Assembly District 58




SelfIdentifiedFemale (SIF) OtherthanSIF (OSIF)

58 Blanca Pacheco No SIF
58 Jason Gardea Stinnett No OSIF
58 Miguel  Canales No OSIF
58 Naheim Banks No OSIF
58 Scarlet Peralta No SIF
58 Matthew Scammahorn No OSIF
58 Vanessa Stinnett No SIF
58 Martha Estrada No SIF
58 Adan Espiridion Alvarez No OSIF
58 Martha Camacho Rodriguez No SIF
58 Alfonso Alfaro Parrales No OSIF
58 Frances Cardenas No SIF
58 Jocelyne Flores No OSIF
58 Donald E LaPlante No OSIF
58 Austin Lynch No OSIF
58 Kenneth Glenn No OSIF
58 Alejandra Cortez * SIF
58 Mariela Alexandra Barajas * SIF
58 Aric L. Martinez No OSIF
58 Elizabeth Cabrera No SIF
58 Norma Velia Williamson No SIF
58 Victor Manalo * OSIF
58 Tonia C McMillian No SIF
58 Nelly Nieblas No SIF
58 Juan Martinez No OSIF
58 Salvador Melendez No OSIF
58 Alex Hilke No OSIF
58 Emily Chen Darnell * SIF
58 Alexandria Contreras No OSIF
58 Ayde Bravo No SIF
58 Ali Sajjad Taj No OSIF
58 Art Montoya No OSIF
58 Sylvester Ani  * OSIF
58 Delia Lopez No SIF
58 Kristina Agnes Paulo No SIF
58 Oscar L Boado Jr. No OSIF
58 Rafael Gutierrez  No OSIF

Candidate Statements

I am a fourth generation Commerce resident, as well as an activist that champions the ideals of environmental justice, working families and government transparency.

As a communications professional with over three decades of experience in municipal government and utilities, I have a distinguished record of accomplishments in communications, crisis response, community affairs, and public policy.

My passion for social and environmental justice was ignited by my late mother Madeline’s activism with the United Farm Workers, the United Teachers of Los Angeles, and local environmental justice group East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ).

Since then I became more involved as an activist fighting against several polluting projects in the region including a Walmart in my hometown and a proposed Vernon Power Plant, which would have harmed public health, but ultimately failed.

I was also fortunate to develop a policy acumen to support this activism thanks to an appointment to the League of California Cities Environmental Quality Policy Committee on which I served from 2001 to 2008. I later served as the Labor appointee on the Commerce Green Zones Policy Working Group from 2012-2015.

More recently I’ve partnered with East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice to establish the Madeline Gardea Social and Environmental Justice Scholarship in honor of my mother. The scholarship launched in 2020 and provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to local college students that reside along the I-710 corridor.

Over the last decade I’ve served as a mentor to students at my alma mater, Bell Gardens High School, and as a communications advisor for the Montebello Unified School District College Bound Today Program. Building on these efforts, this year I joined the Board of the Friends of Montebello Unified School District Foundation which provides scholarships and support to local schools and students.

I’ve also run a number of successful campaigns for city council and school board candidates that prioritized fighting corruption and serving their stakeholders.

As a dedicated public servant I humbly ask for your vote and encourage you to vote for the Organizing for Progress slate.

Jason Gardea Stinnett

Mayor Miguel Canales was sworn in to serve the city of Artesia, California, on December 7, 2011. Canales’ focus while in Artesia has been in implementing smart growth policy direction and equitable economic development for Artesians. Born and raised in downtown Los Angeles, Canales is the son of immigrants from Zacatecas, Mexico. He grew up with his mother, a textile worker, and his father, a former labor organizer.  Canales earned his bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  He received a master’s degree in education as well as a master’s degree in US history from Claremont Graduate University.  He was a member and chair of the Artesia Planning Commission for two years prior to serving on the city council.  Canales is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, a member of the League of California Cities, a boardmember of the Local Government Commission,  and a CADem delegate for 8 years. Canales has been a high school teacher for the last 24 years, teaching government and economics at ABCUSD.

Miguel Canales

I am Naheim Banks and I’m currently a sophomore studying at Howard University, a lifelong resident of Bellflower, and a proud progressive Democrat.

My advocacy started during my time at Bellflower High School. I had a passion for criminal justice reform in my school and community. Together, with other students, I founded Bellflower Unified School District’s first ever Teen Court Program in collaboration with the Los Angeles Superior Court. Teen Court is a youth diversionary program where minors that commit misdemeanors are sentenced by a jury of their student peers. Students ask questions, deliberate, and deliver a verdict that focuses on restorative justice rather than punishment such as community service, academic probation, and even family counseling and mentorship programs. This was the first step I took to breaking the school to prison pipeline.

