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 18th, 2014 | Events, News

Little Joe y la Familia headlining benefit concert/GOTV event for Suzanna ‘Sam’ Aguilera-Marrero for Congress

From our friends at the Suzanna ‘Sam’ Aguilera-Marrero for Congress campaign:

BENEFIT CONCERT and Get out the Vote for U. S. House of Representatives Candidate Suzanna ‘Sam’ Aguilera-Marrero
Little Joe y la Familia
Sunday, Oct. 19
5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Visalia Convention Center

Tickets $30 each

Voter Registration Tables

Doors open at 5:30. Music Starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30.00 Each.

You can buy tickets online at: http://www.democracy.com/Sam4CD22/event-detail.aspx?eventId=85409. Tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information Contact Monique or Rose at (559) 972-1162.

October 17th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Rachel Hill receives endorsements of four local School Superintendents

From our friends at the Rachel Hill for Judge campaign:

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October 17th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Luis Chavez receives Fresno Bee endorsement

From our friends at the Luis Chavez for State Senate campaign:

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October 16th, 2014 | Events, News

Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon Fundraiser for Fresno Democratic Women’s Club scheduled Oct. 27

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October 16th, 2014 | Events, News, Volunteer Opportunities

Join us for a ‘Day of Action’ Saturday, Oct. 18

Help us to boost voter turnout for this Election Day! Volunteers are needed to help with our “Day of Action,” scheduled Saturday, Oct. 18. Read the flyer below for details.

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October 16th, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News, Volunteer Opportunities

Esmeralda Soria endorsed by Tom Boyajian; Volunteer event Oct. 18

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

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October 16th, 2014 | News, Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers sought for voter registration at Naturalization Ceremony Oct. 28

The Naturalization Ceremony is the best venue to register new Democrats in the Central Valley and keep growing the California Democratic Party. Volunteer for only three hours one Tuesday a month from 9 a.m. to noon and your effort will have a considerable impact. Help us register new citizens to vote after they take the oath at the Naturalization Ceremony.

The next Naturalization Ceremony is on Oct. 28. Contact Linda Traynor at vicechair.fcdcc@gmail.com to receive detailed information and/or to sign up for the most exciting and meaningful voter registration event in the Central Valley.

October 16th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Walk for Soria happening Saturday, Oct. 18

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

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Join us this weekend to walk for Esmeralda Soria. We will be talking to voters and urging them to return their vote-by-mail ballots.

Soria Campaign HQ, 1936 N. Echo Ave. (across from Fresno High)
Saturday, October 18th
9:30am – 3pm
Lunch provided
RSVP to (559) 269-6383

Thank you for all your support, we’re in the homestretch!

Gilbert Felix
Field Director
Soria for City Council 2014
Phone: (559) 269-6383

October 13th, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News

Fresno fundraiser luncheon for Suzanna Aguilera-Marrero scheduled Oct. 14

From our friends at the Suzanna Aguilera-Marrero for Congress campaign:

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October 10th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Walk and talk event for Esmeralda Soria happening Oct. 11

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

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1035 U Street
Fresno, CA 93721
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Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Twitter: @FresnoCountyDms

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 5795
Fresno, CA 93755

Events Calendar:

Thanks to Our 2014 Fund-Raiser Sponsors

Fresno Teachers Association
IUOE Local 39 (VOICE)

Professional Engineers in California Government
The Rios Company
UA Local 246 Plumbers & Pipefitters

Northern California Carpenters Regional Council


Operating Engineers Local No. 3


Jim Costa for Congress Campaign
Steve Westly