2019 Election Rules


NOTICE OF CHICANO LATINO CAUCUS (CLC) ELECTION DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION.  The CLC election will be held at the 2019 Democratic Party State Convention to be held on May 31, 2019 at the Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103, San Francisco, California.  The election and balloting will be held at the CLC meeting on May 31, 2019, at a time and room location at the Convention Center, to be announced when the California Democratic Party makes caucus room and location assignments.

VOTING.  Voting will be by secret ballot as required by CDP Bylaws.  Voting will begin after CLC Candidate speeches have concluded. All ballots will be submitted to a secure ballot box located to the right of the head table at the front of the meeting room.  No ballots may be distributed after the CLC meeting has begun, except to persons who were in line to register for to be CLC members at the time the meeting began.  Anyone with a ballot and in line to vote when voting is scheduled to end will be allowed to cast their ballot.  Ballots may be cast only by the owner of the ballot.  No one may cast a ballot on behalf of another person. One person, one vote

NOTICE OF DATES AND PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICE.  Candidates for CLC office may submit their nomination to run for a CLC office to any member of the Elections Committee between April 21, 2017 and May 21, 2019 to allow time for preparation of printed, numbered ballots.   No nominations will be accepted for the printed ballots or for scheduled candidate speeches at the meeting after May 21, 2019, the last date for submitting nominations.  The reason for no unscheduled speeches is that we have an agenda with a time limit and we invite speakers that use up all the time on our planned agenda. However, write ins are still accepted. All CLC candidates must notify two of three member of the Elections Committee of their intention to run for a particular CLC office at the following email addresses:

Martha Acevedo moacer7@gmail.com

Arnulfo Diaz democraciacalifornia@gmail.com   Resigned from Committee only.

Maria Grijalva mariagrij@gmail.com


Candidates will have equal access to the CLC Caucus membership list for the area for which they are seeking CLC office upon request.  Additionally, the Elections Committee shall allow equal access to caucus membership lists for all candidates in the following manner that guarantees access but also protects

member privacy: No more than one week before the election, the Elections Committee

shall publish an Election Issue of the CLC Newsletter allowing all candidates to publish a

300 word statement explaining why the candidate is running for office. Candidate

statements shall be submitted to the Elections Committee no later than ten days before

the election or the statements will not be eligible for publication. The Elections

Committee shall review the statements and attempt to publish the statements in the

Election Newsletter as written, without editing, except for content violating California

Democratic Party rules or deemed inappropriate conduct by the Election Committee.  Additionally candidates will have equal access to the membership list of eligible voters.




Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary


Vice Chair Twelve positions in Regions 1-12.  CLC members may vote for only the vice chair office in their region.) Regions are listed n CLC Bylaws.

Vice Chair for Young CLC members. (Only CLC members under 32 may vote for this office.)

Vice Chair Chicano Studies

Vice Chair Locutores (in case such a position is created)(Spanish Language communications Workers)

Vice Chair Migrantes


Chair- Must be a CDP Convention delegate per CDP Bylaws. 

Vice Chair.  Must live in the region in which they are running.

Youth Vice Chair.  Must be 14-35 years of age.

Chicano Studies Vice Chair.  Must be a former or present Chicano Studies or equivalent professor.

Migrantes. Must be a Migrant.

Chair, Vice Chair Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair-  Must be a member of the CLC in good standing with dues paid or valid waiver of dues signed.



Must be a member of the CLC in good standing with dues paid or valid waiver of dues signed.  Members may pay dues at the CDP website:  www.cadem.org.  Applicants for dues waivers due to hardship, undocumented status, or student status may apply for a waiver at the CLC website:  chicanolatinocaucuscdp.com.

Online applicants for a CLC dues waiver must be diligent to submit their applications no later than May 24, 2019, one week before the election to allow time for processing the application.  Online applications for dues waivers made after May 24, 2019 will processed in a separate line.