At Howard University, I currently serve as the Communications Director to the Howard University College Democrats, one of the largest organizations on Howard’s campus. During my tenure, I managed communications strategies to help increase voter registration among my freshman class by 33%. I even campaigned and helped Howard’s very own Janeese Lewis George be elected to the D.C. City Council. This role inspired me to then run for the position of Executive Secretary to the D.C. College Democrats. During my term, I managed over 30+ directors and staff as the college wing of the D.C. Democratic Party and helped campaign for multiple Democrats across the country from Marie Woodson in Florida, to Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia.

Aside from my extracurriculars at Howard University, I also served as an HBCU (Historically Black College/University) Campus Corps Leader to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 Presidential Campaign. I had the opportunity to register hundreds of students on my campus to vote, phone bank across the country, and canvass and educate voters on the issues plaguing our nation such as health care, voting rights, climate change, and prisoner’s rights, which is something near and dear to my heart.

As members of the California Democratic Party, we must elect delegates that look like America and will fight for Black, Indigenous, People of Color across our great state.

I thank you for your continuous efforts to make us the party of progress. I humbly ask for your vote and your support. Thank you.

Naheim Banks

At the age of two, I immigrated to the United States with my mother, and the City of Montebello became my new home, I was raised by my mother and aunts in a humble immigrant, working-class household.

After graduating from Schurr High School, I was accepted to UC Santa Barbara, making me the first in my family to attend a four-year university, and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s in international relations. I then joined the Global Human Rights Brigades as an organizer and traveled to Panama, working alongside Panamanian lawyers to provide legal counsel and financial resources for indigenous families in rural and under-resourced communities. In 2017, I received my Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of California Irvine and continued honing my skills in policy analysis and project management. I work in the nonprofit field, working to provide resources for working-class families throughout South East Los Angeles. My work has expanded to voter empowerment and civic education, where I became active in political organizing at a local level helping to elect more Latinos in our community. In 2020, I worked for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Inspired by the movement, I challenged the system at a local level and helped usher in much-needed change to my community, which has been riddled with years of corruption, gridlock, and lack of transparency.

On December 10, I was sworn in as a council member for the city of Montebello, where I continue to serve my community now.

As a proud Democrat, I fight for inclusivity in my community because I believe that my presence shows people that the impossible is possible for all immigrants, women of color, and working-class families who have felt excluded. I am running for assembly delegate because we need representatives who will advocate for equity and justice within the Democratic Party. I believe in competently addressing our COVID crises, protecting vulnerable communities, expanding immigrant rights, equity in education, anti-poverty measures, environmental sustainability, and supporting progressive and key legislation to help push the party in a more inclusive, transparent, and more progressive direction.

Scarlet Peralta

I am currently a junior at UC San Diego, a resident of Cerritos, and a proud, dedicated Democrat.

In 2019, I was elected as one of the youngest delegates in the state at only 18 years old. Through my experiences both as a delegate and as a student, I have gained tremendous experience in standing up for Democratic values, electing fellow Democrats to office, and mobilizing the youth to become politically engaged.

While in high school I was a campaign manager for an ABC School Board candidate and I still remain close to my community, returning to help pass a major school bond by acting as a social media presence and mobilizing high school volunteers in 2018. In addition, I interned with the Democratic Party of Orange County in that summer, where I helped the DPOC flip Orange County completely “blue” for the first time in nearly a century.

At UC San Diego, I currently am serving as the President of the UCSD College Democrats, after serving as Vice President and Associate Vice President previously. In 2018, I had the responsibility of turning out the youth vote, and compared to the 2014 midterm cycle, UC San Diego’s voter turnout increased by more than 164%. During my terms as Vice President and President, the UCSD College Democrats played a major role as one of the most active College Democratic clubs in San Diego County, helping to secure and strengthen Democratic majorities on the County Board of Supervisors and San Diego City Council.

Apart from my involvement in the UCSD College Democrats, I worked for San Diego City Council candidate Marni Von Wilpert during the primary election, where I contacted thousands of voters through canvassing, phonebanking, and text banking to help Marni finish first in the primary. The 2020 election saw Marni Von Wilpert flip a traditionally Republican seat on the San Diego City Council, cementing an 8-1 Democratic supermajority on the council.

The Democratic Party is the party of progress and looking towards the future. As Democrats, we should continue to seek delegates who are able to recognize the many new challenges that lay ahead. I promise that I will use my energy and perspective to help create solutions to address these challenges.

I appreciate your dedication to the party of progress and inclusivity, and I humbly ask for your vote. Thank you.

Matthew Scammahorn

I am a passionate advocate for art, education and immigration reform which are issues I hope to champion as a delegate for the 58th Assembly District.

Professionally, I work as a program manager with a technology based nonprofit organization whose mission is to bridge the digital divide and expand computer literacy for disadvantaged communities.

