According to the California Democratic Party website there are 7.5 million registered Democrats in the state of California, approximately 44.49% of registered California voters. Yuba County elections have traditionally produced Republican officials. In the last 10 years, starting in 2000, with the help of local Democratic activists, the County Central Committee and local club, Yuba County started electing Democrats to local office. Democrats have won three Marysville Joint Unified School Board seats, three Marysville City Council Seats, one County supervisor, the Elections Clerk, three Superior Court Judges, two Wheatland City Council seats, two OPUD seat, three Wheatland School Board seats, and elected Congressman John Garamendi in 2012. Through local Democratic voter registration efforts, Republican voter registration has been driven below 40%.
During this time significant gains have been made by the state party, including winning the state-wide majority and taking back the Governor’s mansion in the 2010 election and providing essential supports to assist the passage of President Obama’s historic Affordable Care Act, which will expand healthcare coverage to an additional 30 million Americans. The changing political landscape within the state has presented the first opportunity in decades to elect a Democratic leader from Yuba County to send to the state legislature.
The role of the County Central Committees (known as the “local party”) is to elect Democrats up and down the ticket from school boards to city council seats, county seats, up to state and federal offices. To be successful each county’s Democratic Central Committee must develop the infrastructure to win diverse elections across their county.