LOS ANGELES, CA -- Today, more than 40 local elected and formerly-elected leaders from across the California announced their support of Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for President of the United States. The endorsements come on the heels of a nearly 26,000 person rally in Queens, New York with Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and an endorsement from Ilhan Omar.
“We are proud to have the endorsement of some of California’s most progressive and dedicated elected officials and party leaders,” said Rafael Návar, Bernie 2020 California State Director. “Grassroots change begins in our own counties and neighborhoods, and I have no doubt that with these leaders on our side, Bernie Sanders will become the next President of the United States.”
The slate of endorsements includes:
Soli Alpert is a Rent Stabilization Board Member in Berkeley, CA, and a former legislative aide on the Berkeley City Council.
"Bernie's housing plan is exactly the kind of radical shift from a failing bipartisan status quo that we need to pull us out of our crisis of housing affordability and homelessness. Between national rent control and a massive reinvestment into public and mixed income housing, his plan is right for tenants and for all low income Americans who struggle with housing. I support it, and him, 100%."
Elizabeth Alcantar Loza is the first-ever Latina Vice Mayor of Cudahy and serves as a regional field coordinator for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). As an organizer, she advocated for car wash workers with the CLEAN Carwash Campaign, and later went on to serve as a Field Deputy for an LA County Supervisor.
"I'm supporting Bernie Sanders for President because his values align directly with what would most benefit working communities of color like mine. For too long, communities across the nation haven't had the access to quality healthcare, housing, and education that they deserve and Bernie is the only candidate that has not only led the way with policy, but with a movement."
Tom Ammiano is a legendary San Francisco leader who has served the City for four decades as a teacher, School Board President, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and the State Assembly.
"The path to justice is not always popular--but that has never deterred Senator Bernie Sanders. As a proud leader of the LGBTQ rights movement, I am honored to endorse Bernie for President of the United States. Throughout his career, Bernie has always lent his voice to underrepresented communities, fought to end all forms of discrimination, and understood that we create change when we demand change. He has proven time and again that he stands in solidarity with hardworking people, and will never stop pushing for equality."
David Arambula is the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Lemon Grove.
“I am proud to endorse Bernie Sanders as our next President of the United States. Senator Sanders has committed his entire life to the service of others and has led by example every step of the way. His unswerving commitment to working families and rebuilding the middle class has had significant positive impacts across the nation including championing Medicare for All, Green New Deal, College for All, Housing for All, among others. Also, his unwavering fight for social and economic justice and equality has inspired thousands of young men and women to become more engaged and involved in government.”
Jesse Arreguin served on the Berkeley Housing Commission and Rent Stabilization Board from 2004 to 2009 and served on the Berkeley City Council from 2009 to 2016. He is the first Latino and second-youngest person to serve as mayor of Berkeley.
"I grew up knowing the meaning of housing insecurity. My own family was pushed out of our home when I was young. No one should fear losing their home. Bernie Sanders’ housing plan is the most thorough and comprehensive plan ever put before the American People. It is courageous and decisive and exactly what we need. Bernie Sanders’ is putting forward policies that address the deep inequities we face in our society. These are common sense policies that will revive our cities and give our children the start they deserve for a productive life. When Bernie Says ‘Not me, US’, I am part of the ‘US’. I enthusiastically endorse Bernie Sanders for President of the United States."
John Avalos served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2009 to 2017, representing the City’s most working class neighborhoods hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. He balanced two people first budgets during the Great Recession, championed progressive taxation, CleanPowerSF, affordable housing, climate justice and fossil fuel divestment, and immigrant rights.
”Bernie Sanders gives people hope, and understands that the only way to save our planet from climate catastrophe and our society from disintegration is to recreate our political system from the ground up. Only a movement of the people can make our democracy real and wrest control of our country from the destructive greed of the 1%.”
Aziz Akbari served as the youngest-ever Consumer Affairs Commissioner in California's Alameda County for two-and-a-half years. He made history when he became the youngest person to ever be elected to the Alameda County Water District's Board of Directors--and one of the youngest Muslim-Americans ever elected to office in the history of the United States.
