Earning the endorsement of the Sonoma County Democratic Party is an important moment for anyone involved in a local campaign. Our Endorsements Committee members spend many hours reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, and ultimately bringing its recommendations to the full SCDP Central Committee for further review, deliberations and the definitive vote. These sessions are well attended, sometimes involving lengthy discussion and very close ballot counts. We only endorse candidates that have been carefully reviewed in this way.

According to Endorsements Chair John Kelly, “The Democratic Party’s endorsement process is the most rigorous in the County by far, supported by hundreds of pages of applications, exhibits and reports. The results speak for themselves, as Democratic-endorsed candidates in Sonoma County typically have a greater than 70% success rate at the ballot box. Receiving the Democratic endorsement is often the turning point in many campaigns. For an unknown challenger, the SCDP’s seal of approval lets voters know they can trust that a candidate supports their values. For an incumbent, it’s an indication that the office-holder’s record has matched their rhetoric. Volunteers contribute their time in the knowledge that reliable information is the essential element that makes democratic self-government a reality. Without them, our government would be less fair, less free, and ultimately, less of, by, and for the people.”

SCDP has been accepting applications for endorsements for 2022 candidates for the June 7, 2022 Primary Election.  Offices up for election that have been reviewed for endorsements include:

  • Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools
  • Sonoma County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector
  • Sonoma County County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor
  • Sonoma County District Attorney
  • Sonoma County Sheriff-Coroner
  • 2nd District Supervisor
  • 4th District Supervisor

Any candidate interested in applying for endorsements is invited to submit an application. Here are the steps involved:

Step 1: Read the California Democratic Party Platform (Required): https://tinyurl.com/y6st457y

Step 2: Submit your application for endorsement: https://shrtm.nu/HmaI

Step 3: Upload any files that support your application, such as a resume and any campaign materials:  https://tinyurl.com/y3xotxox

Contact John Kelly at john@sonomademocrats.org with any questions.