Applicants for a dues waiver must meet the qualifications for a waiver.  The CLC depends on membership dues to conduct its business.  The CLC cannot solicit or accept donations.  Only legitimate applications for a dues waiver will be granted.   Students must present proof of student enrollment in college or high school with their application to receive a student fee discount of $10.  Undocumented persons must present a Consular Matricula card with their application or be verified by a person designated by the election committee.  Hardship applicants must present evidence of economic hardship such as receipt of public benefits.  Otherwise the applications for waiver will be considered incomplete and will be delayed to allow the applicant sufficient opportunity to present evidence of qualification for a dues waiver.  Only hardship applicants for a dues waiver with a complete signed dues waiver will be issued a ballot.

Provisional ballots may be issued.  The provisional ballots shall be a different color than regular ballots. Provisional ballots will be placed in a separate envelope in the ballot box.  The provisional ballot will state why it is provisional.  Provisional ballots will be decided by the Elections Committee if outcome determinative.

Undocumented persons may be members of the CLC but may not pay dues.


Election ballots will be issued at the registration table. No electioneering is permitted with five feet of the registration table.  Candidates for office may distribute campaign literature including signs inside or outside the CLC meeting room.  No sign may be larger than twelve feet on one side.


Only candidates in a contested election will be permitted an elections speech.  Candidate speeches will be limited to one minute in the order set out above.  Write in nominations for office will be taken from the floor.

The Elections Committee will distribute the ballots to qualified persons.  The Committee shall circle the Region in which the voter is permitted to vote for Vice Chair.  The Committee shall circle a designation that a voter is permitted to vote for Young Adults Vice Chair or a Chicano/Latino Studies Professor


The Elections Committee or their designees shall count the ballots at the end of the voting.  Ballots in uncontested elections need not be counted.  All ballots shall be saved for sixty days after the election.  The Elections Committee shall categorize the ballots as counted, disqualified, and provisional.  Provisional ballots need not be counted unless they are outcome determinative.  If so, then the Elections Committee will further examine the provisional ballots and place them as counted or disqualified.

Candidates for Chair may observe the counting of the ballots so long as they do not delay the counting.

The Elections Committee will announce the winners of all offices who will immediately assume office.  Assumption of office will not be delayed due to election challenges unless the Elections Committee finds that the challenge is outcome determinative and determines the challenger is likely to prevail on the challenge. 

The Elections Committee will consider and rule on all election challenges. Only challenges that are outcome determinative will be considered.

If you have any questions, please send your written question to Maria Grijalva at mariagrij@gmail.com


2019 CLC Candidates for Elected CLC Offices

Candidates for Office May Submit Statement for Posting.  Optional


Carlos Alcala, Chair Chicano Latino Caucus   


     Si Se Puede. Carlos was Cesar Chavez’ trial attorney.  Attended every CLC EBoard meeting and CDP Convention in the last four years. Among the CLC’s top ten phone bankers. Carlos is a DSCC delegate and member of the Yolo County Central Committee. Carlos co-authored  "CDP High School Voter Registration Manual" and established high school voter registration in Yolo County. Carlos is past President of the Dolores Huerta Latino Democratic Club. He is a semi-retired consultant. Co-leading efforts to end at-large-elections. John Burton awarded him the CDP Innovator Award in 2014. Received Indigo Award from Young Dems and Annual Award from College Dems.

     Carlos Alcala is the third of eight children.  Neither parent attended college. He attended college at UTEP, Harvard and Yale undergraduate.  Graduate of  Harvard Law School where he was Articles Editor, Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review.  At Harvard, he was President of MECHA for fifty universities.  Former:

  • National Director Education Litigation MALDEF

  • Professor UC Berkeley

  • Director Office of Civil Rights California DHS

     During Carlos’ first term, Carlos established the CLC Newsletter, the CLC website, and the CLC Facebook site. Carlos established the first caucus mobile phone bank.  In the 2014 San Diego election, the CLC made 13,565 calls, more than the other eighteen caucuses and all County Central Committees combined.  The CLC lead all callers in November, July, and June 2013 elections.  Carlos authored CDP resolutions condemning the disappearance of 43 students, at-large-elections, and supporting immigration reform. during Carlos' second term, he co-led efforts to register over 5000 high school students.  He also led efforts to obtain probationary charter status allowing the raising and spending of money for voter registration. In his third term High School registration went to 11,000.  CLC now has five Chicano Latino Immigrant Democratic Clubs.  Five more Chicano Latino Clubs are forming.