I’ve also worked as a Library & Media Technician for Downey Unified School District, but most of my career has been working in theater production and as a broadcast engineer.

As a former CSEA member and part of an IBEW Local 18 household, I’m a proud supporter of Organized Labor as is our family which has been deeply involved in the Labor Movement for decades. We volunteer with and support organizations that champion working families via direct donations, activism and participation in community events including the May Day March and the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

I also believe in giving back to my community. One way I do this is as president of Scholarships for Scholars of Montebello, a non-profit organization which provides approximately $60,000 in annual scholarships for underserved Montebello Unified School District students.

In 2017 I was appointed to the Commerce Education Commission and have been serving as chairperson for the last two years. I’ve worked hard in this role to support education focused programs such as the College Fair and Commerce Scholarship Program, and brought forward new programs to introduce art to children.

As we’re all aware 2020 is a unique time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created hardships for families across the country and right here at home. This inspired me to volunteer with organizations and food distribution programs that serve my hometown Commerce, as well as Monterey Park, Montebello and other nearby communities to help families in need and veterans who courageously served our Country.

Art is my passion and it has led me to volunteer with nonprofits including the Los Angeles Theatre Academy, and Casa Cultural Saybrook which serves Southeast area cities including Commerce and Montebello. I love this work because I believe art and education shapes young minds and puts them on a path to be productive and giving members of society.

I hope to earn your support and humbly ask you to vote for the Organizing for Progress slate.

Vanessa Stinnett

I am seeking re-election to my second term as a state delegate to make a lasting impact in my local community and to make sure the Democratic Party represents the people.

I came to the United States as an immigrant from Mexico and I knew that in order to start a life here – I had to work hard and find my voice. To me, that meant working different jobs to make a living and learning English. And when I found that public education was an option for me, I did not hesitate to sign up.

I am thankful for the public education system because it opened a window of opportunity for me. By learning English, I was able to get a steady job, I was able to help translate information for those who did not speak English – I was able to do a lot more. As I started a family, I learned to find and apply my voice by getting involved. I volunteered in the schools my children went to at El Rancho USD and joined the PTA and the PTO, the North Park Bank Boosters club, the School Site Council Meetings and was in a Bond Oversight Committee. To me, being involved is a passion. I enjoy creating a community atmosphere in our schools because the success of our future is based on the work we all do together.

I am always thankful that school was there for me when I needed it. That’s why I fight for quality education in my community of Pico Rivera and beyond. I want education accessible to all our children and adults.

If re-elected, I promise to continue being a voice for you and fight for what is right.

Thank you for your consideration and I hope you can also support my team members with the Organizing for Progress slate, visit our facebook: .

Martha Estrada

My name is Adan Alvarez. I am a proud resident of the 58th District living in the City of Pico Rivera. I am a proud union member and serve as an advocate for working families as Communications Director for Teamsters Local 396 representing thousands of hard-working men and women in Southern California.

I believe in the power of organizing to bring about progressive change to ensure that our communities can thrive. This is especially true now as our communities and our nation struggle with the health and economic crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, our communities need access to good jobs, healthcare, housing, and education.

I am a proud member of the Organizing for Progress slate. I would be honored to receive your vote and serve our communities, pursuing the common good by serving those most in need. To learn more about our slate, please visit,

Adan Espiridion Alvarez

ADEM 58th

I am a resident of Downey, CA since 2003. I consider myself a climate refugee from the Central Valley. I got into politics because of water contamination. I want our politicians to work for our issues and not for the polluters who prey on our communities of color. We have a concentration of contamination in our district of the 58th which is a part of a group of 24 cities that are greatly impacted. We are part of 24 cities that make up the Central Water Basin. We are 70% Latinx, 10% African American, and 54% disadvantaged. We need to be the voice of the voiceless. Your Vote is your voice! Please, vote for Martha Camacho Rodriguez ADEM 58th

Radico en la cuidad de Downey, CA. Me considero refugiada climatica del Valle Central. Me interese en lo politico por razones de contaminacion en nuestra agua. Quiero que nuestros Politicos trabajen por nosotros y no por la industria contaminante que abusa las comunidades de color. Tenemos una alta concentracion de contaminacion dentre el districto 58 que es parte de 24 cuidades de un groupo criticamente impactada en el Lavabo Central del agua (Central Water Basin). Somos 70% Latinx, 10% Afro Americanos, y 54% desfavorecidos. Nuestra formacion nos ayuda a ser la voz de los que no la tienen. Su Voto es su Voz! Favor de Votar Martha Camacho Rodriguez ADEM 58!

Martha Camacho-Rodriguez

Hello, my name is Alfonso Alfaro Parrales and I am asking for your support to represent AD-58 as an Assembly District Delegate. I am a life-long Democrat, a resident of the city of Norwalk for 12 years, and a nonprofit administrator. I am a pragmatic, progressive Democrat interested in advancing our party’s causes and getting things done.

