Assembly District 49

District

BallotName

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IdentifiesAsFemale(SIF)

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49 Heather M. Wolpert-Gawron * SIF
49 Jose A. Sanchez No OSIF
49 Joseph Joshua Martinez No OSIF
49 Danny Woo No OSIF
49 Diana Lee No SIF
49 Mark Licker No OSIF
49 Sean Eric McMorris No OSIF
49 Lynn Marie Mierzejewski No OSIF
49 Amy J. Wong No SIF
49 Emily Quach No SIF
49 Felicia Sandoval No SIF
49 Mario Luke Nieto No OSIF
49 Ken Tang No OSIF
49 Maria Elena Diaz No SIF
49 Alexander Siu * OSIF
49 Ricardo Padilla No OSIF
49 Analu A. Fernandini No SIF
49 Stephanie Garcia No SIF
49 George E. Herrera No OSIF
49 Samir M. Al-Alami No OSIF
49 Sandra Armenta Lopez No SIF
49 Tiffany Marina Aleman No SIF
49 Dawn Tarin No SIF
49 Anthony R. Fellow No OSIF
49 Salvador Ramirez No OSIF
49 Mario Martinez No OSIF
49 Nancy Armenta * SIF
49 Leslie Chang No SIF
49 Maribel Castillon No SIF
49 Gabriel Brossy de Dios No OSIF
49 Aristotle Acevedo No OSIF
49 James Berry No OSIF
49 Albert Lam No OSIF
49 Suzie Abdou No SIF
49 David Diaz No OSIF
49 Jean Balest No SIF
49 Katie H. Chan No SIF
49 Jesus Payan No OSIF
49 Jasmine Cheng No SIF
49 Shelley Ryan No SIF
49 Edson Quinteros No OSIF
49 Irma Gorrocino No SIF
49 Peter Vasquez No OSIF
49 Natalie Tong No SIF
49 Michael Soto * OSIF
49 Cecilia Maria Gomez-Gonzalez * SIF
49 Luis Bobadilla No OSIF
49 Melissa Mia Michelson * SIF
49 Bobbie McGowan * SIF
49 Cindy Wu * SIF

Candidate Statements

I am running to be an ADEM delegate for Assembly District 49 because I care profoundly about our community. I was born and raised in this district and went to Mark Keppel High School where I served as class president for three years. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in International Development and continued on to Georgetown Medical School. I am now about to graduate from my ophthalmology residency at LAC+USC, the largest single healthcare provider in LA County—where I directly work with and care for my community members.

I am keenly aware of the historic biases that pervade our day-to-day lives and continuously advocate for my patients to ensure they have access to necessary resources and care. As a member of the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU, a union representing resident physicians, I have also been able to advocate for my colleagues who stand with me on the front lines of healthcare, especially during this global pandemic. My goal as an ADEM delegate would be to ensure that our assembly district is represented and that our party will advance policies that will move us towards a better, more inclusive future.

Dr. Diana Lee

I am running for 49th Assembly Delegate to the Democratic Party to bring a progressive, independent perspective to Democratic policies and positions. Too often, we outthink ourselves into muting our fundamental goals and objectives. This leaves voters confused and cynical about what we stand for, the hills we are willing to die on.
One occasion, we as a party jump to conclusions based on cheap gestures and superficial thinking: eg, endorsing Alex Villanueva for the non-partisan office of LA County Sheriff simply because he disavowed helping ICE and because the incumbent was a Republican.
If elected, I will bring a thoughtful, considered approach to party positions, strategies, and candidacies. I will keep our goals for a just, equitable society and how to reach them at the forefront of my thinking. I ask for your vote. I look forward to helping move our proud party, our Golden State, and our great nation forward.

Very truly yours,
Mark Licker

Mark David Licker

Thank you for considering me as an ADEM delegate to represent the 49th District.

I am a proud Democrat and have been my whole life.
I consider myself progressive. I support affordable housing, healthcare for all, campaign finance reform, immigrant and LGBTQ rights, accessible education, a living wage, and policies in general that support equity in representation, human dignity, and social justice.

The GOP has abdicated its duties to the American people. Thus, the burden of responsibility for addressing the country’s, state’s, and our community’s ills falls primarily upon the Democratic Party. The good news is we are up to the task, and I am ready to do my part.

I recognize that our Party is experiencing growing pains amidst extreme political and cultural polarization. I will work to bridge Party divides without compromising my ideals and progressive vision.

I have lived in the 49th District for two decades. During that time, I have been actively involved at the state and local level. I understand the needs and divisions in our communities. As an ADEM delegate, I will advocate for policies and leaders who unite and advance the Party so that we all benefit from the progressivism needed to lift us up and move our communities forward.

Take heart. Our Party will right the ship. Thank you for taking the time to read my candidate statement and consider me as your ADEM representative. I would be honored to receive your vote. You can view a short video I made at the link below.

Video: https://bit.ly/2IGa2GV

Bio: I have served as the president and secretary of the Alhambra Democratic Club and remain a member. I am a recipient of the LACDP’s Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year award for the 49th Assembly District. In 2016, I founded the Represent.US, Los Angeles-San Gabriel Valley chapter, which advocates for anti-corruption reform at all levels of government. Over the last 3 years, I worked ardently to help successfully pass extensive election and campaign finance reform through the ballot initiative process in Alhambra, CA. In addition, I have worked on the campaigns of local Democratic candidates throughout the 49th District over the last 5 years. Finally, I promote good government policies at my day job as an organizer and policy advisor for California Common Cause.

Sean McMorris

My name is Lynn Marie Mierzejewski. I am a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District. I am credentialed by the state of California to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities and moderate to severe disabilities. I have a Master of Science Degree in Special Education with a Specialization in Moderate to Severe Disabilities. I graduated with the highest distinction – summa cum laude. I am very active with United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the American Federation of Teachers, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Teachers Association, and the National Education Association. I am also active with Autism Speaks and the Council for Exceptional Children. As a delegate, I will work hard to represent and protect the best interests of teachers and students. I will continue to stay abreast of new developments and bills or laws that will impact the educational community in order to effectively carry out the duties and responsibilities of a Delegate of District 49. It will be an honor to serve as a Delegate during this crucial time in history in order to ensure that the voices of teachers and students will be heard — loud and clear.

Lynn Marie Mierzejewski

I’m Amy J. Wong, a progressive community leader passionate about advancing social justice in the San Gabriel Valley. Committed to my values, I will fight for a more inclusive and equitable Democratic Party that works for all people, especially historically marginalized folks.

We need bold, progressive policies and leaders to help solve the overlapping crises we’re currently living through, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and the fight for racial justice.

