Six Candidates Vie for District 3 Council Seat

Nyeisha Dewitt

Lynette Gibson-McElhaney

Alex Miller-Cole

Derrick Muhammad

Sean Sullivan

Larry Lionel Young Jr.

By J. Douglas Allen Taylor With Councilmember Nancy Nadel stepping off the Council at the end of this year after four terms, six candidates are running to take her place. The candidates are: Nyeisha Dewitt A native of Oakland, Dewitt is the Program Director of Citywide Dropout Prevention at Oakland’s Promise Alliance. She says that her vision for Oakland is “to create safe places for people of all ages to travel, shop, gather, commute, and open a business.” Among her major endorsements are in incumbent Councilmember Nancy Nadel, Mayor Jean Quan’s Block by Block Organizing Network, SEIU Local 1021, Oakland Firefighters Local 55, and the Black Women Organized for Political Action PAC. Lynette Gibson-McElhaney Gibson-McElhaney is Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of the East Bay, a 30-year housing counseling and community development corporation based in Richmond. She has listed one of the most specific goals of any candidate in the race, saying she will “fight to create 10,000 new jobs in Oakland in [her] first term on the Council.” Among her major endorsements are Jumoke Hinton Hodge who represents District 3 on the Oakland School Board, County Supervisor Keith Carson, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee, and the Oakland Builders Alliance. Alex Miller-Cole A Guadalajara, Mexico native, Miller-Cole is a designer, builder, and a Commissioner of the Oakland Community Policing Advisory Board. He says that as a Councilmember, he would “demand increased accountability in the City Council, better public safety, a balanced budget and greater response to the needs of the constituents in District 3, and for all of Oakland.” He lists incumbent Councilmember Nancy Nadel, AFSCME District Council 57 President Cynthia McCabe, former Oakland Port Commissioner Margaret Gordon, and Mayor Jean Quan’s husband Floyd Huen among his major endorsements. Derrick Muhammad A longshoreman and law school graduate, Oakland native Muhammad is also a Commissioner on the Citizens Police Review Board. Among other things he seeks to “expand employment opportunities for Oakland residents through job training, re-entry and apprenticeship programs and reduce barriers to business startups encouraging entrepreneurship and business development. Among his key endorsements are Supervisor Keith Carson, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and the John George Democratic Club. Sean Sullivan Sullivan is a former director at Covenant House and now works as an environmental health advocate. He says that he has advocated for more effective law enforcement, anti-violence programs for youth and city services that fight crime. He adds that the district needs “a visible police presence focusing resources to walking, beat, and bike patrols and to address the lighting, street cameras, blight and other issues that affect our safety.” He lists endorsements from Councilmembers Ignacio De La Fuente and Pat Kernighan, the International Association of Firefighters, Local 55, and the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International, AFL-CIO, Local 164B. Larry Lionel Young Jr. Oakland realtor Young is a former Oakland Unified School District teacher and was a candidate in the 2010 Oakland mayor’s race. He says that “the time has come to make Oakland the best place to live, work, and visit” and that he “will bring economic development, public safety, jobs, youth empowerment, and outreach for all.” He lists “youth ages 18-35, senior citizens, and a large number of baby boomers” among his “key endorsements.”
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