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Central Committee, Assembly District 20 — Alameda County Democratic Party

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Ryan "Rocky" Fernandez

Incumbent and District Director for...
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  1. Economic Rights for All, including a Basic Income...
  2. Smarth Growth in our community
  3. Clean Energy and Transportation
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Vinnie Bacon

Incumbent Central Committee Member...
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Ginny Demartini

District Director for Alameda County...
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  3. Keep the 20th Assemcly District overwhelmingly Democratic!
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Rick Trullinger

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  2. Electing A Democratic Senate/Congress
  3. Legalization Of Cannabis in California
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29,334 votes (15.52%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Economic Rights for All, including a Basic Income Guarantee
  • Smarth Growth in our community
  • Clean Energy and Transportation

Experience

Experience

Profession:Incumbent and District Director for Senator Bob Wieckowski
Member, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2004–current)
Director, AC Transit Board of Directors — Elected position (2006–2010)

Education

UC Berkeley B.A., Political Science and Mass Communications (2000)

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Alameda Labor Council

Elected Officials (3)

  • Congressmember Eric Swalwell
  • Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • Assemblymember Bill Quirk

Candidate Contact Info

Email rockyfernandez2014@gmail.com
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Vinnie Bacon

Incumbent
27,077 votes (14.33%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Strengthen progressive positions within the Democratic Party
  • Promote local regulations that make developers build more affordable housing
  • Make sure that local schools are adequately funded, reducing fees for local universities

Experience

Experience

Profession:Incumbent Central Committee Member / City Councilmember / Software Developer
Software Developer, Sungevity (2016–current)
Council Member, City of Fremont (2012–current)
Member, Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee — Elected position (2012–current)
Council Member, Fremont City Council — Elected position (2012–current)
Member, Policy Advisory Committee, AC Transit / City of Fremont — Appointed position (2012–current)
Member, Liaison Committee, East Bay Regional Park District (EBPRD) / City of Fremont — Appointed position (2012–current)
Chair, Southern Alameda County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Authority — Appointed position (2012–current)
Software Developer, Save the Bay (2012–2015)
Customer Support Manager, ServiceMax (2008–2011)

Education

UC Berkeley Master of Engineering, Transportation Engineering (1994)
UC Berkeley Master of City Planning, City Planning (1994)
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Bachelor of Science, Biology (1985)

Community Activities

SF Bay Chapter Executive Committee, Sierra Club (2008–2013)

Biography

Vinnie’s Professional History

I have an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and received Masters degrees in City Planning and Transportation Engineering from the University of California in Berkeley.

After I earned my undergraduate degree, I worked for six years as an environmental engineer in Milwaukee researching the effects of pollution on the three rivers going through Milwaukee to Lake Michigan, and what can be done to keep the rivers and lake clean.

After completing my graduate work at UC Berkeley, I worked for four years as a Transportation Planner preparing environmental impact reports, traffic impact studies and transportation demand modeling studies.

As a planner, I worked on a number of projects here in Fremont. Knowing what good planning is, I was surprised at the piecemeal development I saw being approved in Fremont. I failed to see a coherent vision being implemented.

When Silicon Valley was booming in the late 90’s, I used my extensive technical knowledge to move into high-tech, starting as a software support engineer. I quickly moved into management and have been in various high-tech roles for the last 18 years. I’ve worked at large tech firms such as Nortel Networks and VeriSign. I’ve worked at a couple of startup companies building up their operations from the earliest stages. I also worked for three years at the non-profit Save the Bay.  I am currently a software developer at a solar power company, Sungevity, in Oakland.

Vinnie’s Involvement in Fremont Politics

Like many others, I moved to Fremont to start a family. For the first few years I lived here, I was preoccupied with raising my child and getting my high-tech career going. I did some work with the local PTA at my son’s school, and became a member of the board of the Glenmoor Gardens Homeowners Association. I also became active with the local Sierra Club group taking on various leadership positions.

