— Candidates —
The COVID-19 Pandemic has laid bare the inequities of our current political landscape. Families and businesses that didn't realize they were barely hanging on are now in freefall, desperate for help before they hit bottom. Their feeling of abandonment is personal to me, having had to shut down my own small business in 2020 after the bottom fell out of our economy.
It does not have to be this way. We live in a district that is governed almost exclusively by Democrats. I believe that we are better than this. I believe that we have to be better than this.
This is why I am running for Assembly District Delegate. It is time for change and fresh perspectives in our party.
Before moving home to Northern California I worked as a congressional investigator for the House Oversight Committee and Congressman Elijah Cummings. It was my job to seek out waste, fraud, and abuse within our most important institutions.
I am proud to have a record of standing up against abuse of power and trust.
I have helped improve access to higher education through investigations and to services for Californians with disabilities through reforms.
I'm not afraid to take political risks and have spoken out against unethical campaign practices at the state capitol.
As a high school teacher I advocated against unfair testing regimes and helped my students navigate a system stacked against them.
We need elected representatives that will faithfully serve their constituents rather than swearing absolute fealty to party and politics.
I am driven by change and I ask for your vote for Assembly District Delegate.
After leaving home at the age of 16, learning to juggle three jobs while finishing high school and attending college, I learned the value of hard work and working against the odds to succeed. More than seven years of waiting tables and bartending while in school presented countless challenges and many times when I felt like giving up.
I was that student crying at night deciding whether to pay for textbooks or rent. I was that student told by my employer to either show up for my shift scheduled during a final exam or be fired. I was that student sleeping in her car between her bartending and waitressing shifts, chasing the dream of a better life.
Now that established myself in the professional world, I've found that these experiences allow me to think differently and holistically about the world around me. As I spent time in the State Capitol, at a nonprofit focused on improving governance systems, and then on advocacy, I've brought this frame of mind with me.
As a research and policy expert, I fought to ensure California's elections and political systems are efficient, effective, and accessible for all.
As an advocate, I helped found the nonprofit SAC SOUP (Solidarity of Unhoused People) during the pandemic to collect and distribute food, sanitation supplies, and survival gear to the homeless and housing insecure. In that role, I've helped raise approximately $25,000 in donations and grants.
As a community leader, I serve on the board of the Oak Park Neighborhood Association to help ensure our community is on the right track and that people have the information and access they need.
My passion lies in systems change to solve complex social problems. The experiences of my youth have driven me to make the world around me a better place and to help ensure others have the services and support they need to overcome challenging situations in their lives. I feel it is the responsibility of elected leaders and government to help those who are most vulnerable while being efficient, effective and sustainable. This is only possible by electing representatives with diverse and inclusive perspectives to serve.
If elected, I will bring that different perspective and be a voice for change.
Alejandro "Alex" Torres
Born in Sacramento, Alejandro often followed his parents to work at the
Capitol and fell in love with public policy and had such a reverence for
the importance of the work done in the building. Attending Jesuit High
School and subsequently Loyola Marymount
University, the maxim of living as a "man for others" was instilled
early on. These values were also embodied by his family - three
generations of Sacramentans. His great grandparents, grandparents, and
parents all demonstrated their commitment to the values
of hard work, integrity, and always stressed that a person's character
was vital to their well-being. These three generations of his family
were farmworkers who each had to deal with the realities of an imperfect
democratic society but believed strongly in
the ideals of America.
Starting his career in public policy during his time in college, Alex
interned for two summers in the California State Assembly and consulted
on his first campaign while completing his sophomore year. He has
provided public relations services and media
outreach for political campaigns for Los Angeles Unified School
District and California State Assembly, managed media relations for
entertainment clients in Los Angeles, including press events for major
motion pictures and major sporting events, and served
as an external affairs consultant for the California State Fair/Cal
Expo. His experience includes policy advocacy, research and analysis in a
broad range of issue areas such as water, technology, energy, housing,
and worker's compensation.
Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and a Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.
Nkiruka Catherine Ohaegbu
I am running for ADEM because I want to make a meaningful difference in the state of California. I have extensive knowledge of government and politics, having worked as a gubernatorial appointee in state government for over 7 years.
I am driven to make a difference by the housing inequality seen throughout the state and a desire to find meaningful solutions to help people experiencing homelessness. Having worked with small business owners, it is hard to see so many are hurting like never before, especially minority business owners who have faced challenges accessing resources.
I believe that it is time for a change and for the voice of the next generation to be heard. I want to be that voice for AD-7.