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DEADLINE TODAY (Dec. 27) AT 5PM – Don’t Forget About ADEM Applications


Dear Fellow Democrats:
Today is the last day to apply to be an ADEM Delegate and/or Executive Board Representative!
The biennial meetings to elect Assembly District Delegates and Executive Board Representatives of the California Democratic Party will be held the weekends of Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, 2019; and Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2019. The deadline to apply for candidacy is today at 5pm.

A person may run for ADEM Delegate and/or Executive Board Representative only if one is a registered Democrat and residing in the Assembly District of the ADEM on or before October 22, 2018. 

These Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) will take place to elect 7 self-identified female delegates and 7 other than self-identified female delegates from each of the 80 Assembly Districts in the State of California.

All California Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) Delegates are expected to attend the California Democratic Party Conventions in 2019 and 2020. These Delegates will meet for the first time at the California Democratic Party State Convention to be held May 31 – June 2, 2019, in San Francisco.

Click here for more information on the process of running for ADEM Delegate/Executive Board Representative, or to find the date, time, location, and a list of candidates for your district’s ADEM election.

To find cost associated with becoming an ADEM Delegate, please visit our website for more info.

For more commonly asked questions on the upcoming ADEM elections, please find our brief FAQ below.


The CDP Team

Who May Vote in ADEMs?

A person may vote in the election if the person is a registered Democrat residing in the Assembly District of the ADEM as of the date of the ADEM. Same day voter registration is allowed for otherwise qualified citizens.

Please visit our ADEM Tools and Resources page, found on our ADEM Homepage, for more information.

Who May Run as an Assembly District Delegate/Executive Board Representative?

A person may run for ADEM Delegate and/or Executive Board Representative only if one is a registered Democrat and residing in the Assembly District of the ADEM on or before October 22, 2018. 

Click here to apply and run for Assembly District Delegate and/or Executive Board Representative. The direct link to the application form is:

An optional statement (2400 characters) and $30 filing fee is required at the time of application. If the Assembly District Delegate/Executive Board Representative candidate chooses to include a statement, the statement must be composed at the time of application submission. Candidate statements will not be accepted after the application is submitted.

The deadline to complete the candidate application form is TODAY, December 27, 2018, at 5:00 PM – THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS DEADLINE!

Candidates should confirm receipt of filing prior to the deadline. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact Party Resources Manager Unique Wilson directly at (916) 503-7318 or Party Services Director Emma Harper at

The CDP will not be responsible for failed, delayed, unreadable, or corrupted filings, whether by hardcopy delivery or electronic filings, such as faxes or emails, or the editing of statements. A hard copy form is not available. However, Party staff is available to assist candidates with the online application process. Please contact Party Resources Manager Unique Wilson directly at (916) 503-7318 or Party Services Director Emma Harper at

Please Note: In keeping with CDP Policy, Gender shall mean one being either “self-identified female” or “other than self-identified female.”

Please click here for more information on the 2019 ADEM process.




Political Updates


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


 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 Assembly District delegate may learn more and apply at The deadline is Dec. 27.

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:

< ![if !supportLists]>·         < ![endif]>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,

< ![if !supportLists]>·         < ![endif]>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

< ![if !supportLists]>·         < ![endif]>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

< ![if !supportLists]>·         < ![endif]>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,

< ![if !supportLists]>·         < ![endif]>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,

To learn more about the ADEMs or to view a list of the candidates in your Assembly District, visit To determine in which Assembly District you reside, visit and click on “My Voter Status.”

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


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.

Democratic Data Wars and Best Wishes for the New Year

Dear Democratic Party Member:

The weeks since the election have been challenging.  We have weathered the resignation of our state Party Chair in the most unfortunate of circumstances.  Since then, there has been a great deal of anxiety and other difficulties as Party leaders and activists have tried to come to terms with what happened and how to assure that our Party is a safe place for whistleblowers and persons, especially employees, who feel victimized–all while trying to conduct our reorganization for the 2019-2020 cycle.  As the veteran of more than a few internal Party disputes, I would like to remind everyone that if we want to replicate–and build on–our victories this past November, what unites us must be greater than what divides us.  We must remember that retaking more state legislatures, more state houses, the US Senate and the White House must be our guiding star even as we engage in some much-needed introspection and some difficult conversations.  In other words, we must focus on how to emerge from these current difficulties united, stronger and more able to focus on our mutual goals–not weaker and more divided, with our differences highlighted and our commonalities diminished.   

That brings me to another post-election challenge.  What the press is calling a data war at the national level.  Here’s a sample article.

With money and perceived power at stake, the dialogue has been unfortunately divisive.  However, the goal–sharing data gathered by Democrats at the national, state and local level with labor and our other progressive allies and sharing these allies’ data with our Party committees and candidates–is of vital importance to our taming the Trumpian menace in 2020.  So, I urge you to join with me on calling on state and national Party leaders to find a way to tone down the rhetoric and work out their differences.  I remain hopeful that one or more Party elder(s) with respect on all sides will step up and help everyone see their way to turn this into a win-win.

Having discussed our difficulties, I want to end by both wishing you and yours a happy, health and prosperous new year and by sharing the relevant parts of a memorandum of DNC Chair Tom Perez discussing how Democrats brought about our great victories in November.  That memo (slightly edited for length) is after my signature line.

Democratically yours and with warmest wishes for a very blue 2019,

Laurence Zakson

Member, Democratic National Committee (CA)

Secretary, DNC LGBT Caucus 

Co-Chair, CDP Rules Committee  


CA’s Assembly and Senate are bluer than ever!

Sign our card congratulating them and urging them to fight for our progressive values.                                                                                                                                                                         


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Yesterday, the 120 members of California’s legislature were sworn in for a new term — and the ranks in the Assembly and Senate are bluer than ever!

Thanks to the hard work of California Democrats up and down the state, on Election Day we flipped at least five assembly seats and three in the Senate.

Democrats now occupy roughly three-fourths of the seats in both legislative houses.

Now, it’s time to continue showing the nation what true progressive leadership looks like — by passing more progressive policies that work for all of us!

To mark this historic day, will you sign our card congratulating the California Democrats — both new and old — sworn in yesterday, and urge them to keep fighting for our progressive values?!

Thanks for being a California Democrat!

The CDP Team

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Join The Blue Wave – Delegate Applications Open

Fellow Democrats:


Thank you for all of your hard work this election season – and congratulations on the incredible Blue Wave that we pulled off. We not only took back the House – in no small part because of the outstanding work we did to flip seats here in California – but we also saw an encouraging trend of progressive victories throughout the state and the country.


From electing Josh Harder in Congressional District 10 to electing Democrats to every single state constitutional office, we had an amazing showing. Now it’s time to continue the energy and success that we had in this election – and you can start by attending the Assembly District Election Meetings! 

ADEMS are being held the weekend of Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, 2019 and Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2019, click here to apply, find the date, time and location, and a list of candidates for your AD election.  We have all had something to celebrate because Democrats swept California on November the 6th! Now the California Democratic Party must proceed with our reorganization, which occurs biennially to determine its members of the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC). These Delegates will meet for the first time at the California Democratic Party State Convention held May 31 – June 2, 2019 in San Francisco.

The 2019-2021 term for these Delegates promises to be an eventful one. California has many issues facing us including the budget, possible special elections and the 2020 presidential election.

For general information about the Party structure, you can visit and go to the About Us section.


–The CDP Team