Jul 13

Positions on State Legislation

At the June 2017 meeting, the Sonoma County Democratic Party voted to adopt the following positions on current legislation before the California State Legislature.

Support AB 14: Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosures (aka Disclose Act)

Support SB 651: Initiative, referendum, and recall petitions: circulators (aka Disclosure of Initiative Funding)

Support AB 1089: Local elective offices: contribution limitations

Support SB 562: Healthy California Act (aka Universal Single-Payer Health Care Coverage)

Jul 10

Voter Registration and Engagement Trainings

Frustrated with national politics? Ready to get involved?

We have a solution!

Please join us for a Voter Registration and Engagement Training. We are conducting training’s regularly in preparation for 2018 election season. Voter registration and engagement is critical to winning elections.

Two training’s are being held this month on July 22nd and July 25th. Register today.

Jun 20

CDP 2017 Convention Resolutions

California Democratic Party adopted resolutions at the State Convention in May.

Click, CDP Convention 2017 Resolutions, for a complete and printable listing of the resolutions adopted.

Jun 07

Election Results

Congratulations to our endorsed candidate Leah Gold on her election to the Healdsburg City Council

head shot of Leah Gold

Leah Gold


May 12

Democrats say Yes on Measure C

Democrats say Yes on Measure C

The Sonoma County Democratic Party (SCDP) and all eight Democratic Clubs in Sonoma County stand united. We all say vote YES on Measure C.

Yes on C logo

Yes on Measure C for Fair and Affordable Santa Rosa

In September 2016, the SCDP voted unanimously for the ordinance passed by the Santa Rosa City Council to enact rent stabilization and just cause eviction. In April 2017, we voted unanimously to SUPPORT MEASURE C.

The lack of affordable housing and rising homelessness are community housing crises that need immediate action. With rents increasing by over 50 percent over 5 years, the City Council took steps to ensure housing security for residents, almost half of whom are renters.

Protecting housing rights and ensuring people can afford to live where they work are crucial economic issues. Local business cannot thrive without workers to provide services or produce products. Without affordable housing or security in rental costs, workers will be forced to relocate. Housing takes time to construct. Rent stabilization is a necessary immediate action that will help protect a healthy local economy.

On May 9, 2017, the Press Democrat published an article about apartments with the median of $2,500/month (2 bedroom). That is a $360 increase from $2,140 median rents noted in a Feb 21, 2017, PD article. At the current California minimum wage of $10.50/hour, a worker makes only $1,820/month. A family of four with two working parents at minimum wage will have $1,140/month for other expenses.  This family’s rent alone takes up 68 percent of their gross pay, well above the recommended 30 percent. Forty-seven (47) percent of Santa Rosa residents fall into the category of “overpaying households.” At a 1 percent vacancy rate, renters are left with scant options to find and secure an available rental.

With a large percentage of income dedicated to housing, families and workers are not able to fully provide for themselves let alone support a healthy economy. Local businesses will see fewer and fewer paying customers, which leads to failing businesses and joblessness. Measure C is a stopgap on this cycle. Rent stabilization ensures workers and families can remain in their homes, keeps students in school, and supports local business in customer retention.

We need protections today, like Measure C, while we work toward longer term solutions on affordable housing to build a healthier and more sustainable economy.

Do not be misled or confused by mailings paid for by the California Association of Realtors and Woodmont Real Estate using FPPC I.D. 1395025.  They are not authorized to speak for the Democratic Party.  Their misleading mailing that may have arrived in your mail box recently is alternative news of the worst kind.

Join the Sonoma County Democratic Party in voting YES on Measure C for a fair and affordable Santa Rosa.

May 03

SCDP Supports CA legislation protecting immigrants

Sonoma County Democratic Party supports

California legislation to protect immigrant rights.

On April 11, 2017, the Sonoma County Democratic Party voted to support four (4) pieces of legislation currently in the California Legislature related to immigration.

AB 3 Public defenders: legal counsel: immigration consequences: grants

By Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) to create state-funded regional centers to train defense attorneys and public defender’s offices on immigration law and the consequences of criminal convictions.

SB 29 Law enforcement: immigration

By Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to declare that the state does not tolerate profiting from the incarceration of Californians held in immigration detention and the state’s desire to ensure the just and humane treatment of our most vulnerable population, and by adding Section 1670.9 to the Civil Code, would prohibit placing immigrants in for-profit detention centers, and specifies that when otherwise detained, the facility shall not deprive an immigrant detainee in civil immigration proceedings of specific rights.

SB 31 California Religious Freedom Act: state agencies:disclosure of religious affiliation information

By Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) the California Religious Freedom Act would prohibit a state or local agency or a public employee acting under color of law from providing or disclosing to the federal government personally identifiable information regarding a person’s religious beliefs, practices, or affiliation, as specified, when the information is sought for compiling in a databse of individuals based on religious belief, practice or affiliation, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes.

