State and County Party Endorsements

County Party Makes Endorsements
The Santa Barbara County Democratic party has already interviewed candidates and made its endorsements in several local races. Das Williamsand Joan Hartmann have the party’s backing for the 1st and 3rd District seats respectively on the County Board of Supervisors. Either of those races could be decided in the June Primary.
Also endorsed so far are Lauren Hanson, Bill Rosen and Rick Merrifield for the Goleta Water District Board of Directors.
California Democratic Party Pre-Endorsement Nods
Races for the U.S. Congress and state Senate and Assembly got the attention of the California Democratic Party this weekend at Pre-Endorsement conferences held throughout the state. Salud Carbajal (CD24) and Monique Limón (AD37) each received sufficient Pre-Endorsement support from voting delegates at the Region 10 conference yesterday in Ventura to have their names given fast-track status at the state Democratic convention to be heldFeb. 2628, in San Jose.

While Limón’s race was uncontested, Carbajal won 83% of the votes, easily surpassing the 70% threshold required to put his party endorsement on the convention’s consent agenda. Pre-endorsement for Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson(SD19), an unopposed incumbent, was automatic.

Democratic Party-endorsed candidates in the primary are voted through to the general election nearly 100% of the time, and it’s a big part of why Democrats have been able to win every statewide elected office in 2012 and 2014.
Opportunities For Action
Walk for Das
The Das Williams for Supervisor campaign will be doing neighborhood walks every Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. from now until the election. Meet at 1226 State Street. Here is the link for people to go to sign up to volunteer.
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Help Hartmann
Joan Hartmann’s campaign for 3rd District Supervisor has listed a few thingsthat volunteers could do to help:
* Endorse Joan – send an email indicating your support to or go to her website

Joan Hartmann
Photo by Phil Channing
Collect signatures to get her on the ballot. If you are over 18 years of age you can circulate a petition (signers must live in the 3rd District).
* If you live in the 3rd Dstrict, consider hosting a neighborhood get together so your neighbors can meet Joan.
* Join a phone bank, precinct canvass, or help with a special event. If you would like to help or have another skill to offer, please contact the campaign at
The county Democratic Party is also organizing phone banks in support of Hartmann. Contact to get plugged into a very efficient call system!

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