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

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.

Taking Action in 2017

Thank you to those who turned out for the Community Organizing Open House on Saturday, January 7th. For those who were unable to attend you missed a visit from Congressman Mike Thompson, a panel on connecting to elected officials, and small group discussions on important issues and how we can take action.

Special thanks to Janet Reynolds for putting this slideshow together.

SCDP Community Organizing 7Jan2017

Here is a printable PDF of the pamphlet distributed with important contact information for elected officials and local Democratic Clubs.

SCDP Guide to Elected Officials 2017

SCDP supports Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

The Sonoma County Democratic Party supports the election of Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison for Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“We believe Keith Ellison is the best choice to lead the Democratic Party to a better future nationally,” said Bleys W. Rose, chair of the local Democratic Party. “Ellison has committed to leading the DNC in building up our base at local levels. He is committed to taking on the position full time by resigning from Congress to focus on the Democratic Party.”

Support for Ellison’s candidacy for DNC chair results from a vote taken Dec. 13 by the governing board of the Sonoma County Democratic Party.

Although selection of a national party chair may be a couple months away, the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports efforts to coalesce around a leader who is demonstrating the desire to bring new ideas to a party much in need of forging like-minded coalitions to oppose the destructive policies being advocated by the Republican Party.

We are encouraged that U.S. Rep. Ellison has already won endorsements from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who will replace Reid in 2017.

For information, contact:

Bleys W. Rose

Chair, Sonoma County Democratic Party



For information about Keith Ellison’s candidacy for DNC chair, see:


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 Nomination 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 6, 2017

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

Email: Helen O’Donnell

CADEM Election Information

If you would like to take a more active role in the California Democratic Party, here is an opportunity for you to be involved.  In January 2017, the CDP will be holding Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEM) where 14 (7 female & 7 male) Delegates are elected to represent their Assembly District (AD). 2 (1 female/1male) Assembly District Executive Board Representatives (E-Board) will also be elected. These Delegates will attend the State Party Conventions in 2017 and 2018 (a 2-year term).
Who may participate?
Any Democrat registered to vote (as of October 24, 2016) and residing in the Assembly District may participate in electing these delegates, or may run for election as a Delegate.
Filing information

Democrats interested in running to be an Assembly District Delegate must file with the State Party by 5:00PM, Thursday, December 8, 2016. The application to file for AD candidate will open Wednesday, November 16, 2016. There is a filing fee of $20.00 to run as an ADEM Candidates, which may be done online. 

See this “quick reference” for more information: CADEM Delegate Expense Responsibilities
Delegate expenses and responsibilities
Please note that if you are elected as a Delegate to these state conventions, you will be responsible for all expenses including travel, hotel and food. Costs may easily run more than $1,000 per year for the two year term.  Please refer to the following attachment, “Delegate and E-board Expense and Responsibility Sheet” for more information on delegate responsibilities and expenses.  The information sheet below is from 2014 and may be updated by the CDP.
CADEM Assembly Districts relevant to Sonoma County are AD2, AD4, and AD10
For Sonoma County registered Democrats who reside in Assembly District 2, the following information is available   Check this website for updates CADEM or contact Region 2 Director, Joe Louis Wildman at  for details.
SEIU Ukiah 100 Kings Ct. –  Jim Mastin 
Eureka Labor Temple. – Robert Service
For Sonoma County registered Democrats who reside in Assembly District 4, information about the ADEM day (either January 7 or 8) and location(s) is not available at this time.  Please check this website for updates CADEM, or contact Region 4 Director, Craig Cheslog for details.


For Sonoma County registered Democrats who reside in Assembly District 10, the following information is available.  If you have any questions regarding the AD10 ADEM, please contact the convener, Pat Johnstone or 415-847-1940.

Not sure what Assembly District you live in? Look it up here.

Thank You Volunteers

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped the Sonoma County Democratic Party 2016 campaign.  We are so very grateful for your contributions of talent, time, and energy.  Your dedication to our cause was inspiring.  Your passion and enthusiasm were energizing.  Your commitment was unwavering.

Hundreds of volunteers worked thousands of hours to create a better community.  While our highest goal of electing a Democratic president was not met, in Sonoma County, we can hold our heads high.  We won 70% of the local races that SCDP endorsed. The electorate too often overlooks these local offices – where there is direct impact on our lives, and where we can hold our elected officials most accountable.

We could not have achieved such a high success rate without you.  To reach that winning rate, our volunteers

  • Registered 1,651 voters
  • Prepared over 20,000 door hangers
  • Mailed 22,622 slate cards
  • Did over 200 shifts to stick over 170,500 labels
  • Made 8,783 GOTV phone calls
  • Canvassed 6,243 houses
  • Covered 26 precincts for 5,340 voters while poll watching

It was a pleasure to see returning volunteers and to meet new friends.   You came from different backgrounds, but shared a common goal and pitched in to get the job done.  It was a privilege hear your stories and work with you.

On behalf of the SCDP, thank you for all your contributions – you made a difference.

We continue receiving post-election online volunteer sign ups through our website.  We welcome your participation in the work ahead.  While we have now closed our campaign office, please check our website for announcements and news of upcoming meetings and events.  We will make every effort to return messages left on our voice mail at 575-3029 as soon as possible.

Election Night Victories

Win some lose some.

Click here for 2016 election victories

Post Election = Time to Remove the Signs

The election is over and now it is time to pack away or recycle those yard and window signs. Each jurisdiction has its own ordinance on when political signs need to be removed. If you are unsure what that is where you live and/or work below is a reminder.


County of Sonoma unincorporated areas: within 20 days

Cloverdale: 30 days total on display (possible extension to 45 days with approval)

Cotati: within 10 days

Healdsburg: within 15 days

Petaluma: within 15 days

Rohnert Park: within 10 days

Santa Rosa: within 15 days

Sebastopol: no specific guidelines

Sonoma: within 10 days

Windsor: 45 days total on display

Endorsements in Nov. 8 Election

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

Click here for a printable PDF of SCDP Endorsements

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.