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Well, we have it! 

SMCDEMS is pleased to share news about our partnership with ForeAmerica, a San Mateo County-based, Democratic woman-owned small business and union printer to provide all the Dem accessories you need this election year.

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Use our link and we will receive 30%-50% of each purchase, which will support our 2020 campaign:


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Chair's Letter - July 2018

Dear San Mateo County Democrats,

Happy summer! And summer means that the SMCDems will host the Flip It in 2018! BBQ.

Join us for Flip It in 2018! BBQ on Sunday, August 5 from 12 to 4 pm at Twin Pines Park in Belmont. It will be the Democratic Party of the summer. With your help, we’re going to flip Congressional seats from Republican to Democrat across the State of California. We’re also going to elect and re-elect great Democrats in San Mateo County.

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Chair's Letter - June 2018

Dear San Mateo County Democrats,

The 2018 Primary Election was last Tuesday. It has been very exciting to see the large numbers of Democrats running for office locally, statewide and nationally. It's a very diverse group representing new generations of candidates and includes many more women. The candidates represent the communities for which they want to serve. It’s about time.

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October 2017 Chair's Newsletter

San Mateo County Democratic Party Newsletter

Dear San Mateo County Democrats,

I am in shock as I write to you today. News about a horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas is overwhelming the news. I keep asking my friends and family why these situations continue to occur in this great country. After weeks of catastrophic hurricanes in the Caribbean and Gulf states, I’m feeling pretty devastated and have contributed to the Red Cross as much as I can. If you can’t make a financial donation, consider donating blood in memory of or in honor of the victims of these natural and human-caused events.

On the bright side, a very hard working SMCDems Endorsements Committee brought forward a high caliber list of individuals and measures for endorsement at the September 21 General Meeting. These individuals earned our endorsement:

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September 2017 Chair's Newsletter

San Mateo County Democratic Party Newsletter

Dear San Mateo County Democrats,

I have a lot to write about today, in particular about Elections, Endorsements, Education and Executive Board topics.

Now that summer is nearly over, we must gear up for a Fall of Resistance.  It’s time for us to start defining our game plan for 2018 to keep San Mateo County Blue.  It has never been more important for the San Mateo County Democrats to get engaged in a battle for democracy. In June and November 2018, there will be a significant number of City Council, Board Supervisor, and Constitutional races, and ballot measures. We need to be ready and we need everyone’s help starting now.

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August 2017 Chair's Newsletter

San Mateo County Democratic Party Newsletter

Dear Friend -- 

Fifty years ago was a time of major social change in America. It was the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Young people disagreed with the “establishment” and showed it through music, art and what they wore. “Make love, Not war,” they told us.

Today is another time of major social change. Platforms separate Democrats and Republicans. Divisions within the parties keep our elected Representatives and Senators from drafting and passing the laws our great country needs. Chaos reigns in the West Wing. We know this, but let’s not let the media alarms distract us. 

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July 2017 Chair's Newsletter


San Mateo County Democratic Party Newsletter
JULY 2017

Dear Friend --    

It's summertime and the pace of resistance is not going to slow down. We have so much to do to fight back to hold onto our Democratic values. And like you, I am spending a lot of time tracking the news, making calls, sending emails, and attending events.

When I’m not being a news junkie or activist, I am working with some great Democrats to plan the San Mateo County Democratic Party’s signature summer fundraising event and launching the fall political program.


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feb 2017 newsletter



I'm very pleased to report that your San Mateo County Democratic Party is working hard on a number of different initiatives to re-engage volunteers and mobilize all Democrats to take back the United States from the Trump Administration.  We're also focused on building and growing a bigger and stronger San Mateo County Democratic Party to keep this County BLUE and assist the California Democratic Party in supporting the other great Democratic majority Counties and supporting and transforming any other California Counties that need our help to Democratic Counties. 

Yes we Can and Yes we Will. We invite you to join us as we have a big job ahead of us.

We'll be hosting a Mobilize San Mateo County Event in March to share the many ways that you can make a big difference by volunteering. 

We'll be hosting a Strategic Planning Session in April to invite you to help define your San Mateo County Democratic Party.

Some other efforts are still in early planning stages and will be announced shortly.  Please watch the website and social media for more information about how to get more involved. 

In the meantime, here are some Democratic Club events and programs that you shouldn't miss!

Coastside Democrats

Weekly Coffee and Discussions

Location:  Ebb Tide Café, 311 Mirada Road in Miramar

Date: Friday’s at 11 am.

Coastside Democrats Board members Sabrina Brennan and Meg Fried have started a weekly drop-in for people who want to start planning a Democratic response to the new Administration.  Join like-minded Democrats. 

North Peninsula Democratic Club

General Meeting

Date: Saturday February 18, 2017 - 9am

Location: Peter's Cafe Millbrae Ave. & El Camino Real

Peninsula Democratic Coalition / Peninsula Young Democrats 

Annual Membership Luncheon 2017

Date: Saturday, February 18th, 11:30am-2pm

Location:  Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Cost: FREE for members Cost: $5 for lapsed or non-members. Join the PDC/PYD onsite and lunch is free! Renew/Join for 2017 and skip the renewal lines: www.peninsulademocrats. com/join_pdc

The Peninsula Democratic Coalition (PDC) and The Peninsula Young Democrats (PYD) present new AD-24 Assemblymember Marc Berman: “Impact of TRUMP Presidency on California: What’s Ahead and What We Can Do About It.”   A lunch buffet will be served, free of charge.

Don’t miss this PDC 2016 Annual Meeting: Board election, lunch, speech!



