2023 ADEMs: Election for Assembly District Delegates to California Democratic Party

Information About the Election

CADem is holding elections for Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) positions in the Democratic Party of California.  

The delegates we elect in January 2023 will be our community’s voice at the state level. They vote on endorsements of candidates, ballot measures, and the platform and leaders of the state party, driving CADem’s mission, priorities, and focus.

The DSCC, or the State Central Committee is the full membership body of the California Democratic Party (CADem). Members of the DSCC (also known as “Delegates”) come from the following sources:

  1. Members of each of California’s 58 counties’ Central Committees. 
  2. Appointed by Democratic Party Elected Officials (or the highest vote-getting Democrat if no Democrat was elected, based off the most recent election)
  3. Elected as an Assembly District Delegate (ADem).
  4. DNC State party Delegates
  5. CA DNC members
  6. Current/ Past Statewide Officers 
  7. Regional Directors 
  8. California Democratic Council
  9. California Young Democrats
  10. Statewide Chartered Organizations (chair Only)

 Since CADem is a political party organization, it does not have any formal power over elected Democrats. 

However, the California Democratic Party has strong influence in elections. The endorsement of the California Democratic Party carries significant weight for candidates. The Party also provides campaign materials and organizational support for candidates. 

 During Election years, Assembly District Delegates attend State Convention to endorse candidates. 

 The State Central Committee operates much like the Los Angeles County Central Committee, which is the full membership body of the LA County Democratic Party. There are

  • a general membership assembly
  • an Executive Board
  • Regional Directors
  • Standing Committees
  • officers, such as Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair.

To represent an Assembly District in CADem elections, people are categorized as self-identified females (SIF) or are other than self-identified females (OSIF). 

 Each Assembly District has 7 SIF representatives and 7 OSIF representatives.  E-Board membership is made up of 1 SIF and 1 OSIF from each Assembly District, plus Officers and chairs of standing committees.

 The Executive Board administers much of the preliminary business of the Central Committee. 

If the person is willing to serve on the Executive Board of CADem, they mark YES on their candidacy form. The people earning the highest number of votes in each category (SIF and OSIF) will serve as Delegate and also as  E-board members.  

Information About the Candidates

Canada Crescenta Democratic Club members are actively engaged at the state and local level. We have four members who are candidates for Assembly District Delegate in Assembly District 43.

Current Slates

A slate is a group of candidates that run in multi-seat elections on a common platform. Your ballot will show the individual names, not the slates. 

 Club members Desiree Portillo Rabinov & Susan Mastrodemos are members of the Forward 43 Slate.  Club members Caroline Anderson and Sean Russell are members of the Diverse Dems for Change slate.

Forward 43

FORWARD 43 Will Fight For:
✓ An accessible, accountable, & inclusive party
✓ Housing, healthcare, & education as human rights
✓ Racial justice & reimagining public safety
✓ A Green New Deal for California
✓ Protecting and Empowering workers

Our slate is made up of activists who have dedicated their lives to defending the rights of all people.  Our platform is detailed, thoughtful, and progressive.



Susan Mastrodemos

Joined CCDC for the second time in Dec 2016

I am on the Executive Board of the Canada Crescenta Dem Club, serving as VP & Social Media Chair since 2016. I am an active member of the La Canada Huddle & Crescenta Valley Indivisible. I have been an Associate member of LACDP (non-voting) since 2016, & I participate in Regional meetings & endorsements. I was an appointed Delegate to CADem 2018-20. I joined three caucuses: environmental, rural, & women’s. I also participate in CADem regional meetings.

My political campaigns are primarily GOTV. Our local group wrote and sent 20,000 postcards through an NAACP program to voters who had been unjustly purged from the voting rolls in their State. During 2020 Early Voting & Voting, I was a Voter Hotline Volunteer for the Dem Party of Texas, & a Ballot Cure Hotline Volunteer for the Dem Party of Iowa.

I am a lifelong Democrat. I have lived in AD43 for 20 years.

As a member of the Forward43 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. Gov’t 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.

Diverse Dems for Change