Los Angeles for Democracy Vouchers is organizing for an open and equitable campaign finance system, where elections are fair and no one is excluded. Today, non-Angelenos, special interests, and wealthy white neighborhoods dominate local campaign spending, leaving the majority of people in Los Angeles out. We’re fighting for democracy vouchers, to create a system where every Angeleno can give to local candidates so that every Angeleno has a say in local politics. To learn more about bringing democracy vouchers, check out our FAQ page.
Aura Vasquez is a community leader, environmental justice advocate and small business owner with 14 years experience in organizing, politics, and advocacy. She is a Colombian-born immigrant and woman of color who works to amplify historically unheard voices. Her work has ended unfair impoundment laws targeting immigrants in Orange County, protected low-cost housing targeted by luxury developers in Koreatown, and secured a coal-free Los Angeles by 2025. Vasquez was the youngest commissioner and first immigrant to serve on the L.A. Department of Water and Power Board of Commissioners, guiding the country’s largest publicly-owned utility to be more equitable, sustainable, and affordable. She is the founder of Ready to Help, a mutual aid organization that unites L.A. residents to address systemic problems in their community. Vasquez is Chair of the Los Angeles Climate Action Committee at the Sierra Club, and a proud board member of the League of Conservation Voters, Heart of LA Democratic Club, Stonewall Democratic Club, and the California Democratic Party.
Mike Bravo is a 5th generation Venetian and an accomplished Indigenous educator at the forefront of Venice’s most critical and successful civil rights actions. He is founder of the Save Venice movement which has injured hyper-gentrification forces and has put racial and economic equity discourse back on the political menu in Venice. In his Indigenous education and activism capacities he is nationally known for successful social and spiritual uplift projects like the Four Corners Spirit Run and Sixth Sun Ridaz. He currently holds a coveted seat on the Venice Neighborhood Council board and only seems to be growing in his socio-political skills and successes.
Mike Draskovic is a media producer and advocate from Los Angeles, CA. He founded Ovrture, a digital and immersive content studio, where he produced several mini-documentaries and entertainment content for MSNBC, A&E, and various YouTubers. He spent five years at The ONE Campaign, a global anti-poverty advocacy organization, where he managed marketing and artist and talent relations. He was a 2017 New America California Fellow, and served on the 2012 Obama Campaign as an Operation Vote Coordinator. He is cofounder and Director of Creative for the Democracy Policy Network. He serves on the Client Advisory Board of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and is a citizen of Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the USC in 2009 and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 2018.
Tom Latkowski is an expert on state and local campaign finance. He works as a policy organizer for the Democracy Policy Network, where he published a policy kit on democracy vouchers, detailing everything cities and states should know to create, pass, and implement the policy. In 2021, Latkowski published his first book, titled “Democracy Vouchers: How bringing money into politics can drive money out of politics” (available at https://www.democracyvouchers.org/).