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Sign the “Support Statement” on line

We have been updating the pages (tabs at the top) of this site.

Please check out your county page for email addresses and phone numbers. These are the folks to call, if you want to lend support for the Declaration and Petition to withdraw from the State of California.

You can also go to the “ACTION” page at the top of this site to sign an on-line “support statement.”

Changes — good ones!

Changes — good ones!

It has been just about a year, since concerned Siskiyou County citizens  began the quest to create a State of Jefferson by finding like-minded counties that desire to split from California and create the 51st State in the United States of America.

It is the desire for equal representation, lower taxes, and economically positive type of government regulations that has fueled the enthusiasm and support.

With encouragement from Jefferson supporters, Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors approved a “Declaration to withdraw from the State of California” on Sept. 3, 2013. Neighboring Modoc County Supervisors followed suit on Sept. 24, 2013.

The Declaration approved by Siskiyou Supervisors can be found on the “SISKIYOU” page/tab at the top of this site.

Since then, Glenn County and Yuba County Supervisors have also approved a Declaration to withdraw.  Tehama County citizens approved Measure A on June 3, 2014 asking the Supervisors to also approve the Declaration. That vote will be Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Red Bluff, CA.

Sutter County Supervisors, this past week, said they will write their own “Resolution” and vote on it July 22, 2014.

Additional Declaration Committees have been organized in –



Del Norte







El Dorado Counties.

It is time to up-date this original website, which is actually a blog.

Several counties have created fabulous websites with tons of significant information. This JEFFERSON DECLARATION.NET blog will continue to be updated with news, grievances against the State of California, events and media articles. We try to do it daily.

Unfortunately, blogs do have limitations, so we hope that the additional websites will be encouraged and utilized. All are focused and working in concert with each other.

Those websites are:



Also, please find your county on Facebook for additional info and networking. You can make a difference by explaining that creating a 51st State is achievable. The U.S. Constitution allows it in Article 4, sect. 3. 

Just put in your county’s name and “County for State of Jefferson” in the SEARCH on facebook.

Or go to the “WEBSITES” page/tab at the top of this site to see the counties involved on Facebook.

Also on Facebook, check out:   Jefferson State News

Yes, your dedication and support will help the Declaration project grow into the reality of the State of Jefferson.

The time has come for 51 !

– Admin Liz Bowen

Sutter County: Decides to write own resolution

After interesting discussion, with all five Sutter County Supervisors stating their frustration with the State of California and saying they support withdrawal from the state, the supervisors decided to write their own resolution regarding withdrawal from the state. And at the July 22, 2014 Board of Supervisors meeting will finalize its resolution with a vote.

“This is our sixth county,” said Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson Declaration Committee. “We are over half way to our initial goal of ten counties.”

Siskiyou County began the quest on Sept. 3, 2013, when its Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve a Declaration to withdraw from the State of California. Baird was the leader of the group, which quickly grew. Well over 100 people attended the Sept. 3, 2013 Supervisors meeting to give voice to the lack of equal representation continually experienced by rural counties.

Later on Sept. 24, 2014, Modoc County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 for the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California.

In January 2014, Glenn County Supervisors approved the Declaration to withdraw with a huge 5-0 vote.

In April 2014, Yuba County Supervisors approved the Declaration to withdraw.

June 3, 2014, the citizens of Tehama County approved Measure A on the ballot with a 56 percent vote. The Tehama County Supervisors are expected to approve the citizen’s Measaure A for the Declaration at its next meeting on July 15th.

So, Sutter County is the sixth county to discuss and show support for the simple statement that California is too big and ungovernable. It is time for the 51st State in the USA.




Should Northern California Secede and Become the State of Jefferson?


Activists in Northern California, near the border with Oregon, are pushing to secede from the Golden State. They say they’re fed up with taxes, regulation, and lack of representation. If they get their way, the country’s 51st entrant would be called the State of Jefferson.


“The three major urban areas dictate politics for the entire state,” says Mark Baird of the Jefferson Declaration Committee. “Our children are leaving, our economy is crashing, we are taxed, every breath we take is regulated, and we feel that a free state will cure that.”


To date, five county governments have signed on the plan and more may be joining up.


“We can’t afford to run a California style beauracracy, that is true,” says Baird. “But as a small rural state, we don’t want to. ”


The idea of secession in California isn’t new. During the Great Depression, folks started pushing a similar plan in the same part of the state but threw in the towel after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941.


Both California’s state legislature and the U.S. Congress would have to approve the plan to make Jefferson more than a pipe dream. That’s not going to happen any time soon, but Northern California’s separatist movement is worth exploring as a way of pushing back against a distant and unresponsive government.


Produced by Alex Manning. Additional camera Tracy Oppenheimer. About 5:30 minutes.


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3 State of Jefferson events coming up


 June 8, 2014

 2 p.m.

The Ridge Golf Course

Auburn, CA

Speaker: Mark Baird

You are invited to discover

The State of Jefferson!

Tell anyone you know that lives in Auburn, Roseville, Colfax, Grassvalley, Nevada City or anywhere near here!

