Endorsements in Nov. 8 Election

Official Endorsements of the California Democratic Party and Sonoma County Democratic Party

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Federal and State

U.S. President

Hillary Clinton

U.S. Senate

Kamala Harris

U.S. Congress

CD2 – Jared Huffman*

CD5 – Mike Thompson*

State Senate

SD3 – Bill Dodd

State Assembly

AD2 – Jim Wood*

AD4 – Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

AD10 – Marc Levine*


Sonoma County

Note: If a race is not listed, that means there was no endorsement.


Board of Supervisors,

District 5

Noreen Evans

Sonoma County Board of Education, Area 1

Jason Carter

City Council RacesCloverdale City Council

Melanie Bagby

Mary Ann Brigham*

Cotati City Council

John Dell’Osso*

Susan Harvey*

Wendy Skillman*

Healdsburg City Council

Tim Meinken

Joe Naujokas

Petaluma City Council

Mike Healy*

Bill Wolpert

Santa Rosa City Council

Julie Combs*

Chris Rogers

Jack Tibbetts

Sebastopol City Council

Neysa Hinton

Craig Litwin

Sonoma City Council

David Cook*

Laurie Gallian*

Windsor Town Council

Julia Donoho

Deb Fudge*


School Board Races

Santa Rosa Junior College Board

District 3, 4, 5

Don Edgar*

Mariana Martinez

Cotati/Rohnert Park School District

Chrissa Gillies

Tim Nonn

Santa Rosa School District

Caroline Banuelos

Laurie Fong

Jenni Klose*

Ed Sheffield

Sonoma Valley Unified School District

John Kelly

West Sonoma County Union High School District

Diane Landry*

Ted Walker*

Windsor Unified School District

Esther Lemus (Short Term)*

George Valenzuela (Full Term )*




Statewide Ballot Propositions

51   YES Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016 Repairs and upgrades older schools; relieves classroom overcrowding.

52   YES Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act  Ensures continued access to Medi-Cal.

53   NO Stop Right Wing Millionaire’s Attack on Local Control and Infrastructure Erodes local control of infrastructure projects.

54   NO Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings. Gives special interests the power to block needed and timely legislation on key issues facing California.

55   YES Tax Extension to Fund Children’s Education and Healthcare Maintains current tax rates on the wealthiest Californians to prevent $4 billion in cuts to public education.

56   YES Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law EnforcementIncreases cigarette tax by $2/pack to keep children from smoking, improve healthcare, and save lives.

57   YES Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act Authorizes parole consideration for nonviolent inmates under certain conditions.

58   YES The LEARN Initiative (Language Education, Acquisition, and Readiness Now!)  Helps students learn English quickly and expands opportunities for English speakers to learn a second language.

59   YES Overturn Citizens United Stops the flood of secret corporate money into our elections.

60   NO Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements. Would allow any California resident to sue adult film performers and other workers; violates their privacy and reduces workplace safety.

61   YES State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. Would change standards used by state agencies for negotiating and paying for prescription drugs. (CADem* – No Position)

62   YES  Replace the Costly, Failed Death Penalty System  Replaces the death penalty with life in prison without parole.

63   YES  Safety for All Act  Keeps communities safe with common-sense laws to curb gun violence.

64   No Position – Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (CADem* – YES)

65   NO Carry-Out Bags. Charges. Changes specifications for revenue from carry-out bags. (CADem* – No Position)

66   NO  Death Penalty. Procedures.  Removes legal safeguards in death penalty procedures, greatly increasing the risk of executing an innocent person.

67   YES  Plastic Bag Ban  Keeps in place California’s current ban on plastic bags.

*CADem = California Democratic Party


Local Ballot Measures

Note: Measures P, Q, and S were not considered.

C    YES  Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Bond

D   YES  Healdsburg Unified School District Bond

E    YES  Sonoma Valley Unified School District Bond

F    YES  Windsor Unified School District Bond

G   YES  Guerneville School District Bond

H   YES  Rincon Valley Union School District Parcel Tax

I     YES  Wilmar Union School District Parcel Tax

J     YES  Sonoma County Regional Parks and Water Quality Improvement  One-half-cent sales tax in unincorporated areas to expand, maintain, and improve Regional Parks.

K    YES  Sonoma County Community Separators Protection Act  Renews voter protections for community separators, preserving open space and farmlands.

L    YES  Sonoma County Tourist Tax  Addresses impacts of tourism by increasing the Transient Occupancy Tax from 9% to 12% in unincorporated areas.

M  YES  Sonoma County Transgenic Contamination Prevention Ordinance  Countywide ban on cultivation of genetically engineered crops.

N   YES  Santa Rosa City Services Measure  Extends existing voter-approved 1/4-cent sales tax for eight more years.

O   YES  Santa Rosa Public Safety Spending Levels  Amends minimum funding requirements for public safety services.

R   NO  Healdsburg Growth Management Ordinance  Amends existing Growth Management Ordinance.

T    No Position – City of Healdsburg  Moratorium on water fluoridation.

U   YES  City of Sonoma  Extends existing voter-approved  1/2-cent sales tax for five years to support city services.

V   YES  City of Sonoma  Bans use of gas-powered leaf blowers within city limits.

W YES  City of Sonoma  Expands protections from secondhand smoke.

Y    YES  Sonoma County Library  Sales tax of 1/8 of one cent to fund library services.