Lester F. Aponte
I had the great honor of being elected as an Assembly District Delegate two years ago. Since then, I have done my best to honor the trust you placed on me by working to make our party stronger, more progressive and more inclusive. I serve as the Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Caucus, where I have worked towards including and supporting LGBTQ leaders across the State. As Co-Chair of the Platform Committee, I authored the Equality of Opportunity plank and drafted language supportive of the LGBTQ community and our challenges that was included across several other planks.
I also served as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Standing Committees, which advised the Party Chair on the Party’s committee structure and increasing diversity at all levels. I currently serve as a member of the A Way Forward Working Group on sexual and racial harassment, which recently made its preliminary recommendations on changing, refining and clarifying the California Democratic Party’s Codes of Conduct, and its processes for investigating and deciding complaints and, where appropriate imposing sanctions.
I have been volunteering in political campaigns since the 1980’s. During this election cycle, I called and texted thousands of voters in several swing states and volunteered on the ground in Arizona the week of the recent national election. I am proud of being a member of the most progressive state democratic party in the nation and of everything we have accomplished these past two years. I pledge to continue my efforts to strengthen our party, to help elect candidates who will fight for all Californians and to make our state more equal and more caring and to support and to hold them accountable when they are in office.
Puerto Rican-born lawyer and activist
President, Stonewall Democratic Club
California Democratic Party
Co-Chair, LGBTQ Caucus
Co-Chair, Platform Committee