Jul 30

What’s Next for Sonoma County Democrats?

 Campaign decor is now available from the Sonoma County Democratic Party headquarters.
Buttons, bumper stickers, posters, t-shirts and yardsigns.
We are open 10 am to 6 pm weekdays, located at 120 D St in Santa Rosa.
Email: scdp @sonic.net



August 28


Precinct Walk & BBQ
Noreen Evans for 5th District Supervisor
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Walk 9:30am-1pm, BBQ 1pm-3pm
Food, drinks, and prizes will be provided in the after-walk BBQ
Location: TBD

August  28

10th AD Democrats & Marin Democratic Party
Unity Day with Senator Barbara Boxer
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Marin Democratic Party Headquarters

990 A Street, Suite 301, San Rafael


August 30

Candidate Forum: Santa Rosa City School Board
Santa Rosa Teachers Association
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 5:30pm-8:00pm
Piner High School
Open to the Public

 August 31

What is at stake in this Presidential Election for Our Immigrant Community?
Democratic Club of Southern Sonoma County
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Petaluma Senior Nutrition Site Cafe
211 Novak, Petaluma, CA
Presented by local immigration attorney Christopher Kerosky and North Bay DREAMers

September  1

Future Forum Town Hall
Congressman Eric Swalwell & Congressman Mike Thompson
Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 12:30pm-2:00pm
Sonoma State University
Join your Representatives in a forward-thinking conversation about issues that matter to young voters.

September 8

Books, Brews, & BBQ: Campaign Kick-Off
Library Measure
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Sally Tomatoes in Sonoma Mountain Village
1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park
Campaign kick-off to support the 1/8 percent sales tax for Sonoma County Libraries.

 September 13

Candidates forum at Del Mar Center in Sea Ranch

September 14

Sexual Assault Prevention Townhall
Assemblymember Bill Dodd
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Rohnert Park

September 15

Annual Oktoberfest
Wine Country Young Voters
Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Home of Michael Allen

September 16

Candidates and campaigns, save this date
Endorsed candidates invited to speak
Campaign Kick-Off
Sonoma County Democratic Party
Friday, September 16, 2016 from 5pm-7pm
120 D Street, Santa Rosa

September 18

Fundraiser for Noreen Evans for 5th District Supervisor
California Coastal Dreaming with Dr. Charles Lester
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3pm
The Secret Gardens (formerly Compass Rose Gards)
corner of Eastshore Rd and Bay Flat Rd, Bodega Bay

September 23


Bill Dodd for Senate
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 5pm
RSVP: Rebecca at rebecca@billdodd.com

September 25

Precinct Walk & BBQ
Noreen Evants for 5th District Supervisor
Saturday, September 25, 2016
Walk 9:30am-1pm, BBQ 1pm-3pm
Food, drinks, and prizes will be provided in the after-walk BBQ
Location: TBD
Contact: Jazmin Gudino: info@noreenforsupervisor.com, 707-318-7134

September 26

First debate of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump
(Details soon about debate watch party at SoCoDems HQ)

September 28

Debate among the three candidates for two seats on the Sebastopol City Council
6:30 pm @Sebastopol Grange on Highway 12
Hosted by the Grange, KOWS radio and others

October 4

Vice-presidential debate of Tim Kaine vs. Mike Pence
(Detail soon about debate watch party at SoCoDems HQ)

October 8

Precinct Walk & BBQ
Noreen Evans for 5th District Supervisor
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Walk 9:30am-1pm, BBQ 1pm-3pm
Food, drinks, and prizes will be provided in the after-walk BBQ
Location: TBD
Contact: Jazmin Gudino: info@noreenforsupervisor.com, 707-318-7134

October 9

Second debate of HIllary Clinton vs. Donald Trump
(Details soon about debate watch party at SoCoDems HQ)

October 10

League of Women Voters candidates forum
6:30 pm @Sebastopol Community Center

October 19

Final debate of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump
(Details soon about debate watch party at SoCoDems HQ)

Nov. 8

Election Night Party
Sonoma County Democratic Party
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 after 8pm

Jun 09

Fundraiser @Hawley family winery postponed

We regret to announce that the Democratic Party fundraiser scheduled for June 25 is being postponed until a date in October, to be determined.

Details will be the same, date will change.


The Sonoma County Democratic Party is hosting a special event at the Hawley Winery in Dry Creek Valley.

The Hawley family has graciously opened their beautiful property for a wine and food pairing that will raise funds needed to operate the Democratic Party’s 2016 election headquarters.

Maintaining a campaign office this summer through the November election will enable us to increase voter contact on behalf of our endorsed candidates and ballot issues.

