The Union Democrat

We are the largest-circulation daily newspaper published in both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. Five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday.

84 S. Washington St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-Fri, closed holidays

Reception: 532-7151

Email Contact List Included Below

Delivery/subscriptions: 533-3614

Subscription by carrier: $8.25/mo print and e-edition

Instagram- @the_union_democrat


The Union Democrat: 1854 to Today

The Union Democrat has survived through tumultuous times dating back to its very creation in 1854. That year, on the first of July, Volume 1 Number 1 was hand set and published by Albert N. Francisco. Politics reined hard under Francisco, and through unapologetic means, he pressed forward with his publications against the “vulgar-witted old rail-splitter” Abraham Lincoln. Yet along with his politically-biased prints, he kept up with local news, thus beginning the Union Democrat. Although it began as a confederate-sympathizer during the war, due to its good reputation among the locals for providing fair and high quality news, the Union Democrat outlived its competitors, and is still thriving today.

Francisco began printing from a shack on the corner of Green and Yaney that no longer stands today. Since 1854 the Union Democrat has seen a dozen ownership changes, and three location changes in the downtown Sonora area. The paper’s second location still stands at 63 (59, 61 & 63) N. Washington St. This building was purchased by the Mark family when the Union Democrat moved to its current location at 84 S. Washington. Laura Mark still owns the divided building on 63 N. Washington today, where it harbors Union Hill Coffee, The Pink Zebra, and Flawless Hair & Makeup Design.

Today the Union Democrat is nestled in the heart of Downtown Sonora, close to its roots from over 150 years ago. The new building was once a bank purchased by Bank of America. While Bank of America moved a few blocks south, the building still holds rich history with a large vault on the main floor and many other historical aspects. A large clock once resided on the outside of the building which was taken by Bank of America when they moved, and can be seen on their current building at 180 S. Washington.

Having acquired Editor Lyn Riddle and Publisher Wells Andrews in the past two years, the paper has been making a lot of changes, keeping up with the ever-growing community in the Mother Lode. Here at the Union Democrat we love the amazing history of the Mother Lode and aim to provide fair high quality news and service to our community. Stop in and see all the wonderful things we are working on today! 

Email Contact List:

Wells Andrews, Publisher-

Lyn Riddle, Editor-

Alex Maclean, City & County Reporter-

Giuseppe Ricapito, Crime & Courts Reporter-

Guy Mcarthy- Environmental Reporter

Peggy Pietrowicz, Advertising Manager-

Sharron Sharp, Circulation Manager-

Derek Rosen, IT Manager-






84 S. Washington St., Sonora, CA 95370

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