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2021 Election Rules



2021-2023 TERM

NOTICE OF CHICANO LATINO CAUCUS (CLC) ELECTION DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION.  The CLC election will be held at the 2021 Democratic Party State Convention scheduled on May 1, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 pm on Zoom.  The election and balloting will be held at the CLC meeting on Zoom.

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 February 7, 2021, and April 16, 2021.   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

Arnulfo Diaz   Resigned from Committee only.

Maria Grijalva

At the close of the nominations period on April 16, 2021, unopposed candidates will be declared elected by acclamation for 2021-2023 and need not give speeches,  be placed on ballots, or be further voted upon. Their Candidate Statement need not be  published.

All Candidates nominated by April 16, 2021, will be allowed to make optional one-minute speeches to the entire membership meeting.  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: A candidate may submit to the Elections Committee a 300-word statement explaining why the candidate is running for office statement no later than April 16, 2021 for publication in the CLC Newsletter which shall be sent to all members. 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. 


After April 16, 2021, Nominations from the floor will be accepted for write in candidates, but such candidates need not be included on prepared ballots, included on scheduled candidate speeches, or included in publication of candidate statements.



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

Regional Vice Chair Thirteen positions in Regions 1-13.  Must live in the region in which they are running. CLC members may vote for only the vice chair office in their region.

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

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary


Chicano Studies Vice Chair.  Only former or present Chicano Studies or equivalent professor run and vote for this office.

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

Vice Chair Locutores.  Only former or present locutores or equivalent run and vote for this office.



Must be a member of the CLC in good standing with dues paid or valid waiver of dues signed.  Undocumented workers are eligible to run and vote for all positions without distinction.


Only members may vote.  Voting will be done on the honor system.  No one should vote who is not a member or otherwise qualified to vote for that office. 

  1. Members of the following chartered Chicano Latino Immigrant Democratic Clubs may vote at central locations to respect unavailability of computer access and status, and may also early vote on Election Committee approved ballots beginning one week before the election:  San Francisco Chicano Latino Immigrant Democratic Club, Los Angeles Chicano Latino Immigrant Democratic Club, and Orange County Chicano Latino Immigrant Democratic Club.  This will also be on the honor system as is applicable to all other voters.

  2. Members of the following chartered Latino Democratic Clubs may also early vote on Election Committee approved ballots beginning one week before the election:  San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, Dolores Huerta Latino Democratic Club, and San Mateo County Latino Democratic Club.  This will also be on the honor system as is applicable to all other voters in consideration of their earned special status on the CLC Executive Board. This will also be on the honor system as is applicable to all other voters.

  3. The Elections Committee is granted discretion to count early voting ballots at its discretion before the virtual election.

  4. No one is permitted twice for any office.  Multiple votes at a Central location by different people is not voting twice.


All speeches will conclude before voting begins.  The Elections Committee or their designees shall count the ballots at the end of the voting for each office which shall occur in the following order:

  1. Acclamation for Unopposed candidates. Then contested elections

  2. Chair

  3. Recording Secretary

  4. Corresponding Secretary

  5. Treasurer

  6. Regional Vice Chair. Thirteen positions in Regions 1-13.  Must live in the region in which they are running. CLC members may vote for only the vice chair office in their region.

  7. Chicano Studies Vice Chair.  Only former or present Chicano Studies or equivalent professor run and vote for this office.

  8. Vice Chair for Young CLC members. Only CLC members under 32 may run and vote for this office.)

  9. Vice Chair Locutores.  Only former or present locutores or equivalent run and vote for this office. 

The Elections Committee will announce the winners of all offices who will immediately assume office. 

Ballots in uncontested elections need not be counted.  If feasible and practical due to the nature of the voting,  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.  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


If any provision above conflicts with any CLC Bylaw then the CLC Bylaw is amended to conform to these rules for elections conducted virtually due to emergency such as the COVID-19 emergency. Adoption of these Election Rules shall constitute a vote to amend the CLC Bylaws as an addendum to the Bylaws which shall control in the event of any conflict with the existing CLC Bylaws.  These rules must be adopted twice: on February 7, 2021 and on March 7, 2021.

2021 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. C

     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 

Krisna Velasco, Corresponding Secretary

Gabriel Medina, Recording Secretary

 Duane Goff Candidate for Treasurer.  Former State Chair GI Forum

My name is Duane Goff. I am the CLC Treasurer and I am running for re-election. I have been involved in politics since I returned from Vietnam in 1969. In college I helped found the Bakersfield chapter of Veterans Against the War.

