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CA 46th Assembly District Delegate Election Winners 2011 – 2012

January 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Featured, News

The California 46th Assembly District Delegate Elections were held on Saturday 8 and Sunday, January 9, 2011 at First and Hope 710 W. First Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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They are 80 Assembly Districts in CA and 12 people (6 men / 6 women) are elected from each Assembly District.

Here is the list with names and little biography of the 46th Assembly District Delegate Winners:

1. Avygail Sanchez: As a resident of the 46th Assembly District for over 25 years, She have seen the positive and challenging changes in her community. The best results have occurred when the community speaks up, participates, and holds accountable those who represent them. She is an active member of the Greater Los Angeles Area, and committed to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, its values, and its efforts to improve communities, provide jobs, social services, and foster equality among all people

2. Natalie Rodgers: Is a lifelong Democrat. I am a Navy Veteran and have been an active participant in The Truman Project. She coordinated campaigns for Obama for America out of Michigan. As a downtown resident she wants to work on making the party more accessible to the residents of the inner city and bring awareness to Veteran’s Issues.

3. Pamela Burga: Pamela Burga, is someone who has worked to bring education reform to Los Angeles, she feel it important to have leadership representation that prioritizes improving educational opportunities for all students of all economic backgrounds. Education fundamentally impacts community development, workforce development, and economic stability.

4. Wendy Bruget: Ms. Bruget began her career as a union organizer for the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs. A native of Santa Barbara, California, Ms.Bruget is a graduate of University California at Santa Barbara, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Some of her recent accomplishments include: Working with a coalition including The League of California Cities successful passage of Proposition 98. Ms. Bruget is particularly proud of her involvement of the formation of the Baja California Binational Mayors Summit, which emerged from the initial dialogues of the 2008 Border Governors Conference in Los Angeles, California. She also serves on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Los Angeles Political Roast Committee, which is the highest grossing fundraising event for the ADA. Ms. Bruget recently traveled to Hamburg, Germany with a delegation of California environmental leaders to showcase a state of the art waste to energy facility and to meet with German legislative leaders of the German Green Party.

5. Gloria Gasca: She pledges to uphold the democratic values of our district. She will support our leadership’s initiatives and work towards making positive changes in the communities which we serve.

6. Glenda Silva: Working as a public affairs consultant for the last 6 years has helped her understand that transparency by our elected officials and collaboration with their constituents, leads to good and responsible government. In supporting democratic candidates who believe in transparency and who actually engage their stakeholders in the creation and protection of legislation, we can preserve the interests of our community and our democratic values.

“California is the last Great Bastion of the democratic dream. We are the breakwater that is protecting California against the red tide that is sweeping across the nation and is protecting us from being swept into the abyss of the Pacific Ocean. It is from this very room that we are looking for the hope , vision , and leadership that will be the guiding light that will lead us through these difficult times where there is a huge backlash against the ideals of the democratic dream. California Dreaming.” Said Ruben Murillo, 46th Assembly District Delegate Candidate.

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1. George Magallanes: As a lifelong resident of Boyle Heights and a former staff member to Democratic State Senator Tom Hayden, Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg, and currently Deputy District Director for LA Councilman Ed P. Reyes have dedicated his life to serving others. He believe that working together we will be able to shape a government that works for all.

2. *Enrique Gasca: His commitment to public service and education has been long and diverse. He currently serve as the Chair of the 46th Assembly District delegation on the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. His other community activities have included a board membership on the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project and Navidad en el Barrio. As President of Navidad en el Barrio, he was able to increase the annual food basket donation and help an estimated 125,000 individuals have a more joyous holiday season. Since the beginning of 2010, he have served as District Director for Assembly Speaker John A. Perez. As Speaker Perez’s principal district representative, his focus has been on solving California’s budget crisis, promoting policies that create high-paying, quality jobs in California and implementing real reforms to state government.