Please join our host committee that includes Sonoma County supervisors Susan Gorin, James Gore and Shirlee Zane in sponsoring this event for $250.

For information on this event, please contact us at 575-3029 or at scdp@gmail.com.

Sponsorship checks can be sent directly to the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee, P.O. Box 3727, Santa Rosa, CA., 95402.

May 25

Volunteers needed at SoCo Democratic Party HQ

Victory on Nov 8 for the Democratic Party candidates won’t be possible without the help of volunteers.

If you have a few hours to spare, we are looking for volunteers to contact voters and to staff the office headquarters. in downtown Santa Rosa at 120 D. Street.

We are generally open from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays.

Campaigns get crazy and we could use your help.


Val Hinshaw, campaign coordinator



Apr 15

Sonoma County Democratic Party endorses Susan Gorin for 1st District Supervisor & Noreen Evans for 5th District Supervisor

The governing board of the Sonoma County Democratic Party decided April 12 to support re-election of Susan Gorin as 1st District Supervisor and to back former state legislator Noreen Evans for 5th District Supervisor.


——————————————————————————————————————————————————–Excerpts of the news media release on the Evans endorsement:

The governing board of the party decided that Noreen Evans has an unmatched record of public service to her constituents, a record that dates back to her vast experience in the state legislature as well in Santa Rosa government. Over the last 23 years, Evans has already represented portions of the broad Fifth Supervisorial District, which covers west Santa Rosa and spans the West County to the Sonoma Coast.

“Noreen’s experience, particularly on environmental protections and on affordable housing, reflect the values of Fifth District residents,” said Bleys W. Rose, chair of the Sonoma County Democratic Party. “An open seat on the board gives us a unique opportunity to set a new course for the future. The Democratic Party is confident the people of this district don’t want to go down the path of inexperience again.”

Evans is an attorney who returned to private practice in Sonoma County after serving four years in the California senate and six years in the state Assembly. Before that, she was on the Santa Rosa city council for eight years and on its planning commission for three years.


Excerpts of the news media release on the Gorin endorsement:

The governing board of the party decided that, due to her outstanding record of leadership during the last four years, Susan Gorin merited a second term representing the residents of east Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley.

“Four years ago, the Democratic Party endorsed Susan in first run for the county Board of Supervisors. Susan has devoted every day of those four years to putting leadership into action,” said Bleys W. Rose, chair of the Sonoma County Democratic Party. “Susan’s priorities always put working families at the forefront of the board’s efforts to build Sonoma County’s sustainable economy.”

In addition to her four-year term as supervisor, Gorin served six years on the Santa Rosa city council, two years on the city planning commission and four years on the Santa Rosa school board. She was an active community volunteer prior to her 14 years as an elected official. During all that time, she has proven to be a solid advocate for the best interests of the community.

Mar 10

Thanks to all for making Crab Feed 2016 a success !!

About 600 people dined on crab and pasta at the 28th Annual Sonoma County Democratic Party Crab Feed on March 4.

In case you missed it:

Dave Jones, the incumbent state insurance commissioner and candidate for Attorney General, was the featured speaker.

Special annual awards went to:

Jack Buckhorn, IBEW leader and North Bay Central Labor Council president, as Democrat of the Year.

Blake Hooper, Conservation Action community relations coordinator and Young Democrats activist, as Young Democrat of the Year.

Maggie Fishman, trustee of the Santa Rosa Junior College board, as recipient of the Robert Hollowell award.

Thanks so much to these event contributors at the President level:

U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson

Ca. Sen. Mike McGuire

Noreen Evans for Sonoma County Supervisor campaign

Tony Crabb & Barbara Grassechi

Santa Rosa Democratic Club

Service Employees International Union, Local 1021

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 551

Operating Engineers, Local 3

The next fund raising event for the Democratic Party will be May 21 at the Hawley Winery.

We look forward to the next Crab Feed returning to its usual position on the calendar, the last Friday in February, Feb. 24.

Jan 31

Annual SoCo Democratic Party Crab Feed is this Friday, March 4

Keynote Speaker: Dave Jones, California insurance commissioner

Featured: Democrat of the Year, Young Democrat of the Year and recipient of the Roberta Hollowell award.

Details: Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. Doors open 5 pm for bar and silent auction. Dinner at 7 pm.

This event sells out every year – purchase
tickets early to guarantee a seat.
Tickets will NOT be available at the door.
Sponsorship levels;
$1,500 President level for 16 tickets, reserved table
$1,000 Governor level for 10 tickets, reserved table
$500 Speaker of the House level for 6 tickets, reserved table
$300 Senator level for 4 tickets
$150 Congress member level for 2 tickets
Individual tickets are $50
Our preferred method is to purchase tickets & sponsorships by mail,
Please send checks to:
Sonoma County Democratic Party
email: scdp@sonic.net
P.O. Box 3727, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-3727
Phone: 707-575-3029
Tickets & sponsorships available online from ActBlue from the link below:
They charge us 4% 
Funds raised from this event will be used to support our 2016 Campaign Headquarters and endorsed Democratic candidates.
Thank you for your support.
We look forward to seeing you at the Crab Feed!