I will dutifully represent the values of our Assembly District when I vote on/for CA DEM officers, Regional Directors, Endorsements by the CA Dem Party, its positions on Ballot Proposition Positions, and the official Democratic State Party Platform.

Thank you for your support!

Alfonso Alfaro Parrales

My name is Frances Cardenas. I’m running to serve as an ADEM 58 as a Progressive – Democratic Socialist because I know what it’s like to barely be able to pay bills and fall behind if one thing goes wrong. I’ve worked in a construction office job for 10+ years that pays just over living wage after years of minimum wage. For years I didn’t know how to be involved in the political process but after Senator Sanders run for president I received outreach about the ADEM elections and ever since I have participated in the voting and volunteered at the conventions and e-board meetings, I have also been involved with the Sunrise Movement doing data work and post card writing campaigns for them, and the ACLU.

I want to continue to be more involved in the community and the political process, and I hope you will help me do that. Here are some of the things I would like to advocate for:

Medicare for All – I know what it is like to not have insurance and having to pay hundreds of dollars per month for basically useless insurance from the open market. Everyone should be entitled to have quality healthcare regardless of income bracket.

Green new deal – We need to accelerate the rate that our economic and social lives move toward more sustainable systems. Jobs that create renewable energy, transportation and housing that creates less harm to our environment and our health, and allows people to be more connected to their communities. There is no reason California shouldn’t be a leader in this transition to the future. More housing and less freeway smog.

Racial and Economic Justice – We also need to make sure we hold our leader accountable when it comes to racial justice and demands of the Black Lives Matter movement. We’ve lost too many lives to the hands of the police who have been entrusted to protect us, both to shootings and jailing people unnecessarily for “crimes” that hurt no one or could be prevented with more community/financial support

Union Support and Workers Rights – The passage of Prop 22 may prove to be disastrous, it will take power away from workers and give it right to tech monopolies who will use it to degrade workers protections and pay rates in their own and other industries. We need to demand politicians not accept money from these companies and work to expand workers protections and union membership

Thank you for considering me for AD58

Frances Cardenas

I am Jocelyne Flores, a current sophomore at Los Angeles Pacific University on track to becoming a future educator.

I am a queer non-binary artist and community organizer from the City of Montebello. I have dedicated my years to volunteering in local campaigns in order to ensure that progressive changes happen.

My activism is and will continue to be centered around environmental policies, housing, and LGBTQ+ matters.

It would be a privilege and honor to continue to seek out progressive change with your vote.

Jocelyne Flores

Donald E. La Plante

Been a registered Democrat since I first voted in 1973 at age 18.

A resident of Downey since 1960.

Proud Member of California Teachers Association (CTA) Retired.

Teacher in Duarte Unified School District for over 20 years.

Union President for 6 years, Union involvement every year.

Recently retired from 41 years on the Board of Education

Of the Downey Unified School District.

Running for representative from 58th District to State Democratic Convention


We need this new leadership.

I would appreciate your vote for change.

Donald E LaPlante

Hi there! My name is Austin Lynch; I am a husband, father of two, 13-year Bellflower resident, and a Union Organizer for 22 years with UNITE HERE Local 11. Currently I serve as Organizing Director for our 6,000 members in Orange County.

In 2018, I led a contract campaign that raised Disney housekeepers’ wages from $11/hr to $18 per hour. In early 2019, I organized one of the largest civil disobedience actions in Orange County history, leading to contracts with the Hilton and Sheraton that will raise wages to over $20/hour. This year, I was privileged to co-direct the largest field canvass in Arizona. We talked to over 120,000 people and were successful in turning Arizona blue and defeating Trump.

I believe the Democratic Party needs people who know how to organize and fight. I promise to contribute my organizing skills to benefit Democratic candidates and values.

I’m proud to run as part of the Organizing for Progress Slate. Si se puede!

Saludos! Me llamo Austin Lynch; soy esposo, padre de dos, residente de Bellflower desde hace 13 años y organizador sindical durante 22 años con UNITE HERE Local 11. Actualmente me desempeño como Director Organizador de nuestros 6,000 miembros en el Condado de Orange.

En 2018, dirigí una campaña de contratos que aumentó los salarios de las recamareras de Disney de 11 dólares la hora a 18 dólares la hora. A principios de 2019, organicé una de las acciones de desobediencia civil más grandes en la historia del condado de Orange, lo que llevó a contratos con Hilton y Sheraton que aumentarán los salarios a más de $ 20 por hora.

Este año, tuve el privilegio de codirigir la campaña más grande de Arizona. Hablamos con más de 120.000 personas y tuvimos éxito en convertir a Arizona en azul y derrotar a Trump.