And finally - come to our monthly General Meeting on Thursday February 16.  Meet and Mingle with Democrats at 7 pm and participate in the meeting at 7:30 pm.


Cecily Harris


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Standing Together 2017

SMC DEMS endorsed Democrat, San Carlos Mayor Cameron Johnson and other local elected officials led another effort to inspire positive action among Peninsula residents sharing similar values. Johnson observed a shared concern among residents around the trajectory of progressive causes following the November election, and received several inquiries as to what residents could do in response.

With the help of volunteers, Johnson, San Mateo County Democratic Party and a host of other local elected officials coordinated the Standing Together fundraiser Wednesday at Devil’s Canyon Brewery in San Carlos.

“It’s an opportunity to spend some time with people who share their concerns and talk about ideas for thinking about our world,” he said.

The organizing group identified four nonprofits as beneficiaries of the event, which more than 300 people attended. The Natural Resources Defense Council, International Institute of the Bay Area, Emerge California and Samaritan House will each receive a portion of the more than $26,000 raised Wednesday.

Johnson said those participating in the event would be asked to write down action steps with positive impacts that they planned to execute in the following year.

“We think it’s very important that people take action and that they channel their concerns and the anxiety they’re feeling to help improve their country,” he said. “We think it’s important they do something with this time.”

We are very proud to be a co-sponsor! 

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jan17 chair's newsletter

San Mateo County Democratic Party Newsletter


ADEM (Assembly District Election Meetings) delegate elections are this month! Please attend and vote in your Assembly District for delegates who will represent us for the next two years to the State Party. See candidate bios here

AD19: Assemblyman Phil Ting
convener: Hene Kelly
Sunday Jan. 8th  12:30pm-3pm 
Doelger Cafe
101 Lake Merced Boulevard
Daly City, CA 94015

AD22: Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
convener: Nicole Fernandez
Sunday Jan. 8th 9:30am-12noon
Transport Workers Union Local 505
1521 Rollins Rd.
Burlingame, CA 40102

AD24: Assemblyman Marc Berman
convenver: Aly Abramowitz
Satruday Jan. 7th 10am-12:30pm
Hillview Community Center
97 Hillview Ave
Los Altos, CA 94022

This is my last official newsletter as Chairman of the Democratic Party of San Mateo County. We will be holding our reorganization elections on January 19th, 2017 and I have decided not to run for re-election this position. 

My demands from personal life and my "real job" need more attention. I will continue to support and engage as much as I'm able. It has been an enormous honor and gratifying privilege to lead the party for these last two years. We've increased our visibility, raised  funds, and helped many Democrats get elected in our county. I hope I've made you proud in my leadership and I know I leave everything in good hands with the new leaders. 

We will be electing:
No. Vice Chair
So. Vice Chair
Corresponding Secretary
Recording Secretary
3 State Party Eboard Reps
3 additional State Delegate seats. 

   We need YOUR HELP to be strong and set the example, I hope you will consider VOTING for our ADEM delegates to the State Party ( on January 7th and 8th, or become a member of one of our sub-committees or an associate member of the Democratic Central Committee of San Mateo County ( 



If you are in a Democratic Club or are a leader in those clubs, encourage your members to become alternates or associate members of the Central Commitee. It's a great way to get more involved. As one of the levels of memberships, you can attend state conventions as a proxy OR join one of our great committees! 


Coastside Democrats
Contact: Bill Kehoe  [email protected]

Event: Accountability & The Presidency  February 5th, 2017
Not sure what to do now after the election? Do you want to hold the new administration accountable? We invite you to hear local resident Linda Galindo. Linda has been speaking about, educating and coaching CEO's and leadership teams about accountability for 20 years. Join us on Sunday February 5, from 3-5 pm, location on the Coastside tbd. Bring a food item to share; beverages provided.  RSVP: [email protected], so we know how large a space we will need for this engaging and interesting event.  
Hillsborough Democratic Club
Contact: Sandy Narayan-Franchi - [email protected] 

North Peninsula Democratic Club
Contact: Marge Colapietro  [email protected] 

Event: general meeting on  Saturday 1/21/17 - Peter's Cafe - 9am.
Contact: Christopher Ranken  [email protected]

Peninsula Democratic Coalition
contact: Nicole Fernandez   [email protected] 

Event: We will be having our Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 18 from 11:30-2pm at the Los Altos Youth Center (1 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022). Free for members, $5 for guests. Our keynote speaker will be newly elected Congressman Ro Khanna. All are welcome. More info at

San Mateo County Democracy for America

Contact: Ashleigh Evans [email protected] 

Contact:  Carole Dorshkind, [email protected]

Event: Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017 6:30. United Methodist Church. Corner of Woodside Rd and Alameda in Redwood City 
"Post Election Stategies"  speaker: Magan Pritam Ray chair of  ACLU Northern California will help identify the national, state and local issues of importance in 2017. 

         cal commune prepared school, and the cost to public assistance programs drops.   

Peninsula Stonewall Democrats:

Contact:  Jason Galisatus, Alan Yan

Peninsula Young Democrats 

Contact: Noveed Safipour  [email protected]

Contact: Jon Jacobo  [email protected] 

Filipino American Democratic Club:

Contact: Dorie Paniza [email protected]



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! 

Another great way to support the party on a state level is to join DEM2016. *** DONATE EVERY MONTH... A one time contribution or monthly is a simple, easy great way to help keep the party strong all over California! 

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,


Jeffrey Adair




Transport Workers Union Local 505 Meeting Hall

1521 Rollins Road, Burlingame

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

Contact Information:
Mail: 751 Laurel Street, Box 702, San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone: 650-344-1714
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @SMCDems
Facebook: SMCDems on Facebook

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