City Attorney Parker Has A Record of Success, Say Backers

Barbara Parker

Supporters of Barbara Parker – a candidate for City Attorney – point to her record as a full-time professional attorney, not a politician, for over 35 years. “Parker has earned a reputation over the years as being both an excellent lawyer and a consummate professional…the job is better suited for a nonpartisan legal expert than a politician,” according to the East Bay Express in an article on the campaign. A Harvard Law graduate and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Parker served for 20 years in the City Attorney’s Office before becoming City Attorney in 2011 when John Russo resigned from the position. Her opponent, Jane Brunner, has represented North Oakland on the City Council for the past 15 years and has worked as a local attorney for the past 20 years. Parker was the first generation in her family to attend college. In the 1970s, she was one of the few African American women at Harvard Law School. Parker’s campaign emphasizes her fiscal responsibility, pointing out that as City Attorney she has reduced outside counsel costs by 40 percent and settlement payments by more than 50 percent. Supporting the city’s public safety efforts, Parker has shut down hotels that were centers of child prostitution, fought gangs and is working to get guns off the streets, according to her backers. Among Parker’s list of endorsements are Oakland Post Publisher Paul Cobb, the Oakland Tribune, Democratic Party, Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce, Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) and faith leaders including Rev. Dr. George E. Cummings, Bishop Bob Jackson, Bishop Frank Pinckard, Reverends J. Alfred Smith Jr. and Sr. and Pastor Joe Smith. For more information, visit
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