MEET FORWARD 43.

We’re a slate of delegates representing the diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives of California’s Assembly District 43. 

Every member of Forward 43 has a long history of progressive activism. Because of this shared commitment, we ask that you vote for all 14 of us, so we can work together to ensure that our Democratic Party shares our values.

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KONSTANTINE ANTHONY

Burbank City Councilmember

In 2020, I ran for Burbank City Council on an unapologetically bold, far-reaching progressive agenda. Our campaign reframed the conversation around working families and our city’s most vulnerable residents. I won that race with more votes than any council member in Burbank’s history. I believe that's because I’m committed to helping those who need it most.

These are the ideals we need from the California Democratic Party.

As a founding member of Mobile Workers Alliance, I have worked for fair pay and employee benefits for Uber and Lyft drivers. I fought the LA County Board of Supervisors’ attempts to legalize the unconstitutional imprisonment of our unhoused residents suffering from mental health issues. I personally collected 3,000+ signatures from voters to put a rent control measure on the ballot. All while raising my disabled son.

 

These aren’t just political issues to me – they’re personal. As an Uber driver, I’ve watched my wages fall with no union to protect me or negotiate on my behalf. As a formerly homeless Californian, I know the anguish of sleeping in a car every night. Many employers won’t hire me because I’m autistic, and those that do rarely make accommodations. For these reasons, I have always been behind the eight ball, struggling to keep up. If not for a helping hand when I needed it most, I easily could have fallen through the cracks.

My political advocacy is based on paying that help forward: From marching with Black Lives Matter to helping recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in Burbank, I have put my talents toward helping others.

I’m a committed Democrat, and I believe in the power of organizing. I’m a member of DSA, Burbank Democratic Club, CA Dem Renters Council, Stonewall Dems, SEIU 2015, and SAG-AFTRA. As an elected Burbank City Council member, I have the experience necessary to fight for a more progressive state party.

Our biggest challenges are the economic shutdown, ongoing housing crisis, lack of universal healthcare, and dependence on fossil fuels. We need to focus on building affordable housing and ending the criminal persecution of our unhoused neighbors. We must do everything in our power to pass a comprehensive single-payer healthcare system and enact the Green New Deal.

 

We can do all this and more. And with your support, the Forward43 slate can lead the way!

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Sunrise Movement Los Angeles

  • Democratic Socialists of America – LA

  • Progressive Delegates Network

  • Our Revolution

  • RootsAction.org

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SEAN BROADBENT

Healthcare Justice Activist

Elect me as an AD 43 delegate to be a voice for a society centered on dignity, not privilege. I believe in the inherent right to the necessities of life: healthcare, housing, food and water. These are secured through the community’s collective effort and should be provided as communal goods. 

I have lived in L.A. County for a decade, renting in Glendale with my lovely wife, a soon-to-be educator. I am a first-time candidate for Assembly Delegate.

My parents were nurses in the U.S. Air Force, and as a dependent of service members, I received guaranteed health care through congressionally mandated programs. Growing up, when my siblings or I got sick, my parents never worried about the financial consequences of taking us to the doctor.

 

They never felt powerless or undignified in their ability to get us the care we needed. Among the care I received was treatment for a chronic ear infection that, if left untreated, could have led to permanent hearing damage. Now, I’m listening to my friends and neighbors in AD43. I know we can provide care for all and, by doing so, our lives will be made more dignified.  

 

My political activity has centered on establishing universal single-payer healthcare, an issue I will center as a delegate.

I also believe that we need an anti-austerity voice for the district. We know that the stock market has surged to historic highs and wealth for the already materially rich has doubled. The idea that material resources don’t exist for the working people of AD43 is a bold lie. I will not accept narratives of scarcity for the working class while working people build a world of luxury for others. I will support the full funding of programs that are universal and solidaristic.

I am a card carrying member of the Glendale Public Library, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and the Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles.

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Sunrise Movement Los Angeles

  • Democratic Socialists of America – LA

  • Progressive Delegates Network

  • Our Revolution

  • RootsAction.org

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CHUCK BUSH

Small Business Owner

As a proud, lifelong Democrat, I'm honored and excited to run for Assembly Delegate in AD43. Although I’ve been an avid political spectator since age six, the 2020 election motivated me to get more deeply involved, phone banking every weekend to raise money for Democratic candidates across the country.

 

My impact was tangible, and I promised myself, my wife and my two young children I would never sit on the sidelines again. My parents’ lifelong commitments to education, the environment and equality inspire me to run for Assembly Delegate. 

