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Central Committee, District 1 — Contra Costa County Democratic Party

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Candidates

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Mister Phillips

Democratic
Attorney at Law
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Public education
  2. Affordable housing
  3. Jobs
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Maria Alegria

Democratic
District Representative for Assemblymember...
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  1. Identify, promote and elect progressive Democrats...
  2. Register Democratic voters
  3. Develop and train new and emerging progressive Democratic...
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Nicholas Arzio

Democratic
Consultant, nonprofit operations...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. I will propose new ideas to promote inclusiveness...
  2. I will help elect and retain Democrats countywide
  3. I will raise funds to support the candidates and ballot...
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Genoveva Calloway

Democratic
Council member City of San Pablo
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  1. Foster Voter registration drives
  2. Promote Civic participation
  3. Strengthen the Democratic Party to serve all members...
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Joey D. Smith

Democratic
Civil Servant, Tradeswoman, and Entrepreneur...
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  1. Increasing accessaibility for civic engagement for...
  2. Advocate for equitable opportunities for employment...
  3. Encourage residents to embrace STEM, and Trades education...
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Gabriel Quinto

Democratic
Incumbent, El Cerrito Councilmember
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  1. Elect Democrats to local, county and state levels...
  2. I'd like to develop ways to teach members to do fundraisers...
  3. Supporting our Democratic leaders by promoting their...
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Incumbent
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public education
  • Affordable housing
  • Jobs

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney at Law
Attorney/Owner, Law Office of Mister Phillips (2005–current)
Member, Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2012–current)
Co-Chair, Richmond Promise Ad-Hoc Committee — Appointed position (2015–2015)
Member, First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission — Appointed position (2012–2015)

Education

University of California Hastings College of the Law Juris Doctor, Law (2003)
San Francisco State University Bachelor of Arts, English and Political Science (2000)
Solano Community College Associates of Arts, English, Liberal Arts, Social Science (1998)

Community Activities

Past President, Rotary Club of Pinole (2008–current)
Executive Vice President, El Cerrito Democratic Club (2012–current)
Deacon, Providence Missionary Baptist Church (2006–current)

Biography

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Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • School Board Member Madeline Kronenberg

Organizations (3)

  • Contra Costa Young Democrats
  • Service Employees International Union Local 1021
  • Black Women Organized for Political Action Richmond/Contra Costa County Chapter

Elected Officials (1)

  • County Supervisor John Gioia

Individuals (1)

  • School Board Member Todd Groves

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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

·       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.

Democratic
Consultant
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I will propose new ideas to promote inclusiveness and equity in education, housing, health care, and job opportunities for the children, families, seniors and millennials, especially in West Contra Costa County.
  • I will help elect and retain Democrats countywide
  • I will raise funds to support the candidates and ballot measures that will advance Democratic values.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Consultant, nonprofit operations and political campaigns.
Nonprofit operations consultant, Self (2015–current)
Chair, El Cerrito Crime Prevention Committee — Appointed position (2014–current)
Contract Law Clerk, Document Reviewer, and Litigation Assistant, Self (2011–2015)
Campaign Manager, Tony Thurmond for Assembly 2014 (2014–2014)
Graduate Research Fellow, UC Hastings College of the Law (2011–2011)
Non-Response Followup Enumerator, United States Census Bureau (2010–2010)

Education

UC Hastings College of the Law Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (2011)

Community Activities

Issues, Audit, Finance & BBQ Committees; CADEM convention proxy delegate, Contra Costa County Democratic Committee (2015–current)
Cleanup Volunteer, Friends of Baxter Creek; Friends of Five Creeks; El Cerrito Earth Day (2014–current)
Member of Bylaws and Minimum Wage Committees, Former Exec. VP (2015), El Cerrito Democratic Club (2014–current)
2015 National Convention Delegate, Publicity Committee Member, El Cerrito Branch NAACP (2015–current)
Member, 2016 Vice President, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2323 (2015–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
  • California Senator Isadore Hall III (CA35)
  • Vincent Casalaina, Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus

Organizations (1)

  • East Bay Young Democrats

Elected Officials (2)

  • Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley City Council
  • Former Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (AD16)

Individuals (12)

  • Jim Donnelly, 1st Vice Chair, Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee
  • Melody Lacy, Associate Member, Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee
  • Scott Rafferty, Associate Member, Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee
  • Angel Luevano, Alternate Member, Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee
  • Rich Verilli, Member, Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee
  • Carolyn Phinney, Member, Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee
  • Argentina Luevano, Member, Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee
  • Debra Vinson, Exec. Committee Dist. Rep, Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee
  • Sarah Butler, Exec. Committee Dist. Rep, Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee
  • Sharon Mossman, Controller, Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee
  • RIchard Mossman, 2nd Vice Chair, Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee
  • Myrtle Braxton, Richmond Committee on Aging

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Genoveva Calloway

Democratic
Council Member, City of San Pablo
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Foster Voter registration drives
  • Promote Civic participation
  • Strengthen the Democratic Party to serve all members in the community

Experience

Experience

Profession:Council member City of San Pablo
Council member, City of San Pablo — Elected position (2002–current)
Retired, Contra Costa County (1973–2013)

Education

U.C. Berkeley MSW, Social Work (1978)

Community Activities

Board Member , Weigh of Life (2010–current)
Board Member , Marin Clean Energy (2013–current)
Founder , Familias Unidas Counseling Center (1976–2000)

Biography

My name is Genoveva Calloway.  I have been a Democrat all my life. I grew up in a Union family in El Paso,Texas.  I            have been a West County resident for the past 46 years. I attended Contra Costa College, transferred to Mills College and did my Graduate Studies at U.C. Berkeley.   I am a retired Mental Health Program Manager from Contra Costa County Mental Health Services.  I am currently a San Pablo Council Member, on my fourth term.

Political Beliefs

I believe in Democratic values where the American dream is everyone has a job, food, housing and healthcare. Everyone should have an equal opportunity in higher education and aspire to become a working-middle class family. Because of my experience in public service, I see the need to get more people involved in our democratic process/society, by becoming involved in their communities and registering to vote.  So I pledge to work on more voter registration activities and to create/develop alliances to provide leadership development for all residents interested in getting involved in bettering their communities.  I ask humbly for your vote.  

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Email genovevacalloway68@gmail.com
Democratic
Janitorial Support Supervisor
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing accessaibility for civic engagement for West County
  • Advocate for equitable opportunities for employment and supporting local businesses
  • Encourage residents to embrace STEM, and Trades education for preparation into viable career paths

Experience

Experience

Profession:Civil Servant, Tradeswoman, and Entrepreneur
Commissioner, Contra Costa Commission for Women — Appointed position (2013–current)
Delegate, California Democratic Party — Appointed position (2014–current)

Education

Santa Clara University Certificate, Campaign Ethics (current)

Community Activities

Member at large, Black Women Organized for Political Action State Board (2012–current)
1st VP, Black Women Organized for Political Action Richmond/Contra Costa Chapter (2011–current)
Board Member, Asian Pacific Employee Association (2014–current)
Unit Leader, Soka Gakkai International-USA (2016–current)

Biography

A long time Contra Costa County activist, Joey has served on the Task Force on Workplace Violence Prevention; Sorotimist International, Richmond; and as a Delegate for the Central Labor Council AFL-CIO (Contra Costa). She represents District 1 on the Contra Costa Commission for Women (2013 -present). Joey has served on the Executive Board of the Richmond/Contra Costa County Chapter of Black Women Organized for Political Action since 2005.