Krisna Velasco, Corresponding Secretary

Gabriel Medina, Recording Secretary

 Gloria Hernandez, Candidate for Treasurer. Phd.  Former Superintendent of the Ravenswood School District, in the Silicon Valley.Introduced computer code writing, robotics, and 3D art to students K-8 in a 95% minority district.  (Write In Candidate).

Mary Jane Sanchez, Incumbent.  Professor of Economics.  Recently Elected to Community College Association Board.(Write In Candidate)

 Christina Olague, CLC Vice Chair Region 1 Bay Area

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 Dominic Dursa, CLC Vice Chair Region 3 Monterey, San Benito

Arnulfo Diaz, CLC Vice Chair Region 6 West/Central , Los Angeles County


 Si Se Puede. 

-Chicano Latino Immigrant Democratic Club of L.  A. County. 


-Hermandad Unidos Sin Fronteras foundation. 


-Proyecto México Migrante 

Organización política México-Americana


-Fomento Cultural Mundinovi A. C.  Delegación Ca.

Director de relaciones públicas internacionales.

-Los dos Méxicos A. C. Delegación Ca.


Sandy Pina,Vice CLC Vice Chair, Region 9, Riverside

Marggie Castellano, CLC Vice Chair, Region 10, San Diego

Emilio Huerta, CLC Vice Chair, Region 11 Fresno, Bakersfield, Visalia

Olivia Navarro, CLC Vice Chair, Region 12, South Bay

Vacant, Vice Chair, Youth

Norma Alcala, CLC Vice Chair Region 2 Northern California 

     Si Se Puede. Norma is an elected board member of the Washington Unified School District.  Norma is leading efforts to end at large elections in her school district. She is also a member of the Executive Board of ytheCalifornia Latino School Board Association.  Norma was the state director of the CLC voter registration program.In the last year and a half she registered over 11.103 high school students.

     Norma served two terms as Secretary of the Chicano Latino Caucus. Norma does monthly voter registration at new citizenship ceremonies. Attended every CLC EBoard meeting and CDP Convention in the last six years. She is also the CLC'S top CLC phone banker.  Norma was the EBoard Representative for AD 7, and member of  the Yolo County Central Committee. Norma co-authored the "CDP High School Voter Registration Manual" and established high school voter registration in  Yolo County. Norma is Past President of the River City Democratic Club. Norma was a business owner.

     Norma is one of four children.  She attended UC Davis and Sacramento City College. Norma was Director of Sunday School for 400 children in Broderick, a poor barrio in the Sacramento Region. 


  Rose Yenni Diaz CLC Vice Chair Region 7, Orange County,

Tony Madrigal, CLC Vice Chair Region 4, Modesto/Stockton Northern Central Valley,

Tony Madrigal – quick short bio

Modesto City Councilmember, District 2

 Modesto City Councilmember Tony Madrigal was born in Turlock, California and was raised in Stanislaus County where he worked with his family as a farm worker all his life picking peaches, apricots, cherries, grapes and harvesting almonds until he graduated from Hughson High School in 1991

 Married, 1 son (age 4), renter, small businessowner

 Tony Madrigal went to Modesto Jr. College where he graduated and was the first Latino student

elected to serve as student body president.

 Tony Madrigal graduated from the University of California, at Santa Cruz with a B.A. in

Economics and was elected to 2 terms on the Santa Cruz City Council where he served from 2004- 2012 and after that he moved back to Modesto so he can help take care of his mom who is now retired, and he lives in West Modesto.

 In 2013 Tony Madrigal was elected & re-elected in 2017 to the Modesto City Council in District 2 which covers downtown, South Modesto and West Modesto, including Modesto High.

