Elect Bulmaro Vicente to push AD-68 in the right direction.
State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.
The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.
California’s 68th Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 21% are Republican and 51% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 56% Latino, 12% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-68 is 4% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-68 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 40 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 31 points.
There are four candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Bulmaro Vicente, Democrat Avelino Valencia and Republicans James Wallace and Mike Tardif. Bulmaro’s campaign has raised over $8,000 and is not funded by police, real estate, fossil fuel, or corporate money. Valencia’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State, but he has taken money from police groups in the past.
Bulmaro Vicente, a former Police Review Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, was born and raised in Santa Ana. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to be a champion for real change in the district, including around labor, the environment, and housing. Bulmaro has not run for office previously.
Bulmaro is the current policy director for Chispa, an organization for young Latinx people in Orange County. He has been involved in district issues since high school, including interning with labor unions to fight for better worker wages, and he has worked in housing, immigration, and police accountability, as well as in local and state fights to protect tenants. He helped pass a historic police decertification bill (SB2) and helped lead the Santa Ana People’s Budget Platform in 2020. If elected, Vicente pledges to advocate for COVID-19 sick pay and better worker protections as well as to reinstate the COVID-19 eviction moratorium.
Bulmaro has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups and leaders in the district, including Orange County Civic Engagement Table Action, Mijente, California Working Families Party, Orange County Lavender Democrats, and Anaheim City Councilmember José Moreno. Based on our analysis, Bulmaro’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-68 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.