I founded the M.E.Ch.A. chapter at Bakersfield College, led the political takeover of student government, was the campus coordinator for the UFW grape boycott, and was a member of the Board for the Bakersfield Community Service Organization (CSO). In 1971 I was the voter registration coordinator for the Bakersfield/Lamont areas for Assemblyman Ray Gonzales and in 1973 I was a Picket Captain during the UFW grape strike.

In 1975 I was appointed to work on a farmworker housing project under Health and Welfare Secretary Mario Obledo. I was an early member of CAFÉ de California and was a member of the Legal Aid Society of Northern California Board of Directors 1976-79.

I was the State Commander of the American G.I. Forum from 2013-2015 and was appointed by LULAC State Director Dave Rodriguez to chair the Social Justice Committee from 2015-16. I have testified at State Senate and Assembly committees and have lobbied our elected officials in Washington on immigration reform.

In 2015, while living in East Palo Alto, I organized a food distribution program. It quickly grew and by 2019 we were serving up to 4,000 families per month.

I have been a member of the CLC since 2015 and Treasurer since 2020. I am running for re-election and would appreciate your support.

Joe Salas, Candidate for Treasurer

 Stephanie Cajina  Incumbent for Vice Chair Region 1, Bay Area 

Stephanie Cajina is a progressive economic development advocate and leader that has dedicated her career to the advancement of the Latinx community. A child of immigrant parents,she was born and raised in the Bay Area. Professionally, she has worked extensively with local governments in both San Francisco and Napa to develop policies aimed at empowering Latinx small businesses. Since November 2020, she has served as CLC Vice-Chair of Region 1. As Vice-Chair, Stephanie has formed strong linkages with the Northern California Latinx Democratic Clubs including the San Francisco LDC, East Bay LDC, San Francisco Young LDC, Napa County LDC, and others. In less than six months, Stephanie built a coalition of leaders to found, organize, and successfully charter the NCLDC in Napa County, the first Latinx Democratic Club in Napa’s history. The NCLDC was integral in organizing GOTV campaigns for regional and state Latinx communities for the 2020 elections, engaging more than 800,000 Chicano and Latinx voters. Currently, she is supporting local Latinx leaders in reinstating the East Bay LDC, which is currently en route to being chartered. She has received recognitions from the California Legislature, National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders, San Francisco D11 Democratic Club, and a Community Impact Award among others. She has served on numerous boards and committees including: Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Napa County LDC, Napa Valley Community Foundation Scholarship Committee, San Francisco Family Support Network, Excelsior Works!, Univision Consumer Protection Group, and many others. Stephanie Cajina is a first generation college graduate, having graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on economic development


Jose Luis Bedolla, Candidate for Vice Chair Region 1, Bay Area

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I am running for Vice Chair Region 1 to represent the Bay Area. I have lived in Berkeley for the last 13 years. Before that, I lived in Long Beach and grew up in Pomona. I am originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. I am an immigrant son, of a farmworker and factory worker. I was the first in my family to graduate college, UC Berkeley, before getting an MBA from Georgetown.  


After working for a number of large and start up tech companies, I decided to focus on my first love—politics. Growing up I had the chance to meet Cesar Chavez at a fundraising luncheon organized by my high school’s MEChA; recently met Dolores Huerta at her documentary.  Straight out of college, I helped undocumented people apply for citizenship, including several of my family members. I currently serve the city of Berkeley as the Chair of the Disaster and Fire Commission and I am on the Berkeley Democratic Club Board.


U.S. politics has never been inclusive or equitable. Our political system was not designed for those with little power, money, or inside knowledge of how to effect change. This past year of activism has shown us that our system has to be challenged and pushed on all levels in order dismantle white supremacy and build a multiracial democracy. 


To that end, I have co-founded a small non-profit that advises community organizations on how best to use technology in their organizing efforts. The focus is helping Latino organizations achieve their political and organizing goals. I want to work more closely with the caucus in order to advance this work collectively, with the goal of moving our community to a more just and equitable tomorrow. I would be honored to get your vote.

 Alexis Garcia-Arrazalo  CLC Vice Chair Region 3 Monterey, San Benito




-Megali Sanchez Hall, CLC Vice Chair Region 6 West/Central , Los Angeles CountyChicano Latino Immigrant Democratic Club of L.  A. County. 

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

Mary Jane Sanchez, Candidate 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

Lucia Vasquez , CLC Vice Chair Region 13

Zenaida Huerta, Vice Chair, Youth

Norma Alcala, CLC Vice Chair Region 2 Northern California 

     Si Se Puede. Norma is an elected city Council member of the West Sacramento Norma is leading efforts to end at large elections in her school district. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the California 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.



  Betty Valencia 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

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.

Arnulfo Diaz, Vice Chair Mexico, for American Citizens Living in Mexico

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