SVYD 2022 Endorsements

Silicon Valley Young Democrats 2022 Endorsements



Last updated June 27, 2022.

2020 Endorsements

SVYD’s Endorsed Candidates for the 2020 Elections

As of September 2020

Endorsed Legislation

  • SB 5 (Jim Beall)
  • ACA 8 (Evan Low)
  • SB 477 (Bob Wieckowski)
  • AB 857 (David Chiu)
  • AB 1482 (David Chiu)

2018 Endorsements

Endorsed Candidates & Measures

Last Updated: October 1, 2018

Young Democrats

  • Patrick Ahrens for Foothill-De Anza Community College District
  • Kristiina Arrasmith for Campbell Union High School District
  • Mason Fong for Sunnyvale City Council
  • Kallen Gallagher for San José City Council (District 9)
  • Bruce Huynh for Alum Rock School Board
  • Ellen Kamei for Mountain View City Council
  • Jose Magaña for San Jose Unified School District (Area 2)
  • Chris Miler for Campbell Union School District
  • Jorge Pacheco, Jr. for Oak Grove School District
  • Lucas Ramirez for Mountain View City Council
  • Basil Saleh for Campbell Union High School District
  • Tara Sreekrishnan for Cupertino City Council


Democrats Young at Heart

  • Peter Allen for San Jose Unified School District (Area 2)
  • Lorena Angelica Chavez for East Side Union School District
  • Shounak Dharap for Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Karina Dominguez for Milpitas City Council
  • Susan Ellenberg for Santa Clara County Supervisor (District 4)
  • Maya Esparza for San Jose City Council (District 7)
  • John Hirokawa for Santa Clara County Sheriff
  • Anjali Kausar for Saratoga City Council
  • Courtney Monk for Los Gatos Unified School District
  • Raymond Muller for Alum Rock School District
  • Raul Peralez for San Jose City Council (District 3)
  • Pat Showalter for Mountain View City Council
  • Brian Wheatley for San Jose Unified School District (Area 4)
  • Cory Wolback for Palo Alto City Council
  • Brenda Zendejas for Alum Rock School District


Issues (June 2018 Primary)

  • No on Measure A
  • No on Measure B
  • Yes on Recall Aaron Persky

Endorsements 2017

2017 endorsements:

SB 16, SB 298 State Senator Bob Wieckowski

ACA 10, State Assemblymember Evan Low

CDP Regional Director Region 5: Rocky Fernandez

CYD National Committeewoman: Carrie McFadden

Santa Clara Democratic Party Central Committee: Michael Vargas (AD-25), Andrae Wara-Macapinlac (AD-28)

Early endorsement May 2017:

San Jose City Council, District 9, Early Endorsement Kalen Gallagher

Early endorsements in October 2017: 

San Jose City Council, District 3: Raul Peralez

Foothill-De Anza Community College Board: Patrick Ahrens

Cupertino City Council: Tara Sreekrishnan

Campbell Union School District: Richard Nguyen

Endorsements 2016

Ballot Measures:

1) Support for Measure AA “Save the Bay”
2) Support “Opportunity to Work” City of San Jose
3) Support “Measure A”: Santa Clara County Affordable Housing Bond
4) Support “Measure B”: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Association Sales Tax


  1. Congressional District 17: Mike Honda
  2. Congressional District 18: Anna Eshoo
  3. Congressional District 19: Zoe Lofgren
  4. Congressional District 20: Jimmy Panetta
  5. State Senate District 13: Jerry Hill
  6. State Senate District 15: Jim Beall
  7. State Senate District 17: Bill Monning
  8. State Assembly District 24: Marc Berman
  9. Assembly District 25: Kansen Chu
  10. Assembly District 27: Ash Kalra
  11. Assembly District 28: Evan Low
  12. Assembly District 29: Mark Stone
  13. Assembly District 30: Karina Cervantez Alejo
  14. SC County Supervisor District 2: Cindy Chavez
  15. SC County Supervisor District 3: Dave Cortese
  16. SC County Supervisor District 5: Joe Simitian
  17. SJ City Council District 2: Sergio Jimenez and Eli Portales (Dual Endorsement)
  18. SJ City Council District 6: Peter Allen, Helen Chapman
  19. SJ City Council District 8: Joshua Barousse
  20. Foothill/DeAnza Community College District Board: Patrick Ahrens
  21. Milpitas City Council: Anthony Phan and Mark Tiernan
  22. Mountain View Council: Lucas Ramirez, Margaret Abe Koga and Chris Clark
  23. Campbell City Council: Donald Young and Rich Waterman
  24. Campbell Union High School District: Kalen Gallagher
  25. Campbell Union School District: Richard Nguyen
  26. Alum Rock School Board: Bruce Huynh
  27. Cupertino City Council: Rod Sinks
  28. Palo Alto: Adrian Fine, Greg Tanaka, Don McDougall and Liz Kniss
  29. Santa Clara Council: Admad Rafah
  30. Santa Clara County School Board: Rosemary Kamei