Vacant,  CLC Vice Chair Region 5, Ventura, Santo Barbara San Luis Obispo,

Xilonin Cruz Gonzalez, Vice Chair Region 6, East Los Angeles County,

Dr. Rita Ramirez, CLC Vice Chair Region 8, San Bernadino

Dr. Raul Hinojosa, Vice Chair Chicano Studies

Vacant, Vice Chair, Spanish Language Communications Workers

Cesar Gamboa, Candidato Por Vice Chair Migrantes,  Presidente de CHICANO LATINO INMIGRANT DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Vicepresidente de Colectivo Migrante, Secretario General de Movimiento Migrante Inc, Delegado de Migrantes Latinos de California Foundation ,Comisionado de Iniciativas Legislativas de la Coalición de Migrantes Mexicanos Los Ángeles, Coordinador de programas para  Inmigrantes en la Comunidad de  Compton CA, Miembro activo por el voto latino de inmigrantes Ciudadanos, Activista por el respeto a los derechos civiles y humanos de los inmigrantes latinos de Norte, Centro y Sudamérica.

Chicano Latino Del Condado de Los Ángeles Continuamente trabajamos con líderes   de la comunidad, brindando el apoyo a candidatos que han trabajado por la comunidad

latina, brindamos    también  orientación para promover el voto latino,trabajamos con comunidades de inmigrantes creando esa motivación de participación en beneficio de las comunidades, promoviendo  talleres de ciudadanía

Esta responsabilidad de participación es de todos ,Para crear un cambio verdadero en beneficio de los Inmigrantes tiene que iniciar por nosotros mismos creando conciencia de participación,  El derecho al voto es de todos tanto de los indocumentados indirectamente a través de nuestros familiares y comunidad, así como los residentes para obtener su ciudadanía y los ciudadanos al ejercer su derecho a voto de manera responsable, Éste nos da la oportunidad de hacernos escuchar y expresar nuestras opiniones, sugerencias e inconformidades.  Votar es, sin duda, una de las decisiones más importantes que puede tener un ciudadano, por lo que debemos ser conscientes de la enorme responsabilidad que es ejercer el voto

.Votar consiste en brindar apoyo a una propuesta o por un candidato, La importancia del voto radica en que es un recurso para definir los caminos a seguir por parte de una comunidad, incluidos grupos reducidos, grandes regiones o la Nación.

Antes de ir a votar debemos cuestionarnos sobre las necesidades y deseos que tenemos y de ahí partir e investigar cuál propuesta es la mejor opción para la situación de los inmigrantes en la vida actual del país.

Ir a votar  es un acto de participación ciudadana que ejercemos de acuerdo a nuestros ideales.

Por otra parte trabajando con estrategia llegaremos a expandir  mas el interés de trabajar y  formar más aun  sólidamente la participación de liderazgos latinos inmigrantes a  Nuestro Chicano Latino CAUCUS con presencia en todo el estado de California  y así hacernos partícipes en las decisiones que toman los líderes locales y nacionales.

Obispo Jorge Garcia, Candidato Por Vice  Chair Migrantes. President CLIDCSF

Receive my cordial and fraternal greeting. Also, our proud and vibrant "Chicano Latino Immigrant Democrat San Francisco County Club".

The purpose of the letter is to request my candidacy for the vice presidency of the Board of the Chicano Latino Caucus.

My serious commitment, the integration of our migrant communities in the traditional and tegnological process, where it is organic for a better understanding of the vote (how to vote)

Develop critical thinking and citizen participation before the legislative proposals to introduce in the voting activities. This is the way to improve the quality of life of the communities and the ende of our society (propositions).

Allow access to our minority communities to improve the quality of life in democracy.

Implement in our languages ​​sources of discussion, analysis and opening forums for dissemination on social issues, such as:

Migration, education, culture, global warming, health, retirement programs, social rights, freedom of expression, education of the vote, and the enjoyment of the part of our party.

Finally, we commit ourselves to support or endorse proposition proposals and candidates to the political platforms of our party or group of people present in conventions and electoral processes.