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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 66

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Nichelle M. Henderson

30,767 votes (15.39%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue to support qualified Democratic candidates on the local, state and federal levels that will fight for quality, affordable healthcare options, a fair living wage, and a viable plan to prevent and end homelessness.
  • Continue to advocate for increased funding in education; early childhood thru higher ed, to support long term goals for student success.
  • Continue to work with the LA County Voter Services Committee to ensure transparency and access to all in the voting/elections process.



Profession:College Professor
Faculty Advisor, Cal State TEACH (2013–current)
Commissioner, Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission — Appointed position (2019–current)
Delegate, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor — Appointed position (2016–current)
Delegate, Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2016–2020)
Classroom Teacher, Compton Unified School District (2003–2010)


Chapman University M.A, Education; Elementary Teaching (2006)
California State University Los Angeles B.A, Liberal Studies (2002)

Community Activities

1st Vice President, Los Angeles AFrican American Women Political Action Committee (2019–current)
Founder, A Need of Our Own (2016–current)


I am a college professor committed to grassroots organizing and capacity building around the issues of education, labor, women’s reproductive health and political empowerment. I am a former middle school teacher with the Compton Unified School District and am currently employed at Cal State Los Angeles as an instructor and Clinical Field Supervisor with the Cal State TEACH teacher preparation program where I support new teachers and pre-service candidates in obtaining the multiple subjects teaching credential. As a teacher of teachers, I am an advocate for public education; K-12 through higher ed and am guided by the desire to be the voice of the under-represented, a willingness to stand strong for what I believe in and a passion for defending worker’s rights, I am actively involved with labor; having served as Faculty Rights Chair and currently serving as chapter Vice President and Political Action Chair for California Faculty Association – LA and member of the statewide Representation and Bargaining Teams. I have lobbied with the CA State Assembly and Senate for tenure density and diversity in hiring for CSU faculty and increased funding for higher education. In 2016, I was recognized as CFA Lecturer of the Year.


A love of politics and labor activism led me to the LA Federation of Labor’s Civic Leadership Academy (2018), the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (2018) and Emerge CA (2015) political training programs where I honed my organizational skillset and broadened my network of like-minded activists. I am a member of the New Frontier, Muslim and Beach Cities Democratic Clubs and was first elected to the LACDP to represent Assembly District 66 in 2016. I serve on the Resolutions Committee where I review resolutions that shape public policy and support the values of equity and democracy and in leadership as a co-Chair of the Credential's Committee. In 2018, I was honored as LACDP female Democrat of the year and by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi as a Woman of Distinction.


I am the outgoing 1st Vice President of the Los Angeles African American Women PAC (LAAAWPAC) where I chair the Political Involvement Committee. I am a member of the Los Angeles County Voter Services Committee where I problem solve ways to increase voter participation and raise awareness of issues that impact communities of color through education and civic engagement.


I am the oldest of three children, born and raised in the unincorporated Athens area of Los Angeles County. My father retired from both the Los Angeles County ISD and the Los Angeles City Fire Department after 40+ years of service. My mother, deceased in 2017, was an LVN with Hollywood Presbyterian/Queen of Angeles Hospital in Los Angeles. I attended St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood, CA, is a graduate of Cal State University Los Angeles (BA) and Chapman University (MA) and am a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles African American Women PAC
  • Beach Cities Democratic Club
  • New Frontier Democratic Club

Organizations (1)

  • California Faculty Association/SEIU1983

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have been a Democrat since registering to vote at the age of 18. I regularly voted in local, statewide and federal elections and support candidates running for office both financially and in volunteering. My parents instilled in me a love of politics and an appreciation of the importance of engaging the political process.

My political philosophy is rooted in the definition of democracy and what I believe it means to be a Democrat; the people should elect who they feel will best represent them in government and are able to hold them accountable. For this reason I am committed to voter education and engagement as these ensure that the people make informed decisions in voting and are empowered to have their voices heard. I want to leave this world better than I found it for my children and grandchildren. This means a world that respects diversity and promotes the dignity and well-being of all people regardless of their economic status, gender identity or ethnicity.


When inequity and a disregard for humanity are accepted as the norm, democracy cannot exist and we have failed as human beings.


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