Established in 1981, Santa Clara County Democratic Club is a progressive organization dedicated to informing voters, encouraging citizen involvement in the political process, and promoting Democratic Party values.





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 The members of the Santa Clara County Democratic Club enjoy exchanging diverse opinions and concerns. Experts on current topics speak at our meetings, fostering respectful and passionate discussion. Our concerns often evolve into actions to support various progressive causes and candidates. We are a diverse, welcoming group and hope to hear your voice at our next meeting. 


Who We Are


The Santa Clara County Democratic Club has worked continuously since 1980 for values espoused by the Democratic Party: the right of all Americans to a job, a home,  education,  medical care,  privacy, social security, and, of course, a woman's right to choose.


We draw our membership from all over Santa Clara County, but most members live in San José, Santa Clara, and Campbell.  The Club is an issues based organization, the only one in the County that makes its very highest priority the achievement of


Public Financing of Elections!


We are also very active in:

  • Working for universal, single-payer health care;

  • The California Clean Money Campaign;

  • Move to Amend the Constitution to reduce the money in politics;

  • Electing Democratic candidates;

  • The Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee;

  • The California Democratic Council.








During election campaigns our members participate in campaigns by organizing and participating in phone banks, fund raising, and precinct walking.




General meetings are held every third Monday of each month (except in one summer month and in December) in the back room of Harry's Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., San José just south of Stevens Creek Blvd.  Watch our home page for details of upcoming meetings.


The Executive Board meetings take place on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Headen-Inman House, 1509 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara.  These meetings are open to all members.


Events & Activities


The Club has several fundraising events throughout the year including a summer function and a winter holiday party.  SCCDC endorses candidates running for office, donates money to worthwhile campaigns, and works to elect Democrats to office.  The Club also works on voter registration.


Club Officers

  • President: Rob Means

  • Vice President: Joe Dietzgen

  • Treasurer: Bill Barrett

  • Corresponding Secretary: Gwendolyn McDaniel

  • Recording Secretary: Eileen Sargent


Executive Board Members

  • Member-at-Large: Ed Cobb

  • Member-at-Large: Art Cohen

  • Member-at-Large: Herb Engstrom

  • Member-at-Large: Wally Gardner

  • Member-at-Large: Dixie Johansen

  • Member-at-Large: Carol Miller

  • Member-at-Large: Shirley Odou

  • Member-at-Large: Fred Rehhausser

  • Member-at-Large: Kathy Stoken

  • Member-at-Large: Richard Stoken

  • Member-at-Large: Allan Thiessen

  • David Wessel




Affordable Housing: David Wessel


Endorsements: Fred Rehhausser
Herb Engstrom, David Donaldson, John McLemore

Events: Eileen Sargent
Rosemary Knox, Kathy Stoken, Carol Cobb, Loretta Riddle, Shirley Odou

Meeting: Rob Means
Wally Gardner, Eileen Sargent, Bill Barrett, Herb Engstrom

Membership: Herb Engstrom
Bill Barrett, David Donaldson

Finance: Bill Barrett

Fundraising: Joe Dietzgen
Herb Engstrom, Shirley Odou, Bill Barrett

Media: Ed Cobb
David Donaldson, Anne Marie de Cesare, Richard Stoken, Kathy Stoken, Herb Engstrom, Art Cohen

Newsletter: Shirley Odou
Richard Stoken

Program: Shirley Odou
Bill Barrett, David Donaldson, Herb Engstrom, Dixie Johansen, Fred Rehhausser

Phone Tree: Eileen Sargent
Carol Miller, Jan Dietzgen, Lynda Martinez, Alan Thiessen, Bill Barmettler, Wally Gardner

Political Engagement: Herb Engstrom,
Gautam Barve, Lara, Calvert-York, Art, Cohen, Claudia, Folzman, Michael, Metz, Farideh Dormishian, Barbara Ross, Art Cohen


Club Bylaws


Click here to open the bylaws with Adobe Acrobat.

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Resources for Media Monitoring & Rapid Response

National News Media Address



SCCDC's Newsletter





 SCCDC Meetings

Monthly General Meetings, 3rd Monday (except July or August and December)

6:00 p.m. for no-host dinner

7:00 p.m. meeting begins

Harry's Hofbrau
390 Saratoga Ave.
San José 95129
Map to

(Harry's Hofbrau is on Saratoga Ave. between Stevens Creek and Kiely Blvd.)

Monthly Executive Board Meetings, fourth Wednesday of the month.

7:00 p.m. for Meeting & Dessert

Headen-Inman Historical Museum, 1509 Warburton, Santa Clara


You may now pay your dues, make a donation, or pay for event tickets on line. Here's the link to our donations page


The Santa Clara County Democratic Club can be reached at:
mail: Santa Clara County Democratic Club, c/o 1421 Yellowstone Ave, Milpitas CA 95035
FEC ID#C00419028;  FPPC ID# 1288723

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