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Special District

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit DistrictCandidate for Director, Ward 3

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Stewart G. Chen

Appointed City of Alameda Health Care District Director
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Provide safe and reliable transit service to our community.
  • To improve the reliability of our transportation service.
  • To improve our efficiency and balance our budget.



Profession:Small Business Owner.
Small Business Owner, Careplus Chiropractic Health Center (1988–2022)
City of Alameda Healthcare District Director, Healthcare District — Elected position (2020–2022)
Oakland Chinatown Improvement District, Chinatown Community Benefit District — Elected position (2021–2022)
Alameda City Councilmember, Alameda City Council — Elected position (2012–2014)
City of Alameda Healthcare District Director, HealthCare District — Elected position (2010–2012)
Alameda County Human Relations Comissioner, Alameda County Human Relations Commission — Appointed position (2008–2012)


Palmer Chiropractic University Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractic Discipline (1987)


Dr. Stewart Chen was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He came to the United States in 1979 and later moved to California in 1985. He and Lorie settled down in Alameda to start a family and raise their children where they have lived for the last 30 years. Through the years, Dr. Chen has been an active member of the community. In 2010, Dr Chen ran and was successfully elected to the City of Alameda Healthcare District (Hospital Board) where he served until he was elected to the City Counsil. He has participated in the Alameda Citywide Needs Assessment survey and played an active role in the Mayor's Fourth of July parades. He has chaired various committees including serving as Second Vice Chair of the Alameda County Human Relations Commission, Vice President of City of Alameda Social Service and Human Relations Board, and Chair of Alamedans Together Against Hate (ATAH). He also founded the Alameda Sister City Association (ASCA) and the Alameda Asian Pacific Festival. He was also one of the Directors of Alameda County Healthy Homes Joint Power Authority and the alternate commissioner to Alameda County Transportation Commission. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Chen has been in active practice since 1987. He specializes in disability evaluation of musculoskeletal conditions and he is also a certified Medical Examiner for U.S. Department of Transportation. Having a rich and diverse background means Dr. Chen is fortune to be fluent in many different languages, such as: Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Tagalog.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

AC Transit is vital to our communities for work, life and leisure but it must change to the new needs of the 21st century. The pandemic has changed us but it has also brought unprecedented federal funding through "Build Back Better" that will help to transform AC Transit into a better system that our communities deserve.

I've spoken with many of you as former Alameda Councilmember, Alameda HealthCare District Board, and through numerous community organizations hearing your concerns and hopes. Safety, Transparency and Trust has been a common hope so I'm committed to these ideals and will bring your voices to the policies for AC Transit.

AC Transit must be modernized with technological innovations, which will bring efficiency, reliability and safety so that our communities can trust the system. I will move our AC Transit board to collaborate with our cities and communities to bring these changes. Tapping into the federal funding opportunities will make this happen and will bring more new jobs in the system and our local economy for better quality of life.

I would like to continue giving back to our community by bringing my passion and work ethic to the AC Transit Board, where I hope to find effective and lasting solutions to the issues that are affecting our community. I seek your vote and trust in making this happen. 

Position Papers

My Top Three Priorities


I am running beacuse i would like AC Transit to provide service the way transit should be.

Hello, my name is Stewart Chen and I'm running for a seat in the AC Transit Board to represent our district, Ward 3.

Basically, I'm running because I would like AC Transit to provide service the way transit should be.

First and foremost, we need to provide safe and reliable transit service to our community. Our riders need to feel safe during their entire trip, which starts the moment they leave their home to the moment they reach their destination. If elected, I plan to work with state government in implementing State Senator Dave Min's bill (SB1161) to address hate and harassment in public spaces in California so that everyone - including women, people of color, members of the LGTBQ+ community, and the elderly - can feel safe and move about freely in our community.

I'm also concerned about the safety and well-being of our transit workers. They need to feel safe as they perform their duty. Bus drivers face numerous hazards on the job and I would like to minimize them. One safety issue that I aim to fix is the situation on International Blvd, where cars are speeding in the bus lane.

In addition to providing a safe environment, I would like to find ways to improve the reliability of our transportation service. I would like to gain the confidence of our riders that they will get to their destination on time.

Next, I would like to ensure that AC Transit can sustain itself so it can continue to provide this valuable service to our community. We need to find ways to improve our efficiency and balance our budget.

Public transportation is an integral part of our community. It is even a necessity for those who do not own a car or cannot operate one. We owe it to them to provide a service they can rely on. AC Transit needs to provide transit service they way it should be and, given the opportunity, this is what I aim to accomplish.

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