Platform Committee

The California Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) adopts its Platform every two years. The Party's current Platform was adopted at the annual Democrats State Party Convention in 2016.

The California Democratic Party Platform Committee is drafting the next Party Platform by following the process outlined below, which will be voted on and adopted at the annual Democratic Party State Convention in 2018. We welcome your input in shaping the Platform.

The Platform Committee is responsible for:

  • Holding at least three meetings throughout the state;
  • Having a platform draft available for interested persons on the first day of the meeting of the DSCC at which the platform is being considered;
  • Holding a final hearing during the first day of that meeting; and
  • Presenting to the DSCC for approval a final draft of the platform during the second day of that meeting.

Platform Information

2016 Platform (Current Platform)

2018 Draft Platform (Uploaded 1/3/18)

2017-2018 Platform Committee Calendar (Updated 8/29/17)

Platform Plank Subcommittee Member Assignments (Updated 11/27/17)

Platform Amendment

2018 Draft Platform (Uploaded 1/3/18)

2018 State Convention Rules - Platform Amendment and Adoption Procedures

Statement from California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman on Platform Amendment Process (Uploaded 2/18/18)

2018 Platform Draft Amendment Submission Online Form

Note: Deadline to submit amendments to the 2018 Platform Draft is Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 5 PM. The deadline has passed.

Hearings and Meetings

2018 State Convention - Platform Committee Meeting Agenda (Meeting 2/23/18 - Updated 2/22/18)

2017 November Executive Board Meeting - Platform Committee Meeting Agenda (11/17/17)

Central Valley Statewide Platform Hearing Agenda (11/5/17)

Northern Statewide Platform Hearing Agenda (9/23/17)

Southern Statewide Platform Hearing Agenda (8/25/17)

2017 August Executive Board Meeting - Platform Committee Meeting Agenda (8/25/17)

Committee Roster 2017-2019

Lead Chairs

Lyn Shaw
Howard Welinsky


Martha Acevedo
Taisha Brown
Norman Chramoff
Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr.
Jonathan Lyens
Julie Soo


Jonathan Abboud
Mike Aguilera
Michael Barnett
Jennifer Barraza
Debra Broner
Deborah Burger
Micaela Cichocki
Elspeth Farmer
Janet Gastil
Makenzie Hays
Dotty Le Mieux
Martha McClure
Susan McEntire
Daniel Ortiz
Mister Phillips
William Rodriguez-Kennedy
Michael Sweet

Committee Staff

Clark Lee
(916) 442-5707

Jann Dorothy
(916) 442-5707

Please note that these descriptions are not meant to be an interpretation of the California Democratic Party Bylaws. The CDP Bylaws are available on our website here.

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