As per Progressive Caucus bylaws requirements, there will be an election to fill the board positions at our upcoming May caucus meeting. Find out more about the candidates who are running to fill the role.
The following individuals have applied as candidates and are presented in alphabetical order by office.
- Chair: Amar Shergill
- Northern CA Vice Chair: Roxanne Bohren; David Hildebrand
- Central CA Vice Chair: Manuel Zapata
- Southern CA Vice Chair: Susie Shannon
- Secretary: Lauren Bier; Dorothy Reik
- Treasurer: Matt Corrales; Kevin Lourens
- Parliamentarian: Emma Jenson
- Communications: Ricardo “Rico” Franco; Cari Templeton
- Member at Large (2): Jovanka Beckles; Zach Denney
Here are the candidates’ 150-word (or fewer) statements in preparation for the election in May. Contested elections are at the top. Unopposed candidates are listed after these.
Offices with Multiple Candidates
Northern CA Vice Chair
For Northern CA Vice Chair: Roxanne Bohren
I went to Jr/HS + college in N. Cal. I have lived most of my adult life in Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Alameda, Humboldt and Shasta Counties.
I have a BS & MBA from Berkeley and a JD. Lawyer for 36 years and counting. The last 1/3 as a judge. My career has been advocating for those with little power: defense, Native Americans , domestic violence victims, legal aid, Drug Court Judge & transwomen.
TransWoman and advocate for my community – 1st to have a vote in a Central Committee.
I intend to work with all of you to defend Mother Earth and to make our party inclusive of all democrats regardless of your appearance/status. Everyone is entitled to: health care, a good paying job, clean environment, justice, safety and housing.
We need to make sure we include and champion ALL people and stop all the benefits going to the 1%.
Let the Progressive Caucus lead! Let’s make Medicare for All and the Green New Deal our reality.
For Northern CA Vice Chair: David Hildebrand
I am a Legislative Analyst by trade, and a political organizer and volunteer when not at work. I have traveled across California for my own campaign for U.S. Senate in 2017-18, and have volunteered and knocked hundreds of doors in the last three years to promote Medicare for All, Bernie Sanders, Audrey Denney, and various other Democratic candidates.
Growing up in a rural community, I am keenly aware of the feeling of being overlooked, and the need for representation for all California residents. I am eager to represent Northern California, not only as a region I have spent most of my life in, but as a region I feel can become soundly. I plan to travel across Northern California to help promote Progressive causes and candidates. We came close to winning several Northern California elections in 2018. It’s time to organize and prepare to win 2020!
For Secretary: Lauren Bier
As a community member, an organizer, and a member of my county and the state Democratic parties, it has been both my privilege and my responsibility to take an active role to promote and support a more progressive agenda within the Party for the benefit of all people. As secretary, I will continue to further progressive principles by maintaining our membership list and taking, keeping, and distributing minutes and other business documents of the Caucus. This communication is necessary to keep us informed and successful. It is my privilege to work alongside my progressive siblings statewide who seek to further social justice and equity. I would be honored to have your trust and your support to serve as Caucus secretary, further creating and strengthening the conditions that make it possible for to promote our values and elect progressive candidates seeking public office.
For Secretary: Dorothy Reik
I have been a member and an officer of the Progressive Caucus since it was formed. The club I head is known as one of the most progressive in the state. I have written many progressive resolutions on positions the party has then adopted – fracking, the TPP, ending money bail, and more.
For Treasurer: Matt Corrales
Vote for an unabashed, unashamed Progressive voice for change in the California Democratic Party. I’m a young, Chicano, Queer, Feminist, Socialist, Democrat, representing what the late Senator Paul Wellstone called “the democratic wing of the Democratic Party.” We have a supermajority in California and the Executive branch, so we Progressive Democrats need to use it to be the vanguard of the Resistance, holding the feet to the fire of our elected officials to use that power for progressive legislation. I have been in the trenches for our Party. We don’t win turning corporate, we win with Progressive Actions.
- Field Organizer & Fundraiser for winning campaigns at local, state, congressional levels, handling budgets as large as $50k
- Vice-President Development, San Diego Democrats for Equality
- Vice-President Finance, UC San Diego College Democrats
- Elected member, San Diego Democratic Party Central Committee
For Treasurer: Kevin Lourens
I am running for Treasurer to not only add a millennial voice to the Executive Board of this Caucus, but to add more representation for San Diego as well. I have the experience to work in a team environment that an Executive Board requires, as well as the values of a progressive I’ve proven with both my issues advocacy and volunteering for a multitude of candidates.
For Communications: Ricardo “Rico” Franco
As Comms and Social Media officer I would build a team to make sure we continuously put out an effective message for the Progressive Caucus in our role to advance the progressive cause and hold the party and elected officials accountable. As a son of the Central Valley I know first hand how the progressive agenda can rebuild the middle class and stand-up for everyone. We have literally been given soil with no water and still manage to feed the world. But our sacrifice is great: we still have the highest levels of poverty and hunger in the country. We are a community of passionate activists able to unite and activate ordinary people young and not so young to fight for the future of our state and country. Lastly, so that this party and caucus accurately reflects the communities it wishes to serve, I pledge to develop our message in Spanish as well as other languages as resources permit.
