Chris Young, who this blogger has known since the 2008 Obama For America campaign, threw his hat into the ring for the nine candidate (so far) 2018 Oakland City Council District 4 Race. His determination, out of the gate, earned him the endorsement of the incumbent District 4 Representative Annie Campbell Washington.
Before we go further, let me take you back to Election 2008, and my talk with Chris Young:
Councilmember Campbell Washington took the time to send out this letter explaining that she was backing Chris Young, and why:
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.Read more