As a public servant in Oakland for the past 18 years, serving the last 5 years as your District 4 School Board Member and then District 4 City Councilmember, I felt compelled to spend a considerable amount of time with the candidates running for the District 4 City Council seat.
Frankly, I am thrilled that my decision not to seek re-election has resulted in a tremendous wealth of incredible candidates. The fact that nine people have already filed to run in this race, shows just how important it is for these seats to be vacated more regularly -- to allow the democratic process to really work and to give other qualified individuals the opportunity to serve our great City.
Choosing who to vote for in the District 4 City Council race is a decision with serious consequences for all of us living, doing business, raising our families and contributing in this City we love.
It is with this enormous sense of responsibility and a great love for Oakland residents, that I announce my endorsement of Chris Young for City Council, District 4.
I embarked on the endorsement process with an open heart and open mind, determined to find an individual who exhibits the qualities I feel are most important to serve in this role:
1) Someone with the strength, fortitude and intelligence to lead in City Council meetings at the dais -- to forge policy and make tough decisions that affect our daily lives.
2) Someone who is above reproach ethically and morally -- who brings new blood, new ideas and is not part of the existing culture inside Oakland City Hall.
3) Someone who has the heart and deep commitment to public service who will listen to and solve problems for the residents in every District 4 neighborhood -- as well as neighborhoods beyond District 4.
Chris Young is the leader we need for District 4 City Council.
Chris and his family have lived in Oakland for over 15 years, and in District 4 for the past seven years. He will deliver that "parent perspective" to Oakland City Council which I believe is so critical to make strong decisions on behalf of our young people.
Chris has deep experience working in the federal, state and local levels of government outside of Oakland that will allow him to hit the ground running with a fresh perspective. He was one of the first staffers hired for the campaign to elect President Barack Obama. He then went on to work in the Department of Justice under President Obama and brings a passion for criminal justice reform to his work.
Chris' demonstrated commitment to ethical, moral, and transparent leadership is just what we need in City Hall. Here in Oakland, Chris served on our Public Ethics Commission. And as General Counsel for GoFundMe, Chris uses his legal training to create good in our world. He will bring this same focus and perspective to the work of City Council.
I am excited for you to meet Chris, hear his passion to serve in Oakland and feel his deep commitment to making Oakland a place for everyone to live and thrive. Chris has already knocked on hundreds of doors in District 4 and will be attending a house party in your neighborhood soon. I encourage you to make time to meet him and get involved.
Join me and support Chris Young for District Four City Council!
In Service To Oakland,