Check Donations to the Community First Slate should be made out to:
Community First 18th AD Democrats 2020 supporting Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Candidates: Baranco, Drake, Goodall, Lopez, Love, Maxey, Oddie, Perry, Prola, Torello & Vella
AND mailed to:
PO Box 3139
San Leandro, CA 94578
Our combined slate of volunteer activists has either served on the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee or like Democratic organizations for many years and have a long record of implementing positive change in our communities --- and for you.
We have a proven record of success in urging cities and schools to face the important issues of our time such as: working to ensure that sanctuary city and safe schools laws were implemented throughout the county protecting the undocumented; pushing for strong renter protections and creation of more affordable housing; and partnering to tackle homelessness through a myriad of solutions throughout the county understanding that much more work still needs to be done.
Collectively, we have a strong understanding for what is required for our local Party by creating an organization which fights for a better, fairer, and a brighter future for all --- one that empowers voters and organizes our county to succeed. By achieving continual high voter registration and voter turnout along with electing strong Democratic officials who can pass progressive legislation and policies in keeping with our Party platform, we work hard to make our Party productive and effective --- while continuing to move us forward to meet the challenges facing all of us on a daily basis.
As community and Party volunteer activists, we have demonstrated the skills and dedication to ensure our Party’s success. Our results over the years are reflected in some of the highest voter registration and turnout in the state of California. We have achieved so many accomplishments over the years that the State Democratic Party cannot win any statewide election without Alameda County’s impactful and progressive results.
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About Community First!
Meet the Candidates
*Order of the Candidates as they will appear on the ballot.
#8 Corina Lopez
Corina Lopez is seeking re-election to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee representing AD18 which she has served on since 2012. Lopez also serves on the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party. Lopez has the distinction of being the first person from the Latinx community to be elected to the San Leandro City Council which she has served on since 2014. Previously, she served as a Trustee for the San Leandro Unified School District. Her voting record reflects her priorities including: equity and inclusion; social and environmental justice; promoting labor and workers’ rights; housing affordability; protecting the vulnerable and those in need; and combatting food insecurity.
Lopez grew up as a daughter of migrant farmworkers, and her upbringing and family background is one of labor activism and social justice. She attended the Head Start program and public schools through high school. She is the first in her immediate family to go to college attending Princeton University. In her 30s, she returned to school and received a Certificate in Finance awarded with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley. Her distinctions also include receiving Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s Equity Champion Award in 2017 for her work spearheading San Leandro’s Sanctuary City Resolution as well as the City of San Leandro Proclamation of Corina Lopez Day in 2013.
Tonya D. Love is running to increase representation of Black women from Oakland in the Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee.
Tonya has worked for the California Assembly for over 3 years as a legislative representative for AD18 Assemblymember Rob Bonta. She also serves as Vice-Chair on Oakland's Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Community Advisory Board. For over 10 years, she has advocated for affordable housing, tenant protections, police and criminal justice reform, living wages, healthy eating and active living environments, and increased civic participation.
Community has a right to be heard and included, yet not everyone is at the table. Tonya believes that we serve everyone when we prioritize the ones most in need. She will ensure that community will have the right to help shape decisions made on their behalf. For Tonya, community will come first.
#9 Tonya Love
#12 Jim Oddie
Councilmember Jim Oddie has a long history of working on behalf of residents of the 18th Assembly District as an Alameda City Councilmember and former District Director for Assemblymember Rob Bonta. Jim currently serves on the Central Committee and has twice been elected the AD18 Vice Chair. Supporting the East Bay's values of justice, inclusion, equity, and opportunity, Jim has been a leader in providing tenant protections, increasing the local minimum wage, protecting core services, and addressing homelessness and the housing shortage.
#13 Pamela Drake
Pamela moved to Oakland after being active in the successful fight for Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State. She has been engaged in East Bay Politics for decades: serving as an area vice president for Faith in Action [formerly OCO,] staffer to Oakland City Council Members, director of a Community Center, teacher, and small business advocate. As a single parent, she fought for classrooms first at OUSD, tenants’ rights, police accountability and immigrants’ rights. She’s a former member of the Alameda County Labor Council, currently the State and Local Politics Chair of the Wellstone Club, founding member of the California Sanctuary Campaign and the Coalition for Police Accountability. She continues to engage in voter education through her news and opinion blog, Draketalkoakland.com.
#14 Ken Maxey
A Bay Area native, son of retired public-school teachers and former staff to US Congressman Adam Schiff, Kenneth Maxey has over 20+ year’s experience as a community organizer and a social justice advocate He’s running for Alameda County Central Committee to ensure African American males are represented on the central committee. Kenneth’s experience of being involved in local, state and national democratic organizations and campaigns began in 2000 when he worked as a college democrat on the Al Gore for President campaign.
Kenneth has held numerous leadership positions throughout Alameda County and the State of California. These include: Chair of The Oakland Boys & Girls Clubs, California Director for the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Digital Transition Program, SoCal Political Director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the California Democratic Party (CDP) for Governor Howard Dean and Chairman Art Torres. In 2008 he was the GOTV Director for Obama for America in Polk County, Iowa; State Outreach Director for Phil Angelides for Governor and Grassroots Campaign Director in Southern California with John Kerry for President. Kenneth has also worked for LA County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (the first African-American woman to represent the West Coast in Congress).
