“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 2012 and 2014. 


Special Elections

Special Election Endorsing Caucus General Information

Assembly District 51

December 5, 2017 General Election Endorsement - Wendy Carrillo

Assembly District 51 Special Election Appeals Committee Report - 10/12/17


General Endorsement Information 

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

Special Election Endorsing Caucus General Information

2018 State Convention Rules

California Democratic Party By-Laws


Endorsement & Endorsement Registration Information for Candidates


  • 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 in December 2017. 

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)

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

2018 Statewide Candidate Endorsement Registration Packet (Updated 12/4/17)

Petition Verification Procedures 

Legislative Candidates

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

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

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


Requests for Endorsement Process Eligible Voter Lists

  • 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.
  • The CDP Office will be closed December 20, 2017 - January 3, 2018. 


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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