“Bernie Sanders truly understands what Americans want - a government that works for the people. He has consistently proven that he will stand up for what is right and fight the good fight. Whether it's on foreign policy, healthcare, or the economy, Bernie is on the side of the people."
Vinnie Bacon has been a Fremont City Councilmember since 2012. He is also active in the local Democratic Party as an elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee. He is currently running for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.
“I am thrilled to endorse Bernie Sanders for President. I believe that he is the only candidate that truly understands that pernicious nature of corporate financing in our election process. Corporate money is the reason our government is not properly addressing climate change, why we don’t have Medicare for all, and why we spend billions on wars. Some candidates are just now swearing off corporate money in their campaigns. Bernie has done this for decades.”
Jovanka Beckles served on the Richmond City Council for 8 years, and currently works as a County Mental Health Specialist for underserved youth and families. As a Councilmember, Beckles helped Richmond pass new rent control laws, introduced legislation that led the effort to raise the minimum wage, and "banned the box" on job applications for city contractors and public housing applications.
“There are many reasons why I support Bernie Sanders. One of the reasons why I support him for President is because he has the most thorough comprehensive and progressive criminal justice plan of any candidate for president. We have a criminal justice system that is racist and broken, and we need to work together to fundamentally transform it. Because of his ethical and consistent track record, I know he will do exactly as he promises. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to end corporate greed that is killing the planet. Only Bernie has consistently and will always call out corruption! Join the movement to put #PeopleOverProfit because a victory for Bernie is a victory for us all!”
Maimona Afzal Berta is a Trustee on the Franklin-McKinley Board of Education. She won her election in November 2018, becoming the first headscarf-wearing, Muslim woman elected official in the State of California and the youngest elected woman in Santa Clara County.
“I’m endorsing Bernie Sanders because he’s fighting to actualize true freedom for all people. His message of “not me, us” resonates. It means that every aspect of my identity– as an American Muslim woman of color, granddaughter of refugees and child of immigrants, public school teacher, elected official, and union organizer– has a place in this movement. Bernie isn’t just running a campaign, he’s building our collective impact. He’s empowering communities and working individuals over billionaires, and picking students over profits. He’s making sure that every individual has the universal right and access to healthcare. He’s standing up for religious pluralism. Bernie’s the leader we can entrust with upholding our democracy.”
David Campos served two terms as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first formerly undocumented person to hold such office. David is the current Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party and serves as a Deputy County Executive for the County of Santa Clara. He is a former San Francisco Police Commissioner and General Counsel for San Francisco public schools.
“I support Bernie Sanders because he has been the most consistent voice for those who have been struggling and have been marginalized in our country. As a Latino gay immigrant, I trust him the most to make sure all of our country’s diverse communities have a chance at achieving the American Dream”
David J. Canepa is a fourth generation San Mateo County resident who grew up in Pacifica before settling into Daly City, where he currently resides with his wife Ana and young son David Piero. He is a former Daly City mayor and currently serves on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors representing District Five, which includes the cities of Brisbane, Colma, Daly City, Broadmoor Village and parts of San Bruno and South San Francisco.
“Senator Bernie Sanders truly believes in the government working for all people. His commitment to increasing the minimum wage, healthcare for all and free college will make America stronger.”
Corinna Contreras is the first queer Latina to serve on the Vista City Council, who was elected in 2018 after defeating a two-term incumbent. Contreras is recognized in her community as an entrepreneur, grassroots activist, and lifelong community advocate.
“Bernie Sanders changed my community and my life when he first came to my hometown May 2016. Through his words and actions, I had the courage to run for local office in 2018. Bernie, always advocating for what is right, came back to my hometown in 2019 where I was able to welcome him as a newly elected councilmember. He never ceases to amaze me. His warmth, humanity, sincerity, and love for all inspires me everyday. Thank you Bernie for your tireless commitment to justice and community. It is my deepest honor to endorse you for President of the United States of America.”