Creo que el Partido Demócrata necesita personas que sepan organizar y luchar. Prometo contribuir con mis habilidades organizativas en beneficio de los candidatos y valores demócratas.

Me enorgullece postularme como parte de la planilla Organizando Para El Progreso. Si se puede!

Austin Lynch

Hi folks I would love to be your delegate in the 58th I have been a lifelong democrat I’m a community activist in Bellflower area I have worked many many presidential campaigns And local races I’ve done phone banking hundreds and hundreds of times walk the streets to pass out flyers knock on doors and help to many many fundraisers and I would like the chance to be your delegate in the 58 th Thank you Kenny Glenn

Kenny Glenn

My name is Aric Martinez, a 22-year-old resident from Pico Rivera. My passion for public service has been deeply instilled in me by my family’s background as educators in Pico Rivera and as military service members. I was brought up in this community by my single mother and grandparents, and I am dedicated to seeing the betterment of it. It was my desire to improve the lives of others in my community that drove me to study Political Science and Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, I put this passion to work. I was chosen to lead the operations of an on-campus program aimed at providing academic resources to underprivileged demographics across campus. Additionally, I was given the opportunity to serve my community as a congressional intern in Washington, D.C. at the Office of Representative Linda Sanchez through Cal in the Capital, a professional development and internship fostering program. At the end of my internship, I was selected to be a director of Cal in the Capital and was placed in a position to lead others to public service.

Upon the completion of my studies at UC Berkeley, I took on a fellowship working with the California Democratic Party and their Coordinated Campaign to turn out Democratic voters in California for the 2020 election. During my fellowship, I engaged with hundreds of voters and worked collaboratively to digitally organize voters in order to expand the Democratic Party’s voter base during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am now a graduate student studying Public Administration at the USC Price School to better equip myself with the policy and management skills needed to resolve issues within this community and across the state.

If elected to represent this district, I would be honored to invest the knowledge and leadership skills I possess in tandem with my passion for public service to help alleviate some of the issues present in this incredibly diverse, dynamic, and vibrant community. As a delegate, I would work tirelessly to advocate for measures to combat the inequities in healthcare and mental healthcare resources during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, increase access to affordable housing, and expand investment in educational resources to invest in communities across our state. I hope to earn your vote and encourage you to also vote for the remainder of the Organizing for Progress slate. Thank you!

Aric L. Martinez

My name is Elizabeth Cabrera and I am a lifelong Bell Gardens resident, an educator and a proud Democrat. I am also the proud daughter of immigrant parents. I grew up in a household of six, which included my mother, father, two sisters and my brother. My hardworking parents came from Mexico as teenagers looking for a better life like many other immigrants in this country and they did their best to provide everything they could for their children. They instilled in their children the values of working hard and helping others, uplifting strong family values and the belief that educational attainment was within our reach. At an early age, I knew I wanted to go to college, but I also knew I would need the support and resources of my schools and teachers to achieve my college-going goals and dreams.

In 2005, I became the first one in my family to go to college. I attended Harvard University and in 2009 began my career as an educator. I have been a classroom teacher in underserved communities, an advocate for strong support for family engagement, a nonprofit director supporting teachers, families and students and currently support first generation students, like myself, with their college-going dreams and goals.

In June 2020, I was appointed to the Montebello Unified School District School Board and was elected on November 3, 2020 to stay on the board. I became the first Bell Gardens resident to ever be on that school board. As an advocate for equity and access to high-quality education for ALL students and as a first time candidate in 2020, I am dedicated to making sure we civically engage our younger generations.

I am ready to serve the Democratic Party as a delegate. I hope to earn your vote and encourage you to vote for the Organizing for Progress slate.

In solidarity,

Elizabeth Cabrera

Elizabeth Cabrera

I am the daughter of a single Chinese/Mexican mother who migrated here from Mexico. My Anglo-American stepfather shared his love of American democracy and participatory citizenship. I received my Master’s in Education from Azusa Pacific University. If elected, I will work diligently to promote social, racial and environmental justice.


Dr. Austina Cho, former Cerritos College Board Member

Diana Needham, former 3x Cerritos Mayor

Ernie Nishii, ABCUSD Board Member

Larry Caballero & Elaine Duvali, Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club Co-Presidents

Here are the projects that have brought meaning to my life:


*Current Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club (HHHDC) Officer

* California Teachers Association (CTA) Retired Teacher of 30 years

* Speaker/Activist for Schools and Communities First, Prop. 15

* Organized the HHHDC virtual fundraiser celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, which raised over $5000

* Participated in 60 phone banking and canvassing events for Nov. 3 Elections

* Wrote 100 “Get out the Vote” letters and CTA postcards for Nov. 3 Presidential Elections

* Organized 8 Cerritos/Artesia “Save the Postal Services Rallies and 3 Get Out the Vote Rallies”

