By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
Palisadian Democrats and Democrats across the state of California are getting ready to run in the upcoming Assembly District Election Meetings in hopes of representing their Assembly District.
The ADEMs are being held in each of the 80 California Assembly Districts this month to elect individuals as Assembly District Delegates to represent the Assembly District they are registered in. Pacific Palisades falls in Assembly District 50, which comprises Santa Monica, Topanga, Bel Air and other neighboring communities.
At just 18 years old, Palisades Charter High School senior Zennon Ulyate-Crow is running to represent AD 50—making him the youngest person to run for ADEMs.
“I think it’s a sign of the times in a lot of ways, we’ve definitely seen with a lot of the social justice movements this past summer, a lot of the climate movements … A lot of these things have been youth-driven,” Ulyate-Crow said to the Palisadian-Post. “We’ve seen waves of this youth-driven activism throughout history … I’m hoping that I can channel that into making substantial differences in the Democratic party.”
Ulyate-Crow has served as a policy committee member for Abundant Housing Los Angeles, co-chair of policy for I Am a Teen Voter as an intern for California State Senator Henry Stern’s District Office and more.
Ulyate-Crow is pushing for progressive policies and an aggressive climate agenda, “with the overall goal of including both a statewide Green New Deal and an anti-sprawl housing resolution as part of the party platform,” according to his campaign website.
“I live and breathe this district, I really, really love this district for everything it is and I want to help carry the values that a lot of these communities represent,” Ulyate-Crow said. “Being the youngest person to ever run for this office … I feel like I can help make sure that younger voices and our generation is being represented in the Democratic party.”
New York native and current Palisadian Jennifer Miner shared that she is excited to be running to represent her district.
Miner has been an active part of Grassroots Democratic Headquarters, Heart of LA Democratic Club and has organized and hosted fundraisers for politicians, including Michigan Congresswoman Haley Stevens and Arizona Senator-Elect Mark Kelly, as well as “Zoom-raisers” and events for Ted Lieu, Lauren Underwood, Sara Gideon and more.
“One of my two issues that I’m most passionate about would be for us to look at New York and … try to emulate New York City’s plans to reduce homelessness. It’s multi-faceted, rooted in law, not just reliant on nonprofits and good intentions,” Miner said. “The other is the environment.
“Clean water and clean air and clean energy policies have to be strengthened … into real law. The climate crisis is here and now, we don’t have time anymore.”
Pacific Palisades Democratic Club Vice President of Communications Adam Wolman is also running to represent AD 50. Wolman has been co-manager of the Westside Democratic Headquarters, co-chair of the PaliDems Political Courage and Human Rights Awards and more.
“I joined the Palisades Democratic Club and after a year, I ended up as the communications vice-president and found myself so much more plugged into things going on everywhere at every level, from the local to the national,” Wolman said to the Post. “Doing the ADEMs is another possibility to be even more involved … I want to get myself involved in any way I can to help.”
The deadline to register for a vote-by-mail ballot is Monday, January 11, and ballots must be received by Wednesday, January 27. The election is open to all California Democrats.
For more information, visit adem.cadem.org.
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