Lake County Democratic Party issues endorsements for November election.

The Lake County Democratic Party voted, at the September 6 business meeting, to endorse four candidates in races for local Lake County office for the November 6 general election. We could not be prouder of this team.

At the same meeting, the party reaffirmed their strong support for Shanda Harry for Lake County Superior Court Judge. Contact Ms. Harry’s campaign here

Every person in Lake County will be well served by the election of these candidates.

The county party voted to endorse Dirk Slooten for Clearlake City Council.

Slooten, a native of the Netherlands, obtained a degree in engineering Amsterdam and immigrated to the USA in 1972. He owned Slooten Consulting, a firm focused on land surveying and engineering.  Slooten and wife Karen have owned property in the city since 1996 and became full time residents in 2012.

He currently serves on the City Planning Commission, the Measure V Oversight Committee and the city’s steering committee to oversee the city’s zoning codes. He is current president of the Clearlake Rotary.  As chair of the Lake Area Rotary Clubs Association Slooten helped raise more than one million dollars for county fire relief.

Slooten’s priorities are the to enhance the city’s economic development plan by attracting business, to work with all stakeholders in the city and county to address our homelessness issue and to fast track Measure V, the city’s street improvement project.

To help with Dirk’s campaign – contact the candidate at

Larry Allen received the party’s endorsement for Middletown School Board

Allen is a retired teacher who served for 32 years in the Middletown District, teaching students at almost every grade level.

He was president of the Middletown Teachers Association and served on the California Teacher’s Association’s as a state council representative teachers in Lake County. Allen served on the NEA’s board of directors and the CTA Board of Directors, representing teachers on the North Coast. Allen believes that students and student support are foremost in a school, and that there is no school without students and those who serve them. Teachers, bus drivers, cooks and custodians are essential personnel to a school’s daily operation. Allen is a fierce advocate for public education and its role in the foundation of democracy.

Allen can be contacted via facebook here or at Larry Allen for MUSD Board, PO Box 870 Cobb, CA 95426.

Ana Santana, running for Upper Lake School Board, received the endorsement.

Santana, a first generation Mexican American immigrant, has lived in Lucerne for 38  years. She graduated from Upper Lake High School in 1988. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Union College. She has worked with families and children in various advocacy roles for 29 years. Santana now serves as program director for Healthy Start Youth and Family Services. Santana believes strongly in the value of public education. Santana’s goals include retaining and recruiting highly qualified teachers, developing and supporting academic initiatives that will prepare all children, and to ensure our taxpayer dollars are spent directly in the classroom.

To help with Ana’s campaign contact her at 707-600-1460, or 707-342-9696 via email at

Herb Gura, an incumbent on the Konocti School Board was endorsed by the party.

Gura, a Brooklyn native, moved to Lake County in 1977. He became a volunteer for the Senior Law project in the 80’s, and took classes at Northwestern California University School of Law.

He was hired by AWARE in 1986, where he provided legal services to victims of domestic abuse.

In 1987, Gura founded the Self Help Law Center in Clearlake where he continues to provide free and low cost legal assistance to unrepresented Lake County citizens. He is a trained mediator and earned Lake County’s first “Mediator of the Year” award in 1995.

Gura has served on the Konocti Board of Trustees since 1994. He lists the board’s accomplishments the establishment of career based learning with KEC, a career based school for careers in health and performing arts, the free breakfast and lunch for every student regardless of income, state of the art facilities thanks to the community’s support of our bond measures and the ability to provide the community use of our facilities during fires.

Gura’s goals for the next term will be focused on improving academic performance, the continuation of support for music, and the arts and other elective programs and more parent and community involvement.

Contact Gura at

Election Day is Tuesday November 6, 2018

Democratic Party of Lake County Fundraiser – Join Congressman Garamendi and Assemblymember Cecilia Curry for our 25th Annual Legislator’s BBQ

Support your Lake County Democratic Party!

Purchase advance tickets on ActBlue   

Download the flyer here


Join us for our 25th annual fundraiser and Legislator’s BBQ on Saturday September 22, 2018.

