November 2024 Endorsement Application for Candidates

The San Mateo County Democratic Party (SMCDems) invites Democrats running for city council, school district office, community college board, or open space district in San Mateo County to apply for the Democratic Party endorsement for the November 2024 election. SMCDems will also consider endorsements for ballot measures. 

Candidate Endorsements

The requirements for endorsement are:

  1. Be a registered Democrat. To make sure, check here.
  2. Take the Fossil Fuel Pledge , that is included in the application process.

Here is the endorsement schedule:

  • 7/23 SMCDems Candidate application online here
  • 8/4 Candidate Endorsement Training
  • 8/15 Candidate applications due
  • 8/24 - 25 Candidate interviews
  • 9/5 Candidate and ballot measure endorsement decisions made 

To apply for the SMCDem Endorsement, please fill out our questionnaire. The questionnaire  will be posted here and the Word-version here on July 23rd. Questions must be completed in one sitting, so you may want to download the Word-version, answer all the questions and then copy and paste your answers into the online application. Please do not send additional documents, resumes, flyers or endorsement letters.

Applications are due on Thursday, August 15th at 10 PM.  For races in which the filing date is extended, the application deadline will also be extended to Saturday, August 17th at 10 PM.

Eligible applicants will be scheduled for an interview on August 24th or August 25th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM via Zoom. Please keep these dates open for your interview. 

To find out more about the SMCDems endorsement process:

You may want to watch the San Mateo and Santa Clara Democratic Party County's Candidate Training recordings.

Ballot Measure Endorsements

SMCDems will consider endorsing all local ballot measures.  If you want our endorsement or don’t want our endorsement, contact the co-chairs.

It is our job to recruit, mentor, support, and elect good Democrats. 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 the people who  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 Endorsements Committee leadership:

Karen Maki, Endorsement Committee co-chair, SMCDCC Chair: [email protected]

Heather Zimmerman, Endorsement Committee co-chair, [email protected] 

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Endorsements for March 5, 2024 Primary

The San Mateo County Democratic Party is endorsing local candidates and ballot measures but is not endorsing any candidates for the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee.

Local Candidates

  • Jackie Speier for San Mateo County Supervisor District 1
  • Lisa Gauthier for San Mateo County Supervisor District 4

Ballot Measures

  • Measure B: County Service Area No. 1 (Highlands): Special Tax Measure
  • Measure C: Jefferson Elementary School District: Parcel Tax Measure
  • Measure E: Woodside Elementary School: Bond Measure
  • Measure G: Pacifica School District: Bond Measure
  • Measure H: San Carlos School District: Bond Measure
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Endorsements for Nov. 8, 2022 Election

The San Mateo County Democratic Party endorses the following local candidates and ballot measures in the Nov. 8, 2022 election.

Local Candidates

City Council:

  • Atherton City Council - Rick Degolia, Stacy Miles Holland
  • Belmont City Council, District 1 - Gina Latimerlo
  • Belmont Mayor - Julia Mates
  • Burlingame City Council, District 5 - Peter Stevenson
  • Daly City Council - Manūfou Liaiga-Anoa'i, Pamela DiGiovanni, Ray Buenaventura
  • East Palo City Council - Jeffrey Austin, Ruben Abrica
  • Foster City Council - Evan Adams, Richa Awasthi
  • Half Moon Bay City Council, District 4 - Debbie Ruddock
  • Menlo Park City Council, District 4 - Betsy Nash
  • Millbrae City Council, District 2 - Wayne Lee
  • Pacifica City Council, District 2 - Robby Bancroft
  • Portola Valley Town Council - Craig Hughes, Craig Taylor
  • Redwood City Council, District 2 - Chris Sturken
  • San Bruno City Council, District 4 - Auros Harman
  • San Carlos City Council - Adam Rak, Pranita Venkatesh, Sara McDowell
  • San Mateo City Council, District 1 - Lisa Nash
  • San Mateo City Council, District 3 - Sarah Fields
  • San Mateo City Council, District 5 - Adam Loraine
  • South San Francisco City Council, District 1 - Mark Addiego
  • South San Francisco City Council, District 5 - Eddie Flores
  • Woodside Town Council, District 2 - Steve Lubin

School Board:

  • Belmont-Redwood Shores School District - April Northrup
  • Jefferson Elementary School District - Anthony Tsujisaka
  • Ravenswood City School Board - Laura Nuñez, Mele Kasavu Latu, Tamara Sobomehin
  • San Carlos School District, full - Ben Kornell, Neil A. Layton, Sarah Cassanago
  • San Carlos School District, short - Sarah Johnson Kinahan, Tracy Park
  • San Mateo Community College District, Area 2 - Michael Guingona
  • San Mateo-Foster City School District, Area 1, full - Alison Proctor
  • San Mateo-Foster City School District, At Large, short - Kenneth Chin 
  • Sequoia Union High School District, Area A - Suvarna Bhopale
  • Sequoia Union High School District, Area D - Sathvik Nori
  • South San Francisco Unified School District, District D - Amanda Anthony