3. Ulisses Sanchez: As a life-long Democrat and resident of the 46th Assembly District, He have been an active community member in working towards improving the quality of life for the families throughout the 46th District, Los Angeles and surrounding cities. From his political activism in working aggressively to elect Democrats in local, state and federal government. He have demonstrated that I have the ability to take on challenging tasks and deliver the results that are needed for the region. He currently serves as the District Representative and Political Director for State Senator Ron Calderon.

4. Eduardo Cisneros: As a life-long Democrat and resident of Southeast Los Angeles County, He is a dedicated member of his community and has worked in various capacities serving it. His career as a public servant includes an internship with Sen. Martha Escutia (Ret.), community-based work in the non-profit sector, and now in the public sector at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). At the LAUSD he serve as a staff member to the Board of Education working on education and education policy.

5. Mark Vargas: He is a lifelong Democrat and a longtime resident of the 46th District. He have had the pleasure to support our Assemblyman, Speaker John Perez since being one of the first to sign his filing papers for his candidacy. He will work to represent the diversity of our beautiful district and to promote ideas that create prosperity while protecting working women and men in California.

6. Azael Sonoqui (Sal Martinez): His friends in the community of Boyle Heights were his from know him as Sal Martinez, in 2001, he was bitten by the civic bug and since then I’ve joined/volunteered closely with local civic groups and law enforcement to provide, instill and equip our residents with the tools to change our quality of life. It’s his pleasure to serve on LAPD as a volunteer, receiving the 2007 OCB volunteer of the Year Award.

*Enrique Gasca was also voted as Executive Board

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About The Democratic Party:

The Democratic Party and its members are responsible for some of our nation’s most important and impactful legislation: Social Security, Medicare, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Most recently, California Democrats played a leading role in helping President Obama pass the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ending the insurance company practice of denying coverage to children because of pre-existing conditions and lowering the cost of health care for millions of Americans.

Democrats are building a healthier future for our state and improving the quality of life for all Californians. We believe our state must make university and community college affordable for today’s working and middle-class families. We believe in rewarding hard work and expanding opportunities for all Californians in order to create stronger and healthier communities. There are more than 7.5 million registered Democrats in California – 44.49 percent of California voters. For more information visit http://www.cadem.org

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Editor’s Note: We want to wish good luck to all the nominees and winners. Also we want to inform you that we contacted some of the winners to quote them for this follow up story but as date of this published story we have not received any response.

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CA 46th Assembly District Delegate Elections Saturday, January 8, 2011

January 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Community, Featured, News

46th Assembly District Delegates ElectionAre you ready to select your Delegates? They are the ones the represent their district for both the 2011 and 2012 State Conventions, Network with other Democrats, Represent your constituency, Elect Party officers, Promote the California Democratic Party agenda, Endorse candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional office and Vote to endorse resolutions and ballot measures.


They are 80 Assembly Districts in CA and 12 people (6 men / 6 women) are elected from each Assembly District. The CA 46th Assembly District will held their Delegate Elections on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at First and Hope 710 W. First Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Here is the list with names and little biography of the 46th Assembly District Delegate Elections:

ABIOLA AFOLAYA has for the past three years represented public and private sector employees at AFSCME and UNITE HERE! at administrative hearings and contract negotiations. As a woman of color, throughout college and graduate school, Afolayan fought hard for democratic values that make America and California great; for dignity and equality for workers in the workplace; and for creating a sustainable environment. She continues this legacy professionally and plans to continue this legacy as an elected delegate. As a delegate, Afolayan plans to keep her ties with her community by consistently meeting with local leaders about local and global issues affecting her constituency in order to remain effective, grounded and accountable to her community.

DUSTIN BUSS lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles as a small business consultant.  He has been an active volunteer and fundraiser for numerous local, state, and national elections, including Newsom, Brown, and Obama.  Dustin also serves on the Board of Directors for California YMCA Youth & Government, a program that teaches California high school students about the state government processes.  He is an active community member and leader in Downtown Los Angeles and a supporter of the Ketchum Downtown YMCA and the Grand Performances concert series.  Dustin is excited to put his leadership experience and passion for Democratic principles to work as a Delegate for AD46.

