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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Los Angeles County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Assembly District 64

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Barbara Jean Calhoun

13,924 votes (8.77%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Educate our 64th Assembly District about all politics.
  • Homelessness & Housing, Quality of life
  • School & City issues



Profession:Retired Compton Unified School Board Trustee & Compton City Councilwoman
Councilwoman, City of Compton (2003–2011)
Councilwoman, Compton City Council — Elected position (2003–2011)
Traffic Officer II, City of Los Angeles (1979–2010)
President, SEIU 347 — Elected position (2001–2007)
School Board Trustee, Compton Unified School District (2001–2003)
Board Trustee, Compton School Board Trustee — Elected position (2001–2003)
Secretary, SEIU 347 — Elected position (1995–2001)
Trustee, SEIU 347 — Elected position (1989–1995)


FBI FBI Community Relations Executive Seminar Training and demonstrating a commitment to the FBI Mission , FBI function and command, Awareness of Brown Act Laws, Political Corruption, How to identifify Sex Trafficing (2015)
Compton Fire Department Integrated Emergency Management Course , How, Where and What to do in the event of Disaster of a Flood, Fire and Earthquakes. (2012)
League of California Cities Strategic Leadership and Decision making in Local Government , Developing Stategic planning in leadership and dicision in local government agencies. (2010)
The League of California Cities What Great Leaders Know and Do Best, (2010)
The League of Calornia Cities Parliamentary Procedure ll: Ten Mistakes Chairs Make and How to Avoid Them (2008)

Community Activities

Founder\Volunteer, Compton Homeless Veteran's Standdown (2003–current)
Corresponding Secretary, New Frontier Democratic Club (2004–current)
Memeber, Martin Luther King Democratic Club (2005–current)
Retiree member, Committee of Political Education (2006–current)


Barbara Calhoun is a native of California. She graduated from Gompers Jr. High, & John C. Fremont High School and later studied Labor Law at Trade Technical College in South Los Angeles. Ms. Calhoun retired from the City Of Los Angeles after 34 1/2 yrs of service. Committed to civic improvement and empowerment, barbara has served aas the first female President of SEIU Local 347. Ms. Calhoun has been a delegate for the 52nd AD & Executive Board on more than one occassion. Due to redistricting, Ms. Calhoun is now a delegate to the 64th AD and a representative to the Executive Board for the California Democratic Party. Ms. Calhoun is dedicated to making Compton a great city. Prior to her tenure as a Compton City Councilperson, she was elected to the Compton Unified School District Board Of Trustee and was voted Legislative Aide for two consecutive terms. Through the School Boards determination and leadership, we were instrumental in securing construction of the first new elementary school built in Compton in 35 years.  The school was named after President William Jefferson Clinton. Ms. Calhoun has three (3) children five (5) grandchildren and one (1) great granddaughter. Ms. Calhoun attends Holy Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Compton under the leadership of George L. Thomas

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Patt Sanders

Organizations (2)

  • New frontier Democratic Club
  • Martin luther King Jr. Democratic Club

Elected Officials (1)

  • Assemblyman Steve Bradford (Retired)

Individuals (1)

  • BobbieJean Anderson

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I'm a lifelone Democrat. My political philosophy is justice for all. I'm for women rights (pro choice). As a life long democrat we have historically attracted immigrants & minorities, we place social welfare at the top of the agenda, sometimes we are equally poor in the execution of our agenda. I'm a great believer in the concept of Liberty for all of humanits. As a democrat, I believe in the sacred right to property, as garanteed by our founding fathers. Being a democrat, I believe all "minority" races to be disadvantage and to need governemnt help. I firmly believe that Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. In the words of John F. Kennedy, "My fellow Americans ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you can do for your country". The one quote I like the best is "All that sums it up is "If we cannot end our differences at least we can help make the world safe for diversity"

Position Papers

Why Should I vote?


My position paper will explain the importance of voting and why we must never forget the battles that were fought in order for people of color to vote.

Things are looking pretty bleak in the political world these days. Congress didn't shut down the government this time around, but gridlock still dominates the halls of Washington. We're still waiting on commonsense immigration reform, a raise in the federal minimun wage ( we won $15 Hr. but it will not be effective for a couple of years) We have no real action on climate change among a host of other challenges that confront our country and that requires urgent attention.  We vote because every election matters. Vote because the choices you will make matter. Vote because elections aren't simply about your representatives in Washington or who is president. Who you choose this coming June and November to lead our local and state governments, whether as your govenor, mayor, city council member or your state senator will have a serious impact on the life of your community. When we vote for state and local officials we make choices that will have a very direct and concrete effects on our daily lives. Voting matters. When voters don't turn out to vote to choose their local and state governments, they receive a government that dosen't represent them. I believe that the right to vote is a cornerstone of a constitutional democracy. It is fundamental that everyone vote. History talks about the years 1954-1972 talks about 21 americans who fought for the right to vote and were killed. They include Jimmie Lee Jackson, Viola Gregg Liuzzo, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and Martin Luther King, Jr. just to name a few. When my friends ask me why I vote because we never win, I inform my friends that the vote is a cherished right that should not be squandered and I vote because voting is an affirmation of our democracy and I do so out of respect for and in memory to the many heros who have died, been arreste and/or been beaten when seeking the right to vote.

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