The race for Oakland City Council, District 3, which includes West Oakland, Downtown, Jack London, and Lake Merritt, is a hot one, with six candidates vying for one spot on council.
Lynette Gibson McElhaney, a candidate in the race, is a UC Berkeley graduate, West Oakland parent, True Vine Church member and CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of the East Bay (NHS), a HUD-certified economic development and housing non-profit.
“Lynette will make a great city councilmember,” said Assemblyman Sandre Swanson. “With her leadership and experience, she will improve the quality of life for all of Oakland.”
Like other candidates in the race, Gibson McElhaney talks about the importance of job creation, crime prevention and improving our schools.
But she believes the fundamental difference between her and other candidates is that she actually has a track record of delivering on her promises. She has created jobs and improved our streets and schools.
As CEO of NHS, she has created hundreds of good jobs in construction, finance and related industries. She has also helped to save families from foreclosure and worked with banks and funders to invest over $200 million in poor communities in the East Bay.
She has been in the forefront of those advocating a new style of community-based policing, called “Ceasefire,” in Richmond. In its first year of implementation, Ceasefire cut the homicide rate in half in that city.
As a public school parent and volunteer, Gibson McElhaney understands that great schools are the pathway to a bright future for our children. She says she will work hard as a councilmember to partner with the schools, protect historic institutions like McClymonds and improve Oakland education for students.
“Good intentions are not good enough” she said, “Oakland needs leaders who can move beyond discussion and get to doing.”
“Lynette is a gifted candidate,” said one of her supporters, Pastor Gerald Agee, president of the Pastors of Oakland. “We listened to all the candidates and decided to give her our full support.”
Because this election is a ranked-choice voting election, says Gibson McElhaney, voters can pick up to three candidates, a first-, second- and third-place choice.
Her endorsers – Pastors of Oakland, John George Democratic Club, Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce, Oakland NAACP, Supervisor Keith Carson and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner – ask voters to make Lynette Gibson McElhaney their first choice.