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As I typically do, I like to highlight some of my friends who are running for various offices locally. I am not getting involved with who you should vote for because many of my friends are running against each other, but please consider these individuals if you see them on your ballot. Feel free to visit their sites, make a donation, and/or vote for them!
The day our ancestors fought and died for is upon us. Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is Election Day! Democracy and everything that our country stands for is on the ballot.
- Josh Becker – State Senate for District 13
Contra Costa County
- Nancy Skinner – State Senator
- Buffy Wicks– State Assembly – District 15
- Y’Anad Burrell – West Country Costa School Board – Area 4
- Dr. Natisa Dill – Pittsburg City Council
- Ahmad Anderson – Richmond City Council District 5
- La’Tanya Dandie “Ms. Dandie” – Richmond City Council District 6
- Sabina Zafar – San Ramon Mayor
- Derreck Johnson – Oakland City Council Member at Large
- Lynette Gibson McElhaney – Oakland City Council District 3
- Marcie Hodge – Oakland City Council District 7
- Treva Reid – Oakland City Council District 7
- Aaron Clay – Oakland City Council District 7
- Bishop Bob Jackson – Oakland City Council District 7
- Barbara Parker – Oakland City Attorney
- Eli Ferran – Oakland City Attorney
- Timothy Carter – Berkeley City Council – District 2
- Ben Bartlett – Berkeley City Council – District 3
- Tunua Thrash-Ntuk – Long Beach City Council
OAKLAND, CA [May 31, 2018] Although many people may feel disenfranchised or unmotivated about the mid-term elections, it is very import to exercise your civic duty by voting on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. If you do not know if you are registered or where your polling place is, please visit California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla’s, website at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.
One of the down sides on knowing a lot of people is that sometimes your friends and colleagues run against each other for the same office. I am glad that my network is willing to roll up its sleeves to get involved in their communities, however, it makes it challenging for me to endorse them since most of them do not live in a region where I can vote for them. Nonetheless, I make it a point to illuminate whom I know that is running for office and ask for the following:
1.) That you review their campaign websites;
2.) Consider writing a check/donate to their campaigns; and
3.). Consider voting for them.
The best way to make a decision is to inform yourself on the candidate, their platform, and their stance on the issues that most resonate with you, your family, and your community’s needs. Good luck!
Gavin Newsome – Governor
Jeffrey Bleich – Lt. Governor
Gayle McLaughlin – Lt. Governor
Alex Padilla – Secretary of State
Tony Thurmond – Superintendent of Public Instruction
Malia Cohen – Board of Equalization, District 2
East Palo Alto:
Regina Wallace-Jones – City Council
London Breed – San Francisco Mayor
Matt Haney – District 6 Supervisor
Shamann Walton – District 10 Supervisor
Theo Ellington – District 10 Supervisor
Kwixuan Maloof – Superior Court Judge
Assembly District 15
Oakland City Council
Irella Blackwood – County Auditor
Pamela Price – District Attorney
Nancy O’Malley – District Attorney
Contra Costa County
Dianna Becton – District Attorney
If I inadvertently left anyone off, please charge it to my head, not to my heart. I can modify and update up until the election. Thanks.
[May 28, 2014] OAKLAND. Public service is not all of the glitz and glamour that it is cracked up to be. Candidates typically take 6 months, a year, to maybe 2 years out of their lives to run for an office that they may not ever get or if they do get it, their constituents could turn on them in a heart beat. Why do people make this tremendous sacrifice and what is in it for them? Some like the power and prestige. Others like it because in their minds, it is the next logical step in their career path. The rare few do it because the work is what they are good at and they are motivated by their passion. This is the main reason why I am the campaign manager of Dr. Naomi Eason and support her bid for Alameda County Superintendent.
The Alameda County Superintendents’ race is a heated one where the primary election is coming down to the wire, culminating in less than a week on June 3, 2014. Before candidates can and should be evaluated for this position, voters should know what the county superintendent is responsible for:
- Educating specific student populations (i.e., special education, disenfranchised youth, Court and Community)
- Monitoring and oversight of student academic environment
- Monitoring and oversight for district fiscal stability
- Providing academic support and assistance to districts and their schools
- Providing direct services to small school districts
- Implementing regional support activities to assist district and school staffs
All of the candidates come with many accolades, backgrounds, goals, and aspirations for the office. Before I offer my opinion, I advise any Alameda County residents to make an informed decision on who they think is best suited to oversee their public schools and why. League of Women Voters of California Education Fund’s SmartVoter.org provides an excellent comparison of all of the candidates side by side with no endorsement. Moreover, the California State Employees Association held a candidates forum that featured all of the candidates thoughts, opinions, and platforms directly. Lastly, the Contra Costa Times and the Oakland Tribune held a candidates forum, which provides another glimpse of all of the candidates together so that you can choose whose values you identify with best.
Having provided you with enough independent information that you can make an intelligent decision on your own, I am going to now show you why you should vote for Dr. Naomi Eason:
1. Here is the television commercial that thousands of voters have already seen;
2. Here is an overview of Dr. Eason’s Educational Background;
3. This is why there is a time for change;
4. Check out her vision;
5. Here is what Principal Denise Burroughs has to say about Dr. Eason;
6. Principal Mary Fisher shares her views on Dr. Eason and Court and Community Schools
7. School Teacher Blanca Nieves talks about the importance of Preschool Education and how Dr. Eason is right for Alameda County; and
8. After School Teacher Maggie Lam discusses the significance of After School Programs and Dr. Eason’s passion regarding same.
Finally, Dr. Eason is a wife and dedicated parent of 5 children (3 of which are school aged and attend Oakland Public Schools); an educator who taught in Oakland public schools and the California State University system for CalStateTEACH teacher’s preparation program; and administrator who was the principal in the Emery Unified School District and served as a district office administrator, and was the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Alameda County Office of Education for 8 years. This wealth of experience is vital in this role, however, what equips her most to deal educating specific student populations is the fact that Dr. Eason was kicked out of her high school for poor academic performance, but continued on in school to receive her doctorate in educational leadership. There is nothing more inspiring to hear Dr. Eason’s passion for our youth, innovative ideas, and methodical processes for executing same. I am proud to stand by her and I hope that you will feel confident that she has earned your vote.
For more information about Dr. Naomi Eason for Alameda County Superintendent, please visit her website at www.naomieason.us.