ADEMS 2021 Collage

About the Rise Together ADEM Slate

Our Rise Together slate represents a diverse coalition of progressive Democrats from every corner of San Francisco’s 17th Assembly District. Our slate believes that everyone–no matter who you are or where you come from–deserves a San Francisco that provides good paying jobs, great public schools, safe and reliable transit systems, and clean air and green spaces. An inclusive and thriving San Francisco isn’t just for those who are well off – it’s for everyone.

As our neighbors and communities continue to suffer from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that coming together as San Franciscans and Californians is the best way to protect our most vulnerable communities and rebuild from this disaster. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the systemic inequities that our diverse communities of color have been dealing with for generations, and has delivered a crushing blow to small businesses which have historically been a pathway to the American dream for new immigrants and people of color. We learned many hard and painful lessons this past year, and we must work together to champion an ambitious and progressive agenda aimed at Reform, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equity for a brighter future for San Francisco post-pandemic. Together we RISE.

The Rise Together slate stands for reforming government in order to deliver real solutions that are inclusive and work for all of our diverse communities. We stand for a sustainable economy that prioritizes workers, not shareholders. And we stand for equity and opportunity for all, as we fight to end systemic racism and pursue racial and socioeconomic justice.

Rise Together Slate Priorities

  • Ensure healthcare is a human right by fighting for a single payer system
  • Keep Californians housed during COVID-19 with eviction moratoriums and strong foreclosure protections
  • Address the housing crisis by funding affordable housing, ending homelessness with a roof over everyone’s head, and building housing at all affordability levels.
  • Invest in universal child care, pre-K and higher education by reforming Prop 13
  • Fight climate change, prevent wildfires and power the future sustainably through a Green New Deal with a just transition and reliable public transit
  • Address systemic racism, reform the criminal justice system from top to bottom, and ensure racial and economic justice and opportunity for all
  • End historic inequities facing women, LGBTQ+ & immigrant communities
    Empower workers by fighting for strong unions, protecting gig workers, raising wages and creating a level playing field for women and minorities
  • Invest in San Francisco’s neighborhood small business corridors, not in Wall Street, by providing small businesses with access to capital and establishing public banks
  • Get money out of politics, root out corruption, hold big corporations accountable and demand corporate social responsibility
  • Explore a universal basic income to support California’s most vulnerable citizens, including seniors and people with disabilities

ADEM Candidates for Assembly District 17

The Rise Together slate of candidates are activists and organizers who represent the diversity of San Francisco. They are janitors, home caregivers, the building trades, and public sector workers. They are advocates for immigrants, housing, transit, parents, students, small businesses and the environment. They are LGBTQ+, Latinx, Black, Asian Pacific Islander, Iranian, Jewish and Muslim.

Self-Identified Female Candidates

Alex Barrett-Shorter

Alex Barrett-Shorter

Current Co-President of the San Francisco Young Democrats (SFYD). Criminal justice reform activist. District 17 Assembly field representative. Of Black and Latinx descent.

Read Alex’s full candidate statement.

Lan Fun (Anita) Lau

Lan Fun (Anita) Lau

Member of SEIU 2015. IHSS homecare worker and board member on the Friends of Tenants Association. Immigrant from China and monolingual Chinese language speaker.

Read Anita's full candidate statement.

Annie Fryman

Annie Fryman

Affordable housing and transportation activist. Tenant and member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

Read Annie's full candidate statement.

Gladys Soto

Gladys Soto

Member of SEIU 1021; Latino Task Force member, Emerge CA graduate; board member, United Democratic Club; member, California Democratic Party State Central Committee since 2010. Disaster relief worker for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development Information Line. Latina immigrant from Peru.

Read Gladys' full candidate statement.

Kristen Webb

Kristen Webb

Breast cancer survivor. Director of Public Outreach and a community liaison on infrastructure projects in Bayview-Hunters Point. Current California Democratic Party Assembly District 17 Delegate. Emerge CA Alumna; board member of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, United Democratic Club, and the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee. Identifies as LGBTQ+.

Read Kristen's full candidate statement.

Thea Selby

Thea Selby

Small business owner; mother of two public-school-educated children; co-chair of the San Francisco Transit Riders; an elected Trustee of City College of San Francisco.

Read Thea’s full candidate statement.

Tyra Fennell

Tyra Fennell

Founder, Imprint City. Currently the Director of Commissions and Community Liaison in the Mayor’s Office. Served on the city’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force; board member of Emerge California and SPUR; elected Democratic party delegate. Identifies as Black.

Read Tyra’s full candidate statement.

Other Than Self-Identified Female Candidates

Chris Corgas

Chris Corgas

Member of Local 21 and former member of SEIU 1021. 4th generation San Franciscan currently serving as program director for the City’s Community Benefit District program. Appointed by the Governor to the Cow Palace Board of Directors.

Read Chris’s full candidate statement.

Kurt Grimes

Kurt Grimes

Program Manager of SF Labor Council affiliate A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI SF), the AFL-CIO's senior constituency group for Black Union members. Identifies as Black & LGBTQ+.

Read Kurt's full candidate statement.

Marcos Aranda

Marcos Aranda

Member of SEIU Local 87 who serves on its Executive Board. Currently works two janitorial jobs; recently testified before Congress on the importance of adequate and sufficient PPE for essential workers during the pandemic. Identifies as Latinx, is the son of El Salvadoran immigrants and the father of 6.

Read Marcos' full candidate statement.

Mike Chen

Mike Chen

Serves on the boards of the Edwin M. Lee Asian Pacific Democratic Club, Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club, and GAPA (LGBTQ+ Asian/Pacific Islander group). Sits on the Municipal Transportation Agency Citizens Advisory Committee and is a volunteer organizer with YIMBY Action and Northern Neighbors. Child of Chinese and Korean immigrants. Identifies as LGBTQ+.

Read Mike's full candidate statement.

Nima Rahimi

Nima Rahimi

San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commissioner and elected Assembly Democratic Delegate. Works at the first unionized mobility company, where he played a key role in getting workers organized by the Teamsters. First generation Iranian American raised in a Sufi Muslim household.

Read Nima’s full candidate statement.

Sharky Laguana

Sharky Laguana

Small business owner, SFUSD parent, and President of the San Francisco Small Business Commission. Served on the Steering Committee for Prop H (the “Save Our Small Business” ballot measure) and as a member of the City’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force. Identifies as Jewish.

Read Sharky’s full candidate statement.

Tony Rodriguez

Tony Rodriguez

 Represented Local 483 Sprinkler Fitters with the San Francisco Building Trades Council and San Francisco Labor Council; served as trustee for the SF Building Trades. Currently serves as a Fire Commissioner. First generation Latinx San Franciscan; son of Puerto Rican and Mexican immigrants.

Read Tony's full candidate statement.