* Organized prayer vigil for George Floyd

* Organized HHHDC’s fundraiser for Fair Fight to win Georgia’s Senate Election Runoff, which raised over $1500

* 2020 Assembly member Cristina Garcia’s 58th District Woman of Year


* Rep for CTA Local Chapter: TANLA

* Grant Writer/Manager of $300,000 of school based environmental grants

* Recipient of the Green Schools Teacher Leadership Award in 2010

* Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District Teacher of the Year, 1992

* Created, coordinated anti-gang violence program between rival gangs from the neighborhoods of Arturo Sánchez Elementary School in Norwalk and Niemes Elementary School in Artesia, called the Sister School Peace Project, 1990 – 1993


* Neighborhood Watch Captain of 125 residences

* Successfully spearheaded the campaign to ban the use of the Roundup weed killer on Cerritos public property


* 15 years as Community Co-Presenter on Solar Energy/Energy Efficiency Home Upgrades

* Cover Story of the Nov/Dec. 2006 Solar Today Magazine

* Created educational website highlighting the renovation steps taken to convert my personal home into a net zero energy home:

Norma Velia Williamson

My name is Dr. Victor Manalo ( I am a life-long Democrat and a candidate for Delegate to represent the 58th Assembly District.

I bring the breadth and wealth of my community experience to representing you and all of our fellow Democrats in the 58th Assembly District. I am a professional social worker, a retired university professor from California State University, Los Angeles, a former councilman and Mayor of the City of Artesia, and a local government consultant, and I respectfully ask for your vote.

I embrace leadership opportunities to serve the best interests of the people, and, as your Delegate, I will do the same. Currently, I am the President-Elect of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter, a professional membership association of over 9000 members in California and over 120,000 nationwide, and I am a member of the Board of Directors of AFS (AIDS Food Store) in Long Beach. During my 11-plus years of service on the Artesia City Council, we were able to pull Artesia out of a fiscal emergency after the 2008 recession, build healthy reserves, and engage in economic development.

I retired from my full-time position as Associate Professor in Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles, but I continue to teach undergraduate and graduate students there as a lecturer. I am a proud member of the California Faculty Association, a union of 29,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches who teach in the California State University system. I have worked with CFA to strengthen the cause of higher education for the public good and for our students; to provide a democratic voice for employees in higher education; and to advocate for good working conditions and salaries.

My wife and I have raised our three children here in the City of Artesia, where we have lived for over 27 years.

I am excited for the opportunity to represent you and our fellow Democrats in the 59th Assembly District, and I respectfully ask for your vote. Thank you for your consideration!

You can find out more information about me and my work at

Victor Manalo

My name is Tonia McMillian and I am applying to be re-elected as a representative of the California Democratic Party Assembly District 58. I realized long ago that what happens in my District, happens to me.

I will strive for advocacy and support within the Democratic Party structure. I commit to working hard for my neighbors, fellow Democrats, and family as a voice and representative for all. My experience as a parent and grandparent, small business owner, and children’s advocate, locally and statewide, has helped me to become a stronger leader.

CADEM Representatives must have integrity, time, energy, and a certain level of humility to inspire others to build trust. I believe I have those qualities, the passion, and the personal responsibility needed to hold a position with the CA Democratic Party. It is because of these qualities I was appointed by the Governor Gavin Newsom as the Chair of the Early Childhood Workforce Policy Subcommittee. I was later voted by my peers to the full Early Childhood Policy Council. I am currently serving my 2nd term, appointed by the Senate Pro Tem, on the California Physical Therapy Board. In 2018, Speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon appointed me to be a member of the CA Blue Ribbon Commission. These qualities have also afforded me the great honor to be elected the National Secretary for the National African American Caucus of SEIU.

I strongly hold the Democratic Party values and visions close to my heart as I am truly a die-hard, lifelong Democrat. I am an advocate for social, women’s, environmental, and racial justice. I am unapologetically driven in my advocacy for children and families and relentlessly fought on the frontline for over 12 years for childcare providers to win collective bargaining rights. It is my opinion that these areas of concern and economic equity can only be accomplished by supporting the Democratic Party and its mission.

As a 58th AD Representative, I share the utmost respect for those who have experience within the Democratic Party; however, I value and appreciate new ideas and progressive ideologies that have been presented over the years and are conducive to the changes that the times have brought.

I humbly seek re-election by my friends, neighbors, and fellow Democrats to serve as a Representative for the California Democratic Party – Assembly District 58.

