“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. 



April 3, 2018 State Assembly Special Elections

AD 39 - Luz Rivas

AD 45 - No Consensus

AD 54 - Sydney Kamlager

June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election

2018 Official Endorsements (Updated 3/12/18. Adopted 2/25/18)

June 5, 2018 Senate District 29 Special Election

SD 29 Special Recall Election - Oppose Recall of State Senator Josh Newman


2018 Endorsement Information

2018 Convention Consent Calendar and Floor Reports Packet (Updated 2/25/18)

2018 Statewide Endorsement Results (Updated 2/25/18)

2018 Democratic Statewide Candidates Eligible for Endorsement Consideration (Updated 2/15/18)

2018 Democratic Statewide Candidate Ballot Order on CDP Endorsement Ballot (Updated 2/15/18)

2018 Endorsing Caucuses for Legislative Districts to Be Held at 2018 CDP Convention (Updated 2/19/18)

2018 Legislative Endorsement Recommendation Results (Updated 2/15/18)

2018 CDP Endorsement Balloting Voter Assistance Procedures (Updated 2/19/18)

2018 CDP Pre-Primary Endorsement Review Committee Appointments (Updated 2/12/18)

General Information

Information on Pre-Endorsing Conferences (U.S. House, State Senate, and State Assembly Election Contests)

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

Information for Candidates

Information for State Ballot Measures

Information for Clubs

Information on Special Elections


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


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.

Candidate Endorsement Contacts
General Inquiries 
(916) 442-5707

Clark Lee
(916) 442-5707

Kasey Walukones
(916) 442-5707


State Ballot Measure Endorsement Contact
Sandra Lowe
(916) 442-5707

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