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City of East Palo AltoCandidate for City Council

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Stewart Hyland

Nonprofit Housing Director
1,891 votes (9.93%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Establish career ladders based on Measure HH goals set in the 2018 measure.
  • Ensure low income and working families will have affordable rental homes and opportunity for home ownership.
  • Support an inclusive community that acts on the understanding tht Black Lives Matter.



Profession:Nonprofit Professional
Organizing Director, Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County (2020–current)
Internal Organizer, SEIU Local 2007 Higher Education Workers (2018–2019)
Committee Member, Measure C Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2009–2017)


University of Phoenix BS, Business, Sustainable Business Management and Supply Chains (2012)

Community Activities

Leader, Faith in Action Bay Area (2016–current)



My name is Stewart Hyland, I live in East Palo Alto, California. I grew up in Oakland, California raised by wonderful Black, southern baptist parents, who were good role models for civic participation and public service. 

My wife Cruz and I were married in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 36 years ago, where we have attended ever since. We have raised our three sons, who are each their very own unique selves. During that time we also taught them by example, making a tradition of going to vote each election day. We have been active in the major concerns of our young city, affordable housing, public safety, good schools, and more resources for our youth and seniors.


Beginning with PIA (Peninsula Interfaith Action) now Faith in Action, we learned to organize based on our faith, with neighbors who spoke either English or Spanish, whether or not they grew up here or came from another country. We learned that our needs are common to us all. That common needs can be solved when we talk to each other and actively listen. Relationships build power to make change because we are stronger together.


My volunteer work, in nonprofit boards and on city commissions has taught me where there are resources and ways to work within the two worlds that serve so many EPA residents. I have served as the founding board chair of One East Palo Alto, a co-chair of the PIA board, interim chair of EPACANDO, and have been appointed to the city commission and served 8-years as co-chair of the Measure C Oversight Committee.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Joe Simitian, former State Senator
  • Fr. Lawrence Goode
  • Cruz Hyland

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California and Elect Justice CA (2)

Does your office have any plans to include currently or formerly incarcerated people in your decision-making process as it relates to criminal justice issues? What would that look like?
Answer from Stewart Hyland:

Yes we will, we are a minority-majority community that are also disproportionately affected by the juvenile and adult justice systems.


My goal through our city will be to provide single-room-occupancy housing for returning incarcerated individuals so that they will have stable housing to readjust to life outside and drastically reduce the likelihood that they will recidivate. 

With 8,000 people eligible for release from CA prisons to help stem the transmission of COVID-19, how, if at all, would your office aid these Californians and their families in navigating reentry?
Answer from Stewart Hyland:

Utilize Project Room Key funds to provide hotel rooms for their housing temporarily.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy aligns closely with my spiritual philosophy. The details boil down to keeping people safe and free to be their best selves. We can do more when we act in concert with each other, listen honestly and actively.

Now, right now, that means we must unlearn what some of us have thought was right and listen to those who continue to be hurt or killed because we have collectively decided that everyone deserves a home, health insurance, livable wages, and a government that preserves the Commons for the good of all. Finally, it is perfectly right to redistribute stolen wealth.

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