In 2012, Joey was one rank short of being voted in as a National Delegate for the Presidential nomination. Undeterred, she continued her efforts to support the Democratic Presidential candidate and subsequently participated in local and regional campaign canvasing (including Nevada) for the Democratic Party. Joey also began her activity with the Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee as an associate member and alternate for elected members.  Soon after, she was appointed as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party, and continues to represent District 1 currently.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Contra Costa Young Democrats
  • Hon. John Gioia, Contra Costa County Supervisor (District 1)
  • Black Women Organized for Political Action

Organizations (2)

  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • Central Labor Council AFL-CIO (Contra Costa County)

Elected Officials (7)

  • Hon. Duane Smith, Pittsburg School Board
  • Hon. Gabriel Quinto, El Cerrito City Council
  • Hon. Frank Mellon, EBMUD Board Director (President)
  • Hon. Fiona Ma, Board of Equalization
  • Hon. Lesa Mc Intosh, EBMUD Board Director (District 1)
  • Hon. Jael Myrick, Richmond City Council
  • Hon. Mister Phillips, Central Committee

Individuals (12)

  • Debra Robinson
  • Michelle Blackwell
  • Michael Ray
  • Bridgette Hendricks
  • Debra Robinson
  • Alenda Young-Durr
  • Brendalynn Goodall
  • Patricia Durham
  • Saundra Andrews
  • Margo Schueler
  • Cynthia LeBlanc
  • Goldie Bell

Candidate Contact Info

Email ladysmith94801@gmail.com
Democratic
El Cerrito Councilmember
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Elect Democrats to local, county and state levels as well as the federal level.
  • I'd like to develop ways to teach members to do fundraisers for our democratic candidates we are supporting, as well as mentoring people who are ready to run for office like hosting seminars.
  • Supporting our Democratic leaders by promoting their legislations and making sure that our local clubs will support.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Incumbent, El Cerrito Councilmember
Council member, City of El Cerrito, CA (2014–current)
DPCC Democratic Central Committee Member, Region 1, Voting Delegate — Appointed position (2013–current)

Education

Cal State University, Long Beach Bachelors Science , Communications Radio, Television & Film (1984)

Biography

I am currently a voting member of the Democratic Central Committee representing Region 1.   West Contra Costa includes the areas of Kensington, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, North Richmond and East Richmond Heights as well as parts of Pinole.  I am also an elected El Cerrito City Councilmember and am a member of various Boards and Commissions such as the VP - Programs West Contra Costa League of Women Votors, VP-Programs El Cerrito Democratic Club, Member/Delegate Association of Bay Area Government, Sierra Club Bay Chapter - Executive Committee Member as well and Chair of the West County Group.  League of California Cities, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus and LGBT Caucus Member.  I am a former Board Member of the East Bay Stonewall Democrats as well as a member of the West County Democratics and Hercules Democrats.  2012 I was a Delegate at Large for the Democratic Party and placed my vote for Barack Obama.  I am currently a member of the Environmental, API, Fil-Am, Latino, African-American and Latino caucuses and also on the board of the Disability Caucus for the CA Democratic Party.

I am a life long Democrat raised in Berkeley, El Cerrito and Richmond Heights and attended Public Schools. I attended Cal State Long Beach with a BS degree in communications, Radio and TV/Film. For many years I worked at an International Law Frim in Los Angeles.  I moved back to El Cerrito in 2001 and have volunteered in many city and regional efforts before running for El Cerrito City Council in 2014.  

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • CA Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Current El Cerrito Councilmembers, Abelson, Bridges, Friedman and Mayor Lyman
  • Assemblymembers, Thurmond, Bonta, Ting, Chiu and Low

Elected Officials (1)

  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier CD11

Political Beliefs

I am proud to be a life long Democrat.  I have voted in every Presdential election and have volunteered for many campaigns.  I represent the most diverse area of Contra Costa County, West County.  I am proud to be in the Progressive Region in the county.  As an Activist and Elected Official I have volunteered to support Progressive candidates to represent our region.  I humbly ask for your vote to continue to represent West Contra Costa Democrats in the DPCC for the next four years.

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Harpreet S. Sandhu

Democratic
Incumbent
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Democratic
Retired Teacher
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