FREDY CEJA is an openly HIV positive, gay male, born and raised in Los Angeles. He has served on the California HIV/AIDS Planning Group (CHPG) and Latino Advisory Board (LAB) to the California Office of AIDS. Past professional experience includes working for the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs, Bienestar Human Services, and Los Angeles Universal Preschool. He currently serves as Field Deputy for California State Senator Gil Cedillo (D-22), focusing on LGBT, HIV/AIDS, Preschool and K-12 education issues. He serves as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County HIV Commission. He also serves on the board of the Latino Equality Alliance (LEA)-advocating for Latino LGBT rights, serves on the board for The Wall Las Memorias Project, Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, Inc., and the CSULA Alumni board. Last year, Mr. Ceja was one of the faces for the “Soy” campaign, a partnership between Univision and the Kaiser Family Foundation aimed at reducing the stigma associated with being HIV positive. Mr. Ceja received a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Public Administration from CSULA.

ALIDA GARCIA is an attorney and currently works for Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s Office of Economic & Business Policy, primarily focused in job creation and bringing greater efficiency to our local government. Garcia was the Deputy Director of Latino Vote in California for the Obama campaign, which primarily focused on training Latinos in California and organizing trips for them into the battleground states of Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico. For the last two years Garcia volunteered for Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris as the Co-Chair of Young Professionals for Kamala Harris. She also was field director of the Southern California vote protection efforts overseeing a field program of ten counties.

AMBER MARTINEZ is nonprofit professional working & living in downtown Los Angeles, with family who own small businesses downtown & live in Boyle Heights. Martinez currently works as the National Director of Chapter Development for the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting. She remains active in the community, serving on nonprofit boards and working on various progressive candidates’ campaigns, leading the LA chapters of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and New Leaders Council, developing the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs.

RUBEN MURILLO is a life-long resident of Boyle Heights and has been a long time active member of the Democratic Party. Mr. Murillo has had the pleasure of meeting and working on many local, state, and national candidates and issue campaigns. He studied Biology at USC and has been involved in Healthcare ever since. First as volunteer in various candidate campaigns and more directly as an affiliate leader of the Long Beach Chapter of Health Care for All—California’s only grassroots single payer movement that sponsored 2 Senate Bills (SB810 & SB840). Mr. Murillo’s issues are Health Care, Education, and the Environment.

ROBERT ST.GENIS has a diverse background of business, politics and non-profits. St.Genis has owned 2 different California based businesses over his career. He is a licensed Real Estate Agent and was practicing real estate until 2010. St.Genis successfully completed the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute Campaign and Candidate Training and the City of Los Angeles Ethics Training in 2009. He recently served as Campaign Manager for Mitch Ward for CA Assembly (53rd) and is currently the Development Director for Friends of Project 10—a non-profit fostering future LGBT leaders and their allies. St.Genis has volunteered on committees for United Negro College Fund, Equality California, LA Gay and Lesbian Center, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and many others.  He is openly gay, married and HIV positive.


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About The Democratic Party:
The Democratic Party and its members are responsible for some of our nation’s most important and impactful legislation: Social Security, Medicare, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Most recently, California Democrats played a leading role in helping President Obama pass the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ending the insurance company practice of denying coverage to children because of pre-existing conditions and lowering the cost of health care for millions of Americans.
Democrats are building a healthier future for our state and improving the quality of life for all Californians. We believe our state must make university and community college affordable for today’s working and middle-class families. We believe in rewarding hard work and expanding opportunities for all Californians in order to create stronger and healthier communities. There are more than 7.5 million registered Democrats in California – 44.49 percent of California voters. For more information visit http://www.cadem.org
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