The ballots are in! We’ve selected the following candidates as our #1 picks in the Oakland City Council races.

District 2 Abel Guillen

Councilmember Abel Guillen is quite possibly the best housing advocate up for election this fall. He understands the twin challenges of raising incomes and creating housing options to address the housing crisis. He has successfully advocated for new construction in District 2 that adds to the community’s vitality through inclusive community benefits agreements. We believe he will fight for policies that spur the creation of more “missing middle” housing such as the broader use of ADUs in single-family neighborhoods with an eye towards the transportation and other infrastructure investments these changes will require.

District 4 Nayeli Maxson

Nayeli Maxson’s experience as district representative has given her a front-row seat to the challenges of meaningfully engaging our communities in public processes. She has used those insights to develop a deep respect for the various perspectives at play in any dispute and tenacity to find solutions that solve for most legitimate concerns. On the housing front, this means supporting transit-oriented development, a more systemic approach to approvals and pipeline management, and a willingness to engage with unions to help grow the supply of skilled workers needed to meet our construction needs. She alone among the D4 candidates explicitly expressed a willingness to upzone parts of the district that are well served by transit to ensure the District does its part to meet the city’s housing needs and open up access to its great amenities.

District 6 Marlo Rodriguez

Marlo Rodriguez, a practicing nurse, brings a common sense approach to challenges presented by the housing crisis along with an appreciation of the deeper forces at play. She specifically calls out the history of exclusionary zoning practiced in communities like Rockridge and calls for correcting that injustice to take pressure off other communities bearing the brunt of housing pressures. She will be a strong advocate for transit-oriented development and increased transparency around the disposition of public lands.

Stay tuned for opportunities to support these candidates and others who will implement the real solutions our housing crisis demands.