As a first-generation Chinese American woman and San Gabriel Valley native, I’m proud of growing up in a working-class family. I envision a society where everyone of all backgrounds has their essential needs met, including living wages and affordable high-quality food, housing, healthcare, and education. I believe people and the planet should be prioritized over profits. I support policies like Medicare for All, Homes for All, a Green New Deal, defunding the police, cancelling student loans, and many others that improve people’s quality of life.

With over six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, I lead environmental justice projects as a Program Specialist at Active San Gabriel Valley, a community-based organization dedicated to creating a more sustainable, equitable and livable region. I also serve as the Planning Commission Chair for the City of El Monte. Previously, I advocated for increased access to parks, rivers, and mountains as the Coalition Coordinator at Nature for All. Prior to that, I worked at Day One, implementing local public health initiatives. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology and a minor in Environmental and Human Health.

Vote for me, Amy J. Wong, so I can bring progressive values to our state party’s leadership.

Amy J. Wong

I’ve been a resident of the San Gabriel Valley (Arcadia) my whole life – all 21 years of it! My commitment to political activism began before I could vote when I was 16 and I interned for Congresswoman Judy Chu and the LA County Democratic Party. I hope to be elected as a delegate to advance progressive values within the Democratic Party and bridge the intergenerational gap between Democrats.

My political advocacy work continued in college at UCSB where I studied Political Science and Asian American Studies. Some of the work I’ve done:
– Held leadership positions within student government to support projects regarding housing and food insecurity, community safety, gun law reform, and undocumented student services
– Coordinated and organized fully-subsidized lobbying trips to Sacramento and Washington D.C. for students to gain advocacy skills and lobby education policies at the state and federal level
– Assisted on local campaigns and get out the vote canvassing to get the student community registered to vote to result in one of the largest voter turnouts for a university in the country
– Volunteered at two legal non-profits to ensure students and low-income families can access quality legal aid and resources
I’ve worked with a variety of constituents and helped my community wherever I’ve been. Therefore, I’m ready to work with fellow Democrats within the CA Democratic Party.

I am currently a Board Member for LA County Young Democrats representing the LA County Regional 5 District that covers AD-49. The Democratic Party is in a unique position where we have more and more young people joining. With a surge in young voter turnout this past election, I hope to bring a new fresh perspective to the Democratic Party and serve as a bridge between Boomers, Millennials, and Gen Z Democrats. As a delegate, I want to work on increasing civic engagement, create an inclusive space for all groups, and create a platform to encourage more younger folks and women to run for office. I wish to serve as a role model and continue to represent and give back to the community I grew up in.

Please vote for me, Emily Quach, for one of your AD-49 delegates! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at emilyquach@ucsb.edu.

Emily Quach

I am running to push forward the Bernie Sanders progressive vision of getting corporate money and influence out of politics and especially out of the Democratic Party. I want to have Medicare for ALL, fight the existential threat of climate change, as well as establish transparency, accountability, and democracy within the Democratic Party. I am a non-establishment, grassroots candidate, and I am not afraid to vote against the entrenched elite establishment within the party.
I believe in and will fight for/to:
Medicare for all
A Green New Deal
Clean safe drinking water as a public utility
Cancellation of student debt
Free public college
Affordable housing and end homelessness
Livable wage
Defund and demilitarize the police
End our wars for oil and natural resources in foreign countries
Reduction of the Pentagon budget
End fossil fuel and Wall Street subsidies
Ending corporate and billionaire tax breaks
Pro-labor union
End monopolies in business and media (Antitrust enforcement)
Break up the largest banks
Support anti-corruption, corporate-free candidates who share these same beliefs

Felicia Sandoval

My name is Mario Luke Nieto and I am Mexican-American. I’m a resident of Alhambra and an organizer with the Alhambra Tenants Union.

I have been voting for Progressive Democratic candidates all of my adult life. I focus on building a stronger community and push for better funding for resources needed to help each individual live a safe, healthy, and secure life. I also spend a great amount of my time focusing on tenants’ rights and educating local residents and neighbors about their rights as a tenant, especially under these current pandemic times.

As a part of the San Gabriel Valley Berniecrats slate, I want to push forward the PROGRESSIVE vision in the CA Democratic Party that BERNIE SANDERS ignited in 2016, which is getting big money and corporate money out of politics, Medicare for All, fighting the existential threat of climate change, and becoming a CORPORATE-FREE Democratic Party. I’m a GRASSROOTS and NON-ESTABLISHMENT candidate, and I want transparency, accountability and democracy within the Democratic Party. I promise I’ll fight and vote against the Entrenched Elite Establishment within the Democratic Party, and I will only support 100% corporate-free candidates.

The San Gabriel Valley deserves Progressive and trustworthy leaders to represent them.

Mario Luke Nieto

Maria Elena Diaz, RN (She/her/hers/ella)
I have been a registered nurse for over 32 years and a Monterey Park resident for almost 20 years. As the daughter of immigrant parents and a health care professional, I share a deep belief in ensuring equitable access to health care, affordable housing, a safe environment and opportunity for all our communities. My passion for these issues is what will drive my work as an ADEM delegate.
I have lifelong roots in our district and surrounding communities. I was born and raised in Boyle Heights. I graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Lincoln Heights and graduated from California State University Los Angeles with a B.S. in Nursing. My husband is a public school teacher and our two children attended Brightwood, Ynez and Mark Keppel schools in Monterey Park.
As a registered nurse, I have come to understand how different issues impact the health of our community. No one can thrive without a good job, a clean environment, a safe home or protection of personal rights. This has led me to be a leader in various organizations. I am a union steward and executive board member of SEIU 121RN and on the steering committee of the SEIU Nurse Alliance of California. I am a proud member of Amnesty International Group 22 in Pasadena and a parent/member of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome/heart advocacy organizations, as well as organizations that assist refugees and fight hate groups.
This pandemic has strengthened my resolve to continue to fight for health care justice and access. As a frontline healthcare professional, I was horrified by the lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) even before the pandemic was declared which led to the loss of thousands of healthcare workers and friends and family worldwide. I have seen the terrifying effects of inaction and I am committed to being a strong voice for the health and well-being of our communities and patients as we recover and rebuild from this crisis.
I believe that healthcare, including mental healthcare, is a human right. I believe that America can and should welcome refugees. I am excited to have the opportunity to have a voice in a progressive platform and support candidates that will prioritize the values and needs of our community.
Interview: https://www.prismreports.org/article/2020/10/12/nurses-associations-refusal-to-denounce-trump-angers-members

Maria Elena Diaz, RN

I, Alexander Siu, am a San Gabriel Valley native who has worked as a community organizer and small business advocate. I am lucky and proud to have called SGV home for almost all my life. My parents immigrated to California from Taiwan more than 30 years ago and found a place to call home in Monterey Park, welcomed by the strong Asian community and plentiful opportunities. I attended public schools and graduated from San Marino High School before studying Design | Media Arts and Asian American Studies at UCLA.

Born and raised in the SGV, I have seen the socioeconomic gap widen over the decades, including within the Asian American community that is anything but a monolith. The rising cost of living is making it more and more difficult and unappealing for residents of all backgrounds to raise a family or build a business here. I am running to better our home. I am committed to bringing expanded healthcare, affordable housing, racial and social equity, investments in education, and environmental sustainability to the San Gabriel Valley.

Over the years, I have worked on issues including education and racial justice. I helped build 626 Night Market into one of the country’s premier festivals, providing local small business owners, restaurateurs, and entrepreneurs a unique platform to grow their businesses — showcasing SGV’s strong cultures while bringing in millions in revenue every year to the community. Most recently, I worked on Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign whose “Humanity First” platform — prioritizing human welfare over corporatism — I embrace. I have used my voice to empower and advocate for San Gabriel Valley residents of all generations, and I am ready to take the fight for a better, more livable SGV on your behalf to the state party level.

My active engagement and strong connection to my community enables me to represent our district’s diverse constituents well, increase youth participation, and most importantly, develop meaningful policies that address our greatest needs. Assembly District 49 deserves a fresh generation of leaders and I am ready to champion for our future. 

If you live in Alhambra, Arcadia, El Monte, Montebello, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, South El Monte, and Temple City, I hope to earn your vote to represent us.

Follow @SiuCA49 on Twitter for updates

 

Alexander Siu

RE-ELECTION for DEMOCRATIC PARTY DELEGATE, 49th DISTRICT

My name is RICARDO PADILLA. I am a 44 year resident of the friendly city of El Monte and a 28 year PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATOR in the El Monte City School District. I currently serve as a Board of Trustees for El Monte Union High School District Board of Education. I have dedicated my life to educating our youth, creating policy that ensures equity and access, and serving my community. I continue to be passionate about issues such as education, DREAMERS, immigration, healthcare, homelessness, mental health, and many others that affect our quality of life here in the San Gabriel Valley. If RE-ELECTED, I will ensure that we continue to fight for our Democratic values and EQUITY. For these reasons, I have decided to run for RE-ELECTION for DEMOCRATIC
PARTY DELEGATE, 49th DISTRICT.

My qualifications and accomplishments are as follows:

•Proud father of two amazing boys-21 and 22
•First in my family to graduate from college
•Earned an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and
Master of Arts
•Hold credentials in teaching, counseling,
administration and dropout prevention
•28 year PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATOR
•2 year DEMOCRATIC PARTY DELEGATE,
49TH DISTRICT
•7 year Board of Education Trustee in the El Monte Union High School District
•28 year Board Member of El Monte-South El Monte Emergency Resources Assoc.
•28 year Youth Basketball Coach
•Recipient- PTA Golden Oak Award
•Recipient- ACSA Golden Apple Award
•Bilingual/Biliterate/Bicultural in English/Spanish

I came to this country at the age of five. As a Mexican- American, it gives me great pride to serve my community. Education opened many doors for me and has allowed me to be a positive Latino male role model. I am truly living the American Dream. I have a strong commitment to the Democratic Party because it has allowed me to have a seat at the table and to advocate and fight for issues that affect underprivileged people, communities of color and people of color like myself. If elected, I will continue to practice the collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity that has made the Democratic Party the best party in our country. I humbly and respectfully ask for your vote.

Again, I am RICARDO PADILLA, running for RE-ELECTION for DEMOCRATIC PARTY DELEGATE, 49th DISTRICT. Congrats President Elect BIDEN.

Ricardo Padilla

My name is Analu Fernandini and I have lived in district 49 for the past 21 years, most of them in the city of Rosemead. The last 14 years of my career have afforded me the opportunity to serve the public and community members in need. Working for the County of Los Angeles, I have had the opportunity to directly assist families with issues related to immigration, housing, small business resources and other vital County services. As an immigrant, I value and admire the perseverance of past generations that came before me as they laid roots and built a community culture that I am thankful to be a part of today.

The unprecedent stress this pandemic has brought to the 49th district and California has inspired me to get involved and seek the possibility to further serve our community. These last 9 months working and speaking to struggling LA County residents have inspired me to want to take action and be a part of the positive change we need to get through this pandemic. This past election, our Country moved in the right direction by electing President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, now more than ever Democrats need to come together to ensure that the required changes come to fruition and that our state continues to lead. Becoming a Delegate of the California Democratic Party will allow me to serve as a voice for our district and fellow Democrats. We need to continue to push for change and achieve access to affordable housing, prioritize criminal justice reform, environmental justice and further support our immigrant communities.

I humbly seek your support and vote this upcoming January election. Together, we can continue the positive change our party started on November 3rd!

Analu A. Fernandini

Dear Fellow Democrats,

My name is Stephanie Garcia, and I am asking for your support to be re-elected as a Democratic Party Delegate for the 49th Assembly District to represent a community that I have called home for over thirty years.

As a union leader, migrant advocate, and parent-educator, I want to continue to use my unique experience to work for policies and resources that our community needs.

I have spent nearly 15 years as parent-educator helping students achieve academic success. I have also worked closely with immigrant families who struggle as their children navigate their journey through higher education and careers.

I am a PTA Executive Board member, and I’m also a member of the executive board for the local California School Employee Association. As a leader in my union, I see the struggles that employees deal with and fight for the equity and fairness in the workplace that they deserve.

A resident of the City of Rosemead for most of my life, I’m dedicated to my community, including being the current Beautification Commissioner. In my free time, I volunteer to help with needs of the children in my community, including obtaining backpacks and other essentials for them.

Being a voice for my family, friends and neighbors has spurred my involvement in the political process. As a passionate and committed Democrat, I want to continue to make sure my community is heard. I humbly ask for you to vote for me, Stephanie Garcia, as a Democratic Delegate for Assembly District 49.

Thank you.

Stephanie Garcia

Honest, trustworthy, and empathetic, these are my ethical values. I am George Ely Herrera, a proud San Gabriel resident and I am running to become a California Democratic Party State Delegate to represent the great people of the 49th Assembly District. I earned an Associate’s degree in Political Science and History from El Camino College and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre Legal Studies from Cal State LA. What is the American dream? To me, it’s the pursuit of happiness and freedom. That means the opportunity to persevere, the freedom to speak one’s opinion without the fear repercussion, and the liberty to make our own decisions. In order to progress, we must live out our dreams, and that means rolling up our sleeves to fight the good fight for what is right. Equality for all; I demand respect for everyone, regardless of age, color, gender, sexual orientation or economic status. Quality education; fair wages for our teachers, equal distribution of educational resources, and emphasizing early education in technology and science. Affordable housing for everyone; it’s simply not right to be the leading nation while having a homeless crisis in our own backyard. We need more mental institutions to provide the right care, encourage the use of natural medication, and implement educational programs to help our increasing homeless population so they can rise out of any hardship they might be going through. Change is scary, that is because change might look hard and sure enough it might be. But with the right leadership voicing our concerns, together we can make a positive impact. I am a proud Democrat that listens to the people, collaborates with the people and works for the people. I am George Ely Herrera and I represent Change and Progress.

