2018 Campaign Headquarters

The Sonoma County Democratic Party has opened our coordinated campaign headquarters this year in Petaluma.  This is a huge! election year (again) with lots at stake from congressional to state and local races and ballot measures.

If you have been looking for a way to get involved in the 2018 elections, we have volunteer opportunities available at our campaign office and in the community.  Here are some of the ways you can help.  We need your support so please call us at 707-575-3029, fill out a volunteer form,  or stop by the office to let us know if you can help. We are located at 1420 E. Washington St, Petaluma 95954.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Voter registration – at the office and off-site locations
  • General office work – general support, printing, mailing projects
  • Reception – staff front desk, answer phones, greet and check in volunteers and more
  • Phone banking for candidates and ballot measures
  • Texting for candidates
  • Postcard parties – create personalized postcards to send to voters
  • Canvassing – walk neighborhoods for candidates and ballot measures
  • Food and drinks – help nourish other volunteers with healthy snacks and refreshments
  • Special events – set up, miscellaneous


November 3 – 5

  • Get Out The Vote (GOTV)


Election day, November 6 – more info to follow

  • Get Out The Vote (GOTV)
  • Poll watchers
  • Election night party help


Post election, November 7 – 15

  • Pack up, cleanup and move – roll up your sleeves and help make the office disappear!

Early Endorsements for November 2018

The Sonoma County Democratic Party (SCDP) announces early endorsements for candidates running in the November 2018 Midterm Elections. We are pleased to support candidates running for the Mayor of Petaluma, Windsor Town Council, and the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees.

Teresa Barrett easily received the endorsement of the SCDP for Mayor of Petaluma. Her service on the City Council is a clear reflection of her Democratic values.

“I am so proud to receive the endorsement of the Sonoma County Democratic Party. In a non-partisan race, it is important to let the voters know whose values we share, so that voters can be clear about where we stand locally on the issues that affect us globally. Together we will make a difference!” – Teresa Barrett, Petaluma City Councilmember and candidate for Mayor

 Three Democrats were endorsed for SRJC Board Trustee: incumbent and current Board President Maggie Fishman for Area 2 (South County), incumbent Trustee Dorothy Battenfeld for Areas 3, 4, 5 (Santa Rosa), and John Kelly, current Sonoma Valley Unified School District Trustee, for SRJC Area 1 (East County).

One Democrat received our early endorsement for Windsor Town Council: Esther Lemus, current Board President of the Windsor School District.

“Early endorsement is important to our Democratic candidates to list our support in the materials, and our ability to promote candidates at our summer events.” – Laurie Gallian, Chair, SCDP

12th Annual BBQ

Sonoma County Democratic Party

12th Annual BBQ

Saturday, August 25, 2018


Gazebo in Howarth Park

600, Summerfield Drive, Santa Rosa

Sonoma County Democratic Party kicking donkey logo for BBQ

Please join the Sonoma County Democratic Party

at our 12th Annual BBQ.


As always there will be great food, friendly conversations, and opportunities to chat with local elected officials and candidates.

Vegetarian options are available.



Tickets: General Admission Ticket $15 or Family Pack (2 adults and 2+ children) $40


$500 St. Louis Style

$250 Kansas City Style

$100 Hickory Smoked

$50 Oak Smoked

All Tickets can be claimed at will call.

NOTE: Act Blue CANNOT accept donations from unions, state, and local candidates.

Please mail to:

Sonoma County Democratic Party

c/o River City Business Services Attn: D. Lewis

5429 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA 95847

Statewide Endorsements

California Democratic Party endorsements for 2018 Statewide Primary Election

Statewide Office

State Controller: Betty Yee

Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara

Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

State Treasurer: Fiona Ma

No Consensus for the offices of U.S. Senate, Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, Board of Equalization Districts 1, 2, and 3

Local Federal and State Legislators

Congressional District 2: Jared Huffman

Congressional District 5: Mike Thompson

State Senate District 2: Mike McGuire

Assembly District 2: Jim Wood

Assembly District 4: Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

Assembly District 10: Marc Levine

For complete details on the endorsement process and results visit the CDP website.

