Kelly Akemi Groth is running for a bold, progressive SF Democratic Party

Organizer. Advocate. Activist.

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About Kelly

Kelly Akemi Groth is a Bay Area native and has lived in San Francisco for the past 10 years. She's running for the San Francisco Democratic Party to fight back against corporate and real estate interests, while also building a pipeline for young, diverse progressive activists and organizers.

Kelly's grandfather (top right) and his family were incarcerated by the American government during World War II. Inspired by his fight to defend his civil liberties and rights, she began advocating for social causes at a young age.

Organizer. Advocate. Activist.

Kelly is a seasoned organizer with experience running local campaigns, canvassing neighborhoods, and coalition-building. In Eugene, Oregon, Kelly canvassed low-income neighbors living in environmentally sensitive areas who were experiencing health issues including cancer and asthma. She's passionate about and has advocated for reproductive justice, abolishing ICE, stopping homeless encampment sweeps, and improving tenant protections. Currently she works as a policy advisor to a nonprofit, with a focus on expanding access to the ballot, fair redistricting, and ensuring a complete and accurate 2020 Census count.

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Endorsements

  • Sandra Lee Fewer

    Supervisor

  • Gordon Mar

    Supervisor

  • Matt Haney

    Supervisor

  • Sophie Maxwell

    Former Supervisor

  • Rafael Mandelman

    Supervisor

  • Hillary Ronen

    Supervisor

  • Shamann Walton

    Supervisor

  • Dean Preston

    Supervisor

  • Chesa Boudin

    District Attorney

  • Aaron Peskin

    Supervisor

  • Janice Li

    BART Board Director

  • Sierra Club

  • Bevan Dufty

    BART Board Director

  • District 11 Democratic Club

  • SF Latino Democratic Club

  • IFPTE Local 21

  • American Federation-Teachers 2121

  • Richmond District Democratic Club

  • New Avenues Democratic Club

  • San Francisco Labor Council

  • Rose Pak Democratic Club

  • Ivy Lee

    City College Trustee

  • Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club

  • San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters

  • San Francisco Berniecrats

  • Progressive Democrats of America, California

    San Francisco Chapter

  • Tom Temprano

    City College Trustee

  • San Francisco Tenants Union

  • San Francisco Women's Political Committee

  • United Educators of San Francisco

  • Brigitte Davila

    City College Trustee

  • Thea Selby

    City College Trustee

  • Shanell Williams

    City College Trustee

  • Faauuga Moliga

    Board of Education Commissioner

  • Petra DeJesus

    Police Commissioner

  • Jane Kim

    Former Supervisor

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On The Issues

  • Making the Democratic Party more relevant to voters

    The Democratic Party must be more inclusive and accessible to grassroots activists, young voters, and other community members. As a Democratic Socialist, I believe in a two-pronged approach to both organizing from inside of the Democratic Party, both at the local and state levels, and in the streets to hold elected officials accountable to their actions. I’ve worked with other delegates to pass resolutions at the party level calling for an end to illegal and excessive rent increases, calling for PG&E to become a publicly owned power, and urging the state to provide Medicare for All.

  • Holding corporations and real estate accountable

    San Francisco is the tale of two cities. To bridge the economic inequality gap, we need to hold corporations and developers accountable to pay their fair share, to help alleviate the housing crisis and support homeless services. Through supporting Our City, Our Home (Prop C, 2018) I engaged local community leaders and members of the SF Democratic Party to support this important measure. While the mayor and other elected officials declined to support the measure, the SF Democratic Party voted to endorse and helped to pass the proposition.

  • Pressure state leaders to nationalize PG&E and make utilities public, not investor-owned

    Utilities should be public, not owned by shareholders. I sponsored and helped co-author a resolution urging the state to look into making PG&E a publicly owned good after the company failed to maintain their lines, which started the Camp Fire. With the current public safety power shutoffs that PG&E has implemented to prevent further fires, their management has failed its ratepayers. Instead of using profits to maintain lines, the board of directors and executives receive millions of dollars in income. We need to hold our elected officials accountable and call for PG&E to be publicly owned while also ensuring good, labor jobs are protected from PG&E's failures as a utility.

  • Improve public transit and make it more accessible, safe, and affordable

    Like many San Franciscans, I rely on public transportation to get around the city. Not only is our transportation system unreliable and expensive, I've been sexually assaulted on transit while trying to get home and know I'm not alone in that experience. We need to hold our city and transit officials accountable and demand a safer, more reliable transportation system with shorter wait times and preventing line switchbacks, which affect lower-income neighborhoods.

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