2018 EAST BAY CANDIDATES LIST (Updated Apr. 19)

House of Representatives
- June 5 primary contests

13th District (Oakland-Berkeley-Alameda-San Leandro)
*Barbara Lee-D, congressmember

15th District (Hayward-Fremont-Tri Valley)
Rudy Peters-R, small business owner
Brendan St. John-NPP, medical marketing executive
*Eric Swalwell-D, congressmember

17th District (Fremont-San Jose-Cupertino)
Ron Cohen-R, certified public accountant
Stephen Forbes-D, business analyst
*Ro Khanna-D, congressmember
Khahn Tran-D, Alum Rock school board member
Kennita Watson-LP, retired software professional

State Assembly
15th District (Richmond-North Oakland-Berkeley)
Judy Appel-D, Berkeley school board member
Ben Bartlett-D, Berkeley councilmember
Jovanka Beckles-D, Richmond councilmember
Pranav Jandhyala-R, college student
Dan Kalb-D, Oakland councilmember
Andy Katz-D, EBMUD board director
Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto-D, El Cerrito councilmember
Sergey Piterman-D, software engineer
Owen Poindexter-D, writer/activist/organizer
Cheryl Sudduth-D, attorney
Raquella Thaman-D, attorney
Buffy Wicks-D, children's advocate

16th District (Tri-Valley)
*Catharine Baker-R, assemblymember
Rebecca Bauer-Kahan-D, immigration attorney

18th Assembly (Oakland-Alameda-San Leandro)
*Rob Bonta-D, assemblymember
Stephen Slauson-R, electrical contractor

20th District (Hayward-Tri Cities-Fremont)
*Bill Quirk-D, assemblymember

25th District (Fremont-Milpitas-San Jose)
Bob Brunton-R, Fremont business owner
*Kansen Chu-D, assemblymember
Robert Imhoff-LP, cybersecurity engineer
Carmen Montano-D, teacher

State Senate
10th District (Hayward-Castro Valley-Fremont)
Victor San Vicente-R, real estate agent
Ali Sarsak-LP, mechanical engineer
*Bob Wieckowski-D, state senator

Alameda County
Board of Supervisors
District 2
*Richard Valle, supervisor, Alameda County

District 3
*Wilma Chan, supervisor, Alameda County

Treasurer-Tax Collector
Henry Levy, appointed treasurer-tax collector, Alameda County

Irella Blackwood, chief auditor/accountant
Melissa Wilk, deputy auditor/clerk-recorder, Alameda County

James Johnson, assessment services chief, Alameda County
Phong La, small business owner
Kevin Lopez, certified general appraiser
John Weed, member, Alameda Water Agency

District Attorney
*Nancy O'Malley, district attorney, Alameda County
Pamela Price, civil rights attorney

*Gregory Ahern, sheriff, Alameda County

Alameda County Superior Court Judge
Office #11
*Tara Flanagan, Alameda County Superior Court judge
Karen Katz, retired Alameda County deputy public defender

Alameda County Board of Education
Superintendent of Schools
*Karen Monroe, superintendent, Alameda County

Area 1 (Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, portions of North, West Oakland)
*Joaquin Rivera, trustee, Alameda County Board of Ed
Abdur Sikdur, scientist/entrepreneur


Alameda County Zone 7 Water Agency (Choose 4)
(Livermore - Amador Valley)
*Dennis Gambs, member, Zone 7 Water Agency
*John Greci, Jr., member, Zone 7 Water Agency
*Sarah Palmer, member, Zone 7 Water Agency
Olivia Sanwong, global biotechnology analyst
*Bill Stevens, member, Zone 7 Water Agency

Ballot Measures
Alameda County
Measure A - Childcare and early education bond measure. 30-year, half-cent sales tax increase

San Lorenzo
Measure B - School infrastructure bond measure. $130 million school bond

Measure C - Affordable housing bond measure. 27-year, $50 million bond.

Measure D - Library Parcel Tax. 20-year, $75/yr parcel tax.

Bay Area
Regional Measure 3 - Bay Area Traffic Relief Plan. Bridge toll increases.


