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

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Tonya D. Love

Legislative District Representative
23,880 votes (4.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing civic participation, particularly amongst the Black and Brown Community
  • Reducring racial disparities in the policing and criminal justice system
  • Ensuring that Housing is a Human Right for everyone



Profession:Legislative District Representative
District Director - AD 18, Assemblymember Bonta, California State Assembly (2016–current)
Vice- Chair, Oakland Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Community Advisory Board — Appointed position (2017–current)
Program Associate, Healthy and Active Before 5 (2009–2016)


UC Berkeley Public Health (current)

Community Activities

Elected Delegate, AD 18, California Democratic Party (2019–current)
Associate Boardmember, Generation Citiizen (2017–2018)
Co-Director of Partnerships and Outreach, OpenOakland, Code for America Chapter (2015–2016)
Volunteer, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, American Diabetes Association (2013–2016)


Tonya Love is a public health professional addressing health disparities and social justice.  She currently works as the District Director for State Assemblymember Rob Bonta representing Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Previously, she worked several years with Healthy and Active Before 5, a pediatric obesity collaborative in Contra Costa County California creating healthy eating and active living environments for low-income families with young children. A proud resident of Oakland, Tonya is very active in local government and civic engagement. She currently serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Oakland Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board, ensuring equitable distribution of tax revenue designed to improve the health of all Oakland residents. She also serves as an elected delegate to the California Democratic Party and is running for a seat on Alameda County's Democratic Party Central Committee. Tonya graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (6)

  • Alameda Labor Council
  • IBEW Local 595
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
  • Teamsters Joint Council 7
  • Wellstone Democratic Club
  • Black Women Organized for Political Action

Elected Officials (2)

  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • Supervisor Keith Carson

Who gave money to this candidate?


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Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My name is Tonya D. Love. I’m running to increase the representation of young Black women from Oakland in the Alameda County Central Committee. There are not enough people of color on the Central Committee helping to make key decisions that affect all the residents of our county. I want to change that.

I am a 20-year resident of Oakland. Oakland is my home. I care about the residents who live here and want to make sure that all our voices, needs, and concerns are heard. Particularly the voices of low-income communities of color who aren’t typically in the room when decisions are made on their behalf.

I’ve worked for the California Assembly for 3 years as a legislative representative for AD 18. I also serve on the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Community Advisory Board since August 2017 and am now Vice-Chair. I’ve advocated in Oakland for affordable housing, tenant protections, justice from police use of force, support fair and living wages for Oakland workers and increased civic participation.

I care about the lack of affordable housing for all incomes and tenant protections. I will fight for all residents’ right to live, work, and stay in Alameda County.

I care about the over-policing of Black and Brown bodies and will fight for the right for us to exist without fear.

I care about our environment and making sure that low-income communities get the benefit of clean air, fresh and uncontaminated water, clean energy, clean streets, and safe parks, which seems to be a privilege that only the wealthy can enjoy.

I care about students right to a great education, no matter their income or zip code.

I care about everyone having access to health care and reducing health disparities.

I care about justice for everyone in our community, no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation.

Finally, I care about community engagement and participation. I want to increase access to Democratic Party and support practices and policies in Alameda County that promote equity and justice.

I believe that everyone in the community has a right to be heard and included. Disenfranchised communities aren’t always at the table. We serve everyone when we prioritize the ones most in need. I will ensure that everyone will have the right to help shape decisions made on their behalf. Community will come first for me.

TDL for Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee. #Love2020. Support Black Women, #BlackLivesMatter, #Community1stAD18

Find me on Facebook Twitter: @tdlove5



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