Brigitte Davila was re-elected in a citywide race to the Board of Trustees for City College of San Francisco in 2018, and elected to a statewide Board of Trustees in 2019. She has taught U.S. government & policy classes for over 20 years in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University and is a proud member of the California Faculty Association.
"When my 18 & 19 year old students were buzzing about Bernie, I knew that, finally, we have a leader who truly understands what working families and young people face."
Councilmember Cheryl Davila has witnessed an increase in homelessness and is determined to find solutions to address these complex issues with compassion, empathy and dignity.
"I am thrilled to endorse Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. When Bernie asked regular, ethical people to run for office, I answered that call and placed my priorities on ending homelessness in our city and turning around climate change for all our children including for the love of my son and daughter. In terms of climate change, the clock is ticking, we must change business as usual. Bernie Sanders has the only climate change policy that will actually work. And Bernie’s plan to end homelessness is the solution we have been waiting for; it is practical and compassionate. Bernie Sanders' gives us the solutions we need; Bernie Sanders provides the solutions, we cannot move forward without."
Bruce Delgado has been the Marina’s Mayor for 11 years and served 4 years as a Marina City Council member. He has worked as a Botanist at Fort Ord National Monument since 1993. Bruce can often be seen volunteering at Marina schools, parks, and for several Marina nonprofits. He was voted Best Do-Gooder in Monterey County in 2011, 2017, and 2018 Monterey County Weekly Annual Poll. In 2011, 2014, and 2018 Bruce was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the Central Coast Regional Water Board to help protect rivers, groundwater, and sustainable agriculture. From 2004-2019 Bruce has served as treasurer for Everyone’s Harvest, the nonprofit that brings Marina and five other communities a weekly farmers’ market. He has served as chair of the Board at Monterey Regional Waste Management District and Monterey County Local Agency Formation Committee. Bruce has organized volunteers for monthly community clean ups, 10 years of Marina's Labor Day Parade, and support Earth Day festivals.
"We need to elect Bernie Sanders for President if we are sincere in our concerns about climate change, the unjust disparities between rich and poor, and the health of our environment."
Derek Devermont sits on the California Democratic Party Rules Committee, the Westside Democratic Headquarters Steering Committee, the Social Services Commission, and is the Treasurer of the Santa Monica Democratic Club.
“Bernie Sanders represents the continuing evolution of how a government interacts with its people. He has changed the conversation about government to a focus on the government’s duty to serve its citizens. His positions have focused the attention on what a government owes its citizens in the fields of healthcare, environment, and equality. This is why I support and endorse Bernie Sanders.”
Rubio Ramiro Gonzalez serves on the Pomona City Council, and has served on civic boards in Pomona. He worked to elect President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections, and previously served as the Vice President of the Pomona Democratic Club.
“I endorsed and supported Senator Bernie Sanders heavily in 2016 on his Presidential run. At that time, many of his views were considered pretty radical. Since then, the majority of the other Democratic Presidential candidates have begun to emulate his views because they are the most progressive out there. Bernie has never wavered from these views and has never been involved in any scandals as various of his opponents have. The extreme damage that has been caused nationally and internationally by the current American President will take much effort to undo, and Senator Sanders is the only candidate that can galvanize traditional voters as well as newly registered voters because his message is universal. This is precisely why I am endorsing and supporting Bernie Sanders for President of the United States in 2020.”
Director Carlos Goytia was elected in November 2010. He was reappointed to his second term in November of 2014 and then re-elected in November of 2018 to serve a third term on the Board at Three Valleys Municipal Water District. Director Goytia is a life-long resident of the City of Pomona. He is a loving husband to Catalina Goytia, and a proud father of 4 daughters and a stepfather to 4 wonderful children and a grandfather to 6 grandchildren. He is a proud member of his community and serves on various boards and committees throughout the region. He is a staunch advocate in the development of servant leadership and youth programs.
