Assembly District #59

PDN Candidate Profile

David Cunningham

Greetings Fellow Democrats,

My name is David Cunningham and I am running to become an Assembly District Delegate, representing AD59.

As a former foster youth, I became intrigued with legislation and policies being made in state legislatures, the United States Senate and in Congress that affect foster youth around the world which is why I decided to study political science and pursue a career in law.

I was born to a mother who was addicted to drugs and a father who was involved in gangs. At the age of three, I was placed in the foster care system where I would soon understand the meaning of abuse and neglect. I would report the abuse to my caseworkers and no actions prevailed. At the age of six, I was adopted by the family that physically, mentally, emotionally, verbally and sexually abused me. At the age of eleven, I opened up about my sexuality to a school therapist who broke confidentiality. I returned home later that day to be told that I could not be gay and live there. I became homeless. I resulted to living in abandoned houses, trains, busses cars and most times on the cold black pavement in South Los Angeles. I experienced adults stepping over me while I was asleep. Many nights I cried because I couldn't understand how someone could just turn a blind eye to a child sleeping on the street. It wasn't until the eighth grade when one of my teachers demanded that I told her what I was going through. She took me in and nurtured me. Because of her, I graduated from Locke High School at fifteen with the APEX Learning Program that LAUSD offered and left California to attend Savannah State University to study Political Science.

As a famous Philosopher once said, "I think therefore, I am" - Descartes

My ambition and drive fueled me over the obstacles that tried to negate my success. I've worked in congress, the Georgia State Legislature. I served as a Los Angeles County Commissioner where I advocated on the behalf of the 3.9 million people in Los Angeles, California, living with HIV and Aids. I have worked alongside some of the most respected politicians in the United States.

I believe that my skill sets and experience have equipped me with the ability, passion and drive to become an Assembly District Delegate, representing AD59.

To get in contact with me, please visit my website a I look forward to earning your support and vote!

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