We are raising funds to support our candidates and to turn out Democratic voters in Lake County.

Our honored guest speakers are Congressman John Garamendi and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar Curry.

Our host committee welcomes you

Lake County District Attorney elect Susan Krones

Lake County Superintendent of Schools

Brock Falkenberg

Lake County Board of Supervisors District 2 elect

Bruno Sabatier

Lake County Superior Court Judge candidate

Shanda Harry

Enjoy BBQ Tri-tip; tempting side dishes and home made desserts and Lake County wine.

Silent Auction and raffles

Saturday September 22, 2018 3-6pm Clearlake Highlands Senior Center 3245 Bowers Ave., Clearlake.

All tickets will be held at the door

Purchase tickets by Friday September 14:


$20.00 students

Purchase tickets at the door


$20.00 students

We are grateful to our Union supporters and Legislators for their Sponsorships:

California Teachers Association

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 551

LIUNA #324

North Bay Labor Council

Operating Engineers Local 3 Unit 10

SEIU – UHW (United Health Care Workers West)Sutter Lakeside

SEIU Local 2015 (IHSS)

Sonoma, Mendocino & Lake Bldg & Trades Council

Teamsters Local 665 Santa Rosa

United Association of Plumbers &Pipefitters Local 38

Congressman Mike Thompson

Congressman John Garamendi

Board of Equalization Member, Candidate for California State Treasure

Fiona Ma

State Senator Mike McGuire

State Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

Join our distinguished sponsors for $300.00 or more and recieve program recognition

Congratulations to all of our candidates

Congressman Mike Thompson

Congressman John Garamendi

State Senator Mike McGuire

State Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

Lake County District Attorney Susan Krones

Lake County Superintendent of Schools Brock Falkenberg

Superior Court Judge candidate Shanda Harry*

Lake County Supervisor (D2) Bruno Sabatier

*Candidate Harry advances to the November General election

Statewide & Federal California results here  

Lake County results here

Counties have 30 days after election day  to complete the canvass of the vote


Visit our Headquarters! Help elect Democrats

150 3rd St. Lakeport 

Monday 10-6
Tuesday 10-6
Weds closed
Thursday 10-6
Friday 10-6
Saturday 12-6

Lake County Democrats open headquarters

Come visit us at 150 3rd St. in Lakeport. We’re open most weekdays and Saturdays.

The Lake County Democratic Party has opened the headquarters for the fall campaign season

In preparation for the Nov. 6 general election, local Democrats are participating in the statewide coordinated campaign efforts for the Democratic Party.

Join fellow Democrats, pick up campaign information, volunteer to help turn out voters for our Democratic candidates in Lake County, all over California and in Washington D.C.
We are kid and pet friendly!
Help us out and volunteer!

Sign up here

Support Shanda Harry for Superior Court Judge  

Lake County Democrats have proudly endorsed Shanda Harry for Superior Court Judge

Join us at our official Democratic headquarters grand opening – Monday August 27

The Democratic Party of Lake County hosts the grand opening of our United Democratic Campaign Headquarters on Monday Aug. 27, 2018, in preparation for the November 6, 2018 General election.
The open house is from 5 to 8 p.m.
The headquarters is located at 150  3rd St. in Lakeport.
In the spirit of our wonderful and giving community- our Grand Opening will be a Potluck!
Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite finger food, appetizer, dessert or drinks to share.
Join fellow Democrats, pick up campaign information, volunteer to help turn out voters for our Democratic candidates in  Lake County and all over California.
The event is free, kid friendly and open to the public.
For more information contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at 707-533-4885 or , or visit them online at or .

Wildfire Update – How you can help – Congressman Mike Thompson

Our region is being hit by the largest fire in California history, threatening homes, businesses and lives across our district. Our thoughts are with those devastated by this disaster and those still evacuated, not knowing if they will see their homes again. We are deeply grateful to the incredible firefighters, law enforcement, and first responders working around the clock to keep us safe, often in harm’s way themselves.

