2018 Elections

November 27

These are all the possible seats in the county up for election in 2018. Please contact us if you are interested in running or an incumbent running for re-election.


2017 SB City Endorsements

January 16

This is a notice for any candidates running for Santa Barbara City Council in Districts 4, 5 and 6 and Mayor that endorsements will be in order by the Democratic Central Committee beginning at our February 2nd meeting. Any registered Democrats wishing to seek our endorsement should contact info@sbdems.org


We're hiring!

January 16

The Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County is seeking an Organizing Director. The Organizing Director will be largely responsible for coordinating, maintaining and supporting grassroots activity by the party, and its clubs. A strong candidate will have multiple election cycles of experience coordinating direct voter contact campaigns, and/or equivalent experience in community or issue-based organizing. The O.D. will work under the supervision of the Party Chair. Duties include but are not limited to:

Campaigns and Volunteer Management
- Recruiting and training volunteers for party events and election campaigns.
- Coordinating, as directed, joint electoral field operations for Party endorsed candidates.
- Supervising field organizers and interns
- Coordinating with endorsed candidate and issue-based campaigns
- Campaign budget design

- Support club growth and development
- Maintain Party voter database, CRM programs
- Support fundraising activities and events

- Sustain Party social media presence (website, Facebook, Twitter, etc)
- Informing and mobilizing the active membership of the party and the broad Progressive community for Party-endorsed activities, campaigns or events.

Preferred skills: Knowledge of PDI or other voter database system, knowledge of NationBuilder or similar CRM system, excellent written and verbal skills, graphic design, Spanish language.

Preferred Experience: Significant campaign experience, including managing and recruiting volunteers and organizing staff, designing voter contact campaigns and developing campaign budgets.

Salary based on experience. Partial coverage of health insurance. Paid vacation. Two-year commitment preferable.

Please email resume and cover letter to info [at] sbdems [dot] org.


Santa Ynez Wine and Cheese Party

December 06
Santa Ynez Valley Democratic Organization invites you to a
Wine and cheese Party
All Democrats and liberals welcome
Saturday, December 101-3 PM
SYV Botanic Garden
151 Sycamore Drive
(park at the end of the parking lot and walk across the bridge)
Please RSVP to:  syvdem@yahoo.com or 245-2967

Openings on Democratic Central Committee

June 09

As of the Primary elections, our local Party board will start a new term. 

Members of the Democratic Central Committee are elected each Presidential Primary by County Supervisor district. This year, there are a number of open seats in which nobody filed a candidacy before the election. The committee can begin filling these seats at its first meeting in July.

The DCC meets on the first Thursday of every month at Anderson's Pea Soup restaurant in Buellton. The vacancies are as follows:

3 vacancies in 1st district.
1 vacancy in 3rd district.
1 vacancy in 4th district.
In order to be considered for appointment, please send a one-page cover letter and bio to info@sbdems.org.





2015 Santa Barbara City Council Elections

October 02
The Santa Barbara County Democratic Party has endorsed two progressive women for the 2015 Santa Barbara city council elections.

Andria Martinez Cohen: District 1 (Eastside)

Visit her website here

Cathy Murillo: District 3 (Westside)

Visit her website here

In order to ensure our Democratic Party endorsed candidates are successful in the election we need everyone to volunteer some of their time to talk to voters. The Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County and Das Williams will be hosting a GOTV rally and neighborhood walk Sunday, October 25th.  We'll meet at Lower Bohnett Park, where we'll hear from our endorsed candidates, Andria Martinez Cohen and Cathy Murillo! Afterwards, activists will fan out to knock on doors for both Andria and Cathy. Sign up here!

Don't wait to lend a hand in electing these two progressive women to the Santa Barbara City Council.

2016 Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party

October 02
Join fellow Democrats as we hear from the great field of Presidential candidates sharing their visions of how to move this country forward. Enjoy food and drink, and learn about how you can plug in to Santa Barbara activism, including the local campaigns for our Presidential candidates. 

When: October 13th5pm-8pm
Where: Cabrillo Arts Pavilion
(1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara)

We are asking for a $5-$15 donation for admission to cover the cost and to support local progressive organizing. Off-street parking is limited, with additional self-pay parking across the street.

Join us at our 2015 Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner!

March 08

RSVP and Purchase your seats now for our 7th Annual Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner Saturday, April 11th at Santa Barbara's Carrillo Ballroom!

2015 Franklin Roosevelt - Fannie Lou Hamer Annual Dinner

"Equality for All"

Saturday, April 11, 6:00PM

Carrillo Ballroom, Carrillo Recreation Center 100 E. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Purchase your tickets now at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/rh15

Time to confirm your seats at the Democratic Party's annual fundraising dinner. Join us for a night of supporting Democratic political activity while enjoying food and music at the beautiful Carrillo Ballroom. Now is the time to come together as Democrats, celebrate our accomplishments over the past year and renew our commitment to supporting Democratic principles and candidates for office. Congratulations to our 2015 Awardees:

Keynote Speaker

California State Treasurer John Chiang


Democratic Future Award

Stanley Tzankov

Selma Rubin Democratic Leadership Award

Janet Blevins

Democratic Values Award

Councilmember Cathy Murillo

Chris Lanier Solidarity Award

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770

 If you need any more information about the dinner, please contact us at: info@sbdems.org.


November 2014 Endorsements

September 17

Official Democratic Party Endorsements: November 4th, 2014 Election 

US Congressional Representative, 24th District: Lois Capps

CA State Assemblymember, 37th District: Das Williams

CA State Assemblymember, 35th District: Heidi Harmon 

Vote YES on Measure P
Ban fracking and extreme oil extraction techniques in Santa Barbara County.
Vote YES on Measure S
Bond measure for Santa Barbara City College
Vote YES on Measure U
Bond measure for Carpinteria Unified School District

Local Candidates:

Hope School District: Nels Henderson, Tony Winterbauer, and Kristi Newton
Goleta Sanitary District: Beverly Herbert & Edward Easton
Carpinteria School District: Michelle Robertson
Goleta Water District: Meg West
Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District: Paola De La Cruz and Jacob Lebell
Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees: Jonathan Abboud
Lompoc City Council: Darrell Tullis and Robert Cuthbert
Santa Maria City Council: Tony Coles
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District: Diana Perez

Statewide Candidates:

Jerry Brown
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
Controller Betty Yee
 John Chiang
Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Attorney General Kamala Harris
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
Board of Equalization Member District 1 Chris Parker
Board of Equalization Member District 2 Fiona Ma

Statewide Ballot Initiatives:

YES on Proposition 1: Crucial water bond for California
YES on Proposition 2: Increases State 'Rainy Day Fund'
YES on Proposition 45: Health Insurance Companies Must Justify Rate Increases
NEUTRAL on Proposition 46: Patient Safety Act & drug testing for doctors
YES on Proposition 47: Reforms criminal sentences for non-violent crimes
YES on Proposition 48: Updates tribal gaming compacts

Labor Day 2014!

July 31

Join us in Oak Park's newly renovated main area for a celebration of labor and help us get ready to get out the vote in the upcoming election! And of course, BBQ!

We are delighted that this year’s keynote speaker will be Dean Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association, a dynamic leader in the fight for public education and dignity and justice for educators throughout our education system.

This year’s picnic will start at 2:00PM on Monday, September 1st.

Interested in sponsoring and being featured on our commemorative poster? Email info@sbdems.org or call 805-965-8030.

Save time at the event by purchasing your ticket here ahead of time!

Tickets are $25 at the door

(Children 8 and under get in free!)

See you there!

September 01, 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
Oak Park - Main Area-
300 W Alamar Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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