“As a father, grandfather, husband, public official, a long time Union Member of Labor and a staunch supporter of the working middle class families of our communities, I support Senator Bernie Sanders for the following reasons: First and foremost, for his honesty and in standing up for the people and speaking truth to power. His consistency, he has a proven track record for being consistent. His message resonates with the working class families of this country, from livable working wages to healthcare for all. Also, he picks the right side - it's hard to doubt his judgment. He has fought and stood up for equal rights for all during the 60’s with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He has stood up for the LGBTQ community, he voted against the Iraq war. He voted against the bills that proved to be detrimental to the American economy. He has a positive campaign message in restoring our country that works for all Americans, not just the wealthy one percent. His passion on tackling corporate greed, from big pharma to the fossil fuel industry is second to none, and he has been vocal like no other on issues related to climate change and the effects it will have on our planet. His policy positions are all pretty much parallel with those that I believe in. I also believe that most Americans are tired of seeing the same old business as usual politics that’s been going on for years on end. The “go along to get along” mentality does not work for the people. In fact, it has made us stagnant by letting things get worse, not better, for the working middle class families of our communities. Especially when the gap between the wealthy and working class people has widened significantly! I believe he's the only candidate who genuinely cares about something that I'm looking forward to. We want to live, not just exist. We need someone who’s about getting things done. With Bernie, we have that person, a champion for the people! It’s about us! That is why I support Bernie to be our next President. “
Jose Gurrola is the Mayor of Arvin, CA, a rural community in Kern County. Gurrola is one of the youngest mayors in California, and is committed to fighting for clean air and water, equitable economic development, and a just transition towards renewable energy.
“I am incredibly proud to endorse Bernie Sanders as our next President of the United States. Bernie has spent his career fighting for working people and facing down the greed of fossil fuel executives, corporations, and special interests. He is committed to keeping our air and water clean, prioritizing rural communities, and making sure the health and safety of our children are valued above profit.”
Alan Haffa was elected to the Monterey City Council in 2012 and was reelected in 2016. He has served as a delegate for MPC Teachers Association to the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council since 2013, and as and lead negotiator for MPCTA since 2012. He served Chair of the Monterey County Democratic Central Committee from 2016 until August of 2019, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
“I am endorsing Senator Sanders because of his commitment to fight for healthcare, education, and civil rights, and above all, because he is free from corporate and big money influence.”
Heidi Harmon serves as the Mayor of San Luis Obispo. She has been an advocate for positive solutions to local and global challenges for the past 30 years. She is a social, environmental, and gender justice leader and is committed to creating an equitable and sustainable world.
“The 2016 election cycle was challenging for all of us. Instead of getting mad I took Bernie's advice and came home and ran for office. I was honored to be elected mayor of San Luis Obispo by 46 votes. Now, in our community, we are turning protests into policies to create an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative place for all. This is why I'm endorsing Bernie. He is in alignment with my values and the values of those and that put people over profit. He has a lifelong commitment to prioritizing people, planet, and a shared prosperity.”
Kate Harrison has been a Berkeley City Councilmember since March of 2017, after a lifelong career in public service. A champion for affordable housing, public ethics, and climate justice, she authored Berkeley's law phasing out natural gas -- the first in the nation to do so. Councilmember Harrison is a founding member of both the Berkeley Progressive Alliance and the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club.
"Bernie Sanders is a champion of and for the working class. Senator Sanders is the only candidate to come out in favor of universal rent control and a homes guarantee, both badly needed in the Bay Area affordable housing crisis. Senator Sanders' Green New Deal plan invests billions into good-paying union jobs to rapidly decarbonize, electrify, and sequester carbon. He understands the scale of the crises America and Berkeley are facing, and can lead the movement to fight back. I look forward to working with President Sanders to phase out natural gas on a national scale!"
Felipe Hernandez is an Iraq War veteran, who serves on the Watsonville City Council, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, the Pajaro River Finance & Governance Committee, the Santa Cruz County Flood Control & Water Conservation District, and the Santa Cruz County Library Financing Authority.
