Peninsula Young Democrats (PYD)

About the PYD:

Whether you are looking for friends, mentors, professional connections, people to help with an ambitious civics project, or places to volunteer, PYD (Peninsula Young Democrats) is the group for you. We host and sponsor fun events, intellectual discussions, and opportunities for political activism. Our members (and ex-members) consist of local and state elected officials, various commission and board members, Democratic Club and Party leadership, staffers, students, and young professionals from diverse fields and backgrounds.

We have been extraordinarily effective in helping to shape party priorities, campaigning for candidates, registering local voters, and educating the public about important issues. To reach our goals (including helping you with YOUR goals), PYD is looking to grow our membership and develop future leaders. We want you to help shape this club.

Connect with us today and join us at our upcoming events. Many of our events are open to people of all ages, regardless of political party. However, we can only offer official membership to registered Democrats under the age of 36, living or working South of San Francisco and north of San Jose in the San Francisco Peninsula. You must also pay dues to the Peninsula Democratic Coalition. We can also help you connect with our various sister clubs in San Jose, San Francisco, Marin County, and the East Bay.

2020 PYD Officers:

  • President: Sarah Fields
  • Political Director: Karen Tkach Tuzman
  • Membership Director: Erin Chazer
  • Treasurer: Elmer Martinez
  • Secretary: Elizabeth Eaton

Upcoming PYD Events:

For information on the next meeting's date and location, as well as other club news and events, we have a variety of social media below. You can also contact our email or our officers. You can also like our Facebook Page for regular updates. We regularly create Facebook events (you can view here). For event updates, opportunities, notifications, and email exclusives please email: to be on our mailing list.

Contact Information:

PYD Endorsements:

Check our adopted Policy Platform.

City Council Candidates

  • Tom McCune - Belmont City Council
  • Davina Hurt - Belmont City Council
  • Sergio Lopez - Campbell City Council
  • J.R. Fruen - Cupertino City Council
  • Juslyn Manalo - Daly City City Council
  • Sam Hindi - Foster City City Council
  • Sally Meadows - Los Altos City Council
  • Jen Wolosin - Menlo Park City Council, D3
  • Ann Schneider - Millbrae City Council
  • Pat Showalter - Mountain View City Council
  • Alex Núñez - Mountain View City Council
  • Cari Templeton - Palo Alto CIty Council
  • Steven Lee - Palo Alto City Council
  • Raven Malone - Palo Alto City Council
  • Isabella Chu - Redwood City City Council, D3
  • Michael Smith - Redwood City City Council, D4
  • Alicia Aguirre - Redwood City City Council, D7
  • John Dugan - San Carlos CIty Council
  • JT Eden - San Carlos City Council
  • Amourence Lee - San Mateo City Council
  • Diane Papan - San Mateo City Council
  • Mark Nagales - South San Francisco City Council, D2
  • James Coleman - South San Francisco City Council, D4
  • Alysa Cisneros - Sunnyvale City Council D2

Education & Healthcare District Candidates

  • Meghan Fraley - El Camino Healthcare District
  • Andrea Jordan - Jefferson Elementary School District Board
  • Katherine Causey - Palo Alto School Board
  • Chelsea Bonini - San Mateo County Board of Education, Trustee Area 4
  • Lisa Petrides - San Mateo County CCD, Trustee Area 1
  • Lisa Hicks-Dumanske - San Mateo County CCD, Trustee Area 5
  • Shara Watkins - San Mateo-Foster City School District Board Trustee
  • Noelia Corzo - San Mateo-Foster City School District Board Trustee
  • Dave Mandelkern - San Mateo County CCD, Trustee Area 3
  • Maurice Goodman - San Mateo County CCD, Trustee Area 3
  • Melissa Baten Caswell - Santa Clara County Board of Education, Trustee Area 1

State/Federal Candidates

  • Jackie Speier - Congressional District 14
  • Anna Eshoo - Congressional District 18
  • Kevin Mullin - State Assembly District 22
  • Marc Berman - State Assembly District 24
  • Josh Becker - State Senate District 13

Local Measures 

  • Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board ('Caltrain') Measure RR - Sales Tax Measure - YES
  • Jefferson Elementary School District - Measure Z - Bond Measure - YES
  • San Mateo City Measure Y - General Plan Amendment Measure - Citizens Initiative - NO
  • San Mateo-Foster City School District Measure T - Bond Measure - YES
  • Mountain View Measure C - Bans RV parking on certain streets - NO
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Measure S - Renewal of Parcel Tax Measure - YES

State Propositions

  • Prop 15 - Schools and Communities First - YES
  • Prop 16 - Affirmative action - YES
  • Prop 17 - Vote for parolees - YES
  • Prop 18 - Vote for some 17-year-olds - YES
  • Prop 20 - Increase penalties for theft and other crimes -NO
  • Prop 21 - Rent control - YES
  • Prop 22 - Gig economy carve out from AB 5 - NO
  • Prop 25 - Bans cash bail - YES

Bill Endorsements:

  • AB 1858 - Creates the first statewide advisory board consisting entirely of youth between the ages of 14-25, for the main purpose of providing meaningful opportunities for civic engagement to improve the quality of life for California’s disconnected and disadvantaged youth. The committee would make recommendations on various legislative and fiscal issues affecting youth.
  • AB 1934 - If a multifamily housing project meets zoning requirements, city planning staff would be required to approve affordable housing within 30 days of receiving the plans without having to go through a planning commission.
  • AB 2988 - Allows supportive housing to be built anywhere that emergency shelters are allowed. Supportive housing is subsidized housing that also has on-site social and health services for the residents.
  • SCA 1 - Begins the process of repealing Article 34, a ballot measure from 1950 that prevents cities from building low rent housing projects unless a local ballot measure is passed.
  • SB 795 - Add funds for affordable housing, community, etc development through ERAFs
  • SB 899 - YIGBY, by-right development + streamlining + upzoning for nonprofit affordable housing when affiliated with religious or nonprofit groups
  • SB 636 - Add info for for/against orgs on measure ballots
  • AB 1973 - Make insurance co-payments, deductibles illegal for abortions
  • AB 646 / ACA 6 - Allow people on parole to vote
  • SB 1130 - Increase the threshold of internet speed required to allow use of public funds to make connectivity improvements
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