Endorsements

Endorsements

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“This is the endorsement that actually helps a candidate win.”–Washington Post

Local Democrats make the decisions about which local and statewide candidates to endorse, so candidates reflect voters' values. That's why Democratic Party-endorsed candidates in the primary are voted through to the general election nearly 100% of the time, and it's a big part of why Democrats have been able to win every statewide elected office in 2010 and 2014. 

 

Special Elections

Note: This is a friendly reminder that the California Democratic Party (CDP) endorsement processes for the State Assembly Special Elections and the regularly scheduled June 2018 Primary Elections are two different, distinct processes, because they are two separate elections. A candidate wishing to seek the CDP endorsement consideration for both elections must register and file for endorsement consideration for each election. Please see below for details. 

Special Election Endorsing Caucus General Information

Assembly District (AD) 39 Special Election

April 3, 2018 Primary Election Endorsement - Luz Rivas

Senate District (SD) 29 Special Election

June 5, 2018 Recall Election Endorsement - Oppose Recall of State Senator Josh Newman

 

Assembly District (AD) 45 Special Election Endorsing Caucus (Updated 1/11/18)

AD 45 Special Election Endorsing Caucus Notice to Candidates

AD 45 Special Election Endorsing Caucus Candidate Endorsement Registration Form

AD 45 Special Election Endorsing Caucus Notice to DSCC Members (Dues Paid)

AD 45 Special Election Endorsing Caucus Notice to DSCC Members (Dues Unpaid)

AD 45 Special Election Endorsing Caucus Vote-By-Mail Ballot

Assembly District (AD) 54 Special Election Endorsing Caucus (Updated 1/19/18)

AD 54 Special Election Endorsing Caucus Notice to Candidates

AD 54 Special Election Endorsing Caucus Candidate Endorsement Registration Form

AD 54 Special Election Endorsing Caucus Notice to DSCC Members (Dues Paid)

AD 54 Special Election Endorsing Caucus Notice to DSCC Members (Dues Unpaid)

AD 54 Special Election Endorsing Caucus Vote-By-Mail Ballot

Assembly District (AD) 51 Special Election

December 5, 2017 General Election Endorsement - Wendy Carrillo

AD 51 Special Election Appeals Committee Report - 10/12/17

 

Pre-Endorsing Conference Information

(U.S. House, State Senate, and State Assembly Election Contests)

2018 Pre-Endorsing Conferences Location and Vote-By-Mail Information (Updated 1/11/18)

2018 Pre-Endorsing Conferences Vote-By-Mail Ballot (Updated 1/5/18)

2018 Pre-Endorsing Conferences Vote-By-Mail Instructions (Updated 1/5/18)

Challenge Petition Verification Results - Challenges to Automatic Placement of Incumbents on Consent Calendar for Endorsement (Updated 1/19/18)

 

General Endorsement Information 

Note: Details for the 2018 CDP Pre-Endorsing Conferences to be held January 27-28, 2018, to consider the pre-primary endorsement recommendations for U.S. House, State Senate, and State Assembly election contests will be made available on this webpage in early January 2018.

2018 Endorsement Overview (Updated 11/20/17)

2018 Pre-Endorsing Conference vs. Endorsing Caucus Table (Updated 11/20/17)

2018 Chartered Club & Organization Potential Representative Memo

Endorsement Process General Rules Relating to CDP Regions, Caucuses, Chartered Organizations, and Democratic County Central Committees (Updated 12/12/17)

Special Election Endorsing Caucus General Information

2018 State Convention Rules

California Democratic Party By-Laws

 

Endorsement Information for Pre-Endorsing Conference Voters and DSCC Members (State Delegates)

2018 Endorsement Guide for Pre-Endorsing Conference Voters (DSCC Members, Democratic County Central Committee Regular Members, and Chartered Club/Organization Representatives) (Updated 12/20/17)

2018 Endorsement Guide for DSCC Members (State Delegates) (Updated 12/20/17)

2018 Pre-Endorsing Conferences Location and Vote-By-Mail Information (Updated 1/11/18)

2018 Pre-Endorsing Conferences Vote-By-Mail Ballot (Updated 1/5/18)

2018 Pre-Endorsing Conferences Vote-By-Mail Instructions (Updated 1/5/18)

 

Endorsement & Endorsement Registration Information for Candidates

Note: 

  • All candidates (regardless of incumbency status) wishing to seek CDP endorsement consideration must register and file for endorsement.
  • Eligible voter lists for the CDP Pre-Endorsing Conferences and the DSCC Member (State Delegate) list will become available in mid-December 2017. Please see below on how to request such list(s).
  • Details of the CDP Pre-Endorsing Conferences (to consider the endorsement recommendations of U.S. House, State Senate, and State Assembly election contests) will be posted on this page as soon as possible. 
  • In order to make the endorsement registration process easier, online registration forms are now available. Please see below for both the online Endorsement Registration Forms and the downloadable Endorsement Registration Forms.