“I endorse Bernie Sanders because he supports the backbone of California’s agricultural economy- its immigrant workers -Immigration Reform will bring 11 million undocumented people out of the shadows and families living in fear. Many working class communities cannot even afford to send their children to college -Free College Tuition- will make higher education an option again. It will increase educational attainment levels in working class communities throughout the State. Lastly, I endorse Bernie because he will stand beside our Veterans- to assure the best VA services, benefits and quality of care. As a veteran, we are the ones that least want war. It means time away from family, friends and loved ones, but we go for duty, honor and we go for the soldiers in our unit we serve with.”
Sam Hindi is the Mayor of Foster City. He ran on a platform that included creating a vision and developing a long term coordinated strategic plan to achieve an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future for his community. Hindi emigrated from Lebanon in 1983 in pursuit of his education and the American Dream.
“I trust Senator Sanders. He has been advocating and working all his life for the rights and the interest of the American People, not special interests. Bernie is what America needs in a president: Leadership with compassion, integrity, transparency and a government that works for all of us not just the 1%"
Jenny Kassan serves on the Fremont City Council. She previously worked at the Unity Council, a nationally recognized community development organization located in Oakland.
For decades Bernie Sanders has been fighting to check corporate power and bring true democracy and social justice to our country. We need Bernie in the White House to reverse the damage done by Trump and heal our country.
Paola Laverde-Levine serves as Chair of the Rent Stabilization Board of Berkeley, CA. She worked for 15-years in television news production in both English and Spanish-language stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
"I support Bernie because of all the candidates, he is the one I most identify with. He not only has first hand knowledge of the immigrant experience but he also personally knows and understands the public benefit of rent stabilized housing. Bernie is not a newcomer to the progressive agenda; he has been on the same page for decades"
Ivy Lee was appointed by Mayor London Breed to serves on the San Francisco Board of Trustees in 2018. An architect of the Free City College program, she has fought to stabilize City College and improve the education environment for the 63,000 students the college serves. She previously worked as an immigration attorney at the Asian Law Caucus, before joining the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach.
“The very first time that I met and spoke to Senator Sanders, I remember his words very clearly. My former boss, Supervisor Jane Kim, had just introduced me as her chief of staff and as the person who wrote the legislation to make San Francisco community college free. He responded-- thank you for doing the hard work of serving the public. Most people won’t ever know your name. I know what that’s like. But that’s not why we serve. It's time for our country to have leadership that is grounded in the hard work of public service.”
Gabriela López is the youngest woman ever elected in San Francisco, at 28, on the Board of Education. She is also the Chief Academic Officer at Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Her background in education extends over a decade through work in public schools, policy, non-profit, prison education and arts instruction. Gabriela is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who migrated to Los Angeles seeking blue collar work for better opportunities for their family.
"As an educator, I support Senator Sanders' candidacy for President because he understands the importance of equalizing the accessibility to education is a prerequisite for the social, political and economic advancement of all people."
Oscar Magana is the former Mayor of the City of Maywood. He was elected to the city council in 2011, while the city was undergoing financial instability and on the brink of bankruptcy. His community oriented approach to governing helped turn the city away from financial ruin and was instrumental in making Maywood one of the safest cities in California.
“I endorse Bernie for President because he is the only candidate who has consistently gone against the status quo; by fighting against corporate greed, advocating for basic human rights and proving that a presidential campaign can be funded by the people. While other candidates are beholden to their donors, polls and their public relations consultants, Bernie has consistently shown that he will fight for what's right.”
Gordon Mar represents District 4 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association, co-founded and led Jobs With Justice San Francisco, served on the San Francisco Commission on the Environment, and led the Bay Area Environmental Health Collaborative, the Northern California Citizenship Project, and the Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action.
"We deserve a champion for working people, and a strong, independent voice in the White House. Bernie Sanders will be that voice, and transform this country to take on our climate crisis and provide affordable housing, healthcare, and education -- for all of us. I'm proud to endorse him for President."
Sal Melendez was elected to Montebello City Council in November 2018, becoming the youngest elected Councilmember in Montebello’s history. He is currently the current Mayor Pro Tem. He is currently in his third year of law school at the University of La Verne College of Law.