For Communications: Cari Templeton
I hope to continue serving the Progressive Caucus as Communications Officer, where I implemented new branding and online forms, revamped the website, and improved email quality. I believe in the justice movements characterized by the Bernie Sanders campaign (environmental, social, racial, and economic), and I work to further progressive causes, such as healthcare and housing, as well as women’s causes, especially electing women. It has been an honor to serve, and I would be delighted to be re-elected with your vote!
- 2016 Elected Bernie Sanders delegate in CD-18 (alternate)
- 2017 Created the Kimberly Ellis “Persist” mashup icon
- 2017 CDP Delegate, elected to the Progressive Caucus board, and co-founded a local progressive club
- 2018 Member of Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee
- 2018 Graduated from Emerge California
- 2018 Worked on ~20 state & local political campaigns
- 2019 Planning Commissioner for Palo Alto
- See more at www.caritempleton.com
As Chair, I will continue the legacy of the Progressive Caucus as the conscience of the Party. Electing ‘any’ Democrat is not our goal. Instead, we must elect Democrats that are unafraid to declare that Black Lives Matter, that stand with our sisters and brothers in Labor, that demand reproductive rights and equality for women, that lift up immigrants and refugees, that prioritize peace and diplomacy over war and militarism, that fight for Medicare For All, that battle for the equal rights of our LGBTQIA siblings, that pursue the Green New Deal and a ban on fracking, that value the right for self-determination of all people, and that pursue enactment of principles described in the Party Platform.
The Caucus under my leadership will hold party officials, candidates and elected representatives accountable when they fail to support the Party Platform; no free rides.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916 230 4878
Follow the campaign at www.shergill.com
Central CA Vice Chair
I have spent the last few years networking and building coalitions across Central California, empowering new activists to join our party and to run as delegates. I know the power of localized campaigns on issues and team building. I recognize the importance of boots-on-the-ground organizing because that’s what I do.
But my community needs more than platitudes, labels, and litmus tests – we need action and leaders willing to elevate our local activists fighting for local issues. We need people willing to organize and get to work with the volunteers willing to knock on doors for progressive issues. We need to amplify the voices that often go ignored because they come from a rural district, a small town, or an area that our party doesn’t see as winnable.
The Progressive Caucus is one of the most powerful coalitions in arguably the most powerful state party in the country. It’s time we use that strength to put our platform and goals to work.
This is why I am running for Central Vice Chair. As an organizer, as an activist, as a board member for a profit that works as the cultural hub of the Hispanic community in my City, I know there is a lot of energy in the grassroots of the progressive movement. It’s time we use the caucus to amplify the work being done locally. This is about the issues, the work, and the organizing being done.
Southern CA Vice Chair
I have been a member of the Progressive Caucus since 2005, and an officer for 8 years. I served as a Bernie delegate to the 2016 Convention. I now serve on the DNC as the only Bernie delegate elected from CA where I founded the Poverty Council. I have experience and a comprehensive background in progressive politics and organizing. I work as an advocate for homeless and low-income communities, and am a fighter for progressive issues such as opposing fracking; instituting a Green New Deal; ending income inequality, promoting single payer healthcare, advocating for animal welfare, and fighting for the rights of the LGBTQIA community. I co-produced an anti-war documentary called Back from Iraq, organized rallies, forums, and protests on most of the issues subscribed to by the Progressive Caucus, trained new delegates, helped get progressives elected at all levels and have been successful in passing many resolutions and platform language within the California Democratic Party.
In my 2 years and 5 months as a democrat – after 17 years as NPP – I have found my strange little affinity for Parliamentary procedure to be an unexpectedly powerful tool for overthrowing the establishment! The Progressive Caucus is my family and my home and I look forward to our continued revolution, 1 floor challenge at a time.
Member at Large (2)
For 8 years I was a progressive voice on the Richmond City Council. I have been an active member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance steering committee for 12 years. I have never taken corporate donations, and never will. I am accountable only to the community. That is why I was endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2014 and 2018 and Our Revolution, for my City Council and AD 15 races.
As your At-Large member, I will fight for our shared values: Medicare for All; protecting renters and homeowners; promoting unions; campaign finance reform; ban fracking; free college and childcare.
My name is Zach Denney, queer, millennial, socialist candidate for At-Large Officer of the 2019-2021 Progressive Caucus Executive Board! I currently serve as Central Vice Chair of the Caucus.
Now is the time for a Progressive Caucus that will proceed in an unapologetically radical path towards economic, social, racial and environmental justice. We have a responsibility in this Caucus to be the “troublemakers” within the Party.
As At-Large Officer, I will continue to use my voice to support movements for liberation, equity, justice, socialism, and solidarity with oppressed peoples around the globe.
I believe in this Caucus. I want to see it grow—not only in membership but in political power!
I respectfully ask for your support at the upcoming CDP convention in San Francisco, and welcome you all to reach out to me with your thoughts and ideas.