George E. Herrera

Sandra Armenta was entrusted to be your CA Democratic Delegate in 2019, and she would be humbled to represent you again in 2021. She is proud of the work she was involved with in electing President-Elect Biden and making history in electing Vice President-Elect Harris.

Sandra has been involved in the community through youth groups and community-based activities prior to being elected to the Rosemead City Council in March 2009, she is the current Mayor of Rosemead. Sandra was instrumental in developing the Public Safety CONNECTIONS Forum and the Beautification Commission. CONNECTIONS is comprised of community organizations and community leaders who are working together to prevent and combat crime, especially with youth. The Beautification Commission’s mission is to make Rosemead a more beautiful place to live, work, and shop; to encourage and instill a stronger sense of community pride by our residents and businesses; and to maintain and increase property values, and attract positive development.

Sandra was part of Water Education for Latino Leaders UnTapped Fellowship, a year-long comprehensive educational program. The fellows studied the history, governance, policy, infrastructure, finance, and the economics of water in California and their relationship to human rights and climate change. She has also earned Public Policy certificates from Harvard and USC.

Sandra is the Immediate Past President for the California Contract Cities Association. Sandra also serves as a Trustee and Finance & Audit Committee Member for the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control.

As a former Special Education Teacher, she worked with parents who were unaware of the resources and programs available to them or who were not receiving adequate support from program providers.
As a result, Sandra dedicated herself to work with her students’ families to make them aware of their rights and available resources.

As a Council Member, her goal is to encourage and empower residents to voice their concerns. Sandra strives to ensure that residents are informed about issues and are knowledgeable about the policy-making process for the City Council.

Please vote for Sandra Armenta to continue to represent you as your CA Democratic Delegate for the 49th District.

Sandra Armenta
sandralarmenta@gmail.com

Sandra Armenta

Dear Democrats,

The last four years has brought me to the realization that sitting on the sidelines of decision-making institutions is not enough for me. While the California Democratic Party is the largest Democratic Party organization outside of Washington, D.C., I have learned that just because I am a registered Democrat does not make me a member of the Democratic Party. In order to be part of this decision-making body I will need to be a duly elected Delegate. I am therefore running to become an Assembly District Delegate for the 49th Assembly District.

As a proud San Gabriel Valley resident of over 55 years, I believe I offer a genuine point of view for our region as an activist and advocate. As a community leader I currently serve in leadership positions in long- established organizations, including Kiwanis, Woman’s Club, Historical Society, and Sister City Association. Since 2015, I have worked as Festival Director of the Temple City Camellia Festival, which will be celebrating it’s 77th year in 2021.

In recognition of my service and efforts to improve the quality of life for Temple City residents, in 2019 Assemblymember Ed Chau honored me with his “Make a Difference Award,” and in 2015 I was the recipient of “The Golden Apple Award” from the Northwest San Gabriel Valley Administrators Association for volunteerism in the Temple City Unified School District.

I returned to school in my 30’s while balancing a full-time career as a paralegal and raising two small children with my husband. In 2008, after working in the legal field for over 20 years I became a full-time community volunteer and caregiver to aging family members. My personal views are formed from the perspective of being a life-long learner, the daughter of an insurance agent and nurse, the wife of 32 years to a first generation Mexican-American, and proud parent of two children; one of whom is a sworn law enforcement officer and the other a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. I believe the diversity of my relationships and background provides me with a well-rounded foundation from which to draw from and represent our amazing community. I would be honored to have your vote as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party for the 49th District.

Dawn E. Tarin

I am running for Democratic Party Delegate because I am committed to helping and be a voice for Veterans, advocate for working families, children and immigrants in our community. As a life long resident of the 49th Assembly District, I know too well the urgent need to help and support those who face many challenges, especially during this pandemic hardship. As the son of immigrant parents, I was first in my family to graduate from college, I understand the importance of cultivating strong and enduring partnerships with our local organizations to foster a seamless path to opportunities for our future leaders and support those who have many challenges.
As a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, I committed to a life of duty, sacrifice and honor. I believe in giving back and creating opportunities for those in need. I have dedicated 30 years of my life to create a better quality of life for my community serving as a leader and volunteer. My passion, perseverance, and education have afforded me the opportunity towards a better future. I will continue as a Democratic Party Delegate to improve policies and movements that will help prepare and help our community succeed in our global economy.

I respectfully ask for your vote consideration,

Salvador Ramirez

Salvador Ramirez

RE-ELECTION for DEMOCRATIC PARTY DELEGATE, 49th DISTRICT

My name is MARIO MARTINEZ. I am a 35 year resident of the City of South El Monte. I am a proud Sargent that served my country in the UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. I am also a TEAMSTER MEMBER for the past 22 years and SHOP STEWARD for 20 years. I believe in strong UNIONS for a better quality of life. I have dedicated my life to helping disabled VETERANS because I know firsthand the struggles are real. Every year I personally finance an event with WOUNDED HEROES of AMERICA to help increase VETERAN morale as well as increase POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) Awareness. I am very passionate about VETERAN AFFAIRS, mental health, healthcare, homelessness, education, and many others issues that affect the quality of life of residents here in the San Gabriel Valley. AS a Democratic Delegate, I will continue to fight and advocate for these issues. It is for these reasons that I am seeking RE-ELECTION for DEMOCRATIC PARTY DELEGATE, 49th DISTRICT.

My qualifications are as follows:
– Proud father of an amazing 6 year old girl
– UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
– Graduated from Forensic Academy
– 2 year DEMOCRATIC PARTY DELEGATE, 49th DISTRICT
– Member of the EL MONTEANS CIVIC COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
– El Monte-South El Monte Emergency Resources Association Volunteer
– Basketball Coach Assistant
– Bilingual in English and Spanish

I humbly and respectfully ask for your vote. Again, my name is MARIO MARTINEZ.

Mario Martinez

Dear Fellow Democrats,

My name is Nancy Armenta and I am seeking your support to represent you as your E-Board representative and Democratic Party Delegate for the 49th Assembly District. In an effort to continue my work as a strong proponent and advocate of social justice, economic equality and advancement of programs and policies that promote the dignity and worth of all people.