“I fully endorse Bernie because of his long standing record of being on the right side of history. Simply put, Bernie is for the people and will continue to fight for us.”
Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto is the Mayor of El Cerrito. She previously served as a Human Relations Commissioner in El Cerrito, and has worked as a nurse at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the past 18 years.
“As a nurse, I support Bernie Sanders because I know as the author of the Medicare-for-All bill, he will deliver on providing healthcare to everyone in our country. As the mayor, I know that this will also save money for little and big cities all over America by controlling the escalating costs of healthcare. Enabling cities to invest those savings in our communities.”
Rolan Resendiz currently serves on the Hollister City Council. In 2016, he was honored with the 2016 California Peace Award.
“Senator Sanders is a progressive champion who I believe will lead the Country in having a more just and fair government. He inspired a movement that influenced change in a corrupt political system. We need Senator Sanders and other elected officials like him fighting for everyday citizens. I was a burner even before becoming an elected official myself. It gives me great pleasure to officially endorse him!”
Anthony Rocha serves as a trustee of the Salinas School Board. In June of 2017 he made history by becoming the youngest person to serve on a Salinas City Commission when he was appointed to serve on the Library Commission at the age of 18. He is a member of the Monterey County Democratic Central Committee , Monterey County School Boards Association Board of Directors, and former member of the Salinas Library Commission and Monterey County Mental Health Commission.
“What sets Bernie Sanders apart from the rest of the candidates is that he helped create a Political Revolution that seeks to bring power back to the people. I am a product of that revolution. Bernie Sanders inspired me to run for office and at nineteen years old after running a corporate free--people powered campaign, I unseated a two term incumbent and won a seat on the School Board. I am proud to continue that revolution by endorsing Bernie because as a School Board Member, there is only one candidate I trust to create a future to believe in and that candidate is Bernie Sanders.”
Hillary Ronen was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in November 2016. Prior to her election she was Chief of Staff for Supervisor David Campos. Supervisor Ronen is a graduate of UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. As an attorney, her practice focused on worker rights and immigration law at the San Francisco nonprofit law firm, La Raza Centro Legal.
“There isn’t a politician in America that I trust more than Bernie Sanders to fight for the interests of everyday Americans. He’s on our side and always has been”
Mark Sanchez held a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education from 2001-2009, serving as President from 2007-2009. He was re-elected to the Board in 2016. He is currently Board representative on the Council of the Great City Schools Board of Directors located in Washington D.C., which is comprised of the nation's 74 largest school districts.
"From early care and education for all to guaranteed free public college and university enrollment and student loan forgiveness, Bernie Sanders fights for the moral imperative our nation must embrace so that every student can achieve academically for a better future."
Thea Selby was the President of the Board of Trustees when City College of San Francisco became one of the first community colleges to offer free tuition to all San Francisco residents in 2017. She currently serves as a Community College Trustee, Chair of the San Francisco Transit Riders, and Executive Board member of the California State Democrats.
"I endorse Bernie Sanders because as a small business owner, I know that the cost of healthcare is killing small business while the quantity of health care we can afford goes down and down. That is why we need Medicare for All now. As a Mom of two college-aged kids and a City College Trustee, I also support Bernie's free higher education initiatives. We cannot burden our kids out with tens of thousands of dollars of debt because they choose to go to college."
Jan Shriner is the Vice President of the Marina Coast Water District Board of Directors. She was first elected to the MCWD Board in 2010.
“Senator Sanders represents the 2020 vision of leadership we need. He is the candidate who champions solutions to problems we all face.”
“I am again endorsing Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. I’m a Bernie backer because he’s the only candidate who has been working to build a political movement that can actually get his proposals approved and implemented.”
Leah Simon-Weisberg is the elected Vice Chair of the Berkeley Rent Board Commission. Previously, she served as the Directing Attorney of the Tenant Rights Practice at Centro Legal de la Raza and oversaw the anti-displacement programs for the County of Alameda and City of Oakland. Simon-Weisberg also served as the Legal Director of Tenants Together, and as the Managing Attorney of the Anti-Predatory Lending and Home Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Practice at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. She began her housing work in Los Angeles as the co-Executive Director of the Eviction Defense Network (EDN).