Jun 30

AUG 22….the annual SoCo Democratic Party BBQ



                   8th ANNUAL BARBEQUE


Saturday August 22 Noon – 3P.M.

Howarth Park

Santa Rosa


Individuals $15 Family

$40 (2 adults & 2 or more children)



Flaming Hot $1000 20 Tickets

Sizzling Hot $500 8 Tickets

Red Hot Coals $250 6 Tickets

Burning Embers $125 4 Tickets

Fire Starter $75 2 Tickets


 Paid for and authorized by the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee

Donations are not tax deductible

FPPC # 742674

Apr 14

SoCo Dems detail support for & objections to CALLE recommendations

Sonoma County Democrats detail support for & objections to CALLE recommendations

April 13, 2015

For more than a year, the Sonoma County Democratic Party has monitored the proceedings and deliberations of the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force and it recently voted to approve dozens of recommendations on courses of action.

Here is a condensed summary of our findings and our conclusions:

Subject: Law Enforcement Accountability

1. Establishing an Office of Independent Auditor

The  Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee strongly supports  this  portion  of  the  recommendation,  including  review  of  the  conduct  of  the  entire  SO  employees,  including  the  employees  in  the Detention  Division  and  jail.  In April 2014, overwhelmingly  passed  a  resolution  calling  for  the  creation  of  a  robust,  independent  review  body  to  oversee  the  operations  of  law  enforcement  in  the  county. The resolution said: “The  Board  should  have  the  power  to  conduct  independent  investigations  with  subpoena  power,  the  right  to  interview  witnesses,   and access to all investigative  materials,  including,  but  not  limited  to,  reports  of  the  coroner  and  reports  by  officers  on  the  scenes.”

2. Independent and confidential audit review of internal departmental investigations of officer use of force incidents, incidents of officer misconduct and complain

 This is a key function of  the OIA, a  bottom  line.  The  criteria cited —  complete,  objective, thorough and fair — are  the  terms  of  art  used  in  the  field  and  we  appreciate  that  the  LEA  is  using  them.  We  would  add,  however,  that  the  audit  should  also  scrutinize  how  complaints  are  screened,  how  they  are  classified  and recorded,  and  whether  the  dispositions  were  timely.

3. Creating an OIA Citizens Advisory Committee.

The SCDCC  strongly  supports citizen  involvement  in  the  oversight  process,  and  this  is  a  creative  and  appropriate  way  to  institutionalize  it. Unfortunately,  the  recommendation  does  not  address  how  the  Committee  would  be  constituted.  In our SCDCC  resolution  we  called  for  a  “Board  of  volunteers,  [who]  should  be  appointed  by  elected  officials  with  the  makeup  of  the  board  reflecting  the racial  and  ethnic  diversity  of  Sonoma  County.”  Does  the  LEA  envision  that  the  BOS  would  appoint  the  members?   Would we run  the  risk  that  appointments  by  elected  officials  will  simply  reward  their  supporters? Should  there  be  an application  process  similar  to  the  Grand  Jury  with  screening  by  judges,  removing  the  process  from  our  politicians?  This is a significant  issue and should be addressed.

4. Separating the Office of the Coroner from the Office of the County Sheriff.

The LEA is correct that there is a built in conflict of interest when the sheriff is also the coroner.  The SCDCC agrees that the offices should be separated.


Subject: Community Oriented Policing

1. Improving Critical Incident Response

We regard this recommendation favorably. At the site of a critical incident, the presence of a non-uniformed officer, trained in interpersonal relations and communications can serve community members by responsibly informing them of what is occurring, calm them with respectful & informative communications, and can actually enlist the helpful engagement and cooperation of community members in resolving the situation. We regard very favorably the sustained efforts with community communication & engagement (remaining on the critical incident scene until community mood has settled), publicly announcing and then conducting a community forum (within 5-7 days with thoughtful planning of this forum  taking place within 48 hrs), as well as clearly posting press releases and audio and video of the incident.