Alameda County
AC Transit Board of Directors
Ward 3 (Alameda-Oakland-San Leandro)
*Elsa Ortiz, board director, AC Transit

Ward 4 (San Leandro-Unincorporated ALCO-Hayward)
*Mark Williams, board director, AC Transit

Ward 5 (Hayward-Newark-Fremont)
*Jeff Davis, board director, AC Transit

➠Filed Intent
*Joel Young, board director, AC Transit

BART Board of Directors
District 4 (Oakland-Alameda)
*Robert Raburn, board director, BART

District 6 (Hayward-Tri-Cities)
*Thomas Blalock, board director, BART

Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
Area 2
*Isobel Dvorsky, trustee, CLPCCD

East Bay Municipal Utilities District
Ward 3 (Piedmont, Orinda, El Sobrante, portions of Oakland, Richmond, Pinole)
*Marguerite Young, director, EBMUD Board of Directors

East Bay Regional Park District
Ward 3 (Castro Valley-Hayward-Union City, portions of Fremont)
*Dennis Waespi, board director, EBRPD

Ward 5 (Dublin Hills--Del Valle-Ohlone-Sunol)
*Ayn Wieskamp, board director, EBRPD

Ward 6 (Blackhawk-Concord-Danville-San Ramon-Walnut Creek)
*Beverley Lane, board director, EBRPD

Ward 7 (Antioch-Brentwood-Hercules-Oakley)
➠Filed Intent
Colin Coffey, appointed board director, EBRPD

Oro Loma Sanitary District (Choose 3)
*Timothy Becker, board director, Oro Loma
*Rita Duncan, board director, Oro Loma
*Shelia Young, board director, Oro Loma
➠Filed Intent
Guillermo Elenes, ALCO Democratic Central Cmte member

Eden Health District (Choose 3)
*Lester Friedman, board director, Eden Health District
*Roxann Lewis, board director, Eden Health District
*Tom Lorentzen, board director, Eden Health District

Peralta Community College District Trustee
Area 3 (Laurel-Fruitvale-Maxwell Park)
*Linda Handy, trustee, Peralta Community College District

Area 5 (Rockridge-Piedmont)
*Bill Riley, trustee, Peralta Community College District

Area 7 (Emeryville, parts of Oakland, Berkeley)
*Julina Bonilla, trustee, Perata Community College District

Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, councilmember, Alameda
Frank Matarrese, councilmember, Alameda
*Trish Spencer, mayor, Alameda
➠Showing Interest
Malia Vella, councilmember, Alameda

City Council (Choose 2)
Tony Daysog, former councilmember, Alameda
John Knox White, planning board member, Alameda
*Jim Oddie, councilmember, Alameda
➠Showing Interest
Jeff Cambra, attorney
Ronald Curtis, planning board member, Alameda
David Mitchell, planning board member, Alameda
Lena Tam, former Alameda councilmember
Barbara Thomas, former Alameda councilmember

School Board (Choose 2)
Mia Bonta, education non-profit CEO
*Gary Lym, school board member, AUSD
Anne McKereghan, appointed school board member, AUSD

Alameda Heatlhcare District Board of Directors (Choose 4)
Gayle Godfrey Codiga, appointed board director
*Robert Deutsch, board director
*Tracy Jensen, board director
Dennis Popalardo, appointed board member

City Council
District 1
Margo Schueler, member, Berkeley Public Works Commission
➠Filed Intent
Cecily Brewster
Rashi Kesarwani
Igor Tregub, member, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board

District 4
*Kate Harrison, councilmember, Berkeley

District 7
*Kriss Worthington, councilmember, Berkeley
➠Showing Interest
James Chang, rent board member, Berkeley

District 8
➠Filed Intent
*Lori Droste, councilmember, Berkeley
Mary Kay Lacey
Alfred Twu, designer

City Auditor
➠Filed Intent
Jamila English
Steve Levine
John Selawsky

School Board (Choose 3)
*Josh Daniels, school board director, BUSD
*Karen Hemphill, school board director, BUSD
➠Filed Intent
*Ty Alper, school board member, BUSD
Lea Baechler-Brabo
Ka'Dijah Brown
Dru Howard
Julie Sinai

Castro Valley
School Board (Choose 2)
*Gary Howard, board member, CVUSD
*Dot Theodore, board member, CVUSD

Castro Valley Sanitary District (Choose 2)
*Melody Appleton, appointed director, CVSD
*Ralph Johnson, board member, CVSD

*David Haubert, mayor, Dublin

City Council (Choose 2)
*Abe Gupta, councilmember, Newark
Bobby Khullar, Manager of Project Controls, San Francisco MTA

City Council
District 1 - Newly created district
➠Showing Interest
Paddy Iyer, member, Fremont Human Relations Commission
Cullen Tiernan, progressive activist

District 2
*Rick Jones, councilmember, Fremont
➠Showing Interest
Cullen Tiernan, progressive activist

District 3
David Bonaccorsi, appointed councilmember, Fremont
➠Showing Interest
Jennifer Kassan, attorney

