Political Update

Political Update
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Jobs In Sacramento

To all persons interested in applying for a position in the Office of Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom, visit https://gavinnewsom.com/apply. His office thanks you for your interest in being considered for an appointment to a position in California State government.

Democratic Assembly District Elections

All California Democrats are invited to help select delegates to the California Democratic Party (CDP) in January 2019. The CDP is convening Assembly District Meetings (ADEMs) to select delegates in each of the state’s 80 Assembly Districts.

The ADEM delegates are roughly one-third of the governing body of the CDP, which is also known as the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC). The DSCC is made up of approximately 3,200 members.

Together, these delegates vote and conduct business at the yearly state conventions, including the election of CDP officers, the election of regional directors, CDP legislative endorsements, ballot proposition endorsements, CDP resolutions and the CDP platform.

Each Assembly District will elect 14 Democrats (equally divided by gender) to be members of the DSCC delegation for the 2019–2021 term. They will represent their Assembly District for both the 2019 and 2020 state conventions.

Persons interested in becoming an ADEM delegate applied in December 2018, and registered Democratic voters in the Assembly District may vote for the delegates in their respective Assembly District. The ADEMs for the Central Valley are as follows:

  • Assembly District 5 (includes parts of Madera and Merced counties): Jan. 27, Oakhurst Branch Library Community Room (49404 Civic Circle, Oakhurst 93644). 10:45 a.m.: doors open; 11 a.m.: candidate speeches begin; 11:30 a.m.: registration starts; 1:30 p.m.: registration ends. Contact: Susan Rowe (559-658-7343, srowe@sti.net).
  • Assembly District 23 (includes parts of Fresno and Tulare counties): Jan. 26, CWA Local 9408 (4422 E. Ashlan Ave., Fresno 93726). 10 a.m.: doors open; 10:15 a.m.: candidate speeches begin; noon: registration starts; 2 p.m.: registration ends. Contact: Paul Hardiman (831-809-8327 or evitaberoe@gmail.com).
  • Assembly District 31 (Fresno County): Jan. 27, Democratic Party HQ (1035 U St., Fresno 93721). 10 a.m.: doors open; 10:15 a.m.: candidate speeches begin; noon: registration starts; 2 p.m.: registration ends. Contact: Michael D. Evans (704-975-8874 or evansm@usa.net).
  • Assembly District 26 (includes parts of Tulare and Inyo counties): Jan. 12, SEIU 521 (1811 W. Sunnyside Ave., Visalia 93277). 9:30 a.m.: doors open; 10 a.m.: candidate speeches begin; 10:30 a.m.: registration starts; 12:30 p.m.: registration ends. Contact: James Williams (559-312-3925, jamesdean19962000@yahoo.com).
  • Assembly District 32 (includes parts of Kings, Tulare and Kern counties): Jan. 12, DeVino Center (1427 S. Lexington, Building B, Delano). 1 p.m.: doors open; 1:15 p.m.: candidate speeches begin; 1:45 p.m.: registration starts; 3:45 p.m.: registration ends. Contact: Humberto Gomez Jr. (559-859-7379, humberto.gomez@gmail.com).

To learn more about the ADEMs or to view a list of the candidates in your Assembly District, visit www.cadem.org/our-party/adem. To determine in which Assembly District you reside, visit www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ and click on “My Voter Status.”

Ensure progressive leadership in the CDP with participation in your respective January ADEM.

March Elections

Local elections will be held on March 5 to fill the Board of Supervisors (BOS) District 2 that became available when Andreas Borgeas was elected to the State Senate in November and for the Clovis City Council.

Three candidates qualified for the BOS seat: Nasreen Johnson, a Democrat who ran for the Fresno Unified School District in 2018; Steve Brandau, a Republican and self-described Tea Party leader, who currently serves on the Fresno City Council; and Steve Hosey, a local developer and former pro baseball player.

Four candidates filed for the Clovis City Council—all Republicans: Maeketah Rivera, Drew M. Bessinger, Jose “Joe” Flores and Bob Whalen.


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