Rob Bonta (right) with his wife Mia.
Rob Bonta, vice mayor of Alameda, is seeking to represent Oakland as State Assembly Member for the 18th District, backed by Sandrré Swanson, who has been termed-out.
He received the most votes in the June primary, garnering 36.84 percent of the ballots. He is opposed by Abel Guillen, a Peralta Community Colleges trustee, who was runner-up in the primary with 27.94 percent of the votes.
Bonta, 40, has earned a reputation in Alameda as an advocate for public schools and public safety and as someone who fosters economic development, fiscal responsibility and improves recreation opportunities for families.
He worked with Obama administration to acquire nearly 1,000 acres of former Naval Base property at no cost and which will now be used for significant economic development and job creation for residents of the East Bay.
He currently works as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.
Bonta’s parents worked with the United Farm Workers and were active in the Civil Rights Movement.
He has served as board president of the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County, board member of Filipino Advocates for Justice and the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and is a founding member of the Filipino-American Democratic Club of Alameda County.
Bonta graduated with honors from Yale College and earned his law degree from Yale Law School.