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Sacramento County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Supervisorial District 2

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Terry Schanz

11,723 votes (8.31%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue our work to expand our red to blue election successes throughout Sacramento County.
  • Expand opportunities to build a Democratic Party that looks like Sacramento County.
  • Expand our outreach efforts into historically Republican areas of Sacramento County.



Profession:Incumbent, Chair, Democratic Party of Sac County
Chair, Democratic Party of Sacramento County — Elected position (2016–current)


University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa Post graduate study, Political Science (2001)
University of California, San Diego B.A., Political Science (2001)
Sacramento City College A.A., Social Science (1999)


Terry Schanz embodies the energy and vision of a new generation of leadership in Sacramento.


Schanz currently serves as Chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County and has been a delegate to the California Democratic Party since 2008. During this time, he has led efforts to increase Democratic voter registration, organize volunteers throughout the County to support local, state and federal Democratic candidates and has been a strong and decisive voice for Democratic values throughout the region.


Schanz has been active in California Democratic politics for years, serving as President of the UC San Diego College Democrats, Political Director for the Iron Workers, Local 229 and helped coordinate the San Diego Central Labor Council’s successful 2000 election efforts.


Schanz began his public service career as a Staff Assistant to former Congressman Robert T. Matsui and a Finance Assistant for the Phil Angelides for Governor campaign. These positions gave Schanz a close working relationship with two of Sacramento’s greatest political icons and solidified Schanz’s commitment to public service.


Schanz currently serves as Chief of Staff to California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D - Marin County). Schanz previously served as Chief of Staff to Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, former California State Senator Isadore Hall, III., Principal Consultant and interim Chief of Staff to former Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero and Assistant Consultant to former State Senator Kevin Murray. In these roles, Schanz worked on legislation to improve public education, reduce gun violence, foster job creation, increase voter participation, ensure gender and racial wage equity, support civic youth education programs and prevent cyber bulling in public schools.


Schanz has been able to successfully navigate the complex political environment of state government and developed a solid reputation as a dynamic, dependable and trusted advisor to some of the most influential public officials in California.


Schanz received his Associate of Arts degree in Social Science from Sacramento City College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and conducted post-graduate study in Political Science and African Studies at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.


Schanz and his partner are the proud parents of their two Labrador Retrievers, Nelson and Winnie.

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