 

California has been my home for over 20 years. As a small business owner, I have thrived and benefited from the state’s record economic growth. I’m looking forward to serving our community as part of the Democratic Party.

 

This year’s record wildfires, pandemic-driven public health and housing crises and the movement for Black lives all highlight the need for the California Democratic Party to lead the fight in the worldwide environmental emergency, to solve for the lack of public options in our healthcare system and to bring about a reckoning with historical inequality.

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

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ARMEN GENDJIAN

Artist/Activist

As a Community Organizer, Multi-disciplinary Artist and Activist, I would be honored to represent the voices of our young voters and utilize my term as a delegate to fight for and support socially conscious and  progressive policies that would enable our communities to thrive. 

 

This would include supporting policies such as Universal and Single Payer Healthcare, the Reform and Elevation of Public Education, the Mitigation of Income Inequality, a Green New Deal, and the providing of Housing, Education and Food Security as Human Rights to all. 

 

I have formally supported these movements in my past organizing and advocating for grassroots non-profits such as The Public Interest Research Group, The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Students for Education Reform, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and many more.

 

As an American-Armenian, I am acutely aware that this country has provided me with the greatest life and opportunity that myself and my family have ever known.

I have also had my fair share of experience both witnessing and experiencing the profound effects of systemic inequality, ethnic discrimination and extreme poverty.

Therefore, I know how deeply important it is to have communal support and beneficial policies that allow us to elevate ourselves and eachother out of survival and into a meaningful and fulfilling future, together.

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Sunrise Movement Los Angeles

  • Democratic Socialists of America – LA

  • Progressive Delegates Network

  • Our Revolution

  • RootsAction.org

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JANET KIM

Homeless Nonprofit Co-founder

I was born and raised in AD43, and it is an honor to declare my candidacy for Assembly Delegate to the California Democratic Party. Local activism is core to my identity, and I am proud to be a co-founder of an incredibly active volunteer-led homeless non-profit organization as well as a District A Representative of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council.

 

The love I have for the community that raised me is what allows me to see the lack of equity and basic social safety nets to protect our most vulnerable neighbors. This is what drives my advocacy and civic engagement work, from registering voters and holding ballot measure education workshops with the League of Women Voters to advocating for more resources to assist my neighbors experiencing homelessness.

 

As a small business owner, I am painfully aware of the lack of support given to small business owners, especially women and minority-owned businesses such as mine. As a co-founder of SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition, I am witness to the massive public health and humanitarian catastrophe caused by decades of misguided politics and poor governance.

 

The pandemic did not cause or create these structural failures, but it instead exposed the depth of inequalities built into the system that continues to contribute to crisis after crisis. We need strong, progressive leadership to recover and rebuild, all the while doubling down on our commitment to address climate change, housing inequality, food insecurity, criminal justice reform, labor protections, and universal healthcare.

 

We need to put in the work and look upon the Democratic Party with a critical eye to understand why it’s not working for everyone, all without resorting to tired old platitudes about accountability and transparency. We need to aggressively reform and restructure the party across the board, and I believe that the voting for the Forward 43 slate is an opportunity for drastic change.

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Sunrise Movement Los Angeles

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SUSAN MASTRODEMOS

Democratic Club Vice President

I am a lifelong Democrat. I have lived in AD43 for 20 years. I serve as VP and Social Media Manager for the Canada Crescenta Democratic Club.  

 

As a member of the Forward 43 slate, I am fighting for:

  • An accessible & accountable party

 

I am running for assembly district delegate to the California Democratic Party because if we want the Democratic Party to be more like us, we need to be active in the Party.  As a delegate to the Party, I will channel your thoughts and suggestions to the Party; and I will report back to you what the Party is doing & thinking about.
 

All donations to the Party & all Party expenditures must be disclosed. Industry lobbyists & dark money PACs must publish the source of their funding. 

The California Democratic Party must not accept donations from industries that are harmful to people & the environment: private prison & detention, weapon manufacturing, & fossil fuel and resource extractive industries.
 

The Democratic Party should not endorse incumbents who favor lobbyists and industry associates. Each district has its own shade of blue, but the Party should not endorse Democrat incumbents who caucus with Republicans.
 

The California Democratic Party must build a strong bench, supporting and developing candidates from the grassroots level. Contest every opening!
 

  • Housing, Healthcare, and Education as basic human rights


The ravaging COVID pandemic shows us that our safety net is fragile and incomplete.  We must Build Back Better! Government must be an agent to create public well-being and encourage economic growth. Our schools must be well funded & well-led. California must innovate Farm to Table programs that support agriculture and deliver fresh food to schools, charities, & families.  
 

California must innovate single payer universal health care for all residents.

I support public broadband that reaches every home and public space in California, to enable distance learning, telemedicine, and collaboration.
 

  • Empowering our community
     

California is great because of the vast diversity of our people. 

Every public entity should include BIPOC, disabled, LBGTQ+, people of every faith and age group.  

Police must be demilitarized. Government entities must renegotiate contracts with police unions so that police agencies handle their own discipline and record keeping. Community oversight of police must have subpoena power.

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Sunrise Movement Los Angeles

  • Progressive Delegates Network

  • Our Revolution

  • RootsAction.org

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JULIET MINASSIAN

Women's Rights Activist

As an advocate for social and environmental justice, it is my goal to ensure all members of our community are treated with dignity and respect, and that all communities are given a voice.  

 

As an Advocate for Women's Rights, it is my goal to ensure that women of our community are treated with dignity, respect and equal wages and jobs.

 

As an Advocate for public education and healthcare for all, it is my goal to ensure that our community is treated with respect, dignity and that all community has given a voice.

 

I will continue to represent my communities at the state level and cast my vote towards progressive policies and candidates who will fight for our most vulnerable communities and causes:

  • Medicare for All

  • Reduce influence of money and special interests. Increase civic engagement.

  • Improve public school system

  • Government should concern itself with the well-being of the people, to create a society centered around human beings—not the profits of corporations. 

  • Education, Housing, Workers rights

  • Student Homelessness

  • LGBTQ, Immigration, Human Rights, and all issues that effects our community
     

As soon as I was able, I became a U.S. Citizen and voted for the first time for president Clinton's re-election. I have not missed an election since then, because I take my civil duties and responsibilities very seriously. I made sure all the children in my family registered to vote as soon as they turned 18, and they're responsible voters as well.

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

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JOSH NUNI

Civil Rights Lawyer

I am a civil rights lawyer and work as a policy staffer for LAUSD School Board Member Jackie Goldberg. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently live in Los Feliz, where I serve on my Neighborhood Council as a District Representative and Housing Committee Co-Chair.

 

Our society is in crisis—at the local, state, and national level. A deadly pandemic has ravaged our communities and left many jobless and wondering how they will be able to provide for their families. Income and wealth inequality have reached levels not seen since just before the Great Depression. We are falling far short of the actions needed to address the existential threat posed by climate change. And years of institutional racism continue to subject communities of color to the injustices of a fundamentally unfair and destructive criminal justice system.

 

I am running for Assembly District Delegate and Executive Board Representative because I believe a bold, progressive California Democratic Party can play a vital role in meeting these crises head on. Through strategic use of the Party’s platform and endorsement power, we can help get corporate money out of politics, transform our energy system away from fossil fuels, diminish the influence of police unions on our elected representatives, and encourage adequate spending on education, healthcare, and jobs programs that will meaningfully and tangibly improve the lives of working Californians.

 

To realize these goals, we must elect delegates and representatives committed to the democratic process, transparency, and ensuring that our party acts in accordance with its stated progressive values. I would be honored to represent the Democrats of the 43rd Assembly District to fight for a truly representative California Democratic Party, and, through it, for a more just, equitable, sustainable, and humane society.

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Sunrise Movement Los Angeles

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NIKKI PEREZ

Homeless Youth Advocate

Nikki was born and raised in Burbank to working-class parents from El Salvador and Guatemala. Her father is a teamster with Local 399, and her mother works for the Burbank Unified School District. Nicole received a B.A. In Psychology and a B.A. in Music Performance from UC Riverside and a Master of Social Welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. For her entire life, she has been a passionate advocate for immigrant rights, our unhoused population, especially unhoused youth, and equity in education.

 

As a Social Worker, Nikki has spent her career advocating for vulnerable youth populations including foster youth, homeless, and undocumented students. She currently serves as the Project Manager for Kids First, An LA City pilot project that seeks to increase academic success for unhoused students in the San Fernando Valley. Previously, she served as a Communications Director in the State Assembly and with Courage California during the 2018 midterm election.

