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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 20

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Vanessa Sadsad

Retail Worker
13,285 votes (5.34%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Work to ensure underrepresented communities in our community not only have a voice but inclusion within our local Democratic Party.
  • Supporting candidates and measures committed to progressive & equitable policies.
  • Developing grassroots organizing program with efforts to increase both voter outreach & registration.



University of California, Santa Cruz B.A., Philosophy, Politics (current)
Chabot College A.A., Political Science AA-T, Social Sciences, Liberal Arts (current)
James Logan High School High School Diploma (2007)

Community Activities

Board Member, South Alameda County Progressive Democrats (2019–current)
Board Member, Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco (2017–2018)
Board Member, UCSC College Democrats (2015–2016)


Vanessa graduated from the University of California-Santa Cruz, receiving her degree in Philosophy and Politics, where she quickly immersed herself in campus organizing. She got involved with campus student government and even became the Vice President of Membership of the UCSC College Democrats. Her work for education justice drives her efforts locally where she previously joined Evolve California in San Francisco as an organizer by working to reform Prop. 13 making corporations pay their fair share. She previously served as the National Queer Students of Color Caucus Chair (NQSoC), sitting on the Board of Directors for the United States Student Association (USSA). Vanessa currently serves on the executive board of the South Alameda County Progressive Democrats. When not volunteering, Vanessa has worked in a retail setting to help pay her student loans. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • East Bay Stonewall Democrats
  • FUN Progressives
  • South Alameda County Progressive Democrats

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


My name is Vanessa Sadsad. Born and raised in Union City to a Filipino father and Mexican mother, I’m running for central committee because now more than ever we need a truly transparent party that amplifies the experiences of our most underrepresented communities. A party free from corporate interests.   On the issues: 


  • A Green New Deal & Fossil Free 
  • Free Higher Education 
  • Public financed elections & getting money out of politics 
  • Housing Justice emphasizing housing for all by making corporations pay their fair share
  • Criminal Justice Reform & restorative justice practices; this means ending mass incarceration & the school to prison pipeline
  • Abolishing ICE 
  • Repealing Costa Hawkins & fighting for rent control 
  • Investing in our public transportation systems 

Please feel free to contact me as i'm open to answering questions one-on-one or via email. 

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