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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Contra Costa County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for Central Committee, District 1

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Maria Alegria

Democratic
Assembly Field Representative
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Identify, promote and elect progressive Democrats that live in Contra Costa County
  • Register Democratic voters
  • Develop and train new and emerging progressive Democratic leaders that reflect the diversity of Contra Costa County

Experience

Experience

Profession: District Representative for Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, 15th District (East Bay communities from Hercules to Oakland)
District Representative, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, 15th District, State of California (2015–current)
Pinole City Council Member, City of Pinole — Elected position (1992–2008)

Education

University of California at Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, Major: Chicano Studies; Minor: Ethnic Studies (1995)

Community Activities

Interim President and Founder, West County Democratic Club (2012–current)
Board member, West Contra Costa League of Women Voters (2015–current)
Chair, West Contra Costa Business Development Center (2010–current)
Life Member, NAACP (2000–current)
Member, Sierra Club (1997–current)

Biography

My public service and political experience includes:

  • 16 years of government and public policy experience combined with 25 years advocating for human rights and social justice.
  • 12 years as the Executive Director of Faith Works, an economic and social justice organization advocating for working families and low-income communities of color in CCC and West County.
  • Served 4 terms on the Pinole City Council from 1992-2008.
  • President of the League of California Cities, representing over 478 cities in California, 2006-2007.
  • Elected as the District-Level Obama Delegate to represent the 7th Congressional District (Congressman George Miller) at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008.
  • West Contra Costa Campaign Volunteer Coordinator for 2012 Tony Thurmond for Assembly.
  • District Representative for Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, 15th District representing the communities from Hercules to Oakland, including Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Cerrito, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante and Kensington.

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

·       I am a life long Democrat and believe that everyone should exercise their right to vote.  I have worked tirelessly to help Democrats get elected to public office.  I believe that we need to develop and train young and emerging leaders to run successfully for elected office.  It's important that new leadership reflect the diversity of Contra Costa County.  As Democrats, we need to continue to fight for economic, social and environmental justice.  In Contra Costa County and the Bay Area, working families, students and seniors are struggling to maintain a good quality of life.  We hear daily about the exorbitant housing costs that are displacing many who've called Contra Costa County and the Bay Area home.  The Democratic Party must make the fight for social, economic and environment justice its top priority. I've spent several decades as a Democratic leader championing issues of equity, social, economic, environmental and political justice.  If re-elected, I will continue to fight for our Democratic values.

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