Current AD46 Assembly District Delegate
Former Educator, Current TV Writer
Co-Chair of Fundraising, Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DPSFV)
My name is Nick Roth. My pronouns are he/him/his. I’m a former middle school Latin teacher, a current union film and television writer, and a progressive organizer.
I ran for Assembly District Delegate in 2019 and lost. Here is what I got done anyway:
I ran successfully for a board seat at the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DPSFV), where as Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee I’ve raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Party and for progressive candidates like Loraine Lundquist in LA City Council District 12. I also spearheaded an effort to increase the board’s diversity and brought in groups like the Korean American Democratic Club and the Muslim American Democratic Club.
I authored or co-authored numerous resolutions that have helped shape the conversation at the local and state level around opposing corporate PAC campaign contributions and those from the private prison industry, what it would mean to have a Green New Deal for Los Angeles, and opposing clearcutting in California forests (resulting in a motion from the LA City Council that is currently in committee).
Language matters. That’s why I argued with Party leadership at club, regional, and state meetings to stand with the Movement for Black Lives in calling for “defunding the police” and rejecting calls to water down that language, ultimately resulting in a co-authored Resolution endorsed by the California Democratic Party in support of defunding — not reforming — the police.
I texted and phone-banked with Open Progress and Sunrise Movement, I helped organize a nonprofit called YEA! (Young Entertainment Activists), and I advocated for monumental legislation like the recently passed Proposition 17, which restores the right to vote for 50,000 Californians on parole.
That’s just a sample of what I got done having lost the ADEM last time.
Here is what I hope to focus on this time if I win:
We need to democratize power within the Democratic Party, including by-laws reform a la what is currently being referred to as “Daraka’s Proposal,” that restructures responsibilities outside of the unilateral power of the Chair.
We as a Party also need to do more to recruit, develop, and mentor young progressives of color to run for local political office.
I’m a democratic socialist and supported Bernie Sanders in both the 2016 and 2020 primaries, but I haven’t shied away from building coalitions between the socialist wing and the rest of the Democratic Party. I have always supported Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, but as an Assembly District Delegate I am focused on what matters locally: supporting local progressive legislation and candidates, fighting to reduce the influence of corporate money in politics, and defunding the police.