I have been employed by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family
Services since 2000.In addition to occupying a leadership role in multiple capacities with DCFS over the past 20 years, I have been involved in child advocacy and civil engagement for the majority of my adult life.

I have had the pleasure of calling Rosemead home for over 40 years. For the past five years I have served on the Rosemead School District Board of Trustees ( as a Board President and Clerk) as a champion of policies and directives which have placed students first. Ensuring that Rosemead School District students have the opportunity to obtain a quality education despite economic background, and securing vital resources to help our teachers succeed.

Additionally, I serve as the current Vice President of the Alhambra Democratic Club. It was my honor to receive the Unsung Hero Award in recognition for my dedication in pursuing social justice and making positive changes in my community. My collective experience has fostered strong leadership skills, specifically a desire to lead with transparency and honesty.

As a current Democratic Party Delegate for the 49th District, I have supported and advocated for candidates and incentives that have championed progressive ideals and policies. I have consistently supported candidates that have demonstrated a strong sense of leadership, vision, and purpose to guide the Democratic Party in a positive and impactful direction.

I would feel both humbled and privileged if re-elected to serve as a Democratic Party Delegate and your E-Board representative for the 49th District over the next two years. I would dedicate myself to working tirelessly to support the Democratic platform as we move forward with the rejuvenation of our country, making tremendous strides in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.

Nancy Armenta

My name is Leslie and I’m a strategy consultant, freelance writer, and grassroots organizer. I’m running as a progressive, young, BIPOC candidate along with the rest of the San Gabriel Valley Berniecrats slate to bring progressive politics to the California Democratic Party. I am a grassroots and non-establishment candidate and will only support 100% corporate-free candidates if elected. I was inspired to begin organizing at the grassroots level because of Bernie’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns and his vision for a just society. As such, my grassroots organizing experience is primarily grounded in his 2020 presidential campaign, along with the skills I’ve learned this year as a member of DSA-LA and Extinction Rebellion. I have a strong, bottoms-up organizing perspective and understand how to effectively communicate socialist ideals to a diverse and wide range of communities. Outside of the organizing sphere, I am a global health and development strategy consultant. I work with NGOs and not-for-profit organizations to brainstorm long-term goals, articulate a pathway to achieving their overall vision, and develop metrics to evidence progress. These experiences inform my political tendencies. I believe the California Democratic Party has the potential to catalyze material change for those communities that have historically been neglected by politics, including the poor, working class, frontline, and BIPOC communities. We must present a clear vision forward, one that isn’t a reactionary response of the factional politics of today. To do so, we must reject the notion that change only happens incrementally. Looking ahead, the Democratic must champion transparency, accountability, and democracy. Core issues to seriously consider include the Green New Deal, universal healthcare, free public education for K-16, a housing guarantee, and universal basic income. As the demographics and politics of California continue to evolve, I hope that the California Democratic Party has the vision and capacity to constantly engage its constituency, consider its priorities as a political party, and channel and direct our power productively. With so many people interested in politics and organizing from different corners of the state, we now have the capacity to start engaging with local communities in meaningful and material ways.

Leslie Chang

My name is Maribel Castillon and I am a Public Health Nurse with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. For the last 17 years I have served multiple cities including Rosemead and Montebello. I have lived in Monterey Park since 1996 and raised 4 children who attended public schools in the Alhambra School District. I am running as a delegate for the California Assembly 49th District because of the extraordinary times we are living in. I am ready to use my seasoned knowledge in Nursing, Community Health, Environmental Justice, Labor Unions, Just Culture, Legislation and put it into practice. I am devoted to representing our 49th Assembly District with honor, dignity and respect while:

• Voting for California Democratic Party (CDP) Platforms, endorsements and Resolutions.

• Supporting local Party and grassroots networks.

• Voting for the Endorsements of the CDP for partisan legislative and statewide offices in California.

• Voting for Positions on Ballot Propositions (as needed).

• Electing CDP Regional Directors who function as liaisons between the CDP, County Central Committees, and Democratic Clubs in regions comprised of 3 to 5 Assembly Districts.

• Attending Regional Meetings prior to CDP Executive Board meetings.

• Attending annual CDP Conventions.

I am passionate about issues that contribute towards a healthy, prosperous and just future for all. I am committed to holding leaders accountable and courageous enough to ask tough questions. I appreciate your vote and welcome your support.

Maribel Castillon, Public Health Nurse

My name is Gabriel Brossy de Dios, and I am a student and aspiring high school teacher running to make the Democratic Party represent more than the biggest corporations and the biggest donors. I was raised in Monterey Park, and took a year off from college to volunteer for Bernie Sanders during the 2020 primary here and then work as a field organizer with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party during the general election. I am committed to making the Democratic Party work for the people of the San Gabriel Valley, and am committed to breaking from the establishment to make that happen.

As a part of the San Gabriel Valley Berniecrats slate, I want to push forward the PROGRESSIVE vision in the CA Democratic Party that BERNIE SANDERS ignited in 2016, which is getting Big money and corporate money out of politics, Medicare for All, fighting the existential threat of climate change, and becoming a CORPORATE-FREE Democratic Party. I’m a GRASSROOTS and NON-ESTABLISHMENT candidate, and I want transparency, accountability and democracy within the Democratic Party. I will only support 100% corporate-free candidates. I promise to fight and vote against the entrenched elite Establishment within the Democratic Party.

Gabriel Brossy de Dios

Dear Fellow Democrats,

My name is James Berry, and I am humbly asking for your support and vote as a delegate to represent the 49th assembly district.

It has been a privilege to be able to represent the warm and diverse community that I have proudly called home for 15 years as a delegate to the California Democratic Party. The California Democratic Party is one of the most influential in the nation, often a driving force of progressive change. Now, more than ever, we need to advance issues that are critical to our community, such as healthcare access and economic equity, so that our country can heal and move forward.

Being of service is important to me, and I have had the pleasure of serving the City of Rosemead in various capacities: As a planning commissioner and Beautification Committee co-chair; a member of the unhoused resident outreach and response team; and a Certified Member of the Emergency Response Team.

This is why my Democratic platform is built on three issues: ensuring economic equity and access for all Californians; enhancing public health and access to healthcare coverage; and the need for thoughtful policy to protect our earth and environment.

I am putting myself out there in hopes to inspire others to get involved in the Democratic Party. I believe in the importance of bringing people together and encouraging each and every one of us to participate in all aspects of our democracy.

That’s why I ask, as a community servant and committed Democrat, for you to vote for me, James Berry, as a Democratic Delegate for Assembly District 49.

James Berry

Albert Lam understands the hardship it takes to live paycheck to paycheck, the challenges to work two minimum wage jobs at the same time that do not pay a living wage, and the lack of social protection (e.g., no healthcare, high loan interest rates). This is because he personally went through those experiences after reaching adulthood and through his early 20s, while putting himself through community college and CSULB. During those years, he also witnessed many that were in the same position of in need, because society has failed many of us with a system that allows the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer.

Since graduating, Albert has championed progressive values by volunteering in many national election campaigns, starting from the Obama campaign to the latest at the Sanders campaign. He hosted many events in LA County and San Bernardino County to discuss with many people the importance of having Medicare for All, Green New Deal, and College for All.

He will not stop promoting and advancing the importance of implementing progressive values.

Albert Lam

Suzie Abdou is a foreign policy expert and international development specialist on democracy, governance and gender with extensive experience in the Middle East & North Africa. She has demonstrated success in operationalizing multi-year strategies for U.S. NGOs abroad, managing negotiations, and managing relations with CA elected representatives. Suzie has over a decade of experience advocating for the rights of women and girls. In her commitment to empowering communities and individuals, she has successfully fundraised for Arab refugee communities in the EU, international public health programs, and women’s causes. She is frequently called upon by NPR and news television programs to comment on foreign affairs and women’s issues. Her op-eds and blog contributions have been featured in news and magazine outlets from HuffPost to Ms. Magazine.

Suzie is an State Assembly District 49 Delegate and the E-Board representative to the CA Democratic Party, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus L.A. Metro, Co-Director of the L.A. chapter of the Truman National Security Project and a 2017 alumna of Emerge California. In 2017, she was a Franklin Fellow with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project. Her work spans the political spectrum to include working advance on organizing rallies of 2,000+ attendees. Most recently, she secured celebrity surrogates to get out the vote for the Biden For President campaign and celebrity surrogates for fundraisers in support of the U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia.

Suzie holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of California Riverside, a Master’s degree in Orthodox Christian Theology from the University of Balamand (Lebanon), a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in Philosophy and Ancient Greek, and a Certificate in Public Relations from UCLA.

Suzie Abdou

My name is Jean Balest.  I’m a filmmaker, mother and produced live events for the past five years up until the lockdowns of 2020 which began in March of this year and were instituted to slow the spread of the Covid 19 Virus. I currently reside in Alhambra, CA and have been living in Los Angeles for 13 years.

As a part of the ”San Gabriel Valley Berniecrats” slate, I want to push forward the PROGRESSIVE vision in the CA Democratic Party that BERNIE SANDERS ignited nationwide with his 2016 & 2020 presidential campaigns: Implementing Medicare for All, A Green New Deal, ending the era of Mass Incarceration, Canceling Student Loan Debt and becoming a CORPORATE-FREE Democratic Party. I’m a  GRASSROOTS and NON-ESTABLISHMENT candidate, and I want transparency, accountability, and democracy within the Democratic Party. I’ll fight and vote against the Entrenched Elite Establishment within the Democratic Party, and I will only support 100% corporate-free candidates. I’ll fight as hard for the small business owners as I will for individuals and workers and vote against Mega Corporations that hoard wealth and have caused irreparable damage to the US economic infrastructure.

As I write this statement, my father is in the ICU ward of a hospital fighting for his life after being diagnosed with Covid 19. As a small business owner, he felt compelled to work and that he could not afford to stay home to ride out this deadly pandemic. Such has been the dilemma of small business owners and individual workers who have had to weigh working and exposing themselves to potential transmission of the virus in order to stay afloat in an economy that has been rigged for the ultra wealthy.
In this era of unprecedented wealth inequality, I intend to advocate for working families in California and to help further build the Progressive base in the State of California.

If not now, when? This country must recalibrate it’s brutal healthcare system and provide for its people over profits. Congress must pass relief now and with your vote it is my hope that we may steer away from partisan politics to fight for our community. Thank you for taking the time and consideration to cast your ballot in this special election, I hope you will consider casting your ballot for me. Stay safe and well.

Jean Balest

My name is Katie H. Chan (She/Her) and I am Chinese American. I was born and raised in the city of Alhambra and am currently a 4th-year student at UCLA.

Ever since I was able to vote, I have been voting for Democratic and capital ‘P’ Progressive candidates down-ballot. I am an extrovert who loves to engage in conversations with anyone regarding issues within the community. I have well-rounded experience and connections with different organizations in the community and have huge interests in pursuing Law School.

As a part of the San Gabriel Valley Berniecrats slate, I want to push forward the (far-left) PROGRESSIVE vision in the CA Democratic Party. The vision that BERNIE SANDERS ignited in 2016, which is getting Big money and corporate money out of politics, Medicare for All, fighting the existential threat of climate change, and becoming a CORPORATE-FREE Democratic Party. I’m a GRASSROOTS and NON-ESTABLISHMENT candidate and I want transparency, accountability, and democracy within the Democratic Party. (I will only support 100% corporate-free candidates.) I promise I’ll fight and vote against the Entrenched Elite Establishment within the Democratic Party.

I am trustworthy and open-minded and most importantly have a proven record of serving my community. The San Gabriel Valley needs a Progressive and hardworking leader to represent them.

Katie H. Chan

My name is Jesus Payan and I am a proud resident of AD49. Having lived in this district my entire life, with the exception of being out of state for university, I recognize the immediate needs and problems that our diverse district is facing, ranging from having some of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases in Southern California to the dire need for affordable housing in our district.

I am a queer, Latino, first generation graduate of Williams College, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Latina/o/x Studies in the Spring of 2020. Since returning home from school, I have been working as a coach for various high school Esports teams through Connected Camps. Outside of work, I am actively involved with the Sunrise Movement Los Angeles hub which is committed to pushing our government leaders to adopt the Green New Deal. As a passionate, hard-working, bilingual leader with experience in community organizing, education, and environmental research, I will push tirelessly for the change that AD49 and the California Democratic Party needs and deserves!

As a part of the San Gabriel Valley Berniecrats slate, I want to push forward the Progressive Vision in the California Democratic Party that Senator Bernie Sanders first ignited during his 2016 campaign. Amongst other goals, this vision includes getting lobbyists and corporate funding out of politics, Medicare for All, combatting the existential threat of climate change, cancelling student debt, and creating a corporate-free Democratic Party that works for EVERYONE.

I am a proud NON-ESTABLISHMENT, GRASSROOTS candidate that wants transparency, accountability, and fair democracy within the Democratic Party. I am not afraid to fight against the Entrenched Elite Establishment within our Party! In electing members of the San Gabriel Valley Berniecrat slate, you will help transform AD49 and the California Demorcatic Party into the Progressive Haven it ought to be.

Thank you for your consideration. It would be an honor to serve as a delegate of AD49.