In 2005, I got involved with the Patterson Ranch issue which got me  interested in our City Council. Not surprisingly, I found that most Fremont residents shared my view that the Patterson Ranch area should not be heavily developed. On the other hand, I found out that our entire City Council didn’t agree with the majority of its constituents on this issue. I worked hard with the Friends of Coyote Hills for years to limit development next to Coyote Hills Regional Park. Ultimately, the City Council voted 5-0 in October 2010 to amend the General Plan and allow for nearly 600 homes to be built, an increase of about 400 from what had been currently allowed.

Those involved with Patterson Ranch realized that to make any change on this issue, we’d need to have our views represented on the City Council. That’s what ultimately inspired me to run for office in 2008. My method of campaigning was not to talk to the big money players but was talking to residents about their concerns. I personally met and heard from literally thousands of Fremont residents. I learned a lot about what Fremont residents think and want. I got involved in a number of different Fremont issues. I’ve always sided with what the residents want, as opposed to outside moneyed interests.

In 2009 I was appointed to the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board where I served for three years.

In 2009 I got involved with the Citizens for Neighborhood Integrity. We opposed the spending of public money on the Route 84 realignment project. This project proposes to build an unneeded roadway at a cost of over $200 million. At the Council meeting where this was voted, on a number of residents and I spoke against the project. Council approved it 5-0 despite a number of concerns that  believe weren’t adequately addressed.

In 2009, I also became a leader in the Fremont Citizen’s Network. This group of Fremont residents, largely from the Warm Springs area, formed when the City proposed a ballpark right near their neighborhood. I have always insisted that the City take an honest look at the costs and benefits of a ballpark. In my opinion, the City painted a rosy picture of how a ballpark would impact our economy and downplayed key concerns from the community. I was flattered when someone suggested that a list of concerns about the ballpark be prepared, and someone else noted that my 2008 campaign website contained the best such list that exists on the subject.

In 2010, I got involved with the Save Niles Canyon group. This group led the opposition against Caltrans’ proposed widening of Route 84 within Niles Canyon. I’ve met with local residents many times, participated in their protests, and attended meetings with Caltrans on this subject as a representative of the Sierra Club. Read more about the Niles Canyon widening issue here.

In 2011, I spoke on behalf of the Save Kimber Park group, a group of local residents opposed to developing additional housing in the Kimber Park area. I’ve participated in a number of their meetings, helped them gather signatures for their Open Space Initiative, and stood with them against the proposed rezoning of the open space in the middle of their neighborhood.

In 2012, I was elected to the Fremont City Council.

Political Beliefs

I have often described myself as a tree-hugging, Prius-driving liberal.  I got my start in politics as an environmental activist in the Sierra Club. 

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25,190 votes (13.33%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Work to keep the Democratic Party vibrant and mentor young, diverse Democrats to participate in Party activities.
  • Support and assist progressive Democratic and Labor backed candidates and initiatives for office.
  • Keep the 20th Assemcly District overwhelmingly Democratic!

Experience

Experience

Profession:District Director for Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle - District 2 (Hayward, Union City, Newark, Sunol & N. Frem
District Director, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle (District 2) (2011–current)
Member, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2012–current)
Field Campaign Manager, Nadia Lockyer for Alameda County Supervisor, Disrtrict 2 (2009–2010)

Education

City College of San Francisco Associates in Science Degree, History of Film, the Science of Photography and Pre-Production Planning (not availa)

Community Activities

Vice Chair 20th Assembly District, Alameda County Democratic Party (2012–current)
C0-Chair Resolutions Committee, Alameda County Democratic Party (2010–current)
Parlimentarian, Brownie Mary Democratic Club - Alameda County Chapter (2014–current)
Membership Director, Hayward Area Democratic Club (2016–current)
Membership Director, Secretary and Treasurer, Hayward Demos Democratic Club (1994–2015)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Alameda Labor Council

Organizations (3)

  • SEIU, Local 1021
  • Hayward Area Democratic Club
  • Brownie Mary Democratic Club - Alameda County Chapter

Elected Officials (4)

  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • Supervisor Richard Valle

Candidate Contact Info

Email ginpax4@outlook.com
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Sybil Smith

Incumbent
24,201 votes (12.81%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue to help elect democrats
  • Continue to register voters in California o
  • Educate democratic voters about democratic csndidates

