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 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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October 22nd, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News

Walk for Esmeralda Soria scheduled Oct. 25

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

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 @ (559) 269-6383

Thank you for all your support, let’s work toward a Nov. 4th win!

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October 21st, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Amanda Renteria: An update from CD-21

From our friends at the Amanda Renteria for Congress campaign:


Election Day Countdown: 14 Days

We’ve been busy out here, but I wanted to send you an update now that get out the vote is underway – our strategy is working!  All across the 21st District, folks are voting by mail.  We have the right message, team, and field strategy, and the early returns are showing incredible numbers in our favor.  In 2012, Democrats had a vote by mail advantage of 5 points.  Today, because of our efforts, that edge has been increased to 17 points!  This means our plan all along has been right, and we need to keep it up!

We also received some great news recently: the Fresno Bee, the biggest paper in the Central Valley, endorsed my campaign for Congress!  This is incredible because they endorsed my opponent in 2012, but say now that he “has fallen short in meeting the needs of his constituents,” and “is more in step with the whims of GOP leadership than with the concerns of residents.”

20141021-renteria-vp-rallyNeedless to say, the past few weeks have been a whirlwind here on the campaign trail!  You may have heard that Vice President Joe Biden joined me at Cal State Bakersfield for a 3,000 person rally – his biggest of the year!  This truly goes to show just how excited people are, and just how strong our movement has become.

In addition to the Vice President, we have had several special guests come from far and wide to support our campaign and help us get out the vote!  From Congresswomen Linda and Loretta Sanchez, to former astronaut and Congressional candidate Jose Hernandez, everyone sees how important it is to win this election for folks throughout the Central Valley and across the country.

Thank you for the part you have played in all of this!

We always knew this would be hard, but if you know me you know I don’t shy away when the fight gets tough – I double down.  That’s how the Central Valley works.  We are in a time of crisis, and people everywhere are realizing that it’s time to stand up and fight.  It’s time to vote.

We have just two weeks until Election Day, and I couldn’t be prouder of where we are.  We have come such a long way, and we are truly in a great position to take back this seat on November 4th.

 Thanks for your continued support.  I’ll keep you posted in these finals weeks as our GOTV efforts continue to ramp up, and as we continue to receive reports from our county registrars on early voting returns.

Keep in touch,

Amanda Renteria

October 21st, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Luis Chavez

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

Dear Friends,

I am proud to announce Governor Jerry Brown has endorsed my campaign for State Senate.

I am deeply honored to earn the support of Governor Brown, and I’m excited to team up with him to pass Proposition 1, the California Water Bond.

Today, my campaign launched new television and radio ads featuring Governor Brown supporting my campaign.

Watch our ad: Governor Jerry Brown Endorses Luis Chavez for State Senate

“The Valley has been hit hard by the drought. That’s why I’m supporting Luis Chavez for State Senate,” said Governor Brown. “Luis and I are teaming up to pass Proposition 1, the California Water Bond. Proposition 1 will save water for the dry years, and it will also will create good Valley jobs. Luis Chavez and Proposition 1. Saving Water. Creating great jobs for the Valley. Luis Chavez will keep his promises to the Valley. You can count on it.”

Let’s pass Proposition 1 to make sure that the Valley has a safe and reliable water supply for our future.

Vote for Luis Chavez and Proposition 1. Saving water. Creating jobs in the Valley.

Thank you for your continued support for my campaign. If you have any questions about my campaign, please do not hesitate to call me at 559-212-4584 or email me at Luis@LuisChavez2014.com.


Luis Chavez Signature
Luis Chavez, Candidate for State Senate

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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