Support the 41st Assembly District Progressives for Solutions that Work

Make your voice heard in the California Democratic Party Delegate Elections.

This election is open to all California Democrats to elect 7 “self-identified female” and 7 “other than self-identified female” to be Assembly District Delegates (ADDs) to represent the Assembly District they are registered in at the California Democratic Party conventions and endorsement votes.

If you requested a vote-by-mail ballot, your completed ballot must be received by Tuesday, January 31, 2023. For instructions on how to vote, visit:

You can still vote in person on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Please pre-register at

In-person voting will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2023 between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at

UFCW Local 1428 - 705 W. Arrow Highway, Claremont, CA 91711


Meet the 41st AD Progressives for Solutions that Work

*Number by name corresponds with vote-by-mail ballot number


#15 - Donna Baker

As a Delegate, Donna Baker’s focus will be on helping to strengthen voting rights, guaranteeing reproductive rights for all, and assuring our Democracy prevails. She believes it’s important we help Democrats win at the local, state, and national levels and attract swing voters who stand for democratic norms. She’s a Senior, a small business owner, a woman, and a former Delegate who knows how to get things done!



#13 - Charlotte Bland

Charlotte Bland is a wife, mother, grandmother, corporate executive, and community leader who is passionate about Justice for All initiatives. As the Chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus Greater Pasadena Area, Charlotte helps recruit, train, and elect progressive women to local elected and appointed offices. She is committed to empowering the voices of ALL Democrats and ensuring that our party reflects our commitment to justice reform, affordable housing, universal health care, reversing climate change, affordable higher education, immigration reform, diversity, and equity.



#12 - Elvia Hernandez

Elvia Hernandez is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and community organizer. Her recent work has been on organizing the High Desert community around progressive candidates and providing group therapy to justice-involved individuals in the San Bernardino County jail system.


#20 - Ruth Luevand

Ruth Luevand is committed to advancing the Democratic Party by bringing her experience in public service and her passion for collaboration to the table within the city of San Dimas. As an ADEM Democratic candidate, she will strive to find common ground between different political perspectives and foster a more unified community that respects the rights of all citizens while preserving the traditional values that are important to this relatively conservative area within AD41.



#30 - Susan Mastrodemos

Susan Mastrodemos is a lifelong Democrat from a union family. She has lived in La Cañada Flintridge since 2000 and has been President of the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club for 3 years. She is an Alternate in the LA County Democratic Party and is serving her 3rd term as an Assembly District Delegate in the California Democratic Party. Susan is a member of the Rural Caucus, the Environmental Caucus, and the Women’s Caucus. Her primary issues are food, education, and civil rights. 




#10 - Cindy Montoya

As an educator, gun violence survivor, and the Moms Demand Action State Survivor Co-lead, Cindy Montoya has been pivotal in addressing gun violence through legislative change at the local and state levels. This includes working with school boards to take action on secure firearm storage and helping to increase funding for grassroots community-based violence intervention and prevention programs. If re-elected, Cindy will continue to fight for common-sense gun safety laws and support legislation that invests in the root causes of gun violence. 




#17 - Dr. Yarma Velazquez Vargas

Dr. Yarma Velazquez Vargas serves as a Trustee for the Pasadena Unified School District Board. She is a professor of Chicanx Studies at Cal State University Northridge and is a California Faculty Association union member.



#5 - Ryan Bell

Ryan Bell has been an ADEM from AD 41 since 2021 and is currently the President of Democrats of Pasadena Foothills and a Pasadena City Commissioner on the Northwest Commission. His political work focuses on the intersecting issues of housing and tenant justice, racial justice, and ending homelessness. 




#4 - Sam Berndt

Sam Berndt has been a California Democratic Party delegate in AD41 for two terms, where he authored and passed resolutions calling for a Green New Deal to reduce carbon emissions at the rate that science demands, to develop and expand public energy utilities, to ban single-use plastics, and to cancel all student debt. Sam aims to continue to influence the California Democratic Party through resolutions and the Energy & Environment Platform to declare energy a human right, to make energy a public good, and to have the state source 100% of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2030.


#9 - Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson tirelessly walked door-to-door for Democratic candidates in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. As a delegate to the 2020 National Democratic Convention, he represented and advocated for the voters in Assembly District 41.




#7 - Brandon Lamar

Brandon Lamar is currently on the boards of Black Los Angeles Young Democrats and California Young Democrats. He is also the Founder and President of the Pasadena Young Democrats, which focuses on developing young people to be civically and politically engaged in local government. 



#29 - Eric Nakano

Eric Nakano was born in the 41st district and attended local public schools. After graduating from college, he started his career at the Democratic National Committee, where he served as a field organizer and assistant on John Kerry’s Presidential campaign. Following his time at the DNC, Eric worked at the AFL-CIO, served as an alternate delegate for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, and worked as a field organizer on progressive campaigns. In 2022, Eric was elected as a city councilman representing the 2nd district in San Dimas. He is the first person of color and LGBT person to serve in San Dimas. Eric is running to serve as a delegate to shape state party policy and messaging and build on the party's success in previously conservative areas of the state.



#8 - Ethan Reznik

Ethan Reznik spent the entirety of 2022 successfully advancing the campaigns of Democratic candidates, including Assessor Jeffrey Prang, Los Angeles Community College Trustee candidate Sara Hernandez, and Three Valleys Water Board candidate Jeff Hanlon, unseating two Republican incumbents in the process. As a disability housing advocate, he is working to enhance the Democratic Party's position on policies for housing low-income individuals who suffer from mental illness. 



#16 - Tim Wendler

Tim Wendler has advocated for Democratic principles for 30 years, including the environment, education, and housing. He has worked to elect representatives who will make our world a better place as a past chair of the United Democratic Headquarters, current Arroyo Democratic Club President, and a delegate to 30+ state Democratic conventions.



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