Statewide Candidates

(U.S. Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, State Treasurer, State Controller, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Members of the State Board of Equalization)

Endorsement Consideration Filing Deadline: All components must be received by Friday, January 19, 2018, 5 PM. The deadline to file is closed.

2018 Statewide Candidate Endorsement Guide - Statewide Candidates (Updated 11/20/17)

Letter from CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman to 2018 Democratic Candidates for Statewide Offices on CDP Endorsement Consideration (Updated 12/20/17)

2018 Statewide Candidate Endorsement Registration Packet (Downloadable Forms & Instructions. Updated 12/4/17)

2018 Statewide Candidate Online Endorsement Registration Form

Petition Verification Procedures 

Legislative Candidates

(U.S. House, State Senate, and State Assembly)

Endorsement Consideration Filing DeadlinePrior to Pre-Endorsing Conference: Friday, January 19, 2018, 5 PM. Candidates who file by this deadline will receive the Pre-Endorsing Conference eligible voter list for the relevant district. After this deadline, a candidate may file on-site at the appropriate Pre-Endorsing Conference prior to the consideration of the relevant district at which the district is considered. On-site filing will require using a physical copy of the CDP 2018 Legislative Candidate Endorsement Registration Form.

2018 Candidate Endorsement Guide - Legislative Candidates (Updated 11/20/17)

2018 Legislative Candidate Endorsement Registration Form (Downloadable Forms. Updated 12/4/17) 

2018 Legislative Candidate Online Endorsement Registration Form

2018 Pre-Endorsing Conferences Location and Vote-By-Mail Information (Updated 1/11/18)

2018 Pre-Endorsing Conferences Vote-By-Mail Ballot (Updated 1/5/18)

2018 Pre-Endorsing Conferences Vote-By-Mail Instructions (Updated 1/5/18)

Requests for Endorsement Process Eligible Voter Lists

  • 2018 Pre-Endorsing Conference Eligible Voter Lists - The list for the relevant district will be sent to the candidates who register and file for endorsement consideration by the registration deadline of Friday, January 19, 2018, 5 PM. Note that after this deadline, a candidate wishing to seek endorsement consideration may bring the registration form and filing fee to the Pre-Endorsing Conference of the relevant district, but will not receive an eligible voter list.
  • 2018 DSCC Membership (State Delegate) List - Please email emma@cadem.org to request the 2018 DSCC List Order Form. Please complete the form and return it to emma@cadem.org. The list processing time is 48 hours after the DSCC List Order Form is completed and received.
  • Please note that the lists do not include email addresses.
  • Both the 2018 California Democratic Party (CDP) Pre-Endorsing Conference Eligible Voter List and the 2018 DSCC Membership List are as of November 30, 2017, the deadline to make changes to said lists, per CDP Rules. No additional changes may be made to the lists past that deadline. This lists are considered final unless corrections are necessary to mitigate possible issues (e.g., voter registration discrepancy or changes, voter contact information update) or clerical error. If you have any questions, please contact endorsements@cadem.org or (916) 442-5707.

 

Endorsement Information for Clubs

2018 Endorsement Guide for Clubs

2018 Chartered Club & Organization Potential Representative Memo

2018 Roster Submission Form 

2018 CCO Potential Representatives Submission Form (Due 11/2/17)

2018 CCO Potential Representatives Submission List Template (Due 11/2/17)

IMPORTANT: Memo on Document Submission Deadline Extension of Club Representative Documents for CCOs Chartered by Chartering Authorities in Wildfire-Affected Areas (Due 11/20/17)

 

The CDP By-Laws supersede any information provided by staff regarding the endorsement process. Please refer to the CDP By-Laws for details.

* Information on the endorsement process is updated with recent CDP Bylaw amendment proposals adopted at the CDP Executive Board Meeting, November 17-19, 2017. For more information, please visit the CDP Rules Committee webpage.


Local Endorsements

The California Democratic Party issues endorsements in federal and state election contests, including statewide, U.S. House, State Assembly, State Senate offices, and statewide ballot measures. The Democratic County Central Committees consider and issue endorsements in local and municipal election contests. To find out more about your County Party's endorsement process, please contact the Central Committee near you using the button below! 

Find your local County Central Committee

 

Candidate Endorsement Contacts
General Inquiries 
(916) 442-5707

Clark Lee
(916) 442-5707

Kasey Walukones
(916) 442-5707

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