October 8th, 2014 | News

Get Out the Vote Now!

The vote-by-mail ballots dropped this week. Your Fresno County Democratic Party is here to help answer voter questions. Following our thorough endorsement process, we have endorsed the following candidates and measures:
Printable Endorsement Flyer (PDF)

In addition to voting, you can help by being a precinct leader—reaching out to fellow Democrats in your precinct. To learn more and to get all the materials that you need, contact Estella Kessler at 559-495-0606 or fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com.

Your Fresno County Democratic Party fights for Democratic values and supports candidates county-wide who stand up for Democratic principles. But we can’t do it without your financial help. Please pitch in today to help us make Fresno County blue from the ground up.

Thanks for your support of local Democrats.

–Michael D. Evans
Chair, Fresno County Democratic Party.

Here’s the full list of Democratic-endorsed candidates and proposition positions for the November 2014 election. Exercise your right… vote!


Jerry Brown:

Lieutenant Governor

Gavin Newsom:

Secretary of State

Alex Padilla


Betty Yee:


John Chiang:

Attorney General

Kamala Harris:

Insurance Commissioner

Dave Jones:

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Tom Torlakson:

Board of Equalization District 1

Chris Parker

U.S. Congress District 4


U.S. Congress District 16

Jim Costa:

U.S. Congress District 21

Amanda Renteria:

U.S. Congress District 22

Suzanna Aguilera-Marrero:

State Senate District 8

Paulina Miranda:

State Senate District 12

Shawn Bagley

State Senate District 14

Luis Chavez:

State Assembly District 23


State Assembly District 31

Henry T. Perea:

Superior Court Judge

Rachel Hill:

Board of Supervisors District 1

Blong Xiong:

Board of Supervisors District 4

Daniel Parra:

Fresno City Council District 1

Esmeralda Soria:

Fresno County Board of Education District 1

Ismail Herrera

State Center Community College District Trustee Area 5


Fresno Unified School District Trustee Area 1

Debbie Darden

Central Unified School District Trustee Area 1

No endorsement

Central Unified School District Trustee Area 2

Ruben Coronado

Washington Unified School District Trustee Area 6

Henry Hendrix

Selma City Council

Karnail Sindher

Huron City Council

Daniel Tamayo Jr.

Democratic Positions on Propositions

Yes on Proposition 1 WATER QUALITY, SUPPLY, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2014 (CALIFORNIA WATER BOND) — Language may change. Current version would authorize the issuance of $7.5 billion in bonds to finance a safe drinking water and water supply reliability program.

Yes on Proposition 2 STATE BUDGET. RAINY DAY FUND. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – Increases amount of potential savings in the state ‘rainy day’ fund from 5% to 10% of the General Fund. Requires 3% of the general revenues to be deposited each year into the state ‘rainy day’ fund, except when revenues drop below last year’s budget, adjusted for population and inflation.

Yes on Proposition 45 APPROVAL OF HEALTHCARE INSURANCE CHANGES. INITIATIVE — Requires health insurance rate changes to be approved by Insurance Commissioner before taking effect. Requires sworn statement by health insurer as to accuracy of information submitted to Insurance Commissioner to justify rate changes.

Requires drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive test to the California Medical Board. Requires Board to suspend doctor pending investigation of positive test and take disciplinary action if doctor was impaired while on duty. Requires doctors to report any other doctor suspected of drug or alcohol impairment or medical negligence. Requires health care practitioners to consult state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances. Increases $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits to account for inflation.

Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks when value or amount involved is $950 or less. Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug possession offenses. Allows felony sentence for these offenses if person has previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation or is a registered sex offender. Requires resentencing for persons serving felony sentences for these offenses unless court finds unreasonable public safety risk.

This is a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law ratifies two gaming compacts (with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribe).

October 30th, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News

Secretary of State candidate Alex Padilla kicks off Get-Out-the-Vote Rally on Monday, Nov. 3.

From our friends at the Alex Padilla for State Controller campaign:

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October 30th, 2014 | Events, News

Democrat Volunteer Appreciation event featuring Betty Yee happening Oct. 31 at Democratic Headquarters

An event in appreciation of Democratic Volunteers, featuring State Controller Candidate Betty Yee, is scheduled 4-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Fresno County Democratic Headquarters, 1035  U Street. Join us there, or call 559-495-0606 for more information.