Jesus Payan

Dear Democrats, My name is Jasmine Cheng. I am a community director for a consulting company. These past years, I have grown to be more interested and active within my community. Being a registered Democrat just isn’t enough anymore. As our world is in its current state, with the COVID-19 pandemic, I am seeing the changes and adaptations within our community. I would like to educate and mobilize the community; especially young people like myself. I want to be a part of the decision-making process. That is why I am running to become a California Assembly Delegate for the 49th Assembly District. As a proud San Gabriel Valley resident of over 28 years, I believe I can offer a different perspective in advocating and mobilizing. I am committed to democratic activism. During my years in school, I was a member in the Key Club and SAVE club, which is part of the Arsalyn Program that promotes awareness of political and social issues and civic engagement. Throughout my years in college, I have worked on many campaigns as well as Asian and Latino outreach programs to increase voter registration and promote involvement within the community. I believe in the power of voting. The years in school gave me the opportunity to participate in the community, and I began to become more involved in clubs and sports. I went to Rosemead High school. I cheered and danced in the Song team. I joined the clubs mentioned above. I was also a part of the track and field team. These community activities taught me to be a leader as well as how to work as a part of a team. These experiences have also allowed me to become a more well-rounded individual. I am a Cal State LA graduate, with volunteer experience at the LA Food Bank, AIDS Walk, and Wayfinder Family Services. As a delegate, I’d like to see change and improvements within our beautiful San Gabriel Valley. I want to be a leader in promoting the importance of health and safety in our communities. I am always looking forward to learning and I want to be a part of the solution. It would be an honor to have your vote.

Jasmine Cheng

It is my distinct honor to serve as a delegate for the Democrats.
I am a mother of 3 children, a life-long educator and Democrat, and school administrator. I am most passionate about equity, social justice, and the protection and safety of women and children, our community and resources, employment and affordable housing, and the environment.
I serve as President of the San Marino Board of Education, on the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association, and on the API Advisory Board to the President of Pasadena City College.
I have worked effectively and enthusiastically in many organizations and with diverse groups of people who have inspired and taught me lessons about leadership, critical thinking, service, integrity, responsibility, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration.
With fidelity and commitment, I will serve you.

Shelley Ryan

My name is Edson Quinteros. I am a proud Salvadoran American living in the city of Rosemead, California. I have been a lifelong Democratic voter and have continued to push for reform in our party when it comes to shining a light on hard working Americans that have fallen victim to a society that favors the opinions of corporate donors over everyday constituents. I live in an area of the San Gabriel Valley that is one of the most diverse, yet grossly underrepresented cities when it comes to political representation. As an active member in the community, I have seen first hand the different age groups and demographics in the SGV that consider themselves to be far left progressives but have never had any local representatives reach out to them when it comes to voicing their concerns or needs. I am here to make sure no one’s voice goes unheard ever again. Being an active member of the San Gabriel Valley Berniecrats, I am going to help push forward a new (far-left) PROGRESSIVE vision for the CA Democratic Party. A movement for change inspired by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders back in 2016, which made getting corporate money out of politics, free public college and Medicare For All, an official party platform. A movement that is deeply rooted in the hopes of making a CORPORATE-FREE Democratic Party a reality. I am both a GRASSROOTS and NON-ESTABLISHMENT candidate that will fight for transparency, accountability, and progress within the Democratic Party. I will only support 100% corporate-free candidates. If given the honor of serving you, I will fight and vote against any entrenched elite establishment figure within the Democratic Party. No longer will the progressive voices of our communities go unnoticed. As a political activist constantly pushing for people of all walks of life to become engaged in the democratic process, I know that my battle for change will be made possible by everyday people such as yourselves. I am honest, attentive and most importantly, a fighter for change. The San Gabriel Valley is ready to make themselves heard, and as your leader, I will put my heart and soul into making sure every person I represent is part of the national conversation for change.

Edson Quinteros

My name is Irma Gorrocino, and I would be honored to have your support as a local delegate for the 49th assembly district. I’m a proud product of Alhambra Unified Schools having attended Brightwood Elementary and Mark Keppel High School. I’ve lived in Monterey Park for the majority of my life and am the proud daughter of an immigrant father who taught me the importance of hard work and giving back to my community. For the past seven years, I have committed myself to public service and have developed a vested interest in caring for the wellbeing of our houseless neighbors. As someone who has experienced housing insecurity my greatest passion is advocating for those experiencing homelessness. My lived experience attests to being committed to equity and support for working families. I look forward towards supporting candidates with these values.

Irma Gorrocino

My name is Peter Vasquez. I am a proud Mexican American living in the city of El Monte. I am currently a second year sophomore attending Pasadena City College, on the path to obtaining my Associate’s degree in Political Science by early 2021.

I have been a lifelong Democratic voter ever since I turned 18 and have continued to push for reform in our party when it comes to shining a light on hard working Americans that have fallen victim to a society that favors the opinions of corporate donors over everyday constituents. I live in an area of the San Gabriel Valley that is one of the most diverse, yet grossly underrepresented cities when it comes to political representation. As an active member in the community, I have seen first hand the different age groups and demographics in the SGV that consider themselves to be far left progressives but have never had any local representatives reach out to them when it comes to voicing their concerns or needs.

I am here to make sure no one’s voice goes unheard ever again. Being an active member of the San Gabriel Valley Berniecrats, I am going to help push forward a new (far-left) PROGRESSIVE vision for the CA Democratic Party. A movement for change inspired by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders back in 2016, which made getting corporate money out of politics, free public college and Medicare For All, an official party platform. A movement that is deeply rooted in the hopes of making a CORPORATE-FREE Democratic Party a reality. I am both a GRASSROOTS and NON-ESTABLISHMENT candidate that will fight for transparency, accountability, and progress within the Democratic Party. I will only support 100% corporate-free candidates. If given the honor of serving you, I will fight and vote against any entrenched elite establishment figure within the Democratic Party.

No longer will the progressive voices of our communities go unnoticed. As a political activist constantly pushing for people of all walks of life to become engaged in the democratic process, I know that my battle for change will be made possible by everyday people such as yourselves. I am honest, attentive and most importantly, a fighter for change. The San Gabriel Valley is ready to make themselves heard, and as your elected official, I will put my heart and soul into making sure every person I represent is part of the national conversation for change.

