About Your Central Committee

The Monterey County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) is the elected body representing registered Democrats in Monterey County and serves as the local presence of the California Democratic Party. The MCDCC holds monthly meetings every fourth Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 P.M. All are preceded by social time with snacks and beverages beginning at 6:00 P.M. Meetings are open to the public. The meeting location alternates between the Seaside Center for Change (1238 Fremont Blvd, Seaside 93955), and the Salinas Center for Change (931 ½ East Market Street, Salinas 93905).

All are welcome. Call Karen Araujo at 831-601-4564 or MCDCC.Info@gmai.com for more information on upcoming meetings or check the calendar here for location details.

Alan Haffa, Chair
P.O. Box 3024, Monterey, CA 93942

Email: Alan.Haffa@montereycountydemocrats.org
Phone (main): 866-MRY-DEMS (866-679-3367)

Phone (Center for Change, Seaside): 831-333-0101
Phone (Center for Change, Salinas): 831-601-4564
Fax: 866-MRY-DEMS (866-679-3367)

Executive Board

Alan Haffa, Chair
Karen Araujo, AD 30 Vice Chair
Elena Loomis, AD 29 Vice Chair
Caspian Forsyth, Financial Officer
David Kong, Development Officer
James Thomas Green, Secretary
Jan Black, Representative to the CA Democratic Party Executive Board

MCDCC Members

MoCo Board of Sup. District 1 – James Thomas Green, Lupe Sanchez, Patricia Rubio Coyt
MoCo Board of Sup. District 2 – Regina Gage, LeVonne Stone, Maria Luisa Alejo, Anthony Rocha
MoCo Board of Sup. District 3 – Linda Janet Gonzalez, David Kong, Juan Martinez
MoCo Board of Sup. District 4 – Karen Smith Araujo, Alicia Gaines, Herbert Cortez, Adam Alberto Urrutia, Amit Pandya
MoCo Board of Sup. District 5  – Jan Knippers Black, Holly Carlin, Jennifer Rigney, Bill Boosman, Natalie Gray, Bill Leone, Carl Pohlhammer

Designated Club Representatives: Democratic Women of Monterey County – Priscilla Ann Walton; Democratic Club of the Monterey Peninsula – Linda Bynoe; Salinas Valley Democratic Club – Ernesto Gonzalez; Marina Democratic Club – David Burnett; Progressive Democrats of America – Alan Haffa; Monterey County Young Democrats – Gertrude Smith; and Seaside Democrats – Ian Oglesby.

Assembly District Representatives to the CA Democratic Party: Tyller Williamson (AD 29) and Dominic Dursa (AD 30).

Ex-Officio Members: Mark Stone, 29th Assembly District;  Anna Caballero, 30th Assembly District;  Bill Monning, 17th Senate District; and  Jimmy Panetta, 20th Congressional District. At Large Members: Erin Fogg, Communications Liaison; Tyler Burrola, Communications Liaison.


Endorsements – David Burnett and Karen Araujo, Co-chairs

Issues – Bill Boosman, Chair

Finance – Caspian Forsyth, Chair

Credentials – Karen Araujo, Chair

Campaign – Elena Loomis and Gary Karnes, Co-Chairs

Development – David Kong, Chair

Communications – Tyler Burrola, Chair


What Is A Central Committee?

County Central Committees are the local governing body of the Democratic Party in their county.  They are chartered by the State Democratic Party. Central Committees raise funds, plan election activities, and may open campaign headquarters.  In addition, the Monterey County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) charters local Democratic Clubs with dues paying memberships of a minimum of 20 registered Democrats. Representatives to the MCDCC are elected every four years. Representation on the MCDCC is based on the number of registered Democrats within each County Supervisorial District and members must live in the Supervisorial District which they represent. Members can be local Democrats elected to the Committee, as well as partisan-level Democratic nominees or Democratic Elected Officials (ex-officio members) who live in the county.