this nation faces and they will not go away after January 20th. Trump failed to denounce white supremacy, separated immigrant parents from their children, and consistently used racist rhetoric. Yet 6 million Californians voted for Trump and the number of Black and Latinx voters who cast a ballot for him were up from 2016. Sadly,10 million registered voters chose not to vote in this election. This is a problem.

Typically, we democrats would move on to the next election and continue our business-as-usual model. We cannot afford to use our same strategies because many in this country have lost sight of placing country over politics and power. Republicans have shown us, they are fine with demagoguery, dictatorship, marshal law, and a coup if it allows them to remain in power. Had Trump not been horribly incompetent and botched the pandemic, democracy as we know it might be done. Democracy is on life support.

Why are democrats allowing this to happen? Because we react vs being proactive. We use the same tired strategies. We cannot explain the party’s principles in a succinct manner. We do not demonstrate strength to earn voter’s respect.

I am committed to interviewing those who did not vote in the 2020.election. To find out why they chose not to participate and if they are willing to listen to what the democratic party has to offer or better yet become involved. I will put forth an effort to create a voter information initiative, a voter engagement effort, and voter registration drives.

If this election was about the “soul” of America, voting Trump out is not enough. He merely reflects republican values and practices they have held and implemented over the last 40 years. In the past they used dog whistles, now they are comfortable being open with their systemic racist policies. Their laws and governance negatively impact poor families as well as people of color. We must do a better job of getting this point across.

Democrats must confront the nation’s racism, xenophobia, and classism unapologetically if America is to live up to its promise. A healthy democracy is dependent upon all members’ participating in the public policy process and having influence over decisions that affect their lives. We must be our brothers and sisters keeper. Democrats must secure and save democracy.

Monica Kitchiner

Hello everyone, my name is Angel Martinez, and I am proud to be running for Delegate for AD27. As the President of the Silicon Valley Young Democrats, I have been hard at work advocating for younger representation in our local elected offices. If elected as your Delegate, I will continue working towards creating a more inclusive space within our party for young and diverse voices.

As a San José native, I have seen how representation affects our communities. I have spent the last 10 years working closely with local communities in a variety of campaigns ranging from environmental to educational. Having worked on different campaigns, I have seen first hand how different socioeconomic groups are affected during difficult times, and how a single policy maker can change local law for the better.

The Republican presidency of the last four years has created an understandable disgust to the way politics in this country works and only by steadfastly maintaining our values and pushing our platform and party to be more progressive will we begin to heal our country. Our party is changing, and how we adapt to these changes will dictate the direction of the Democratic party for the next generation. Thank you, and I hope to earn your vote.

Angel D. Martinez

Jose Lopez (Bob) is a Progressive that supports healthcare for all, Big money out of politics, and No backroom deals.

He is a Formulation Chemist for a large Bio-Medical company in Silicon Valley, a history buff, and a proud military dad. Bob is easy-going, a good listener, and not a pushover. Bob started community activism many decades ago starting with a walkout for student rights. As a parent, he was the chair of San Jose High School’s parent group for several years and a supporter of student sports. He served many years as chair of his homeowner’s association board, Bob is a dedicated family man. He thinks before he speaks and won’t be rushed or cajoled. Bob is a “make sense” candidate.

Please vote for Jose (Bob) Lopez.

https://democratsvote2020.com/jose-lopez

Jose (Bob) Lopez

The Democratic Party is rooted in equity, justice, and dignity for all people. I share those values and will use this position to promote the principles and platform of the party. We must be aggressively anti-racist and create a political climate of accountability and bold leadership. If re-elected as an ADEM 27 Delegate, I will continue to diligently and responsibly serve the party.

As a proud union member, I believe the Democratic Party needs leaders who value strategic partnerships with organized labor and environmental organizations. These relationships will help build more power and opportunities for Democrats to achieve our goals. I’m committed to doing this work and respectfully request your support.

Currently, I hold the position of Vice-Chair for the Santa Clara County Democratic Party and serve on the Executive Board of DAWN, Democratic Activist for Women Now. With over twenty years of service to the party, I humbly ask for your vote to continue to serve and represent our South Bay communities.

Jean Cohen

I came to the United States at the age of 12, got a job a few years after to help support my family. At age 18, I casted my vote as a Democrat for the first time as a new citizen, as a student, and as a son who saw his own parents abused at work, struggling to make ends meet.

Growing up in an immigrant working class family, I believe the Democratic Party needs leaders that remember who we’re supposed to look out for: the marginalized, the poor, the working class families who are being squeezed like never before. The past 4 years, and especially during this COVID pandemic, it’s clearer than ever that the inequities that exist in our society will never go away unless we actively and vigorously fight them.

We must be aggressively anti-racist, pro-immigrants and create a political climate of accountability and bold leadership. If elected as an ADEM 27 Delegate, I will put people first before all else.

As a former educator, union organizer and having spent all my adult life organizing and volunteering to support our communities, I humbly ask for your vote and your trust. I will represent you and will fight to make sure Democrats stay true to our values. — Dieu “Bruce” Huynh”

Dieu "Bruce" Huynh"