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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 76

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Megan Ley

Community Organizer
13,846 votes (6.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Medicare for All: Heathcare is a human right. I will support resolutions that advocate for single-payer and the expansion of Medicare coverage
  • Green New Deal: We need to reduce our carbon emissions, end the greed of the fossil fuel industry, and invest resources into solving the climate crisis
  • End the housing crisis, combat gentrification, advocate for tenant protections



Profession:Community Organizer
Court Clerk, San Diego Superior Court (2018–2019)
Delegate, California Democratic Party — Appointed position (2019–2019)
Paralegal Intern, San Diego County Public Defender's Office (2018–2018)


University of California San Diego Extension Paralegal Certificate, Civil Litigation (2017)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art with a minor in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics (2014)
Mira Costa College Associate Degree, Studio Art (2012)

Community Activities

North Chapter Chair, San Diego Progressive Democratic Club (2019–current)



As a native of North County San Diego, Megan Ley decided to run for Central Committee to advocate for progressive policy. Due to her passion for social issues, she has been organizing her community since the 2018 Election cycle and is currently serving as the North Chapter Chair of the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club. Ms. Ley believes in fairness, equity, and freedom and wants to live in a society where socioeconomic barriers are removed so everyone has the ability to reach their full potential.


Having gained firsthand experience by working in the legal and judicial fields, she understands the importance of ensuring our civil liberties, fighting against discriminatory practices, and reforming our criminal justice system.


Other issues that are near and dear to her heart include Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, Housing for All, ending endless wars, and the expansion of Social Security. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Local Berniecrats (Recommended)
  • San Diego Democrats For Equality (Recommended)
  • Progressive California

Organizations (1)

  • Unofficial: DNC

Elected Officials (2)

  • Martha Alvarado, Vista Schoolboard
  • Cipriano Vargas, Vista Schoolboard

Individuals (13)

  • Cullen Tiernan, Immediate Past Chair of the California Democratic Party's Veteran Caucus
  • Kelsey Pressnall, Former Treasurer of the California Democratic Party's Veteran Caucus/Eboard Delegate for AD20
  • Lauren Bier, Secretary of the California Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus
  • Amar Shergill, Chair of the California Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus
  • Zach Denney, At-Large Officer of the California Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus
  • James Elia, Former Democratic Canadidate for California's 71st Assembly District (2018)
  • Col. Doug Applegate, Former Democratic Candidate for CA49 (2018)
  • Tommy Hough, Broadcast & Media Professional/Former President of the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action
  • Dr. Cody Petterson, President of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action
  • Jen Abreu, Prison Program Coordinator at Calipatria State Prison
  • Susie Shannon, Southern Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus
  • Kevin Lourens, Treasurer of the California Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters San Diego (LWVSD) and the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (LWVNCSD) (3)

If elected, how much time and energy will you be able to devote to this volunteer position over the next four years, given your other personal and professional obligations?
Answer from Megan Ley:

Balancing personal, professional, and political obligations is never easy, but it is doable. Last year when I was fully immersed in local politics, I was working a fulltime job as well as a parttime caregiver for my 103-year-old grandmother who was on hospice. While balancing all of that was difficult, it was possible by knowing my limits and planning ahead. With that being said, I am 110% dedicated to serving as a Central Committee member and will devote whatever time and energy is required of me to advance progressive policy.

What is the most significant challenge facing this party in the next decade, and if you are elected, how will you help the party prepare to meet it?
Answer from Megan Ley:

Housing/homelessness and the environment are two local-level issues that our county party is currently facing. I believe the best way to address these issues is by advocating for policies like Housing for All and the Green New Deal.

What public figures, past and present, do you believe have given the most postive examples of what this party stands for? Please explain your reasons for thinking so.
Answer from Megan Ley:

Before I answer this, I want to say that I've been a liberal since before I could vote and I've been a Democrat since I was old enough to vote. With that being said, I believe Bernie Sanders is an ideal Democrat despite being the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history. Senator Sanders' policies are similar to that of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose New Deal promoted the “golden age” of American labor. While I know some may disagree with my opinion due to Senator Sanders formerly being an Independent, I like to remind them "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

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Explained: The Importance of Central Committee — February 27, 2020 Megan Ley for Central Comittee

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