Welcome to the Redlands Area Democratic Club's (RADC) Endorsement page. Here you will find the best and brightest Democratic candidates, not just in the Redlands Area, but throughout our County. We are highlighting candidates that impact our entire region. RADC encourages you to reach out to these candidates.
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Derek Marshall - Democrat
Congressional District 23 - Major Cities: Redlands, Loma Linda, Yucaipa
Derek Marshall is the oldest of three, and was raised by their parents in a small town. The Marshall family was active in the church, where Derek was instilled with the importance of public service and community outreach from a young age. His family also ran a weekly homeless outreach program called Soup to Go. While Fridays were for X-Files, Saturdays were for making chili and feeding those in need.
Derek is also a proud and openly gay man, although he did not fully and publicly come out until his late twenties due to the social pressures so many in the LGBTQ+ community face to conform.
In 2019, Derek took a job with Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign in Nevada. The deep relational organizing that he helped to lead across the Las Vegas Valley was instrumental in winning the Nevada caucuses and cemented the power that regular working people have when they come together, united in their cause for more freedom and justice. From there, he returned to his home in the heart of California’s 8th congressional district (which becomes the 23rd in the upcoming election), where he continues to be involved in community organizing and mutual aid work to help those most in need.
Republican Jay Obernolte
Denied severity of January 6th and opposed Commission to investigate
Outspoken Trump supporter
Helen Tran - Democrat
San Bernardino City Mayor
The daughter of Vietnamese refugee immigrants in search of the American Dream, Helen was born in San Diego, CA and has lived in San Bernardino, CA since age 6. She graduated from Cajon High School in 2000. Helen is the first person in her family to graduate from college and received a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies with a minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
With a lifelong passion for civic engagement, Helen began her career as an organizer for candidates for local, statewide, and Congressional offices. As a teenager at Cajon High School in 1999, Helen walked into a campaign office with her fellow Key Club members to volunteer. By the time she left for college, Helen had become a canvass director. After working throughout Southern California as an organizer, Helen moved back to San Bernardino in 2006 to be closer to her family. In 2006, Helen began working for the City of San Bernardino as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Human Resources. Ten years later, Helen became the youngest Director of Human Resources for the City of San Bernardino.
She persevered through challenging political climates in City Hall, the financial crash in 2008, the dissolution of the City’s redevelopment agency, a newly adopted City Charter in 2016, and bankruptcy. Helen faced the City’s challenges head-on, and never stopped looking forward to what San Bernardino will be.
Pete Aguilar - Democrat
Congressional District 33 - Major Cities: Redlands, San Bernardino, Colton, Rialto, Grand Terrace, Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga
Pete Aguilar grew up in a working-class family in San Bernardino. His dad was a union worker for a local utility company and his first job was working with his grandfather bussing tables at the San Bernardino County Courthouse cafeteria. He worked two jobs through college and graduated with the help of Pell Grants. In Congress, he has been fighting to grow the Inland Empire economy, create more good-paying jobs for San Bernardino County residents, make housing more affordable, reform our broken immigration system, and provide resources for our seniors, veterans and students to help them succeed.
Congressman Aguilar currently serves as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and is the highest ranking Latino in Congress. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, where he sits on Defense; Transportation, Housing & Urban Development; and Homeland Security subcommittees. He is also a member of the Committee on House Administration, which oversees federal elections and voting rights, and is a member of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.
Eloise Reyes - Democrat
Assembly District 50 - Major Cities: Redlands, Fontana, San Bernardino, Colton
Eloise, a proud daughter of immigrants, has been a champion for her community throughout her career. The lack of access to quality legal services in her community led her to become the first Latina to open her own law firm in the Inland Empire in order to provide necessary representation to her community.
Eloise graduated from Colton High School and received her AA from San Bernardino Valley College. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Southern California and then Eloise went on to earn her law degree from Loyola Law School.
On December 7, 2020, Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes was appointed as Majority Leader of the California State Assembly, becoming the first Latina and only the fourth woman to hold the position.
Eloise is honored to serve the constituents of the 47th Assembly District for her third term and is committed to working with her community to build a better quality of life for all residents of the Inland Empire.
James Ramos - Democrat
Assembly District 45 - Major Cities: Rialto, San Bernardino, Redlands, Fontana, Mentone, Muscoy, and Highland.
Assemblymember James C. Ramos, a lifelong resident of the San Manuel Indian Reservation in San Bernardino County, is a member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribe.
Ramos, the first California Native American to serve in the California State Assembly, was elected to represent residents of the 40th District on November 6, 2018. His district includes the cities of Highland, Loma Linda, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, and San Bernardino.
As a child, he lived with his family in a mobile home in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in San Bernardino County. To help support his family while attending school, he worked in fast food restaurants and as a janitor in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. Ramos went to local public schools and graduated from San Gorgonio High School. He understood the importance of education. He received an Associate of Arts degree in business at Victor Valley College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting at California State University, San Bernardino, and a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Redlands.
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