SMC Dems Annual Holiday Potluck Party
December 13th at 7pm
IBEW Local 617 Union Hall in San Mateo

Please join us for our Annual Holiday Potluck Party at 7:00 pm on December 13, 2018 at IBEW Local Union 617, 1701 Leslie Street, San Mateo, CA 94402.


Please bring your favorite side dish to share and a donation for LifeMoves - First Step for Families in San Mateo. Items on LifeMoves’ donation wish list are:

  • gift cards
  • new pillows
  • twin and full sheets and blankets
  • household items
  • fragrances for adults and teens
  • infant and toddler essentials
  • socks and undergarments for all ages

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the celebration. ​Donations to LifeMoves are encouraged, but not required. LifeMoves will accept items and donations in any amount and no Democrat will be turned away from the party due to lack of donation or funds.

For more information or to let us know what side dish you are planning to bring please email


SMCDems Endorsed Candidates
Elected or Too Close To Call in the November 2018 Election

The San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee is pleased to announce that many of our endorsed candidates were elected in the November 6, 2018 election, or are currently in races too close to call.
(These results are not official, but are accurate as of the November 26th Semi-Official Results Report.)

Endorsed Candidates for November 6th, 2018

Belmont City Council: Charles Stone, Julia Mates, Warren Lieberman
Belmont-Redwood Shores School District: Rahila Passi, Suvarna Bhopale
Cabrillo Unified School District: Freya McCamant, Lizet Cortes
Daly City Council: Ray Buenaventura
East Palo Alto City Council: Regina Wallace Jones, Ruben Abrica
Foster City Council: Richa Awasthi
Half Moon Bay City Council: Deborah Penrose, Deborah Ruddock, Robert Brownstone
Jefferson Elementary School District: Clayton Koo, Marie Brizuela
Menlo Park City Council, District 1: Cecilia Taylor
Menlo Park City Council, District 4: Betsy Nash
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District: Karen Holman
Millbrae City Council: Anne Oliva, Reuben Holober
Pacifica City Council: Mike O'Neill
Ravenswood City School District: Stephanie Fitch, Tamara Sobomehin
Redwood City Council: Giselle Hale, Diana Reddy
San Bruno Park Elem School District: Andrew Mason, Henry Sanchez, Teri Chavez
San Carlos City Council: Adam Rak, Laura Parmer-Lohan, Sara McDowell
SM County Community College District, D4: Richard Holober
SM County Board of Education, Area 1: Susan Alvaro
S San Francisco City Council: Mark Addiego, Mark Nagales
S San Francisco Unified School District: John Baker, Eddie Flores


Endorsed Ballot Measures Passed on November 6th, 2018

Belmont Measure CC — Appointed City Clerk Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Belmont Measure KK — Hotel Room Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Belmont Measure WW — Appointed Treasurer Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Brisbane Measure JJ — General Plan Amendment Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Colma Measure PP — Transient Occupancy (“Hotel”) Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Daly City Measure BB — Business License Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Daly City Measure UU — Cannabis Business Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Daly City Measure VV — Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
East Palo Alto Measure HH — Commercial Office Space Parcel Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Foster City Measure TT — Transient Occupancy Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Half Moon Bay Measure AA — Cannabis Business Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Half Moon Bay Measure GG — Commercial Cannabis Activities: Endorse - PASSED
Jefferson Elementary School District Measure U — Bond Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Jefferson Union High School District Measure Y — Parcel Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Portola Valley School District Measure Z — Bond Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Redwood City Measure DD — Cannabis Business Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Redwood City Measure OO — Charter Amendment Measure: Endorse - PASSED
Redwood City Measure RR — Transactions and Use (Sales) Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
San Bruno Park School District Measure X — Bond Measure: Endorse - PASSED
San Carlos Measure NN — Cannabis Business Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
San Carlos Measure QQ — Transient Occupancy Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
San Mateo County Transit District Measure W — Sales Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
South San Francisco Measure FF — Transient Occupancy Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED
South San Francisco Measure LL — Cannabis Business License Tax Measure: Endorse - PASSED


The San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee is the official body of the Democratic Party in and for San Mateo County. It serves to promote Democratic Party candidates and local measures that are consistent with Democratic Party values.

The Democratic Party endorsements for local ballot measures, city councils, school boards, and other county/regional races were finalized at a general meeting of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee on Thursday, Sept 6, 2018.

“The endorsed candidates exemplify Democratic Party values and are committed to upholding those values in their respective offices,” said Cecily Harris, Chair of the San Mateo County Democratic Party. “Our communities will benefit greatly from their leadership and we will vigorously support them in their efforts.”



Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening

Thank you to everyone who came to see our Grand Opening, with keynote speakers Assemb. Marc Berman and Kevin Mullin, but especially our sponsors whose generosity made the headquarters possible! It was a great chance to meet fellow active democrats and candidates, and learn about how to volunteer. Let's take all the energy that was in the room on opening day and use it to flip the house!

