Endorsement Process

Upcoming Elections

The next scheduled election for which the Democratic Party will consider endorsements will take place November 5, 2024. If you are a previously endorsed incumbent or considering running for office please read the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and then contact our Endorsements and Resolutions Chair at as soon as possible.


Candidates begin the endorsements process by notifying Endorsements and Resolutions Chair, Joe Pierre, that they are running/considering running for office, and would like to seek the Democratic Party endorsement.


All candidates who are registered to vote with a party preference of Democratic are eligible to receive an endorsement. Candidates registered with a party preference other than Democratic or with no party are not eligible.

Step 1: Candidate reaches out to the Endorsements Chair to begin the process.

Step 2: Candidate is sent a detailed questionnaire to complete based on the Party Platform, reasons for running for office, and candidate’s campaign.

Step 3: Candidate is interviewed by the Democratic Central Committee, which has regularly scheduled meetings on the first Thursday of every month.

Several key benefits candidates receive from receiving the Democratic Party endorsement include:

  • The Party’s endorsement communicates to voters that endorsed candidates hold and represent Democratic values
  • Party staff and leadership provide invaluable advice and expertise on how to run a successful campaign
  • Candidates are included in Democratic Party literature, mailing, and advertising
  • Candidates gain efficiency and effectiveness by sharing activities and volunteer resources with other endorsed candidates, including neighborhood canvassing, literature distribution, and voter registration

The SB County Democratic Central Committee makes decisions on which candidates and measures to endorse. The Central Committee is composed of elected, ex-officio, and club representatives.

Endorsement interviews are open to all members of the public who are registered Democrats.