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She's Not Another Status-Quo Democrat

Jasmyne Cannick is an advocate, community leader, and journalist who is redefining what it means to be a member of the Democratic Party. 

After the meth overdose deaths of two Black men in a white Democratic donor’s home and the silence from the Democratic Party members who had taken over $1 million of his money, a fire was lit in Jasmyne.

She realized that it wasn’t enough for her to be a registered Democrat. She had to run and get elected in order to have a real voice and vote in the Democratic Party. 

So in 2020, that’s exactly what she did.  

Jasmyne ran for the Los Angeles County Central Committee (a long and intentionally confusing way to say LA County Democratic Party) and she won her first public election!

In her first term as a member of the LA County Democratic Party, Jasmyne was one of the first members to call for the resignation of then Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.  On November 10, 2020, she spoke in favor of a resolution calling on Villanueva to resign and was proudly one of the 74 people who voted in favor of the resolution. In the end, the Party’s members voted against the resolution 74 to 60 and continued their support of Villanueva for another two years.

That’s not the Democratic Party Jasmyne wants to support with her vote or belong to.  It’s time for change everywhere–including at all levels of the Democratic Party.

She's Not Another Status-Quo Democrat

Jasmyne Cannick is an advocate, community leader, and journalist who is redefining what it means to be a member of the Democratic Party. 

After the meth overdose deaths of two Black men in a white Democratic donor’s home and the silence from the Democratic Party members who had taken over $1 million of his money, a fire was lit in Jasmyne.

She realized that it wasn’t enough for her to be a registered Democrat. She had to get on the ballot and get elected in order to have a real voice and vote in the Democratic Party. 

So in 2020, that’s exactly what she did.  

Jasmyne ran for the Los Angeles County Central Committee (a long and intentionally confusing way to say LA County Democratic Party) and she won her first public election!

In her first term as a member of the LA County Democratic Party, Jasmyne was one of the first members to call for the resignation of then Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.  On November 10, 2020, she spoke in favor of a resolution calling on Villanueva to resign and was proudly one of the 74 people who voted in favor of the resolution. In the end, the Party’s members voted against the resolution 74 to 60 and continued their support of Villanueva for another two years.

That’s not the Democratic Party Jasmyne wants to support with her vote or belong to.  It’s time for change everywhere–including at all levels of the Democratic Party responsible for electing our leaders.

“If your presence doesn't make an impact, your absence won't make a difference”

Various photos of Jasmyne Cannick in a collage.

Meet Jasmyne

Jasmyne has been showing up on the frontlines for nearly two decades in her community.  Whether as a journalist covering stories that would be unreported or as an accomplished advocate for social and political issues.

In 2018, Jasmyne won a major victory on behalf of a dozen tenants in South Los Angeles facing homelessness after a transitional housing manager took their money, failed to pay rent, and abandoned the property. Through her advocacy for the victims, she was able to get them relocation assistance as well as call attention to a new practice taking place in Los Angeles where low-income renters are being taken advantage of with rent-a-room scams.

Most recently Jasmyne spent four years covering Ed Buck, a major Democratic donor, after two men died in his apartment of meth overdoses and countless other Black gay men came forward about the white man in West Hollywood who had a Tuskeegee Experiment like fetish that included injecting young Black men with meth. Ed Buck was finally arrested in September 2019 and charged with the deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean. He was convicted on all nine counts in a federal court on July 27, 2021, and sentenced to 30 years in prison on April 14, 2022.

Jasmyne is not only for the People, she’s of the People.

She is not part of the Democratic Party political dynasty.  She isn’t a Party favorite (quite the opposite) and she didn’t wait for permission to run for office. She just did it.

Jasmyne is just one Black woman who decided that it was time to infiltrate the Party to hold them accountable and make sure that more than lip service is being paid to the majority of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color’s whose votes Democrats benefit from. It’s not enough for the Democratic Party to say that Black Lives Matter.  Their votes and support for Black candidates needs to reflect it.  

An advocate for affordable housing and renters, Jasmyne herself is a renter and lives in West Adams.

She’s worked at all levels of government including in the California State Assembly as a press secretary before reprising that role in the House of Representatives. She’s worked for several city and county governments including five mayors and the president of the Los Angeles City Council. 

Jasmyne is passionate about public safety, criminal justice reform, LA’s unhoused crisis, voter education and so much more. 

If change is needed at every level of government, then it should start with the Party responsible for electing Democrats.  Jasmyne’s running for re-election to continue to represent not only for her community but for those who have the least and to help usher in a new generation of Democrat leaders in LA County.

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