Message From the Chair – Deborah Luhrman

Welcome to the official website of the Santa Cruz County Democratic Party! We hope you use our online community to access all of your local Democratic needs.  Without question, we are at a defining moment in our nation’s history.  With the election of Democrats throughout the state and our community,  we have the power and ability to enact positive change. Together, we can focus on placing our communities back on track and bringing forth the ultimate Democratic principal:  that every American, regardless of background, can improve their lives and the lives of others through hard work and service to their community. The idea that by working together we can enact greater changes than by acting alone and that no challenge in our community is too large if we work with a common purpose.

We hope you join us in this endeavor. Thank you for taking the time to visit our online community… we hope to meet and welcome you in the near future.

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Annual awards dinner to honor Sam Farr

February 12, 2016 – One month from today Santa Cruz County Democrats will gather for the annual party celebrating our Democrats of the Year—Jack Dilles and Joe Hall. This year the gala on March 12th at 6pm at the Dream Inn is extra-special because we will also be honoring the work of retiring Central Coast Congressman […]

Do you have a passion for politics?

February 1,2016 – Every four years community members are elected to seats on the Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee—which serves as the “steering committee” for the party. All 22 seats are open, representing each supervisorial district. 1st district (5 seats); 2nd district (5 seats); 3rd district (5 seats); 4th district (2 seats); 5th district […]

Thank you Congressman Sam Farr!!

November 12, 2015 – Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., announced today at speech a the National Steinbeck Center that he will not seek reelection in 2016 and instead will retire in January 2017 at the end of his current term in office. Farr is the Central Coast’s 20th district’s longest serving member of Congress and is the […]

Democratic Dialogue on Juvenile Justice Reform – Oct 17

October 9, 2015 – Reducing confinement of youth, streamlining the court system and developing alternatives to confinement are some of the goals of the Anne E. Casey Juvenile Justice Alternatives Initiative. It began in Santa Cruz County as a pilot project two decades ago and since then has been adopted by more than 300 counties across […]

DCC Vacancy in 2nd District

October 7, 2015 – Santa Cruz County Democrats today announced a vacancy for a seat on the Democratic Central Committee in the 2nd Supervisorial District—representing the Aptos/Capitola area. Applicants for the vacancy are requested to contact the chair, Deborah Luhrman, by email at An election to fill the position will be held at the SCCDCC general […]

Join us for FEAST by the pool

September 1, 2015 – Santa Cruz County Democrats are joining with the Monterey/Santa Cruz Building & Construction Trades Council for a celebration of solidarity at the 4th annual FEAST on Sunday September 20 from 1-4pm. BBQ master extraordinaire Ron Chesshire—CEO of the MSCBCTC—will be serving up his famous rack of lamb, seafood and grilled veggies. Formerly […]

Celebrate Our Stars on March 7

February 15, 2015 – Join us for the annual Democratic Party Gala dinner and fundraiser on Saturday, March 7th at 6pm at the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. The theme this year is “Celebrating Our Stars” and there is plenty to celebrate. Instead of just one Democrat of the Year, there will be four honorees. […]

DNC Listening Tour Coming To Santa Cruz On Wednesday, November 12

November 9, 2014 -While California Democrats again swept every statewide office, results in the rest of the country were a disaster. The Democratic National Committee is conducting a top-to-bottom review of how to do better in Midterm Elections. They want to know what we think!! Our own DNC member Shawn Bagley is carrying out a “We Have […]

Help Honor Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

October 24, 2014 – Please help us honor Congresswoman Anna Eshoo at an event on Saturday, November 1st in Scotts Valley. Join Congressman Sam Farr, State Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird and Assembly Member Mark Stone at Bruno’s Restaurant at 6pm for this Get-Out-The-Vote campaign reception. Let’s show our appreciation! Enjoy sumptuous desserts and […]