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired

Candidate Contact Info

Email sybsmith1203@aol.com
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Deneen Ogbeide

Incumbent
23,032 votes (12.19%)Winning
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22,910 votes (12.12%)Winning
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Top 3 Priorities

  • Get Democrats elected to local offices
  • Coordinate Campaigns

Experience

Experience

Profession:Realtor
Realtor, Better Home and Gardens Mason-McDuffee (2002–current)
Fremont Human Relations Commisioner, Fremont Human Relations Commision — Appointed position (2013–current)
Representative of 20th AD as member of the Alameda County Central Comm, Alameda County Democratic Party — Elected position (2000–current)

Community Activities

Drive for Meals on Wheels, Life Elder Care-Fremont (2004–current)
Volunteer for Safe Alternatives to Violent Enviromnets, Safe Alternatives to Violent Enviroments (2010–current)
Advocate for Affordable Housing , Advocate for Affordability Housing in Fremont (2008–current)

Biography

John R. Smith

Wife Sybil, two married children with two granddaughters.

 

I serve on the non-profit Board of Directors for the Alameda County Fair, Kidango. Commissioner Fremont Human Relations Committee. I am the current chair of the Ohlone Area United Democratic Campaign and elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Party. Former Board member of Abode Services and Allied Housing.

 

Alameda County Fair Board 2011 to present

The Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association is a 501(c)3 private, non-profit corporation responsible for producing the annual Alameda County Fair, as well as managing the 267-acre fairgrounds property in Pleasanton. Throughout the year, Alameda County Fairgrounds hosts more 300+ commercial and private events and operates several on-site ancillary businesses including the RV Park Campground and the Off Track Betting Facility. The Association is completely self-supporting and receives no funding from tax revenue.

 

Kidango 2013 to present

Kidango provides early education, child development and family services in eleven cities and serve over 2,500 children in centers, family child care home education sites and in their homes. Our families represent the rich ethnic, cultural and economic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area. We target low income families with children. Kidango has emerged as a leader creating programs and advocating in our communities for services that promote inclusion, school readiness, identifying and helping high-risk populations and promoting an increase in social, emotional and cognitive development of children. We are one of the few agencies with noted expertise in early childhood mental health, early intervention services and early childhood education.

 

I am an active member of the community, formerly serving as the co-chair of the Fremont 4th of July Parade and currently volunteering with S.A.V.E. (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments).

 

I am a member of the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City and active participant in the Voter Information Book published every election as well as the “Candidate Forums” that the League produces.

 

Alameda County Democratic Central Committee 2000 to present

As a member of the Alameda County Democratic Party, I attend monthly meetings, participate on the Finance Committee, formerly the Outreach Committee and actively participate in the election cycle endorsement process of the ACDCC.

 

Oholone Area United Democratic Chair-2008-present

Oversee the United Democratic Campaign in the Tri-City area (Fremont, Union City & Newark) during the election season.

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (3)

  • 20th Assemblymember Bill Quirk
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • CA State Senator Robert Wieckowski

Political Beliefs

I believe that governmnet should serve for the greater good our society. I believe in the Platform of the Democratic Party, specficaly: Universal Health Care, A Woman's right to choose, Living Wage. 

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Email jsmith1152@aol.com
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21,487 votes (11.37%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Electing A Democratic President
  • Electing A Democratic Senate/Congress
  • Legalization Of Cannabis in California

Experience

Experience

Profession:Apointed/Incumbent
Member, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee — Appointed position (2015–current)
Vice-President, Brownie Mary Democratic Club — Elected position (2014–current)
Exexcutive Board, Hayward Area Democratic Club — Appointed position (2015–current)

Education

City College (1971)
City College General Education (1971)

Community Activities

Vice President , Brownie Mary Democratic Club (2015–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • SEIU Local 1021 Hayward Workers Union
  • Congressman Eric Swawell
  • State Senator Bob Wiekowski

Candidate Contact Info

Email rickt911@pacbell.net
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Madina Arsalai

Executive Assistant
14,600 votes (7.73%)
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