 For more information call Del Rapini at 209-461-2607

Check out:

Facebook – Placer County for the State of Jefferson




June 10, 2014

9 am

Butte County Board of Supervisors

will discuss the State of Jefferson Declaration.

We need you to attend and express your desire to join the 51st state!

PACK OUT THE ROOM like you did last time!

ALL Jeffersonians are welcome to attend.

County of Butte
25 County Center Dr
Oroville, CA 95965



 Placerville Tea Party In The Hills Event

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

 7 p.m.

American Legion Hall 119

 4561 Greenstone Rd

Placerville, CA.

Speakers: Mark Baird and his team Terry Rapoza and Red Smith

 It can happen!

 Come and learn how.


California secession organizers encouraged despite split vote

By Valerie Richardson


The Washington Times


Wednesday, June 4, 2014


California voters in two northern rural counties split the difference Tuesday on two ballot measures aimed at carving out a 51st state called Jefferson, but the half-loaf result hasn’t discouraged the movement’s organizers.

Mark Baird, an organizer of the Jefferson Declaration movement, said he was encouraged by the outcome in Tehama County, where voters approved by 56 percent to 44 percent a measure asking whether the county should adopt “a Declaration of Support for the proposed separation from the State of California and formation of a new state.”



SEE ALSO: 51st state on the ballot in California



But voters in Del Norte County defeated the same proposal by a 59-41 margin. There, the measure faced stiff opposition from Keep It California, which was supported by the AFL-CIO and SEIU as well as the county Democratic Central Committee.

“I don’t feel bad about Del Norte County. I genuinely don’t. I feel bad for Del Norte County,” said Mr. Baird.

Despite the setback in Del Norte, Mr. Baird said enthusiasm for the 51st state proposal is building. The Butte County board of supervisors is scheduled to vote later this month on a measure supporting a “separation from the state of California and formation of a new state,” while the Sutter County board is slated to consider the issue in July.

Meanwhile, Mr. Baird said he’s preparing a presentation for a July town hall in Lake County, where the board of supervisors includes three Democrats, because “their economy has been devastated by the regulations that issue from lower California.”

“This is not the end for Del Norte unless they choose for it to be. But it’s definitely not the end of the state of Jefferson,” said Mr. Baird. “We’re going gangbusters. We can’t even keep up, we get so many inquiries to give presentations and invitations from counties.”

Kevin Hendrick, campaign director of Keep It California, said he was heartened by the Del Norte vote. The group had argued that Measure A would further impoverish the county by removing state funding for schools and other services and also could result in the closing of the state prison in Crescent City.



SEE ALSO: Secession movement in New York pushes for Big Apple to split from Upstate



“I’m really proud of the people in this county for recognizing a bad deal when they see one,” Mr. Hendrick told the Del Norte Triplicate. “I really hope the Board of Supervisors respect the will of the people.”

Tuesday’s elections were the first since the movement began less than a year ago. Supervisors in four counties — Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou and Yuba — have already voted to join the Jefferson Declaration movement.

Supporters of the Jefferson Declaration argue that the northern rural counties have seen their economies crippled by state taxes and regulations pushed by the Democratic-led state legislature, which is dominated by lawmakers from urban and suburban districts.

California’s northern 12 counties share one state senator, versus 10 for San Francisco and 20 for Los Angeles.

During the campaign, advocates dotted the counties with large green banners reading, “Coming Soon/Welcome to Jefferson/The 51st State/God Bless America.”

Mr. Baird said it’s entirely possible the movement could try again in Del Norte County, pointing out that it took Maine three attempts before it was able to split off from Massachusetts in 1820 and become the state it now is.

“Just because you lose one vote in one place, gosh, we’re not kids. We never expected to win 100 percent of them 100 percent of the time,” said Mr. Baird. “But we’re never going to stop, never ever, until we get representation for Northern California.”

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Russia Today: Tehama County Votes to Secede from California

Tehama County Votes to Secede from California

By: Barry Donegan

On Tuesday, Tehama County voters approved a measure which requires county officials to consider seceding from California to form a new state called “Jefferson.”

In California politics, there has been a long-standing feud between rural voters and those from densely-populated cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. California is an unusually large state in terms of geography, and the policies of its equally massive government sometimes please one county at the expense of another. Rural voters often complain that their voices aren’t heard in the California State Legislature in Sacramento.

Eleven sparsely-populated rural counties of Northern California cover a land mass equal to many US states, but are represented by only one state senator, unlike the Los Angeles area, which is represented by 20. This has led many Northern California counties to consider secession, with a plan in place to create a new state called “Jefferson.” Some counties in the southern region of Oregon are also considering taking formal steps to join this movement to create a new US state.

According to the Washington Post, a majority of voters in Tehama County, California approved a non-binding resolution on Tuesday that would encourage local officials to look into seceding from California and joining in the process of creating the State of Jefferson. Voters in Del Norte County also considered the same measure on the same day, but rejected it. Additionally, Siskiyou County voters considered a proposal to create the Jefferson Republic, which failed.