October 29th, 2014 | Events, News

Democratic Women’s Club: Join us Tuesday night for a watch party

The Fresno Democratic Women’s Club has reserved a room at Toledo’s Mexican Restaurant for viewing election coverage starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4. From our friend Billie MacDougall:

Watch for the election returns to on TV, with fellow Democrats and friends. We will begin about 6:00pm.

Where?  Toledo’s Mexican Cafe at Shaw Ave and Fresno St.  Mission Village Each of us will purchase our own beverages and food. Prices are reasonable, and the food is fresh and delicious! So come on in and join us in celebrating our victories!

Billie MacDougall

October 29th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Soria Campaign: Join us this weekend for the final stretch!

From our friends at the Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council District 1 campaign:

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October 24th, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News

Benefit event for Rachel Hill scheduled Oct. 28

From our friends at the Rachel Hill for Judge campaign:


October 24th, 2014 | News

Rep. Costa observes Domestic Violence Awareness month

From Democratic Representative Jim Costa:

jim-costa-headerDear Friends,

As you may know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence is not an easy topic to discuss, but this month gives us the opportunity to raise awareness and shine a light on an issue that affects all communities regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or religion.

As Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, issues relating to domestic abuse is one my most important priorities. The mission of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus is to elevate crime victim issues and advocate on behalf of crime victims in Congress in a bipartisan manner without infringing on the rights of American citizens.

As a strong advocate for victims’ rights, I am an ardent supporter of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The law was originally enacted in 1994 and offers a wide range of services and support to victims of domestic abuse. VAWA provides funding for grant programs which assist state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and universities to combat the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Victims of domestic violence often are afraid to report abuse for fear that their abuser will retaliate by doing more harm. This is why it is imperative that our communities and local organizations have the funding and resources necessary to reach out to women and children to let them know they have a safe place to turn.

Like you, I was very concerned and appalled by the recent headlines in the news regarding the reports of some professional athletes abusing their wives and children. In response, my colleagues and I sent letters to the major U.S. professional sports leagues urging them to review and strengthen their policies regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. The major U.S. professional sports leagues include the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, and Major League Soccer. It is my hope that the leadership of these organizations takes a strong stand against these serious crimes, because we know for many in America these athletes are seen as role models. As a nation, we must take a moment to recognize that these are crimes which are affecting all communities, and we need to work together by continuing our efforts to end domestic violence and abuse.

The media attention has died down, but it is imperative that we continue these discussions and talk about raising awareness of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, here are resources available to help:


Marjaree Mason Center
1 (800) 640-0333
Community Action Partnership of Madera County

1 (800) 355-8989
Valley Crisis Center

1 (209) 722-4357

Please don’t hesitate to contact me on this or any other federal issue of importance to you. Furthermore, I encourage you to visit my website at www.costa.house.gov for the most recent news on the work I am doing in our Valley and to sign up for my e-newsletter.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress

October 24th, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News

PDA: Let’s send SAM to Washington D.C.! Phone banking party Oct. 27

From our friends at Progressive Democrats of America, on behalf of Suzanna Aguilera-Marrero for Congress:

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October 24th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

A note from Tom Torlakson: Vote, and make it count

From our friends at the Tom Torlakson for State Superintendent of Public Instruction campaign:



We’ve worked hard. We’ve come a long way. Now, it’s up to you.

As important as this election is for the future of our kids, our schools and our state, the fact is, a lot of people may not even vote.

Make sure you have your say. If you’ve already got your ballot, fill it out and send it in today. If not, click here to take the pledge to support me on Election Day.

The naysayers are doing all they can to put a former Wall Street investment banker with no teaching credential or experience as a superintendent in charge of California’s education system.

Funded by anti-public education millionaires and billionaires, they’re pouring millions of dollars into a last-ditch campaign attacking teachers and talking down the progress we’ve made.

We’re fighting back with everything we’ve got. Click here to make a last-minute donation of $20 or more to help.

Don’t let them win. We all know we’ve got a long way to go, but California’s progress is real. We’ve stopped the cuts. We’ve raised graduation rates to an all-time high. And if we get the chance, together, we can do even more.

Our kids only get one chance at a great education, and this is no time to put that progress at risk.

So please, make sure your voice and your vote count.

Best regards,
Tom Torlakson Signature

October 23rd, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Prior opponents endorse Esmeralda Soria

From our friends at the Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council District 1 campaign:

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October 22nd, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Secretary of State Candidate Alex Padilla: Pledge to protect voting rights

From our friends at the Alex Padilla for California Secretary of State Campaign:

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