Crab Feed update

30th Annual Crab Feed is SOLD OUT

We are excited to welcome

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

to Sonoma County

Here are few event reminders for Friday night.

Reception begins at 5:30pm

Dinner & Program begin at 7pm (doors open 6:45pm)

Sponsors with priority seating should enter the main hall to locate seats prior to doors opening at 6:45pm.

Current office holders, candidates, and community organizations may hang their signs during setup beginning at 11am. Please see our Sign Policy for further details and restrictions.

Location: Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa

For more information click here.

Crab Feed

Sonoma County Democratic Party

30th Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser

Friday, March 2, 2018

More Details and ticket information

SCDP Crab Feed logo

Sonoma County Demcratic Party Annual Crab Feed

Protecting the Integrity of our Elections

We are happy to announce that our Sonoma County Democratic Party drafted Election Protection resolution, which our California Democratic Party members took to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), was adopted at their November meeting in Las Vegas! DNC Election Protection Resolution

Our Outreach, Advocacy, & Legislation Committee worked for several months to get this passed in order to push the DNC to be more aggressive in fighting voter suppression and safeguarding voting rights in all 50 states.

For those interested, here is the 2017 Fall DNC Meeting Resolutions. DNC Meeting Resolutions Packet

Call for Nominations

The Sonoma County Democratic Party is seeking nominees for our annual awards dinner.

Award Categories

Roberta Hollowell

Young Democrat of the Year

Democrat of the Year

SCDP Award Nominations Requirements

All nominees must be registered Democrats. To nominate someone write a brief statement giving the qualifications of the nominee and reasons for nomination. 

Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018

Mail nominations to: SCDP, PO Box 3727, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Or, email your completed form.

Mourning the loss of Helen O’Donnell

We lost a friend, mentor, and wonderful person recently. Helen O’Donnell passed away last week.

Helen O'Donnell

Helen O’Donnell

Below is a message from the CDP Chair Eric Bauman and Assemblymember Marc Levine.



“California Democrats lost a dear friend and a true Blue heroine as Helen O’Donnell of Sonoma passed away this week. Helen was a pillar of our Democratic movement in Sonoma and Chair of the county’s fundraising committee. A longtime organizer of the Sonoma County Democratic Party’s one-of-a-kind crab feeds, she was honored at the 2017 event with the Roberta Hollowell Award.  Through her leadership and the countless hours she committed to electing Democrats, raising money for Blue candidates, mentoring young leaders, and serving as a state party delegate, Helen has left an enduring mark on our Party and the Golden State.

“In her professional life with the California Teachers Association, Helen empowered teachers to strengthen their vital profession for the benefit of California’s students and our future.

“Helen’s passing is a shock and a significant loss for our community of Democrats and the Sonoma family she loved dearly.  We send our deep condolences and support to Helen’s mother, sister and family.

“As we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, California Democrats will honor Helen by working even harder to achieve her vision for our Blue state.”


“Helen O’Donnell was the heart and soul of the Sonoma County Democratic Party. She gave of her heart, her time, and her intellect. Helen was a quintessential community organizer and I was honored to have her as my representative to the central committee. Her loss is heartbreaking and she will be deeply missed.”


In Sonoma County, we are full of gratitude. We cannot give enough thanks to our first responders, neighbors, and community in coming together to wage an effective and caring response to last month’s catastrophic fires. A special hats off to our elected officials. Even though some of them were evacuated, they responded rapidly to help coordinate our county, state, and federal agencies. In the face of the long and daunting process of rebuilding our community, we are heartened that we can rely on that level of leadership as we move forward together.

The Sonoma County Democratic Party members live, work, and attend school here in Sonoma County. Many of us were evacuated. Some lost homes. All were impacted. During those long days of uncertainty, we turned to our elected officials for leadership. They were there for all of us providing updates on social media, streaming live press conferences, and hosting informational town halls. Most importantly, they are still working to help the displaced find housing, providing help with government claims, and working to clean-up and rebuild Sonoma County.

Thank you for your leadership.