Bylaws Amendment

SVYD’s Participation in State Party Endorsements. As a chartered Democratic club, SVYD is entitled to participate in pre-endorsing conferences conducted by the California Democratic Party (“CDP”) at the regional level, as part of the CDP’s multi-step process for endorsing candidates and ballot propositions and initiatives. SVYD’s participation is governed by Article VIII, Section 3g(5)(c) the CDP Central Committee’s Bylaws (as amended November 2014), certain elements of which are described below.

1. In the year prior to the pre-endorsing process, a roster of SVYD members in good standing and duly registered as members of the Democratic Party of California as of July 1 of said year shall be submitted to specified county and state party representatives in accordance with applicable party requirements. A “member in good standing”, and the status of such members included in the roster shall be certified by a President, Vice-President of Membership or Treasurer of SVYD.

2. SVYD’s member representative(s) to a particular pre-endorsing conference shall be from a roster described above. As to those Assembly Districts in which SVYD members reside (e.g., AD 24, AD 25, AD 27, AD 28), SVYD may designate one representative who is a resident of such Assembly District for each full (not a fraction thereof) 20 members in good standing registered to vote in the Assembly District who were listed on the roster.

The SVYD President shall select the representative(s) to the pre-endorsing conference, subject to agreement of the member and approval by the membership by majority of the vote at a general membership meeting, with the objective of equally apportioning representatives between men and women to the extent possible. As SVYD members who are also members of other club(s) may only be counted for representation once, the applicable Central Committee Regional Director will assign such members to SVYD or another club’s roster in accordance with the Central Committee Bylaws.

ADEMs 2015

The Assembly District Delegates (ADDs) and Assembly District Executive Board representatives (“EBd Reps”) are elected at Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) held in each of the 80 Assembly Districts. The California Democratic Party is convening ADEMs on January 10 and 11, 2014, where 14 people (7 men / 7 women) from each Assembly District will be elected to represent their district for both the 2015 and 2016 State Conventions.

We have many young dems and former young dem members running to be a delegate this year. If you are a registered democrat in any of these districts, please consider voting for them.

AD 22
Saturday, Jan. 10
Registration begins: 10am

Noveed Safipour

AD 24
Sunday, Jan. 11
Registration begins: 11:30am

Ellen Kamei
Abigail (Abby) Longcor
Andrew Heaton
Lucas Ramirez
Matt Savage
Mehdi Alhassani

AD 25
Sunday, Jan. 11
Registration begins: 12pm

Andrae Macapinlac
Aref Aziz
Alex Hilke
Emily Ramos
Cassandra Langer
Lenine Umali
Karina Dominguez
Noelani Sallings

AD 27
Saturday, Jan. 10
Registration begins: 10am

Christina Ramos
Aimee Escobar
Alex Wara
Angela Nguyen
Melinda Chacon Romayor
Darcie Green
Anna Ko
Kathy Tran
Anthony Phan
Omar Torres
Jeremy Barousse
Peter Ortiz
Thanh Tran
Ian Crueldad
Jonathan Padilla
Joshua Barousse
Andres Quintero
Diego Barragan
Jesus Gomez

AD 28
Saturday, Jan. 10
Registration begins: 10am

Shaian Mohammadi
Colleen Haley


Please note that only the general membership can vote to endorse. This is simply a list of Young Dem members, but we encourage you to support them.

Endorsements 2014


Jerry Brown

Lieutenant Governor

Gavin Newsom

Secretary of State

Alex Padilla


Betty Yee

Attorney General

Kamala Harris


John Chiang

Insurance Commissioner

Dave Jones

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Tom Torlakson

State Board of Equalization District 2

Fiona Ma

19th Congressional District

Rep. Zoe Lofgren

18th Congressional District

Rep. Anna Eshoo

17th Congressional District

Rep. Mike Honda

California State Senate District 10

Asm. Bob Wiecowski

California State Assembly: 24th district

Asm. Rich Gordon

California State Assembly: 25th district

Councilmember Kansen Chu

California State Assembly: 27th district

Asm. Nora Campos

California State Assembly: 28 district (Early Endorsement)