In the past, county officials in the California counties of Glenn, Modoc, Yuba, and Siskiyou have approved measures to consider seceding from California. The movement to create a new state encompassing parts of Northern California and a few southern counties in Oregon has been building since prior to World War II. Though the failed votes in the counties of Siskiyou and Del Norte represent a hiccup in the plan to form a new state, Tehama County’s vote to look into the idea marks the fifth county to approve such a resolution, giving credence to the view that an increasing number of voters are growing weary of their lack of representation in Sacramento politics.

MORE and the video from Russia Today below:

2 of 3 California secession measures defeated

Posted: 10:07 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014

2 of 3 California secession measures defeated

California Secession

Terry Chea

Tom Knorr, chairman of the Measure A campaign in Tehama County, holds a State of Jefferson flag as he poses for photographs at his ranch house in Corning, Calif., Tuesday, May 27, 2014. The idea of forming their own state has been a topic among local secession dreamers for more than a century in California�s largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties. Residents in two counties, Del Norte and Tehama, will decide June 3, 2014, on an advisory measure that asks each county�s board of supervisors to join a wider effort to form a 51st state named Jefferson. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

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RED BLUFF, Calif. —

A break-away movement in far Northern California apparently sounded better in theory than in reality to voters in Tuesday’s primary.

Residents of rural, sparsely populated counties who have felt ignored by California leaders have discussed secession for more than a century. The latest push has the support of elected officials in four counties, with a vote scheduled by Butte County leaders next week.

Two counties that put the question of creating a 51st state named Jefferson before residents split the question. Voters in Del Norte County defeated the advisory measure resoundingly by 59 percent. Tehama County voters appear to favor it, but 3,500 ballots remain to be counted.

Secession opponents said Wednesday the results show the desire to split from California is limited to a small, vocal group. New state supporters face long odds, needing approval from the California Legislature and U.S. Congress.

In Siskiyou County, where the board of supervisors has already voted to join the new state movement, voters rejected renaming the county the Republic of Jefferson, with just 44 percent support in Tuesday’s primary.

Mark Baird, a chief proponent of Jefferson state and a Siskiyou County resident, dismissed the vote in his county as unrelated to his movement and said the rejection of Del Norte voters doesn’t stop momentum for a new state.

“It’s not a loss for us. It’s a loss for them,” Baird said. “We never expected to win 100 percent of the votes because these are questions people are going to have to ask themselves: Do you want representation or not?”

Del Norte and Tehama, with more than 91,000 people, are among 16 counties targeted for secession, making up more than a quarter of California’s land mass but a small slice of its population. People who opposed the secession measure said they were tired of break-away activists going unchallenged.

“It draws a picture of this extreme rural philosophy,” said Kevin Hendrick, a retiree who led opposition to the Del Norte secession measure. “But it’s not held by a majority because we just showed that.”

Hendrick credited his side’s victory to showcasing the county’s reliance on California state government for school funding and state parks. A mailer warned voters secession would lead to the closure of Pelican Bay State Prison.

Aaron Funk, who organized support for the secession measure, compared voters who feared losing state government funding to victims of Stockholm syndrome. Jefferson backers say the votes are a step toward analyzing how an independent state could support itself.

Sue Gallagher, one of the opponents of the Tehama secessionist measure, said an organized push against the measure never took off, partially because many voters didn’t take the Jefferson movement seriously.

“They were going ‘This is so crazy it can’t happen,’ so they didn’t have any impetus to turn out and vote,” Gallagher said.

Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters Tuesday night he would visit counties all across California in his re-election campaign for a historic fourth term. Asked about the visiting counties that want to split off, he said, “I’m going to definitely talk to the people of Jefferson and tell them to stick around.”

Siskiyou and Tehama are for Jefferson Declaration

With election results in, Tehama County voters did approve Measure A by 55 percent for the Tehama County Board of Supervisors to approve the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California.

On Sept. 3, 2013, Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1  and did APPROVE the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California.

Misleading –

Unfortunately, this morning, Redding Record Searchlight newspaper has published incorrect information claiming that Siskiyou County has voted against the State of Jefferson.

Apparently, the reporter did not read the Measure C, which allowed voters to decide if there should be an additional creation of an entity within the boundaries of Siskiyou County with the name of “Jefferson Republic Territory.”

It is this odd Measure C that would have created this “Territory” and it was defeated with 55 percent of the voters saying “NO” to the Measure C in Siskiyou.

The Siskiyou Jefferson Declaration Committee had nothing to do with this Measure to create the Territory. It was a totally separate project.

Surely, Redding Record Searchlight would prefer to write accurate information and provide a “correction” on this incorrect story.

Del Norte County

Del Norte County voters did vote 58 percent against its Measure A, which was to approve the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California.

The Del Norte Jefferson Committee worked hard to share information about the Declaration with only a shoestring for a budget.

The opposition came from the SEIU and other Unions that spent $35,000 in a media campaign against the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California.

Thank you to all who support the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California and who put shoe-leather to the pavement and dirt in Tehama and Del Norte Counties.

– Admin Liz Bowen