Endorsement Information for Candidates - November 2019

Endorsement Information for Candidates—November 2019

The San Mateo County Democratic Party (also known as the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee, or SMC DCC) invites Democrats running for county, city, or school district office in San Mateo County to apply for the Democratic Party endorsement for the November 2019 election.

All candidates who are considering an endorsement should first review the Endorsement Process document:

Process Explanation

After reviewing the document candidates who seek the party’s endorsement must complete the online application form available here. The application must be submitted electronically by the deadline of 10:00 pm on August 14, 2019. Candidates may prepare their answers using this Word version of the formSubmissions must still be made via the electronic form. The Word document is an aid to help in preparing answers only.


SMCDCC is holding a Candidate Orientation Program to review this process and answer questions on August 8. Specific time and place TBD.

Important Dates

  • July 15- Aug. 9 - Candidates pull papers, gather signatures to qualify for the ballot
  • July 22- Candidate application and questionnaire on web site
  • August 8- Candidate Orientation Program
  • August 9- Filing Deadline (Incumbents have until August 14 if no incumbents file)
  • August 14– Candidate applications and written questionnaires are due by 10 PM
  • August 28-29 – candidate interviews (other dates may be added)
  • September 5 – Central Committee meets to vote on recommendations

It is our job to recruit, mentor, support, and elect good Democrats. And we take great pride in the large numbers of our endorsed candidates that are elected and measures passed. In addition, we like to get to know and build relationships with these individuals as they serve in these important elected positions. It is the backbone of why we exist as a County Democratic Party.

If you have any questions during this process, please contact the Endorsement Committee:

Robert Bernardo, Coordinator: [email protected]

Nicole Fernandez, SMCDCC Chair: [email protected]

Endorsement Committee Members




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