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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Santa Clara County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Assembly District 28

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Angelica Ramos

Democratic
Youth Policy Associate
19,064 votes (9.61%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Build a more inclusive party.
  • Create a robust program to connect democrats and strengthen community.
  • Make sure that the party's platform includes priorities for women, children, and families.

Experience

Education

Whittier Law School Juris Doctor, Law (2010)
The American University Bachelor of Arts, Law and Society (Interdisciplinary Studies) (2005)

Community Activities

President + re-founding member, National Women's Political Caucus of Silicon Valley (2013–current)

Biography

I have served as a consultant to several political campaigns and nonprofit organizations all over California. My background includes campaign management, field outreach, opposition research, women’s crisis prevention, event planning, and fundraising support. She is a certified mediator and rape crisis counselor by the state of California, as well as, a court appointed special advocate (CASA) with Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, and Law Facilitator for at risk youth with Fresh Lifelines for Youth. She is also the current re-founding President of the National Women's Political Caucus of Silicon Valley and is dedicated to gender parity at all levels of leadership.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters (3)

What would you do to increase the number of registered voters?
Answer from Angelica Ramos:

I believe that our party is stronger together; we are better when we are all unified in working for the public. So while this question may be a moot point, I know that there are a few legislative bills circulating on automatic voter registration via the DMV. The real question is voter engagement.  So I would support policies that remove barriers that disenfranchise voters, advocate for greater access to cast a vote before/by election day, and encourage/facilitate democrats into building communities with their neighbors.  

How would you work to promote your party with the electorate?
Answer from Angelica Ramos:

Living in the heart of silicon valley, there is an opportunity here to utilize technology to engage with the electorate. I would want to see the Democratic Party utilize our membership (aka any registered democrat) to build a robust precinct program.  I was shocked to learn that we don't have precinct captains. That was the bread and butter of the democratic party in Orange County, which brings me to my last two action items: create effective communication among party leaders for best practices on engaging the public and build a pipeline for young leaders to join us in civic engagement. This would create efficiency by increasing our base and "cut down on reinenventing the wheel."  I want us to be more visible and to do more mentoring on our values - equality, humility, and humanity.  

Why did you become a member of this political party?
Answer from Angelica Ramos:

My parents left the Philippines in the midst of political turmoil under the infamous dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, and after Ninoy Aquino was assassinated on the tarmac in August 1983. It was at that time my dad sent my mom (pregnant with me) to the Bay Area where I was born, raised, and live today.  I became a Democrat because that was the privilege my parents wanted their children to have - growing up in a democracy - something that the Philippines struggles with to this day. After graduating from Notre Dame High School San Jose in 2001, I packed up my bags to move away to college in Washington D.C.  This would be one of the most pivotal moments of my life because I was only 17, living on campus more than 3000 miles away from my family/friends, and a couple weeks into freshman year on the morning of 09/11/2001. I was frightened and lonely; all my newfound friends lived within accessible distance to their parents homes when campus shut down. To make matters worse, all flights were grounded indefinitely. 

At that moment, I learned how to lead, organize, and handle crisis management. Local hospitals needed blood and within hours I organized my dorm mates to take trips to the closest hospital to donate blood. Even though 9/11 was a catalyst for my positive growth, it was also the catalyst for an unnecessary and deadly war/occupation.  Because of this, I opted to volunteer for the Democratic Party when the 2004 general elections came around.

Years later, I moved to Orange County to go to law school on a children's rights fellowship where I'd learn about child welfare and juvenile justice law. During law school, I experienced life in a "traditionally conservative" county. I volunteered with my classmates in 2008 to canvass for democratic issues and candidates and had experienced some unfriendly people - one woman actually spit on me because I was anti Proposition 8 (where the definition of marriage was preserved to be between man and woman).   After graduation, I stayed in Orange County where I was active with the Democratic Party of Orange County and had a goal of getting voter registration up. By 2012, registration between Dems and Republicans were equal. There was no longer a GOP majority stronghold. Unsurprisingly, this helped us take over a tea party seat in November 2012 and I was proud to be part of the team that helped elect Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva - whom no one thought had a shot of winning. Well she did and it made history for the California State Democratic Party because we gained the state legislature's first supermajority since 1880.

 

I mention these milestones because I believe wholeheartedly in Democratic Party values.  In this party, I can make a substantial difference working with a diverse group of people fighting to be more inclusive and tolerant. I want to be on central committee because I think organizations should be as strong as its foundation and party activists like myself (not career politicians) make up that foundation.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

 I am a true blue Northern California progressive, and I am running for Democratic Central Committee to help build a sustainable and successful infrastructure for our party. As a lifelong activist, I have fought for gender equity, open space protections, and expanded social services at the local, state, and national level. I have walked, called, managed, and donated to Democratic candidates across the county – and the country. In 2012, I coordinated the grassroots effort that helped secure the final seat of the first Democratic supermajority in the California State Assembly since the 19th Century.

Currently, I serve as the Director of Campaign Services for the Santa Clara County Democratic Party, providing resources and trainings to support our endorsed candidates for local office. My goal is for every Democrat in our county to commit their time, talent, or treasure to help our Party become more effective, more focused, more strategic, and more impactful. Despite a Democratic plurality in California and our region, the Party is not growing, and right-wing conservatives are attempting to undermine our narrative of inclusivity and equality. This is a time for activists, not politicians. Regardless of who you support for President, I've gotta say that seeing my name on the ballot - on the same page even - is nerve-wracking and humbling. It is a privilege to participate in the democratic process; i'll work hard to make sure we are stronger together. 

You can help usher our Party into a new era by voting for a new generation of leadership. Look for my name at the bottom of the list on your ballot. My humblest thanks in advance.

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