Tonia McMillian

Nelly Nieblas is a first-generation Latina with a physical disability, she has a deep drive to make “the outsider the insider” when it comes to social change. Nelly is a part of the Coalition for Progress slate. The Nieblas family has made Montebello their home for over 25 years. Nelly was appointed Legislation and Public Information Manager at the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities by Governor Jerry Brown; and was a United Nations Observer for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As a David Rockefeller Center fellow at Harvard, Nelly worked with the Mexican Government to understand the needs of their disability community. She spent four years as Director of Public Policy and External Affairs at Public Allies and was Assistant Legislative Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Nelly holds an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Currently, She serves as a Health Promotions Specialist at the American Lung Association in Los Angeles. Where she works with community residents to stop teen access to vaping products in Norwalk, California

Nelly Nieblas

My name is Alex Hilke and I am running to be a State Party Delegate from the 58th Assembly District. I have spent my whole adult life serving California through the Democratic Party. From 2006 to 2012 I was a State Party Delegate from Silicon Valley. I founded a Young Democrats club over 10 years ago that’s still going strong today. Served as an Executive Boardmember on the California Democratic Disability Caucus from 2011 to 2012 and as a National Delegate at the 2012 DNC in Charlotte. In 2016, I was a Delegate Outreach Ambassador for the Kamala Harris for Senate campaign. During the 2018 midterms, I was the Voter Data Manager for the California Democratic Party working out of the Los Angeles office. I helped develop the first multilingual campaign program used statewide by a major party. I did a presentation on this program for EMERGE’s Latina Caucus in August. For the last two years, I have been pursuing my MPA at CSU Dominguez Hills after earning my BA in Government from Sacramento State in 2018.

While working on Kamala Harris’ campaign in 2016 I met the love of my life, Nelly Nieblas. My love for her ultimately brought me to my new home of Montebello. Which brought me to my new home: Montebello. I have fallen in love with Montebello just as much as I have fallen in love with Nelly. It’s as charming of a town as Gary Marshall’s Milwaukee in “Happy Days.” I hope to get to know you as I build a life here in the 58th district.

If you vote for my colleagues on the Coalition for Progress and myself, we will fight to get the best Democrats elected across the district. I will work with party leaders to reinstitute the multilingual outreach program at the state and local party levels. Ensuring that this party doesn’t take any voter for granted in the fight for a better environment, a fair wage, affordable housing, universal health coverage, free public college for all, and social justice. I thank you for your time.

Alex Hilke

My name is Emily Chen-Darnell MA, MAT. I am a community activist and child advocate in the Assembly District 58 area. I live in Cerritos with my husband and two young children. Your vote for me matters because I will continue to fight for the progressive ideals and issues that affect our community of kids and parents. My past professional work experiences as a field consultant for the ABC Unified School District Measure BB school bond campaign resulted in voters passing a $250 million dollar school bond to be used for improving school infrastructures and technology. My belief in advancing diversity and equity drove me to work as a political data consultant for a Latinx candidate who recently won and thereby brought diversity to an otherwise homogenous school board in Downey. I am committed to promoting the ideals of unity, tolerance, equity, and diversity in our community. I have a proven record of serving the community as a past Board Director for the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Foundation and currently as a Whitney High School Foundation Board Director. In these roles, I advocated for children’s mental health programs in Los Angeles, gave high school and college student scholarships, voted for a $20,000 grant to pay for implicit bias training for staff and students at Whitney High School, and recently organized a successful drive thru holiday toy drive that garnered over 1000 toys. As a community activist and organizer, I succeeded in leading the challenge to expand the age eligibility range for young children to enroll into the early education transitional kindergarten program at ABC Unified School District by appealing for the policy to be revised by the ABC School Board. To benefit the young children of the community, I received three $2,500 grants from the Water Replenishment District to cover event and program expenses. As your delegate representative, I will listen to and advocate for those community members who are courageous to speak to your elected officials at your city council and school board meetings. Civic engagement is the fuel by which our communities thrive and people connect with each other. By offering transparency and open access to all, I hope to engage people in the political process. I am asking for your vote and encourage you to vote for the Organizing for Progress slate. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Emily Chen-Darnell

As an organizer rooted in community, Downey has been my home for most of my life and like so many other young people I am committed to stepping up and serving my neighbors by helping shape the Democratic Party to more closely represent the people of the 58th assembly district.

As a non-binary Mexican-American, I know how difficult it can be to find representation, even amongst local leadership that will reflect your values and life experiences. I grew up in a working class household and like so many others was the first in my family to graduate from college. As I became more involved in my community, I realized how influential Assembly Delegates can be in shaping the future of the CA Democratic Party and how I can help bring positive change to my community.

I believe that my responsibility as Assembly Delegates is to advocate for policies that would best provide for all people in AD58, and the well being of all Californians. As your Assembly Delegate for the 58th District I will fight to make the California Democratic party truly progressive and more equitable for all.

