Three endorsed Town Council candidates to speak on September 27th

The three Windsor Town Council candidates endorsed by the Sonoma County Democratic Party will speak, individually, to the club at its September 27, 2018 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Windsor Round Table Pizza restaurant.  Those three will discuss their candidacy, and then take questions from the audience. The three, and their starting times, are:

The club strongly recommends voting for these three endorsed candidates in the November 2018 election!

Three Windsor School Board Candidates Endorsed by Democratic Party

At its September 21st meeting, the Sonoma County Democratic Party  endorsed three candidates in the upcoming November election for trustees of the Windsor Unified School District. They are, alphabetically:

  • Stephanie Ahmad. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Stanford Law School, and currently an associate at Greenberg Taurig LLP, she completed her entire K-12 grade education in the Windsor district. Her husband teaches at Windsor High School, and she has two children who are students in the district. In January 2018 she was named board president of the Windsor Education Foundation. Her website is here.
  • Sandy Dobbins  (incumbent; first elected in 2002). An accounting manager, she has lived in Windsor for 28 years and has raised two daughters in the school system.
  • Eric Heitz (incumbent; running for a second four-year term). A public school teacher and athletic director in Calistoga, he has a master’s degree in educational leadership and a California School Board master’s in governance. During his tenure on the board, he has served on facilities, bond, policy, visual/performing arts, and LCAP subcommittees. He was born and raised in Windsor and has raised two children in the Windsor school district.

Congratulations to all three candidates for winning this endorsement. The Windsor Democratic Club recommends voting for all three in November 2018!

(For a roundup of the positions of all five candidates in this election, see the August 21st article in the Windsor Times.)

Sonoma County Democrats Endorse Three Candidates for Windsor Town Council

On August 19th, the Central Committee of the Sonoma County Democratic Party (SCDP) voted to endorse two Democrats running for Windsor Town Council; it had previously given an early endorsement to a third Democrat. The three endorsed candidates are (alphabetically):

The interviews done by SCDP members found that these three candidates were very well-qualified. Windsor is fortunate to have three such knowledgable and experienced individuals who are willing to deal with the challenges and the time commitment of being a Windsor Town Councilmember.

Mail ballots will arrive in October; the election is Tuesday, November 6th. The Sonoma County Democratic Party and the Windsor Democratic Club strongly recommends Billy ForrestEsther Lemus, and Sam Salmon for the Windsor Town Council.


August 2018: the changing demographics of LatinX 

Update: A Windsor Times article of August 29, 2018, reports on how the meeting went.

Our August meeting will be on Thursday the 23rd at the Windsor Round Table Pizza restaurant, 8499 Old Redwood Highway.  Our speaker will be David Escobar, a former, long-time aide to a Marin County Supervisor, and currently Director of Programs & Operations for the Canal Welcome Center in San Rafael.

Mr. Escobar will speak on the changing demographics of LatinX  and the need to recognize indigenous Latinos within a socio-cultural framework.

David served for six years as a parole and probation officer with the Marin County Probation Department in the Adult Division, before becoming an Administrative Aide to former Fourth District Supervisor Steve Kinsey in Marin County, for 15 years. He took an early retirement to take on the position of Director of the State-mandated re-entry and rehabilitation programs at San Quentin State Prison. He is the currently Director of Programs & Operations for the Canal Welcome Center an non-profit in San Rafael.

 David identifies as an indigenous Salvadoran, and is recognized as a member of the Lenca-Poton nation, which encompasses the eastern region of El Salvador, Honduras, and parts of Nicaragua. He has attended the Indigenous Permanent Forum at the United Nations in New York for several years as delegate with the American Indian Movement and on behalf of his maternal grandmother’s Poton community.




A Solution for Getting News That You Can Trust?

Update: A Windsor Times article of August 1, 2018, reports on how the meeting went.

The July 26th meeting of the Windsor Democratic Club will feature Chase Palmieri, an entrepreneur and news junkie. In 2016, he was frustrated with the quality of online news and wanted a way to hold authors and outlets accountable, like a Yelp for news consumers. When he saw that none existed, he and his team built Tribeworthy. Tribeworthy allows users to review articles, creating an aggregate rating for every article, author, and news outlet.

At this meeting, Chase will be discussing why “Crowd Contested Media” is the only uncensored and scalable solution. He will demonstrate how the platform works, and provide ways to get involved.

Chase just became the co-host of Project Censored Radio, a nonprofit media watchdog founded in 1976 that airs on over 40 stations nationwide, including KPFA in Berkeley.

As with all fourth-Thursday regular meetings,  free pizza will be provided, and everyone is welcome.

Windsor and Healdsburg Council Candidates to Speak at June meeting

General election season has begun. Candidates for the councils of Healdsburg and Windsor can file their intention to run now for the November 6, 2018 election. The difficult issues facing local governments, such as housing needs versus sustainable growth, transportation needs versus climate protection, and federal immigration policy versus sanctuary cities, must be addressed.

At the June 28th meeting of the club, we’ll will hear from three candidates:

  • Esther Lemus and Rosa Reynoza for Windsor Town Council
  • Leah Gold for Healdsburg City Council

This is an opportunity not only to hear the candidates speak, but also to ask questions.

