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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 18

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Brandon Baranco

Legislative Director
11,609 votes (2.09%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase active participation of young people at the Central Committee through mentorship.
  • Reduce the turnover rate of Associate Members of the Central Committee, by making the position more active and meaningful.
  • Improve communication with our elected officials outside of the endorsement process.



Profession:Community Engagement/Govt Relations Specialist
Deputy Chief of Staff, Oakland Councilmember Sheng Thao, District 4 (2019–2019)
Senior Field Representative, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, District 18 (2018–2019)
Commissioner, Oakland Budget Advisory Commission — Appointed position (2016–2019)
Senior Field Representative, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, District 15 (2015–2018)
Field Representative, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, District 15 (2014–2014)


University of California, Merced Bachelor of Art, political science (2013)


Brandon Baranco, a lifelong Democrat, was born and raised in Oakland, California and is a product of Oakland Public schools. 


He most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Oakland City Councilmember Sheng Thao. Brandon was tasked with managing the Councilmember’s legislative and policy agenda, budget priorities, and community relations. He previously served in Assemblymembers' Nancy Skinner and Tony Thurmond’s offices. Brandon was tasked with managing community and government relations in Alameda County, including the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont.

He currently serves as an Associate to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee and is serving his third term as Delegate to the California Democratic Party appointed by Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Brandon was the youngest member to serve on the City of Oakland Budget Advisory Commission.

Brandon graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in History from the University of California at Merced and holds a Masters in Public Policy from Mills College in the City of Oakland.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta, District 18
  • Alameda County Labor Council

Organizations (2)

  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County

Elected Officials (4)

  • Oakland Councilmember Sheng Thao, District 4
  • Oakland Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas, District 2
  • Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo, District 5
  • Oakland Councilmember and Vice Mayor Larry Reid, District 7

Who gave money to this candidate?


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