SB 54 Law enforcement: sharing data

By Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), known as the California Values Act, to prevent the use of state and local public resources to aid federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in deportation actions.



Apr 28

Resolution Supporting May Day 2017

The Sonoma County Democratic Party adopted a

Resolution in Support of May Day 2017

on April 11, 2017

Please join us in protecting labor, immigrant, and civil rights.

For the full resolution language, please click here.

Facebook event link to the local May Day March.

Apr 14

Endorsements June 2017 Election

Endorsements for June 6, 2017 election.

City of Healdsburg

Leah Gold for City Council

SCDP Endorses Gold for Healdsburg

City of Santa Rosa

Yes on Measure C

SCDP Endorses Yes on Measure C

City of Sonoma

Yes on Measure E

SCDP Endorses Yes on Measure E


Jan 13

DNC Future Forum

Phoeniz Future Forum (first of four forums) for the  Democratic National Committee

Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 12pm-5pm Phoenix, AZ

LIVE Stream Link

Below is a list of candidate who have confirmed their participation in the Phoenix Future Forum. 
Candidates for Chair:
Sally Boynton Brown, Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director
Ray Buckley, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair, Association of State Democratic Parties Chair
Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, IN
Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative (MN-5)
Jehmu Greene, Fox News Political Analyst
Jaime Harrison, South Carolina Democratic Party Chair
Tom Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor
Candidates for Vice Chair:
Michael Blake, New York State Assemblyman (79th District)
Melissa Byrne, Former National GOTV Digital Director for Bernie 2016
Mitchell Caesar, Former Broward County Democratic Party Chair
Grace Meng, U.S. Representative (NY-6)
Elizabeth Jaff, Head of Business Development and Campaigns for Crowdpac, Inc.
Lorna M. Johnson, Honorary Consul for Jamaica in Los Angeles
Latoia Jones, Assistant Director of Human Rights, American Federation of Teachers and Co-Founder of Black & Engaged
Rick Palacio, Colorado Democratic Party Chair
Adam Parkhomenko
Candidates for Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation:
Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana Democratic Party Chair
Melissa Fazli, Executive Board Member and Delegate for the California Democratic Party for Assembly District 55
Candidates for Secretary:
Ana Cuprill, Wyoming Democratic Party Chair
Roberta Lange, Nevada Democratic Party Chair
Jason Rae, DNC Youth Council Chair
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, DNC Secretary and Former Baltimore Mayor
Candidates for Treasurer:
Joyce Amico, President of JPCM Incorporated
William Derrough, Managing Director of Moelis & Company
Candidates for National Finance Chair:
Henry Munoz III, DNC National Finance Chair

Jan 13

Introducing the SCDP governing board for 2017-2021

The Sonoma County Democratic Party officially swore in a new governing body and officers on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 for term 2017-2021. Delegates to the California Democratic Party were also elected for term 2017-2019. Below is a list by Supervisorial District of the governing body (*denotes CDP delegate, **denotes CDP Executive Board delegate).


District 1

Maria Peluso, Corresponding Secretary*

alternate John Kelly

Laura Declercq, First Vice Chair**

alternate Helen O’Donnell*

Bill Schauber

alternate vacant

Mike Smith*

alternate Beth Hadley

Laurie Gallian, Chair*

alternate Ray Gallian

open seat


District 2

Valerie Minton*

alternate vacant

Dale Axelrod*

alternate vacant

Blake Hooper* (ADEM10 delegate)

alternate Elizabeth Escalante

Scott Alonso*

alternate Ken Quinto

Peggy Carr*

alternate vacant


District 3

Jennifer Dawes*

alternate vacant

Val Hinshaw, Second Vice Chair*

alternate Janet Reynolds, Recording Secretary

Erin Carlstrom

alternate vacant

Miles Kurland (ADEM2 delegate)

alternate vacant


District 4

Patricia Sabo*

alternate Ola King-Claye

Rick Massell*

alternate vacant

Sandy Reynolds

alternate vacant

open seat


District 5

Deborah Dobish

alternate vacant

Kimberly Burr

alternate Lynn Hamilton

Don Frank*

alternate vacant

Elizabeth Basile

Cal Weeks*

alternate Rosario Rodriguez


Elected Officials and Ex-Officios

Stephen Gale** for Congressman Mike Thompson

vacant for Congressman Jared Huffman

vacant for Senator Mike McGuire

Logan Pitts* for Senator Bill Dodd

Carol Taylor* for Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

Chris Snyder* for Assemblyman Marc Levine

Mary Watts for Assemblyman Jim Wood


As evidenced from this list, there are still positions available. Please contact scdp@sonic.net for more information.