He has been instrumental in developing programs like the Temple Sinai Unity Seder and East Bay Stonewall Breakfast. He has been recognized by numerous local and national organizations such as Black Women for Political Action (BWOPA), Friends of South Asian American Communities, Indo American Community Foundation, the California NAACP Youth & College Division and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to name a few.
#18 Linda Perry
Linda Perry is a current member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. Born in Oakland, she has lived in the East Bay her entire life. Linda is also a current delegate to the California State Democratic Party and has served on the Executive Board.
Linda served 8 years on the San Leandro City Council and 12 years on the San Leandro School Board. She served as Vice Mayor and President of the School Board. Linda chaired the Alameda County School Boards Association; and delegate to CSBA (California School Boards Association) Assembly. Serving on 29 different agencies, she chaired ABAG Regional Planning Committee; BCDC (Bay Conservation and Development); League of California Cities Public Works (Vice Chair) and Telecommunications (Chair) committees.
#19 Diana Prola
As a lifelong Democrat, Diana Prola has been an active member of the Central Committee since 2004. She spent the month of October 2004 in Ohio working full time on the Kerry campaign and has walked precincts and/or phone-banked in every election since 1968. Diana has been active in the community as a Human Resources Commissioner for 4 years, and a current member of the Library Commission. She has been an elected incumbent on the San Leandro School Board for the past 11 years, served three times as President of the Board of Education, and an elected delegate to the California School Boards Association since 2009. Diana received the "Legislator of the Year" Award from the Central Labor Council in 2018 and the"18th Assembly District Educator of the Year" Award in 2019. She was also given the San Leandro Leadership and Community Service Award for District 6 in 2015 and again in 2019. As a long-time anti-war activist, her immediate future political plans focus on defeating Trump in 2020!
#20 Malia Vella
A lifelong activist, Democrat, and Alameda County native, Malia Vella grew up working on political campaigns and standing on strike lines in Alameda, Oakland and San Leandro. She is committed to ensuring that working people of all ages, women, and people of color are represented within the Democratic Party.
Malia is an adjunct professor at the Mills College Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy and an attorney for Teamsters Local 856 where she represents public and private sector workers and negotiates contracts on behalf of those workers. She began her legal career focusing on gender equity in the workplace, before transitioning to work on policy and community engagement as a representative for two state legislators. Malia went on to work at a law firm specializing in political expenditure reporting and election law, before joining the Teamsters Union to focus on labor and employment law and advocating for working people. Elected to serve on the Alameda City Council in 2016, Malia has been a strong progressive on the Council and voted for tenant protections including Just Cause, increasing the minimum wage, funding cross town bike lanes, adding a third ferry terminal at Alameda Point and building more affordable housing. A new mom who welcomed her first child while serving her first term in office, Malia also authored legislation requiring changing tables in restrooms across the city, gender neutral bathrooms in city buildings, and a lactation pod at city hall.
Brandon Baranco, a lifelong Democrat, was born and raised in Oakland, California and is a product of Oakland Public schools.
He most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Oakland City Councilmember Sheng Thao. Brandon was tasked with managing the Councilmember’s legislative and policy agenda, budget priorities, and community relations. He previously served in Assemblymembers' Nancy Skinner and Tony Thurmond’s offices. Brandon was tasked with managing community and government relations in Alameda County, including the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont.
He currently serves as an Associate to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee and is serving his third term as Delegate to the California Democratic Party appointed by Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Brandon was the youngest member to serve on the City of Oakland Budget Advisory Commission.
Brandon graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in History from the University of California at Merced and holds a Masters in Public Policy from Mills College in the City of Oakland. Learn more about Brandon at www.BrandonBaranco.com
#21 Brandon Baranco
Brendalynn is a lifelong Democrat and social activist running to have a voice and vote on the Central Committee.
As an Oakland native, she is an out and proud 68-year old Lesbian who is passionate about social justice, civil rights and equality. She is an accomplished Administrator and Social Worker with over 30 years in the fields of aging, mental health and workforce development. She has community leadership, collaborative spirit and dedication to public service. She served six years as President of East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club, the oldest LGBTQ community organization in the East Bay and currently a delegate for Senator Nancy Skinner, an Executive Board member of the Democratic Party LGBT Caucus, and a Member of the State Democratic Party Affirmative Action Standing Committee. Mayor Schaff recently appointed her to the Selection Panel for the Citizen Police Commission.
Being politically active in state, national and local levels she is a committed advocate and voice for elders, People of Color, and LGBTQ individuals. Brendalynn is open to change, approachable and believes holding elected officials accountable. She is an effective messenger, committed to advocacy, dedicated to achieving equality for all and advancing progressive values through the Democratic Party.
#24 Brendalynn Goodall
#28 Robin Torello
Robin Torello has served as the Chair of the Alameda County Democratic Party since 2001. Over her term, she has shaped our local Party by recruiting and electing qualified Democrats to office; registered residents as Democrats so that Alameda County has now become the one of the “Bluest” counties in the United States; and worked to ensure our County’s Democratic voter turnout is some of the highest in the State so our County can impact the passage of important measures, legislation and policies that will benefit our communities.
Chair Torello also serves as an Executive Board member to the California State Party. Further, she helps organize the establishment of United Democratic Campaign headquarters around Alameda County in election years. She resides in San Leandro and has been employed for the last 30 years by Mercer Health & Benefits, LLC, part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies.