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State Party Delegate Elections in January

 

WHAT ARE "ADEMS?"

Every two years the California Democratic Party (CDP) organizes Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs), in which Democratic voters in each Assembly District elect 14 people to represent them as delegates to the CDP's annual convention. Also known as members of the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC), delegates vote on Party endorsements, resolutions, internal leadership elections, and other matters, and many participate in CDP committees and caucuses. 

ADEMs will be held throughout the state on two upcoming weekends: Sat.-Sun., Jan. 12-13, and Sat.-Sun, Jan. 26-27, 2019. The dates, times, and locations of ADEMs for districts in San Diego County are listed below. At each meeting, seven "self-identified female" and seven "other than self-identified female" delegates will be elected. Voters will also elect one person from that group of 14 to represent that district as a member of the CDP Executive Board, who is expected to attend additional meetings around the state each year to vote on State Party business. 

 

WHO CAN RUN TO BE AN ADEM DELEGATE? 

Anyone who is a registered Democrat residing in the Assembly District they are running for on or before October 22, 2018, can run to be a a delegate through their ADEM. (You can look up your Assembly District number with your registered voting address at http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.)

To apply to run in an ADEM election, or for more information (including a list of candidates who have filed so far), click here. The administrative filing deadline is Thursday, December 27, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. The same application can be used to run for the Executive Board position for that Assembly District. There is a $30 filing fee to run. 

If you're considering running, please note that delegates are responsible for paying their own expenses, which include dues, registration, travel, and lodging (more details here). Conventions typically alternate between Northern and Southern California. The regular spring convention will be held May 31-June 2, 2019, in San Francisco. A second convention will likely take place in November 2019 due to the early primary election in March 2020. 

 

WHO CAN VOTE IN AN ADEM ELECTION?

A person may participate (attend and vote) in the ADEM if he or she is a Democrat residing and registered to vote in the Assembly District as of the date of the meeting. Same-day voter registration is allowed of otherwise qualified citizens. 

At each meeting, candidates may give one-minute speeches 30 minutes prior to registration. After registration opens, participants will vote by secret ballot and can then leave at any time. Registration will close two hours after opening, then votes will be tallied and the results announced. 

 

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ADEM ELECTION DATES AND LOCATIONS
 

AD 71
When: Saturday, January 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: El Cajon Public Library, 201 East Douglas Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Convener: Bonnie Price (619) 741-6811

AD 75
When: Sunday, January 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Discovery Elementary School 730 Applewilde Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078
Convener: Roger Garcia (951) 216-1391

AD 76
When: Sunday, January 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Oceanside Public Library, 330 N. Coast Hwy. Oceanside, CA 92054
Convener: Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik (949) 521-3292

AD 77
When: Sunday, January 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: IBEW, 7444 Trade Street, San Diego, CA 92121
Convener: Cody Petterson (858) 922-7593

AD 78
When: Sunday, January 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Musicians Association of San Diego County, 1717 Morena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110
Convener: Rafael Perez (619) 301-5111

AD 79
When: Saturday, January 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Johnson Elementary School, 1355 Kelton Road, San Diego, CA 92114
Convener: Judy Ki (858) 486-8336

AD 80
When: Saturday, January 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Olivewood Club House, 541 E. 24th Street, National City, CA 91950
Convener: Emily Bonner (619) 549-9585