County Offices:

  • Member Board of Supervisors, District 3 - Ray Mueller
  • San Mateo County Harbor District, District 3 - Kathryn V. Slater-Carter

Local Legislative Representation:

  • Member of the State Assembly, 19th District - Phil Ting
  • Member of the State Assembly, 23rd District - Marc Berman 
  • US Representative, 15th District - Kevin Mullin
  • US Representative, 16th District - Anna Eshoo

Local Ballot Measures

City Ballot Measures - Support

  • Measure K - City of Belmont: Transient Occupancy Tax Measure   
  • Measure L - City of East Palo Alto: Residential Rental Property Business Tax Measure
  • Measure N - City of Millbrae: Transient Occupancy Tax Measure
  • Measure O - City of Brisbane: Hotel Business License Tax Measure
  • Measure P - City of Redwood City: Mayoral Term Charter Amendment Measure
  • Measure Q - City of Pacifica: Fireworks Advisory Measure
  • Measure U - City of Brisbane: Transactions and Use (Sales) Tax Measure
  • Measure X - City of Burlingame: Business Licensing Measure
  • Measure Y - City of Pacifica: Transactions and Use (Sales) Tax Measure
  • Measure Z - City of Redwood City: Election Procedure Charter Amendment Measure
  • Measure AA - City of South San Francisco: Affordable Housing Authorization Initiative
  • Measure BB - City of San Bruno: Mayor and City Council Term Limit Measure
  • Measure CC - City of San Mateo: Transfer Tax on Property Sales of $10 Million or More
  • Measure DD - City of South San Francisco: Citizen-Sponsored Parcel Tax Initiative for Preschool for All

City Ballot Measure - Oppose

  • Measure V - City of Menlo Park: Citizen-Sponsored Initiative Measure

School Bonds - Support

  • Measure M - Bayshore Elementary School District: Parcel Tax Measure
  • Measure R - La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District: Bond Measure
  • Measure S - Redwood City School District: Bond Measure
  • Measure T - South San Francisco Unified School District: Bond Measure
  • Measure W - Sequoia Union High School District: Bond Measure
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November 2022 Endorsement Application for Candidates

The San Mateo County Democratic Party (SMCDems) invites Democrats running for city council, school district office, harbor district, or open space district in San Mateo County to apply for the Democratic Party endorsement for the November 2022 election.

All candidates who are considering an endorsement should first review the Endorsement Process documentYou can register to attend an overview of the process on Thursday August 4th at 7 PM here.

To apply for the SMCDem Endorsement, please fill out the questionnaire here. The questionnaire cannot be changed or revised after submitted. It must be completed in one sitting.  Applications for most races are due on Monday, August 15th at 10 PM.  For races in which the filing date was extended until August 17th, the deadline submitting an application for the SMCDems endorsement is also extended to Saturday, August 20th at 10 PM.

You may want to download the questions, answer them during a couple of sittings in Word and then copy and paste into the online application after you have answered all questions. Please do not send additional documents, resumes, flyers or endorsement letters.

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Endorsements for June 7, 2022 Election

The San Mateo County Democratic Party endorses the following local candidates and ballot measures in the June 7, 2022 election.

Local Candidates

County Sheriff – Christina Corpus
County Superintendent of Schools – Nancy Magee
County Supervisor, District 3 – Ray Mueller
County Treasurer Tax Collector – Sandie Arnott

Local Ballot Measures

Measure C – Belmont-Redwood Shores School District Parcel Tax
Measure E – Millbrae Elementary School District Bond
Measure G – Brisbane School District Parcel Tax
Measure H – Hillsborough City School District Bond
Measure I – Ravenswood City School District Bond
Measure J - Jefferson Elementary School District Bond

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Endorsements for November 2020 Election

The San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee is pleased to announce that the following candidates and ballot measures have received the Democratic Party endorsement for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 election.


Note: the San Mateo County Democratic Party did not consider any uncontested races for the November 3, 2020 election.





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Endorsement Information for Candidates - November 2020

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 2020 election.

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Endorsements for March 2020 Election

San Mateo Democratic Party Announces Endorsements For March 2020 Election

The San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee is pleased to announce that the following candidates and ballot measures have received the Democratic Party endorsement for the March 03, 2020 election.
 
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Endorsement Information for Candidates - March 2020

Endorsement Information for Candidates—March 2020

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 March 2020 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 December 16, 2019. Candidates may prepare their answers using this Word version of the form or this PDF version of the formSubmissions must still be made via the electronic form. The Word document is an aid to help in preparing answers only.

Eligible applicants will be scheduled for an interview on January 9th from 7:00 PM to 8:20 PM. Please keep this date open for your interview.  If you have not received an email confirming the date, time and location of your interview by January 3, 2020, email [email protected] with a CC to [email protected].

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Endorsements for November 2019 Election

San Mateo Democratic Party Announces Endorsements For November 2019 Election

The San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee is pleased to announce that the following candidates and ballot measures have received the Democratic Party endorsement for the November 5, 2019, election.
 
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