2. Enhance Alternative Use of Force Practices

There is perhaps nothing more crucial to repairing public trust  in local law enforcement than reform of the use of force policy. The Task Force has heard testimony from families who found a family member dead at the hands of law enforcement, when their hope was that a crisis situation would be defused.  We are in support the recommendation aligning the Sonoma County law enforcement agencies’ use of force policies with recent Albuquerque, NM and Seattle, WA models. The principles governing the use of force policies required in Albuquerque and Seattle serve to define,  limit, report on and track the use of all forms of “force”. The policies spell out disciplinary action for officers who violate any use of force policy. They also spell out officer responsibility to seek medical care for individuals injured by use of force. In addition these policies spell out training for officers and procedural guidelines for interacting with individuals with mental illness or disability.


Subject: Community Engagement and Healing

1. Establishing full-time counselors in schools, extending their duties beyond students to families and staff and training them to provide trauma and on-going counseling.

SCDCC recommends that resources instead be found to increase behavioral health counseling through clinics and other agencies, with outreach to families and communities as well as schools. Potentially, many of the services can be reimbursed because of new medical insurance requirements.

2. Expanding the number of school resource officers to provide law enforcement, support students the school community and to provide education in public safety and the law.

SCDCC recommends that the expansion of school resource officers be explored in detail to determine which schools would benefit most, and to determine the further training in community policing they receive, with respect to law enforcement needs, educational environment and overall benefits to the student community. The funding sources from schools, cities and county should be clarified.

3. Continuing to hold regular community forums for residents and law enforcement to interact, question and develop better relationships.

SCDCC recommends that the proposed forums between law enforcement and the community be integrated with community engagement meetings taking place in cities and unincorporated areas to gather input from residents about their concerns. Some of these meetings could use the same principles that the healing subcommittee used in their forums to foster positive interaction between law enforcement and the community. It is essential that there be a procedure in place to follow through on the questions, criticisms, suggestions and other feedback that arise from these meetings

Mar 12

Sonoma County Democrats recognize leaders for change

Feb. 27, 2015


The Sonoma County Democratic Party proudly recognizes several leaders for their roles in improving our community.

Recognized at the 37th Annual Crab Feed at the SR Vets Bldg. were:

Noreen Evans, our former state senator and former SR city councilwoman, as the honored guest and featured speaker.

Marty Bennett, a leader in North Bay Jobs with Justice and fighting for a Living Wage for working families, as Democrat of the Year.

Pat Sabo, a veteran California Teachers Association activist, as recipient of the Roberta Hollowell Memorial Award.

Mike McGuire, former Sonoma County 4th District supervisor and now state senator, as Young Democrat of the Year.

Bill Kortum, the North Coast’s premier environmentalist and coastal preservationist, with a Lifetime Achievement Award, accepted in his memory by his wife, Lucy.

And Thank You to all the recipients and donors who made the annual crab feed event a success, bringing 700 Democrats and guests together and raising tens of thousands of dollars for advancing Democratic Party principles

Sep 10

Endorsed Candidates List

SoCoDems going into Nov. 4 election with these endorsed candidates

Sept. 10, 2014

Every Democratic Vote Counts

Every Democratic Vote Counts

The Sonoma County Democratic Party is launching its campaign for favored candidates after completing its endorsements last night and opening its headquarters last Saturday.

Party headquarters at 120 D St., Santa Rosa, will be open and staffed daily through the Nov. 4 election.

Last night, the party’s governing board voted to endorse these candidates:

In Sonoma, for city council we support Rachel Hundley, Ken Brown and Madolyn Agrimonti.

In Sebastopol, for city council we support Una Glass and Sarah Glade Gurney.

In the Santa Rosa School District race, we support Omar Medina and Ron Kristof.

In the Windsor School District race, we support Cheryl L. Scholar.

In the West County High School District race, we support Kellie Noe.

The Democratic Party urges all voters to cast their ballots for these candidates as well as those previously endorsed.

They include:

For Sonoma County Supervisor in the 4th District: Deb Fudge

For the Santa Rosa city council: Curtis Byrd, Chris Coursey and Lee Pierce

For Mayor of Petaluma: David Glass

For Petaluma city council: Teresa Barrett and Janice Cader-Thompson

For Windsor town council: Sam Salmon and Evan Zelig

For Cloverdale city council: Carol Russell and Jude Gibson-Byers

For Cotati city council: Mark Landman

For Healdsburg city council: Brigette Mansell

For Area 7 seat on the SRJC Board of Trustees: Jordan Burns

For Areas 3, 4 and 5 seat on the SRJC Board of Trustees: Dorothy Battenfeld

For Area 2 seat on the SRJC Board of Trustees: Maggie Fishman

For California State Assembly District 2:  Jim Wood

For California State Assembly District 4: Bill Dodd

For California State Assembly Distrcit 10: Mark Levine

For California State Senate District 2: Mike McGuire

For U.S. Representative 2nd District: Jared Huffman

For U.S. Representative 5th District: Mike Thompson