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County Central Committee, Assembly District 27Santa Clara County Democratic PartyJune 7, 2016California Primary Election

Party Committee
June 7, 2016California Primary Election

Santa Clara County Democratic PartyCounty Central Committee, Assembly District 27

Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (203/203).
  • 87,531 ballots counted.

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Members decide which candidates of their party to endorse, communicate policy issues to their local electorate, and fundraise for their local candidates and causes.
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Maya Esparza

Democratic
Nonprofit Director
22,447 votes (17.3%)Winning
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Omar Torres

Democratic
Governing Board Member, Franklin-McKinley School District
21,048 votes (16.23%)Winning
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Claudia Shope

Democratic
Community Advocate
17,715 votes (13.66%)Winning
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Aimee Escobar

Democratic
Senior Analyst
16,381 votes (12.63%)Winning
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Juan M. Quinones Nevarez

Democratic
CEO Executive Assistant
14,988 votes (11.55%)Winning
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Albert Hernandez

Democratic
Legal Assistant/Father
14,361 votes (11.07%)Winning
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Democratic
Appointed Incumbent
12,988 votes (10.01%)
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  • Promote Democratic values through community engagement
  • Increasing voter turnout for all elections
  • Building a strong infrastructure for the Democratic Party in Santa Clara County
Profession:Consultant
Member, Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee — Appointed position (2015current)
Member, California Democratic State Central Committee Executive Board — Appointed position (2015current)
President, California Democratic Council — Elected position (2015current)

I am currently an active member of the California Democratic Party, and an appointed member of the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee. My goals are to help increase voter turnout and community engagement throughout Santa Clara County.

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Q1. What would you do to increase the number of registered voters?

What would you do to increase the number of registered voters?

Answer from Emilie Gatfield:

Targeted voter outreach into communities with historically low voter engagement. Increased voter education; I believe many eligible voters are intimidated by the voter registration form and by the process of voting. Increased outreach into communities with low voter registration, particularly by engaging the frequent voters in those communities, would allow us to help facilitate the voter registration and engagement in those traditionally under represented communities. 

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Q2. How would you work to promote your party with the electorate?

How would you work to promote your party with the electorate?

Answer from Emilie Gatfield:

Increased outreach into communities with traditionally low voter engagement, which would help facilitate a higher turnout for elections, would make the Democratic Party the more inviting choice for many people. One important function is to ensure that community member and voters who reach out find someone they can relate to easily. No one should feel isolated by language, country of origin, or by any other factor. I also work with Democratic clubs throughout the state, to help them increase outreach into their communities.

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Q3. Why did you become a member of this political party?

Why did you become a member of this political party?

Answer from Emilie Gatfield:

The Democratic Party platform best fits my values. I believe that we all share in the benefits and responsibilities of our communities; no matter how independent we may believe ourselves to be, we all share the same infrastructure and services. Issues such as access to health care, including reproductive health care, equal pay for women, responsible environmental stewardship, protections for workers, and ensuring all views receive a fair voice in the process are very important to me; they are included in the Democratic Party platform. I have never considered becoming a member of any other political party.

The best way to improve the quality of life in our vital, vibrant community is to make it as easy as possible for everyone in the community to contribute in some way. Voter engagement is one tool for such engagement, and, for many people, their only engagement. In some communities, voter registration and voter turnout is so low, the voice of the community is lost in public discourse. I believe that increased voter turnout will improve the quality of life for many in our county, and want to be part of making that happen. I hope to have your support and your vote.

Email e.g.gatfield@Gmail.com
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Steve Preminger

Democratic
Special Assistant
9,788 votes (7.55%)
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  • Make the Democratic Party an organization that is welcoming to all Santa Clara County Democrats, of all backgrounds and ages. Working to get our community more involved will build a stronger sense of unity and help find solutions to our problems.
  • Help build our network of Democratic clubs, allowing for geographical, ethnic, gender and issue-oriented local progressive organizations that are welcoming, effective and fun.
  • Insure greater participation in our democratic process by encouraging all citizens the opportunity to vote, so that the will of our community is expressed in our elections at the local, state, and national level.
Profession:Special Assistant to the Santa Clara County Executive
Special Assistant to the County Executive, County of Santa Clara (2015current)
Elected member, 27th AD Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (1991current)
Director, Union Community Resources, Working Partnerships USA (19902015)
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Q1. What would you do to increase the number of registered voters?

What would you do to increase the number of registered voters?

Answer from Steve Preminger:

The Democratic Party, in fact our democracy is more representative when a majority of citizens vote.  To that end, I will continue to develop and work with Democratic clubs and others such as neighborhood organizations to encourage people to go door to door to ask if their neighbors are registered to vote.  If not, it only takes a minute to help someone fill out a voter registration card and drop it in the mail.

 

 The Santa Clara County Democrtatic Party will communicate with local voters about the importance of voting for all local, state and national candidates, including President.  Also on the June and November ballots will be important measures and propositions.  The Democratic Party will communicate our recommended postitions to better inform voters via our web site.

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Q2. How would you work to promote your party with the electorate?

How would you work to promote your party with the electorate?

Answer from Steve Preminger:

The Santa Clara County Democratic Party holds open meetings on the first Thursday of every month.  Any Democrat is welcome to attend our meetings.  They take place at the County Government Center, 70 W Hedding Street, San Jose and run from 7 to 9 PM. 

We keep a robust web site to keep interested Democrats informed of Democratic Party activities taking place, how to reach out to our clubs, and how to contact members.  Our web site is www.sccdp.org

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Q3. Why did you become a member of this political party?

Why did you become a member of this political party?

Answer from Steve Preminger:

I am a Democrat because we have a party platform that reflects my values of inclusion, concern for our environment, equality of opportunity and fairness.  We care about problems of income inequality, affordable housing and quality of life.  The Democratic Party works to bring along everyone and wants to see that we provide a future for all that includes domestic harmony and world peace.  These are our ideals, and we are committed to continue on until we acheive these goals.  We will be busy for a long time to come.

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