 

In her advocacy, she has organized for immigrant rights including TPS and DACA, lobbied legislators for bills that increase foster and homeless youth access to higher education, and mobilized over 1 million Courage California members to flip the House. She currently serves in multiple volunteer roles, including: Treasurer for the Burbank Democratic Club; Secretary for the Burbank Library Board of Trustees; Member of the Zonta Club of Burbank.

 

As a first-generation American, Nikki believes in meaningfully diversifying the Democratic party and supporting Medicare for All, higher education access, and housing cost reforms that create true equity for traditionally marginalized communities.

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Sunrise Movement Los Angeles

  • Democratic Socialists of America – LA

  • Progressive Delegates Network

  • Our Revolution

  • RootsAction.org

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DESIREE PORTILLO RABINOV

Glendale College Trustee

I'm a resident of La Crescenta for thirty years, raised my family, and continued volunteering in the community to improve our access to public transportation, expansion of park space, street safety improvements, and development of a bike lane network. My role in improving women's rights has been through supporting more women to run for office as a former President of the National Women's Political Caucus LA Metro chapter to ensure we have equal access, preserving reproductive rights and equal pay for equal work.

 

I'm currently serving my seventh year on the Crescenta Valley Town Council to ensure residents have an opportunity to voice their concerns, views, and services needed as an advisor to the County of Los Angeles Supervisory District 5.

 

As a delegate of AD 43 four years ago, I gained the experience in providing input into the process that reflects our community vision and issues ranging on affordable housing, transportation, and education. Serving as a Trustee for Glendale Community College, I understand the policy issues facing affordability, diversity, DACA, and technology to access public education.

 

My experience will bring value to AD 43 to advance our economy, education, and quality of life.

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Sunrise Movement Los Angeles

  • Progressive Delegates Network

  • Our Revolution

  • RootsAction.org

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BRANDON REY RAMIREZ

Immigrants' Rights Activist

As a longtime Democratic Party activist and organizer with the Democratic Socialists for over ten years, I strongly believe it is not only possible, but necessary to build a political revolution with a popular front. This belief is rooted in over a decade of movement-building as an activist in the immigrant rights movement, most recently working to establish the Alliance to Defend Im/migrants in Los Angeles.

 

As a member of the LA Tenants Union and having helped organize my own building, fighting for tenants’ rights within the party will be my top priority for the 21-22 cycle. This includes supporting demands for rent cancellation, rent control, and vacancy control.

 

I’m running for re-election as an ADEM for the 43rd district because the California Democratic Party should answer the demands of working class Californians. 2020 has shown us that a system that values profits over people is broken. Structural racism and mass inequality are evident in who is disproportionately impacted by the healthcare system, the prison industrial complex, the housing crisis, and the impacts of climate change and environmental pollution.

 

It’s not enough for some of us ADEMs to simply criticize racial capitalism. We need to organize coalitions inside and outside the party, and win governing power for the progressive majority. There’s no time left to wait. 

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Sunrise Movement Los Angeles

  • Democratic Socialists of America – LA

  • Progressive Delegates Network

  • Our Revolution

  • RootsAction.org

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MARGO ROWDER

Tenants' Rights Organizer

I know what it’s like to fight for what’s right in AD 43. I co-authored Burbank’s first-ever rent control measure. After finalizing it with Public Counsel, I collected 2,000 signatures from voters and went to court to defend its rightful place on the ballot. I co-founded a tenants’ rights nonprofit which holds monthly know-your-rights clinics providing legal guidance from Eviction Defense Network. 

 

My professional background is in messaging, and I am an award-winning communicator. In 2015, I invited Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls to partner with the Television Academy and evolve the conversation on the EMMYs red carpet. With participation from Hillary Clinton, Shonda Rimes, and a long line of celebrities, #SmartGirlsAsk won over hearts and minds as I’d predicted.

 

My best strengths are strategy-related, and I am a digital native by trade and at heart. I pivoted my organizational skills effectively under COVID-19, managing two separate, successful political campaigns in 2020 using digital and remote-focused tools to mobilize voters. I managed the Burbank City Council campaign that resulted in nearly 25,000 voter calls, donations from over 800 unique donors, and the most votes for a city council candidate in Burbank’s history. 

 

I am VP of Political Action for Burbank Democratic Club and a dues-paying DSA member. I have established relationships with my elected representatives, and I meet with them to advocate for the issues affecting our communities. 