District 4 - Newly created district
➠Showing Interest
John Dutra, Jr., property development executive
Yang Shao, school board member, Fremont
Craig Steckler, former Fremont police chief

School Board (Choose 2)
Fahria Khan
*Larry Sweeney, board member, Fremont

*Barbara Halliday, mayor, Hayward
➠Filed Intent
Mark Salinas, councilmember, Hayward

City Council (Choose 2)
Rocky Fernandez, state senate district director
*Sara Lamnin, councilmember, Hayward
*Marvin Peixoto, councilmember, Hayward
Didacus Ramos, businessman
Aisha Wahab, community organizer
➠Showing Interest
Wynn Grcich, community activist
Joe Ramos, businessman

School Board (Choose 2)
*Lisa Brunner, governing board member, HUSD
*William McGee, governing board member, HUSD
➠Showing Interest
Heather Reyes, financial representative

*Al Nagy, mayor, Newark

City Council (Choose 2)
*Mike Bucci, councilmember, Newark
*Michael Hannon, councilmember, Newark

➠Filed Intent
Ken Houston, community organizer

Saied Karamooz, member, Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission
Kristina Molina, program coordinator, Bay Area Women Against Rape
*Libby Schaaf, mayor, Oakland
Nancy Sidebotham, community activist
Jesse A.J. Smith
Marchon Tatmon
Cedric Troupe, East Oakland Swim Club
➠Showing Interest
Ignacio De La Fuente, former Oakland councilmember

City Council
District 2
Nikki Bas, exec. dir., East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
*Abel Guillén, councilmember, Oakland

District 4
➠Filed Intent
Nayeli Maxson, exec. dir., Alliance for Community Development
Joseph Tanios, Oakland city employee
➠Showing Interest
Nina Senn, school board member, Oakland
Sheng Thao, chief of staff, Councilmember Kaplan

District 6
➠Filed Intent
*Desley Brooks, councilmember, Oakland
Natasha Middleton, mgmt analyst, Alameda County Probation
Marlo Rodriguez, registered nurse
Loren Taylor, management consultant
Mya Whitaker

School Board
District 2
*Aimee Eng, school board member, Oakland

District 4
*Nina Senn, school board member, Oakland

District 6
➠Filed Intent
Ebony Edgerson
*Shanthi Gonzales, school board member, Oakland

City Auditor
*Brenda Roberts, city auditor, Oakland

City Council (Choose 3)
*Teddy Gray King, councilmember, Piedmont
*Tim Rood, councilmember, Piedmont

Cheryl Cook-Kallio, former councilmember, Pleasanton
*Jerry Thorne, mayor, Pleasanton

City Council (Choose 2)
*Kathy Narum, councilmember, Pleasanton
*Arne Olson, councilmember, Pleasanton

San Leandro
*Pauline Cutter, mayor, San Leandro
➠Showing Interest
Stephen Cassidy, former San Leandro mayor
Benny Lee, councilmember, San Leandro

City Council
District 1
Stephen Cassidy, former San Leandro mayor
*Deborah Cox, councilmember, San Leandro
➠Filed Intent
Ken Pon, certified public account

District 3
➠Filed Intent
Victor Aguilar, Jr., school board member, SLUSD
*Lee Thomas, councilmember, San Leandro

District 5
*Corina Lopez, councilmember, San Leandro

School Board
*Monique Tate, school board member, SLUSD

Area 4
➠Filed Intent
*Leo Sheridan, school board member, SLUSD

San Lorenzo
School Board (Choose 2)
Samuel Medina, appointed board member, SLZUSD
*Janet Zamudio, board member SLZUSD

Union City
City Council (Choose 3)
*Emily Duncan, councilmember, Union City
*Pat Gacoscos, councilmember, Union City
Jaime Patino, Human Relations commissioner

NPP-No Party Preference
PF-Peace and Freedom Party
LP-Libertarian Party
G-Green Party
-June 5 primary contests


  1. By MW:

    Wilma Chan will almost certainly win her race for re-election to the AC Board of Supervisors. And while it is true that so far no one has filed in opposition to her, or even indicated any interest in possibly running against her, however even if she had an opponent: one, she is the best known; and two, still furthermore it seems to be almost a law in the East Bay to always automatically vote for the incumbent, and especially in regard to races for the AC Board of Supervisors.

    In fact, the only time I can recall in the last thirty plus years an incumbent losing a race for the AC Board of Supervisors was back in the early 1990's when Gail Steele, and who had an extremely strong and very impressive resume, managed to defeat, and even then still just barely, the incumbent.