To learn more about the slate I am running on & myself, please visit my website

Alexandria Contreras

My name is Art Montoya, and I am running to be one of your District Delegates for the 58th Assembly District. I am currently a student at the University of La Verne, where I am completing my last year of law school before sitting for the Bar. Prior to law school I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Long Beach State, and then went on to get my Masters at UC Irvine.

My career and experiences began as a Foods employee with the Walt Disney Company where I was a proud union member of Local 50, before I went on to Management and working with electricians, welders, painters, and other union employees.

My other experience includes being an AmeriCorp Service Member working with the homeless, as well as working for a nonprofit law firm working on housing policy in LA. I also worked on tech policy in Washington DC to advocate for more access to broadband on behalf of the Latinx community. Lastly, for the last few months leading up to the Presidential election I was a Fellow for the California Democratic Party, where I worked on the Biden-Harris campaign, the Christy Smith campaign, and various other local campaigns here in LA.

As the Biden-Harris Administration begins to transition into Washington DC, I will remain here in the 58th Assembly District working remotely with the US Department of Energy this January, but I look forward to representing everyone here in Assembly District 58, as one of your next District Delegates.

Art Montoya

My name is Sylvester Ani, I was raised in Cerritos, and have been blessed to call Cerritos my home for over 20 years . Losing my father at 13 and my younger brother at 19 shifted the trajectory of my life to where being in service to others has become my life’s purpose. The strength of my mother and two sisters has pushed me to be the best version of myself because the love that brought us through those losses is rooted in everything I do .

I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in psychology, while working full time as a personal attendant for the autistic community. Our country is in a place where we need therapy, patience, and empathy in order to build back better together and my work experience has equipped me with the tools necessary to bring that to our community . This year has shown me how important it is to participate in the Democratic process in order to ensure that we have representatives who will represent the best interests of the community. As your representative I look forward to engaging with you all in political education surrounding local, state, and federal elections because collectively we have the power to create the type of world we want to live in as long as we organize together.

As a representative for our district I promise to work diligently towards putting the values and needs of our community first as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic together . Amongst other issues, this year has shown us that we need an over-investment in our youth and their education. My non profit The Love We Don’t See focuses on investing in coding/programming, financial literacy , entrepreneurship , multicultural psychology , and social emotional learning because the best pathway towards building a better future is an investment in our youth.

Building back better going forward begins with understanding that the COVID-19 pandemic is rooted in underlying conditions that compromised our mental/physical health, housing , education , ability to provide for family, & small businesses . That is unacceptable and is why you all deserve someone who will never forget that every decision made puts community first. I am who I am because somebody loved me, and that mindset will be on my heart as I work with you all together to make sure that the needs of every day people are never compromised again .

Sylvester Ani

As a resident of the city of Montebello, and a Democrat, I am proud to submit my name for your consideration as a delegate representing our 58th district with the Coalition for Progress slate. Raised in East Los Angeles and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, I was the first to be accepted and graduate from college. I attended Stanford University receiving my B.A. in International Relations. Shortly after graduation, I worked in Mexico City, first at the U.S. Embassy and then the California office of Trade and Investment during the Clinton administration. Upon returning to Los Angeles, I worked in the area of government relations which eventually evolved into my career in public relations and marketing communications. With more than twenty years in the industry, I know the importance of listening and communicating effectively to build solid results.

Today, I serve on the Traffic & Safety Commission in Montebello and continue to support my city through involvement in a variety of community organizations. My desire is to put my skills to work for our district and with the CA Democratic party to continue to build on policies that are not only progressive but equitable and inclusive. It’s only with the right coalition of leaders that we can bring about systemic change to benefit this district and our great state of California.

Delia Lopez

Oscar L. Boado Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in the City of Bell Gardens. Oscar is a proud son of two immigrant parents from San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo León, Mexico and Monte Escobedo, Zacatecas, Mexico.

Mr. Boado earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) while employed full time at his current employer, Kaiser Permanente. At UCLA he was involved in the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. He collaborated on research projects that include, Mendez v. Westminster and Sal Castro and the 1968 East Los Angeles high school walkouts. Mr. Boado took a course by Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. who taught and trained students for the Nashville Sit-Ins of 1960 and served as chairman of the Memphis Sanitation Strike Committee in 1968.

Currently, Mr. Boado is involved with the UCLA Chancellor’s Society and UCLA Latino Alumni Association – Membership Committee. Mr. Boado is an Education Commissioner in the City of Bell Gardens and the National Co-Chair for Kaiser Permanente Latinx Association.

Oscar L Boado Jr.

My name is Rafael Gutierrez. I’m currently finishing the second year of my four year term as City Treasure of Montebello. I have been a resident of Montebello for over 40 years. I’m currently the Athletic Director at Montebello High School and have been an educator for 21 years. I’m a youth advocate in my community’s sports programs. I look forward for the opportunity to support the democratic party in making our communities a better place.

Rafael Gutierrez