 

California’s most pressing pre-pandemic priority was the housing crisis, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated the need to protect our most vulnerable residents – many of whom no longer have the income to ensure a roof over their heads when evictions can be filed again. Meantime, Blackstone just had one of its best years and is positioning itself to cash in on foreclosures that result from our impending economic downturn. It’s time to take the housing crisis seriously: Pressure banks to forbear mortgages, so that landlords can cancel rent. Prevent the eviction tsunami by replicating Judicial Council of California’s Rule 1 legislatively.

 

Our state party platform and policies borne from it must reflect the political will to stand up for all our residents and not just a lucky, privileged few.

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Sunrise Movement Los Angeles

  • Democratic Socialists of America – LA

  • Progressive Delegates Network

  • Our Revolution

  • RootsAction.org

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HUGO SOTO

Labor Organizer

My life was transformed 14 years ago, when my co-workers and I marched on our managers and demanded safe working conditions, good wages, affordable healthcare, respect, and a union contract! After a few months of fighting alongside my coworkers, we won our first contract and every single demand. In those short months, I learned a valuable lesson: Nobody is going to hand you anything. You need to organize and take it. 

 

Since becoming an organizer with UNITE HERE Local 11 in 2006, I have been a part of dozens of organizing drives across different service industries in Los Angeles, Denver, Albuquerque, and Orlando. In each of these campaigns, the unity of workers coming from different backgrounds (race, gender, age, religion and life experiences) fighting multimillion-dollar corporations, and WINNING, is what continues to fuel me.  

 

In more recent times, I’m very proud to say that even though my union was nearly destroyed because of COVID-19 and facing 85% unemployment, during the general election we led successful political campaigns in Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Arizona that helped defeat Trump in November. This victory happened because we brought an organizing mentality to the political process, and fought with everything we had. 

 

If we are going to win a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, Immigration Reform, Criminal Justice Reform, and many of the other progressive policies, we have to take our lessons from the workers I have organized with. We must lead with love, unity, and center the collective, not the individual. Like my hero Malcolm X said, “The only thing power respects is power.” It’s only through this collective energy that we can build enough power to make changes. 

 

My goal is to bring these lessons in organizing to the California Democratic Party structure and build enough grassroots power to win these progressive policies. I hope I can count on your vote, and for my comrades on the Forward 43 slate.

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Sunrise Movement Los Angeles

  • Democratic Socialists of America – LA

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ANALISA SWAN

Workers' Rights Attorney

As a proud Democrat, lesbian, attorney, advocate for workers’ rights and lifelong resident of Assembly District 43 (Laura Friedman’s district), I’m very EXCITED to run for Assembly Delegate to our California Democratic Party! It’s such an honor representing CA 28 (Adam Schiff’s district) as a Biden DNC delegate. Kamala Harris was my candidate.

 

When Kamala dropped out, I immediately began volunteering as a grassroots activist for Joe Biden, advocating for Kamala as VP. It’s a dream come true that CA’s Senator Harris will be the first female, Black, South Asian American VP and that good, honest, empathetic Joe will be POTUS. I’ll fight for the most progressive policies to BUILD BACK BETTER.

 

I’m committed to California leading on Medicare For All; a Green New Deal; strong labor laws and unions; scientific COVID-19 response; expanding Social Security, Medicare, MediCal, social services, state benefits; racial, economic, and social justice; criminal justice reform; pro-choice; women’s rights; LGBTQIA rights; immigration; standing in solidarity with the Armenian community; disability rights; equality; affirmative action; reparations to indigenous and Black people; affordable housing; benefits to the unhoused; eliminating student debt; and increasing public education funding.

We need ACCOUNTABILITY, REFORM, INCLUSIVITY, and DIVERSITY in our party and government. I march, canvass, phone bank, text, postcard, and use my voice as a call to justice.

 

I’m active in our local Democratic Clubs including the Glendale Democratic Club as a VP, Stonewall Democratic Club, Heart of LA Democratic Club, and Los Angeles Democratic Club; member of the CADEM caucuses e.g., Black, LGBTQ, Labor, Women, Environment, Chicano/Latino, and Progressive caucuses; and member of the nonprofit organization, Glendale Kiwanis Club, helping children. I’m very involved in the labor movement dedicating my professional life to fighting on behalf of workers. All politics start at the local level. Our ideals and strength in California are a POWERFUL beacon of hope around the world. We must do EVERYTHING we can to bring California's vision, leadership, and progressive policies to support Biden, Harris, and to organize and elect strong Dems!

 

ENDORSED BY:

  • Our Revolution Los Angeles

  • Glendale Democratic Club

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee

  • Democratic Socialists of America – LA