Juan Rodriguez

Community leader

Activism focus: Homelessness, Economic Inequality, Immigration

Ballot Position: #11

Candidate Statement

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

My name is Juan Rodriguez and I am honored to run alongside other grassroots, progressive candidates on the North Star Progressive Democrat Slate to represent the 23rd Assembly District as your Democratic Delegate!

I am a proud first-generation immigrant, college graduate, US citizen and member of the LGBTQ+ community.

As a dedicated public servant, community leader and strong advocate for justice and equity, I am committed to supporting policies and candidates that will mitigate our climate crisis, fight for universal healthcare, and prioritize people over profits.

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Although California has been a great leader in addressing climate change, we cannot rely solely on our prior accomplishments. We must continue to take bold action to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and conserve our natural habitats while increasing public access to open spaces, especially for our underserved communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many of our systemic medical, economic and social inequalities. It has taken its toll on our most vulnerable populations, who are dying, being evicted and losing work at disproportionate rates. As we continue to rebuild after the pandemic, we must ensure that we do so in a way that lifts up everyone in our community. That means universal access to healthcare care, dignified working conditions and affordable housing.

Right-wing extremists and division have been on the rise, and it is more important than ever that we stand against those that threaten our democracy. As your Delegate, I will support candidates and policies that will protect our rights, not diminish them. It is imperative that we remain united as a party against regressive action, or inaction, that may jeopardize the livelihood of our communities’ basic civil liberties.

The most important lesson I learned while obtaining my degree in Economics is that when our community as a whole does better, we all thrive. We do not have to continue bailing out banks and corporations. Instead, we can fight for fair wages and living conditions for all.

Thank you for your consideration, but most importantly, thank you for your participation in this important ADEM election. I hope to earn your support!

If you have any questions about my candidacy, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Juan.Rodriguez@ad23.vote


Juan Rodriguez


  • Homelessness

  • Economic Inequality

  • Immigration

We proudly ENDORSE Juan Rodriguez for ADEM!

  • Robby Bancroft, Nonprofit Board Member & Housing Activist

  • Aisha Baro, Nonprofit Executive & Community Leader

  • Steve Chessin, Voting Reform Activist

  • Maryann Moise Derwin, Past Portola Valley Mayor & Environmentalist

  • Hon. Dr. Jennifer DiBrienza, Palo Alto USD President & Activist

  • Dr. Meghan Fraley, Clinical Psychologist & Political Activist

  • Hon. Sally Lieber, Board of Equalization

  • Hon. Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author & Palo Alto Council Member

  • Anna Marie Morales, Mobile Home Community Leader & Housing Activist

  • Alex Nuñez, Mountain View Environmental Planning Commissioner

  • Dr. Forest Peterson, Labor Activist

  • Erik Poicon, SV Young Dems VP, Human Relations Commissioner, & Organizer

  • Hon. Linda Sell, Sunnyvale Council Member

  • Ben Spielberg, Co-founder, 34justice.com

  • Cari Templeton, Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commissioner

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