Peter Edward

Dear Democrats,
My name is Natalie Tong. I am running to be a Dem Party Delegate for the 49th Assembly District because I want to see change and improvement within our wonderful community of San Gabriel Valley. As a product of working-class immigrants with many struggles, I believe in fighting for working families, immigrants, and education. In addition to this, the health and safety of all people is my upmost priority due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
I am a field director for a consulting company for over 6 years. Through my years of involvement with this group, I have learned the importance of active, hands-on, participation. My experience as a field director specialized on, but was not limited to, minority outreach in registering and educating future voters. With the current state of our nation, I realized that I needed to be connected with our cities on a deeper level. I anticipate on mobilizing San Gabriel Valley and encouraging our delightful residents to strengthen their relationship with our region.
As a proud San Gabriel Valley resident of over 22 years, I can offer a different perspective in advocating and mobilizing. My associations with school organizations has motivated my commitment to democratic activism. I was involved in SAVE club and the Associated Student Body, which focused on community outreach, voter awareness, and student government. Alongside this, I was in volleyball, basketball, and track and field, which allowed me to immerse myself in a very diverse group of people. My participation in various organizations have taught me the value of unity and teamwork.
Currently, I am a student at University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and am always looking for opportunities to be more in touch with diverse communities and organizations. Not only do I look forward to the chance of further educating myself on the needs of our residents, but the opportunity of being able to play an active role in creating solutions as well. It would be an honor to receive your vote.

Natalie Tong

My name is Michael Soto and I am running to be the 49th Assembly Districts Executive Board representative. I am a young Latino union organizer and a renter who has lived in Alhambra for the past 3 years. The grandson of immigrants, I was born in the San Fernando Valley and grew up in the hills of Ventura County. During the great recession both my parents lost their jobs but my mother was fortunate and got hired to work for the teacher’s union, these experiences instilled in me the working-class values I have today and lead me to become a union organizer. For nearly four years I have worked for the National Union of Healthcare Workers and currently serve as the Statewide Political Community Organizing Coordinator, where I have the privilege of representing healthcare workers across the state including USC Healthcare workers here in Alhambra. In my capacity as a union organizer, my first and foremost priority is doing everything in my power to help protect my union’s members, their patients, their families, and the communities they care for. COVID has completely changed healthcare; Today we are fighting to make sure frontline caregivers have a voice as they fight to protect all of us. I am proud of my union’s work lobbying the Governor to issue a statewide order requiring testing for all healthcare workers and our advocacy around mental health access which has become more important than ever. Last year I helped lead advocacy efforts around SB 855 which was a landmark mental health bill that greatly increased mental health access. Despite some major accomplishments this past year has shown how broken our healthcare system is and how desperately we need Medicare for All. In addition to my job, I currently serve as a Vice President on the OC Labor Council and a board member of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, where I work with leaders of faith to fight for justice across LA and OC Counties. Prior to my current position, I got my Bachelor’s degree in Government at CSU Sacramento and then worked on different campaigns at all levels of government helping elect Democrats across the state but for the past 2 years, most of my efforts have been spent helping turn the OC blue. If elected I plan to fight for a Healthier SGV for everyone, I hope I can count on your vote.

Michael Soto

I am running for ADEM in AD 49 because I am a passionate advocate for healthcare reform. As an El Monte resident for 47 years, I am an active member of this community. I volunteer for my union SEIU-United Healthcare Workers where I have fought to improve care for dialysis patients and workers, collected signatures to expand Medicaid in Nebraska, campaigned in the states of Nevada and Arizona to successfully turn them blue and lobbied in Sacramento and Washington DC for numerous healthcare and immigrant issues. I regularly participate in lobbying visits to encourage legislators to support the work of critical healthcare reforms. As someone who has seen loved ones suffer in a broken healthcare system, this is one of my top-line issues. I care deeply about equity for all and hope I can count on your vote for my candidacy as delegate to the CADEM party by January 23rd!

Cecilia Gomez-Gonzalez

Dear Fellow Democrats,

My name is Luis Bobadilla, and I am asking for your support to be elected as a Democratic Party Delegate for the 49th Assembly District to represent a community that I have called home for over 50 years.

Delegates have a voice in shaping the California Democratic Party, arguably one of the most impactful political movements in the entire country. This delegate seat is an opportunity to advance issues critical to our community, and a vehicle that could drive change across the entire country.

As a son of Mexican immigrants, I have seen how great our country can be as well as how difficult policies make it for the working class.Education has always been an important part of my life and success. I’m a graduate of El Monte High School, and worked at the school, teaching students in the engineer program. I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Civil Engineering, and it’s a passion that I’ve tried to pass on. I now own a small construction company and build homes in the San Gabriel Valley.

Because of my experience with my parents, students, and my own life, I’ve always been an advocate for pay equity, access to education and comprehensive immigration reform. I also believe that we need healthcare equity, including holding health insurance companies and Big Pharma accountable for what they have done.
My experience is hardly unique anymore, in fact, it’s tragically common. But what is unique is the opportunity to step into leadership to make a difference on these issues that is before me now. Your support would mean the world to me and more importantly, would mean that we could make a difference on these issues that we care about.

I want to be a voice for my family, friends and neighbors during these unprecedented times and that’s what has prompted me to get more politically involved.

As a passionate and committed Democrat, I humbly ask for you to vote for me, Luis Bobadilla, as a Democratic Delegate for Assembly District 49.

Thank you.

Luis Bobadilla

My name is Melissa Michelson. I teach English as a Second Language at a local community college and have been living in Alhambra for over 10 years. I’m the president of Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles and a member of the Alhambra Democratic Club.

As a part of the ”San Gabriel Valley Berniecrats” slate, I want to push forward the PROGRESSIVE vision in the CA Dem. Party that BERNIE SANDERS started in 2016, which includes getting Big Money and corporate money out of politics, Medicare for All, fighting the existential threat of climate change, and becoming a CORPORATE-FREE Democratic Party. I’m a GRASSROOTS and NON-ESTABLISHMENT candidate, and I want transparency, accountability and democracy within the Democratic Party. I promise to fight and vote against the Entrenched Elite Establishment within the Democratic Party, and I will only support 100% corporate-free candidates.

I was honored to be named LA County Democratic Party’s 2020 “Democrat of the Year for AD49,” and I’d be honored to be your elected E-board representative.

Melissa Mia Michelson

I am a former Mayor and City Council Woman from Temple City. Four years ago I came in first place in the ADEM election for the 49th AD and I was again re-elected two years ago. This year I am also running for the 49th AD Executive Board. My biggest concerns are saving our country from COVID 19, Medicare for All, Climate Control, and Housing. Flipping the Senate in Georgia is essential to empowering everything we are trying to do. We must urgently support these Georgian Democrats in any way they need. COVID has shown us the need for everyone to have equal access to healthcare. Families are homeless in our country. This is even more true now with the high unemployment resulting from COVID. The food banks are empty and the hungry are in great need of our help. As a progressive Democrat, I belong to three Democratic clubs, the National Women’s Political Caucus, and have thirty years of experience serving on the LACDP. My membership and history within these organizations gives me access to voice the above concerns. My goal is to help wherever there is a need.

Please vote for Bobbie McGowan for both the 49th ADEM and Executive Board seats so I can bring my energy and experience to the table.

Thank you,

Bobbie McGowan