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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 43

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Renee Nahum

Small Business Owner
13,333 votes (4.91%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • increasing voter engagement, registering more Democrats, and protecting against voter suppression
  • championing progressive politics including women's and LGBTQ issues
  • Doing what we can everywhere and everyday to defeat Trump and Trumpism

Experience

Experience

Profession:grassroots political field organizer,
Owner, Renee Nahum and Associates, LLC (formerly Nahum & Rex, LLC) (start year approximated) (1998–current)
Co-Founder and Partner, Original Cannabis Cafe (in West Hollywood) (2019–current)
Delegate (years are approximate), California Democratic Party — Elected position (2016–current)
Alternate, L.A. County Democratic Party Central Commiteee — Appointed position (2016–current)
Executive Board (years approximate), California Democratic Party — Elected position (2015–2019)
Political Director, Los Angeles County Democratic Party (2017–2018)
Member, L.A. County Central Committee (years approximate) — Elected position (2012–2016)
boardmember, including a term as co-chair, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (years of service approximated -- who remembers?) — Elected position (2008–2014)

Education

California Institute of the Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts, visual arts (1973)

Community Activities

co-founder, current vice president, East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD) (years are approximate (2013–current)
founder/coordinator, Silver Lake's Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Pageant (2008–current)
co-founder, co-coordinator, Northeast Silver Lake Neighborhood Watch (2000–current)
co-founder/co-coordinator, Silver Lake National Night Out (2012–current)
initiator/coordinator of key art auction (plus other volunteer activities), Clinic Defense Alliance of Los Angeles (1989–1990)

Biography

Last year I was given the great honor of being named 2019 female Democrat of the Year for the 43rd Assembly District.  I think this reflects both my recent history and my years of activism.  

I proudly attended L.A. public schools and graduated from Hamilton High School, and then was a graduating member of the fabled first class of CalArts, and went on to be in various art exhibitions and books, before finding my way into grassroots politics.  As a volunteer in pro-choice "clinic defense" efforts, I initiated and co-organized a very successful art auction benefiting the various organizations that were managing clinic defense.  Since then, I have continued to volunteer in many efforts, here in California and also in other states -- for example Obama in Nevada -- but have also become a field organizer and voter contact professional, overeeing many field programs and managing or co-managing political campaigns such as those of Assemblymember Richard Bloom and L.A. City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell.  I also served as the the Political Director of the L.A. County Democratic Party, the largest county party in the country, during 2017-18 when we helped to elect many Democratic members of Congress to formerly red seats, not just in L.A. County but also in adjacent and other California counties.  I directed voter registration endeavors registering new citizens as Democrats.  I'm married with a daughter, am a past co-chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, have co-founded a couple of neighborhood watch programs, help oversee the annual Silver Lake National Night Out event, iniitiated and run the annual "Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Pageant" held for twelve years now at the dog park, and am currently an alternate on the County Central Committee, and a state delegate.  I also belong to various Democratic clubs and am a co-founder and current vice president of East Area Progressive Democrats, the largest club in the county.  Additionally, I am a small business owner with rather unique business, being a co-founder and partner of the much acclaimed Original Cannabis Cafe, located in West Hollywood and the first such legal cannabis consumtion cafe in the country (you don't have to consume cannabis -- I don't -- and there is delicious food there).  Everyone 21 and over is weclome!.  

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My politics are progressive and practical, determined and respectful.  I believe that success isn't achieved just by being on the morally correct side of things, though values are incredibly important -- we also have to be able to listen to others, to work with each other, to inspire and be inspired, and to work hard and not give up.  Our Democratic party politics need to be inclusive, inviting and fair, so that everyone who wants to volunteer will feel welcome and not feel like an outsider who is being snubbed by a clique.  In other words, I want politics and govenrment to be accessible, empowering and effective.  

This also means we need to be efficient, principled and sensible in getting things done, which is what I'm known for in my volunteer and professioal career pursuits.  I also am very much a community person, and whatever I am doing and wherever I go, I truly believe in the voice of the community being heard and taken seriously, and keeping our elected officials fully accountable.

When I see anyone being wronged, poorly served or ignored, I speak up.

I'm proud to have worked for many diverse causes and communities, and will continue to do so, with diversity and promoting the rights and opportunities of all people being crucial to my activities and goals.  One of the great pleasures of politics, though a pleasure not everyone readily seeks, is bringing people, neighborhoods, groups and communities together to increase both political clout and mutual understanding.  

We face a great many challenges, in this age of Trump and ever worsening climate change, and we have to practice enlighted and engaging progressive politics, and that is what I am all about, of course in the company of so many other people, some of whom are great at what they do, and others who may be new to the cause but eager to make a difference for the better.  

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