Summer BBQ, Flip It in 2018!,
is Huge Success


Thank you to our generous sponsors who made our Annual BBQ such a tremendously popular and successful event!


Red-To-Blue BBQ Champion Level:

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
State Senator Jerry Hill
Assemblymember Kevin Mullin

Swing District Grill Master Level:

Assemblymember Marc Berman
San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum
NextGen America

Mid-Term Sizzler Level:

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
State Senator Scott Wiener
Assemblymember Phil Ting
San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom
In memory of Carole Dorshkind
Laura Parmer-Lohan for San Carlos City Council
Sara McDowell for San Carlos City Council
Charles Stone for Belmont City Council
Adam Rak for San Carlos City Council
Giselle Hale for Redwood City Council
Emily Beach, Burlingame City Councilmember
Tom Mohr for San Mateo County Community College District
State Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (Ret.)
Rick Bonilla, Mayor of San Mateo
Sam Hindi, Mayor of Foster City
Julia Mates for Belmont City Council
Kirsten Keith for Menlo Park City Council
Rick Hunter for Redwood City Council 2018
Warren Lieberman for Belmont City Council
Shelly Masur for CA Senate 2020
Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor

SMC Democratic Party Friend Level:

Coastside Democratic Club
Sister District CA Peninsula
Swing Left Peninsula
Pam Salvatierra
Brigid O'Farrell and TJ Glauthier
Karen Maki
Richard Holober for San Mateo County Community College District
Susan and Kirk Jenkins
Half Moon Bay City Council Member Deborah Ruddock
Ricardo Lara For CA Insurance Commissioner
Jason Galisatus for Redwood City Council

We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, Assemblymember Marc Berman!





FLIP IT IN 2018! will be held on Sunday, August 5 in at Twin Pines Park in Belmont. As always, there will be great food, great fun, and many Democratic Candidates.



Can we count on you to volunteer for the San Mateo County Democratic Party this summer? We will need many volunteers to plan and staff the FLIP IT IN 2018! Summer BBQ. If so, please head over to our Volunteer page and fill out the form. If you've previously signed up as a volunteer, just update your form with 2018 BBQ and tell us when you can be there and what you can do (set up, take tickets, cook, clean up, etc.) Thank you!

Also, we are again offering several sponsorship levels. Please consider sponsoring by choosing from one of the levels on the Event Page. Each comes with additional benefits which are listed below. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities please email or call 650-344-1714.

Club Contest
Finally, please consider choosing a club to support with your ticket purchase. After you select your ticket level on the Event Page and complete your purchase on the following page, you'll be asked which Chartered Club you support. 


New Voting Choice Act Information Available

San Mateo County has been selected by the State Legislature as one of 14 pilot counties statewide authorized to conduct All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center elections under SB 450, the California Voter’s Choice Act.

On September 12, 2017, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors authorized the Chief Elections Officer to proceed with the implementation of the California Voter’s Choice Act and conduct the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election as the first election held under the Act.

We have created a new page in our Voting section specifically for information about these exciting new changes.

Please visit the Voting Choice Act information page here.





SMC Dems Turn Out For Day Of Action

The San Mateo County Democratic Party had a Day of Action to support turning California congressional districts from Red to Blue on May 5th and were joined by State Treasurer candidate Fiona Ma and Insurance Commissioner candidate Ricardo Lara! 







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 Transport Workers Union Local 505 Meeting Hall


1521 Rollins Road, Burlingame






Getting and Staying Involved

Interaction and building of all our current Democratic Clubs is a priority. Regular reports, inviting club membership to our monthly meetings, and encouraging them to join a committee or become an alternate/associate member is important for all of us. The more, the merrier! 

I want to remind everyone that as elected members of the Central Committee, it is our responsibility to be representatives of Democratic values to the people of our County--helping to educate and guide them and finding and promoting Democratic candidates at all levels of service to our community. This year’s board or associate members could become the next city council person, supervisor, assemblymember, or senator.

There are many ways to get involved with the San Mateo County Democratic Party and we invite all local Democrats to support their Party by volunteering. Please take a look at our Web page, Facebook, or Twitter to keep abreast of events or issues that may be of interest. Make sure when you’re participating in a Democratic event that you use social media to get the word out. Make everyone want to be where you are!

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Help me in inviting all local Democrats to join us in keeping San Mateo County BLUE!
Democratically Yours,


Nicole Fernandez



Paid for by the San Mateo County Democratic Party and not authorized by any candidate or their committee

Contact Information:


Mail: 63 Bovet Rd, #137, San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: 650-344-1714
Twitter: @SMCDems
Facebook: SMCDems on Facebook


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