"Supporting Senator Sanders was a no brainer. He has consistently been the only candidate to speak to the need for Rent Control and to address the housing affordability crisis."
Alejandro Soto-Vigil serves as a commissioner on the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board and the Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission and previously served as a legislative aide to the Berkeley City Council. He co-founded the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA), which built a broad coalition to hold the oil giant Chevron accountable for its health and safety impacts on the surrounding community.
"Senator Sanders inspires many generations by putting people over profit. Together, with his leadership, he can deliver good access health care, decent housing for all and affordable college for the American People."
Igor Tregub serves as an elected Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner and chairs or has chaired the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board, Housing Advisory Commission, Peace and Justice Commission, the Commission on Labor, and the 35,000-member-strong Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter, which represents California’s San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties. He also serves as a Co-Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Resolutions Committee and founding chair of the Young Democrats of America’ and California Young Democrats’ Environmental Caucuses and co-directs the New Leaders Council Oakland Chapter, which provides an unrivaled growth experience for a cadre of progressive entrepreneurs of the Millennial and Gen Z generations.
“I’m proud to support Bernie because he is the only candidate in the race who has not had to change to run this race. The way he is running for President underscores his progressive, community-based values to which he has been true throughout his life and career as a U.S. Senator and Mayor. As an immigrant committed to paying it forward for others in search of our American Dream, I know that my own lived experience, and that of the community members I serve, has been made demonstrably better because of the policies that Bernie has relentlessly fought for - and will restore as our president.”
Cipriano Vargas is a graduate of CSUSM, where he was the first in his family to graduate from college. After teaching in San Antonio, Vargas ran for the Vista school board in his hometown and became the youngest elected board member at the age of 24.
“As a first generation college graduate and local School Board Member, I believe in Senator Sanders vision to transform our country. He has been fighting his whole life for social and economic justice. Educators across this country are looking for a leader that will tackle income inequality, stop the privatization of our public schools, and stand up for our students. I am proud to stand in solidarity with Senator Sanders for President of the United States.”
Shanell Williams is the Director of Community Engagement and Partnership for the California Preterm Birth Initiative at UCSF and a member of the Board of Trustees at City College of San Francisco. She has worked for numerous nonprofit agencies and labor organizations dedicated to serving marginalized, low-income communities including: the Center for Young Women’s Development, Youth Leadership Institute, UNITE HERE Local 2, Jobs with Justice SF, and Urban Services YMCA.
“I am proud to support Senator Bernie Sanders and his vision for making higher education and quality healthcare accessible to all in our nation.”
Jon Wizard is a Seaside City Councilmember and affordable housing advocate. He previously served on the Monterey County Planning Commission. A former Deputy Sheriff in San Benito County, he is now enrolled in a master's of public administration course at CSU Dominguez Hills.
“Bernie Sanders is my choice for president because his policies do the most good for the most amount of people. Whether it’s Green New Deal, Housing for All, Medicare for All, or Workplace Democracy, Bernie’s plans will dramatically reshape America and put the power back in the people’s hands.”
Jenny Wong was elected Berkeley City Auditor with 91.5% of votes. She spent 18 years as a federal government auditor at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO. She immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan at age 6, and was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college.
“As an immigrant, a racial and religious minority, and someone who grew up without much, Bernie Sanders' bold vision of racial, social, and economic justice speaks to and inspires me. At a time when more and more power is concentrated in the hands of the billionaires, Bernie's movement campaign focused on the needs of the poor and working class is not only needed to achieve progressive policy goals like Medicare for All and a living wage - it's the key to defeating Trump. Auditors are truth-tellers and I appreciate the direct and powerful way Bernie communicates about the struggles facing millions of Americans and am moved by his bold vision. I'm proud to endorse him for President and will do what I can to help him win the California primary and the Presidency."