    However, and even though it is virtually certain that WC will win the race for re-election, that still does not mean that things might not get very interesting. For instance if there is much discussion, and especially in the newspapers, concerning the allegation that supposedly she makes at least some of her decisions not on the basis of law, facts, and what is best for the general public, but instead on the basis of who has the most clout, then the general public will learn a lot more about that sleazy cesspool and organized crime ring, but which pretends to be a legitimate government, that runs things in the East Bay.

    And that is the biggest threat, and especially the biggest longterm threat, to the "liberals" and the Democratic Party, in other words the general public continuing to learn more about the real and actual "standards" of the high ranking politicians who pretend to be "liberals."

  2. By MW:

    In regard to "who would be crazy enough to run for public office?" - a lot of those who run for public office, and especially in the Bay area, are scumbags, parasites, scam artists, embezzlers, money launderers, and blood sucking leeches, and who realize that as long as they pretend to be great liberals and wonderful humanitarians they will be able to work their extremely profitable scams.

  3. By MW:

    Also in regard to "who would be crazy enough to run for public office?" - politics offers a way for people of mediocre abilities to make money, and in fact often a lot of money.

    For instance, let's say that John Doe is the best baseball player in the high school class of 2017 in San Leandro, Hayward, or Fremont, or in fact even in the entire East bay. That still hardly guarantees he will ever become even a utility infielder in the major leagues or even be offered a minor league contract. Since to make serious money in major league sports, a person does not have to be merely in the top ten percent or even one percent among his peers, and even merely top one tenth of one percent would probably not be nearly good enough, but most likely would have to be at least top one hundredth of one percent, and quite likely even better than that to ever get even one at bat in the major leagues, or as they say get called up to the major leagues for just "one cup of coffee."

    Similarly, let's say a person wants to become a physicist. and let's say he is far and away the best mathematician in a large high school, and also considered to be easily in the top one tenth of one percent in mathematics of all students in his age group. That still hardly guarantees he would be even good enough to ever rate as even a very mediocre physicist, or maybe even to just get passing grades in the courses required to obtain a graduate degree in physics.

    However, the world of politics often offers plenty of opportunities, and often big money making opportunities, to even the extremely mediocre. For example, Nadia Lockyer was able to get positions in the world of politics that paid over 100K per year, and with a "brain" of such "quality" that if I owned a fast food joint I would never even slightly consider hiring her as even a junior assistant shift manager at only 25K per year. And even if the minimum wage was reduced back to only $1.60 per hour, and which it was about forty years ago, more than likely I would not agree to pay her even that to be a janitor in a fast food joint.

    Politics also offers plenty of opportunities to those who are first and foremost phonies. And as a former co-worker of mine said, "ACTORS WHO ARE NOT GOOD LOOKING ENOUGH FOR HOLLYWOOD GO INTO POLITICS."

  4. Rumors had it that Elmer D. Fudd may run for Oakland City Council

  5. I'm hearing rumors in San Leandro Bryan Azevedo is considering running for school board in San Leandro. He ran for city council last year and I'm stunned that he lost. I supported him then and I will support him again if he runs. He is everywhere in San Leandro trying to help our community. He never gives up!!!

  6. I also heard Bryan Azevedo is going to run for school board. He has like 3 or 4 kids. I think he would be great. He is always trying to help people. He is a true man of the people and has a cute baby that's attached to his arms.

  7. Boss Hogg will be running for Sheriff of Hazard County

  8. Everyone up for reelection should resign from AcTransit. I have zero idea what they do to earn their paycheck

  9. De La Fuente? For Mayor of Oakland? Sometimes it's best to keep our sights on the future not the past. Wrong candidate for the times.

  10. Richard Valle, not Keith Carson is up for re-election. Carson was re-elected in 2016 for his 26th year

  11. Thanks so much for this list. It's really helpful! Does anyone have a similar list of potential local ballot measures?

  12. I hope Cullen Tiernan DOES not run for Fremont City Council, although a Progressive, he is a fanatic. if a fellow progressive does not pass his litus test, he has nothing to do wit that person OR TRIES TO DISCREDIT THAT PERSON .In addition, to playing very dirty while running for Chair of the CDP- veterans caucus.

  13. I am so glad that there are two strong candidates running against Desley Brooks in City Council district 6. Ms. Middleton or Mr. Taylor would represent the district well. It is time to represent the people in district 6. Enough of Brook's soap opera.

  14. read that leghorn foghorn is running for a congressional seat in the southern district