The meeting will be from 7 – 9 pm at the Windsor Round Table Pizza on Old Redwood Highway. The meeting is open to everyone, without charge, and free pizza will be provided.

Vote for change on June 5th – John Mutz for Sheriff

For the first time in more than two decades, we the people of Sonoma County have a real choice for sheriff. Not just of three experienced candidates, but also of the kind of law enforcement we want for our county.

If you believe, as we do, that the relationship between law enforcement and the communities it serves is broken and that respect for all must be restored, the best choice is John Mutz.

We did not arrive at this conclusion easily. Our Sonoma County Democratic Clubs and the Sonoma County Democratic Party devoted many hours to promoting and hosting forums on the Sheriff’s race, and interviewing and comparing the candidates. All have impressive resumes. All are aware of the challenges that lie ahead.

But only John Mutz has a track record of actually creating the change we need, of succeeding in the worst of circumstances. He was an LAPD station commander in 1992 when riots broke out following the beating of Rodney King. He was able to mediate between cops and communities, to defuse tensions and rebuild trust, and thereafter dedicated himself to bringing forward new initiatives in community-based policing, both in LA and nationwide. He has an impressive list of endorsements, from members of law enforcement and local elected officials to well-respected community leaders, including our local Democratic Party, the Latino Political Action Committee of Sonoma County, the Press-Democrat, the Argus-Courier, as well as other local news, community, and labor organizations.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of this choice. The sheriff leads our county’s largest law enforcement agency (responsible for 1,550 square miles, two city police departments, 600 employees and two jails) and is likely to be at the forefront of federal immigration challenges.

We have a unique opportunity to bring 21st century, community-based policing to Sonoma County, evolving from a warrior to a guardian mentality, ensuring that each and every resident is treated with respect. It won’t come our way again soon. Vote for change on June 5th. Vote for John Mutz.


— Sandy Reynolds, President Santa Rosa Democratic Club

— Rick Massell, President Windsor/North County Democratic Club

— Therese Horsting and Michele Larkey, Co-Chairs Democratic Club of Southern Sonoma County

— Beth Hadley, President Sonoma Valley Democratic Club

— Tom Amato, President Oakmont Democratic Club

— Caroline Banuelos, President Sonoma County Latino Democratic Club

June 5th primary endorsements

The Sonoma County Democratic Party has endorsed a number of candidates for county-wide offices, as well as Regional Measure 3.  SCDP endorsements are here: . Particularly notable are endorsements for Sheriff (John Mutz) and County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor (Deva Marie Proto).

Endorsements for state legislative positions are made by the California Democratic Party. You’ll find endorsements for Congress (CD 2 – Jared Huffman), State Senate (SD 2 – Mike McGuire), and State Assembly (AD 2 – Jim Wood) at, as well as endorsements for state-wide positions such as State Controller, and for state ballot propositions.

Town Council candidate Rosa Reynoza to speak at May meeting

On Thursday, May 24, Rosa Reynoza will speak at the Windsor/North County Democratic Club. The topic will be “community engagement and inclusiveness.”

Ms. Reynoza has been involved as a volunteer in her community since she was a youth growing up in Windsor. She even made the transition to local politics, running for Town Council in the November 2016. She currently contributes her time in helping those needing housing assistance, and is a declared candidate for Town Council in the November 2018 election.

As usual, the meeting is free and open to the public; pizza will be served.

Making a difference in Windsor on June 5th

The Windsor/North County Democratic Club voted, at its meeting on April 26, to actively campaign for two June 5th ballot measures:

* Regional Measure 3, which will (among many other things) provide funding to (finally!) eliminate the Navato Narrows on Route 101, and funding for the SMART train system to bring trains to Windsor (by 2021).

* State Proposition 68, which authorizes issuing $4 billion in bonds, state-wide, for parks, environmental protection, and water infrastructure in California.

The club leadership has come up with two immediate actions for the club’s campaign, because mail ballots should start arriving next week, and once people have voted, it’s too late to make a difference. Those two actions — for which we’re looking for more participants — are:

* On Sunday, May 6, we’re going to hand out flyers (see attached) at the Windsor Farmers Market, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (meeting at Cafe Noto at 9:45 a.m.). You can help by joining in for as little as a half-shift (90 minutes).

* On Saturday, May 12, we’re going to have a training session on canvassing, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by lunch (provided by the club – pizza and salad and drinks; both training and lunch are at the Windsor Round Table restaurant), and then two hours of actually canvassing in Windsor neighborhoods. The canvassing will be asking voters to help bring the SMART train to Windsor by voting for Regional Measure 3, and — if they respond positively to the first topic — asking for their support for Prop 68, as well as generally encouraging them to vote.

The May 12th activity has another purpose: canvassing in other Congressional districts is one way for those of us in “blue” Sonoma County to help the Democratic Party to become the majority in the House of Representatives in January 2019. We’ll be announcing opportunities, possibly as early as next month, for canvassing and other ways to get involved in specific Congressional campaigns elsewhere in California; in the meantime, what we do on the 12th is both training and practical application of that training.

If you’re interested in helping on May 6th or participating on May 12th, let Rick Massell, the club president, know: email to rick @, or call 707-696-9364.)

Here’s our chance to do something great, locally, and to show that the Windsor/North County Democratic Club is going to be a factor in the June election.