This week I wrote to the president, along with Democrats and Republicans from across our state, asking that he immediately grant a federal disaster declaration to provide the individual and public assistance that survivors will need on the road to recovery. Know that I will fight for every penny of federal support possible. Together, we will rebuild.

Everyone should take a minute to sign up for the alerts that will keep you and your family up to date on developments, evacuation procedures, and how to seek help.

To find out how you can help survivors, you can click here to learn about the Rotary 5130 Fire Relief Fund. Please let us know what we can do by replying to this email.

—Team Thompson

Congressman Thompson’s July report

July Legislative Update
• Once again, Lake and Napa Counties are threatened by destructive wildfires that have destroyed homes and forced thousands to evacuate. Congressman Thompson is doing everything he can to deliver federal resources that will help recover and rebuild.

• Congressman Thompson wrote to HHS demanding they allow him to visit child detention facilities located close to our district that are housing children separated from their parents at the border. After initially being denied access, Thompson and other Members of Congress were allowed to visit. Following their tour of the facilities, Thompson again called on the Administration to reverse their separation policy and immediately reunite families that were torn apart.

• The Congressman also highlighted the long-term impact of Republican-led sabotage of the Affordable Care Act in a House Committee on Ways and Means markup and called on the majority to consider legislation that will end the sabotage and make a real difference in lowering costs and improving our health care system.

• The Congressman also joined with other military veteran Members of Congress to denounce the President’s statements at a summit with Putin in Helsinki. Led by Thompson, they demanded the President strongly state that he knows Russia interfered in our election and support the intelligence community reports that provided this vital information and keep our nation safe each and every day.

• Finally, the Congressman wrote to the State Department asking them to once again reinstate their ban on the publication of gun blueprints. As the chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Thompson cited the extreme danger of these guns to the public and their inability to be traced by law enforcement.


There will NOT be a DCC meeting tomorrow, due to Ranch/River Fires and ongoing evacuations.

Please do regularly check your emails during next few weeks, as there will be information needed to exchange regarding BBQ planning and County Fair assignments.

If an August meeting is necessary, we may still schedule an alternative date later this month. Otherwise, see you at regularly scheduled 1st Thursday in September.

Please stay safe, everyone!

sent on behalf of LCDP Executive Committee

Lake County Club guest speaker Gene Paleno on Aug 8

The Lake County Democratic Club welcomes guest speaker Gene Paleno on
Wed., Aug. 8, 2018. Paleno is an independent author, syndicated
columnist, historian and storyteller extraordinaire who lives in
Witter Springs. The son of Italian immigrants, Paleno was raised in
the 1930’s in Michigan on his family’s rural farm. In the 1950’s
after serving in the Navy during WWII, graduating from Michigan State
University, and teaching school for awhile, the entire Paleno family
came to California.

He raised his family in Southern California. Then several decades ago
Paleno came to Northern California with his second wife, a Dixieland
musician, and established a small farm. He became a widow at 84 which
was such a cataclysmic change in lifestyle that he was forced to
reinvent himself. He adopted his incorrigible cat Cleo and plunged
into pursuing his passion for storytelling.

More than 30 years ago Paleno began to write stories and at 87 he
became a syndicated columnist and publisher. His book “Lake County
History – A Mystical Adventure in Time” secured his popularity as a
writer. Now at 92 Paleno publishes “Witter Springs Chronicles,”
writes columns for Lake County Record Bee, guest lectures at the Lake
County Historical Society and Civil War Roundtable and tells his
stories.. He lives in Witter Springs, serves on the Board of Lake
County Silver Foundation and as Chair of West Regional Town Hall,
District 3.

Come to the next meeting on August 8 and enjoy a story about a
rambunctious raccoon that harasses Paleno and Cleo. And also a bit
about what we Democrats (and good Republicans) can do to make our
country even greater than it is.

The Lake County Democratic Club meets every 2nd Wednesday at 6:30 pm
in the Social Hall of the United Methodist Church, 16255 2nd Street,
Lower Lake. All meetings are open to the public. Membership is open
to registered Democrats and dues are $20/annually. Lake County
Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic
Party of Lake County.

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