Evan Low

California State Assembly: 29th district

Asm. Mark Stone

California State Assembly: 30th district

Asm. Luis Alejo

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Ken Yeager



San Jose Mayor

Dave Cortese

San Jose City Council: District 1

Paul Fong

San Jose City Council: District 3 (Early Endorsement)

Raul Peralez

San Jose City Council: District 7

Maya Esparza


Gilroy City Council (At Large)

Peter Leroe-Muñoz (Early Endorse)


Mountain View City Council (At Large)

Ellen Kamei (Early Endorsement)

Mercedes Salem

Pat Showalter


Palo Alto City Council (At Large)

Cory Wolbach (Early Endorsement)


Campbell City Council (At Large)

Rich Waterman

Celeste Flores


Santa Clara City Council (Seat 5)

Dominic Caserta


School Boards

Noelani Sallings for Santa Clara Unified School District (Early Endorsement)

Anthony Phan East-Side Union High School District (Early Endorsement)

Andres Quintero Alum Rock Union Elementary School District (Early Endorsement)

Darcie Green for Santa Clara County School Board (Early Endorsement)

Omar Torres for Franklin -McKinley School District (Early Endorsement)

Richard Nguyen for Campbell High School District (Early Endorsement)

Dr. Jeffrey Lease for San Jose Evergreen Community College District

Rich Garcia and Susan Ellenberg for San Jose Unified School District (DUAL)

David Cohen for Berryessa School District

Jodi Muirhead for Santa Clara Unified School District

Anne Kepner for West Valley-Mission Community College District

Frank Biehl for East Side Union High School District

Rudy Rodriguez for Franklin McKinley School District


Special Board Districts

Margaret Abe-Koga for El Camino Hospital District

Gary Kremen for Santa Clara Valley Water District


Ballot Measures

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District/Funding Measure

Library Parcel Tax

Bond Measure – Measure H – Santa Clara Unified School District

Boned Measure – Measure I – East Side Union High School

Parcel Tax – Measure J Fremont Union High School District

Bond Measure – Measure K – Fremont Union High School District

Bond Measure – Measure L – Berryessa School District

Bond Measure – Measure M – Evergren School District

Bond Measure – Measure N – Los Altos School District

Bond Measure – Measure O – Alum Rock

Bond Measure – Measure P – Oak Grove

Measure Q – Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

Endorsements 2012


Barack Obama, U.S. President

Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senate

Mike Honda, CD 17

Anna Eshoo, CD 18

Zoe Lofgren, CD 19


Jerry Hill, SD 13

Jim Beall / Joe Coto, SD 15 (dual)

Bill Monning, SD 17

Rich Gordon, AD 24

Bob Wieckowski, AD 25

Nora Campos, AD 27

Paul Fong, AD 28

Mark Stone, AD 29

Luis Alejo, AD 30


Robert Braunstein. San Jose City Council

Dr. Peter Arellano, Mayor of Gilroy

Rebeca Armendariz, Gilroy City Council

Marc Berman, Palo Alto City Council

Chris Clark, Mountain View City Council

School Districts

Mayra Cruz, San Jose Evergreen Community College District

Wendy Ho, San Jose Evergreen Community College District

Leo Cortez, San Jose Evergreen Community College District

Teresa Castellanos, San Jose Unified School District

Maya Esparza, Franklin-McKinley School District

Kalen Gallagher, Campbell Union High School District

Bonnie Mace, Evergreen Elementary School District

Doron Aranson, Cambrian School District

Special Districts

David Ginsborg, Santa Clara Valley Water District

SVYD Endorsed Initiatives- 2012 General Election


  • Measure A: Santa Clara County 1/8 cent sales tax  YES
  • Measure B: Santa Clara Valley Water District parcel tax renewal  YES
  • Measure D: City of San Jose increase minimum wage YES
  • Measure E: City of San Jose Card Room Gaming YES


  • Proposition 30: Protects funding for schools and local public safety YES
  • Proposition 31: Locks California into permanent underfunding of education, health, and other vital services NO
  • Proposition 32: Creates special exemptions for billionaires and Super PACs allowing them to buy elections NO
  • Proposition 33Auto insurance rate hike NO
  • Proposition 34: Repeals death penalty and replaces with life without parole YES
  • Proposition 35: Increases penalties for human trafficking YES
  • Proposition 36: Reforms “Three Strikes” law YES
  • Proposition 37: Labeling of genetically engineered foods YES
  • Proposition 38: Munger initiative NO
  • Proposition 39: Adjusts taxes for multi-state corporations to fund clean energy programs NEUTRAL
  • Proposition 40: Referendum on State Senate district boundaries – a yes vote affirms the outcome of the independent redistricting commission process YES