Windsor City Council member Deb Fudge has secured the endorsement of the Sonoma County Democratic Party in her quest to replace outgoing Fourth District Supervisor Mike McGuire, the party said Thursday.

"Throughout her career as a public servant, Deb has worked hard for the people of Sonoma County to create jobs, improve transportation, and protect our open space," party Chairman Stephen Gale said in announcing the endorsement. "She knows the challenges we face, and she has the experience and leadership to tackle these issues head on."

Fudge is facing a crowded field to replace McGuire, who is running for the State Senate seat being vacated by Santa Rosa Democrat Noreen Evans. The county party has endorsed McGuire in that race.

In addition to Fudge, Fourth District candidates include former Obama administration official James Gore, former Healdsburg Mayor Pete Foppiano, pension activist Ken Churchill and Keith Rhinehart, a former UPS supervisor and part-time teacher. If no candidate can get more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 3 primary, the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in November.