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Buffy Wicks Fights for 15th District Assemblymembe...

Buffy Wicks Fights for 15th District Assemblymember Seat

With 130 house parties, nearly 1400 signatures gathered and a team of over 500 volunteers, Buffy Wicks has set her sights on becoming the next 15th District Assemblymember.

Wicks, an American political strategist, credited along with Marshall Ganz and Jeremy Bird as the architect of Barack Obama’s grassroots organizing model, previously served on the senior staff of Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

She also served as Deputy Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement. Beyond the White House, she’s worked in the labor movement, on women’s issues, and as a children’s rights advocate.

Like many, Wicks has many concerns for the country’s future with President Donald Trump in office.

“We are in a scary moment in our country’s history, and I feel lucky to be raising my baby daughter in a progressive community like ours that rejects President Trump’s hateful rhetoric and harmful policies,” said Wicks. “But we can’t let what’s happening in Washington define us.”

“Here in California, we have a real opportunity not just to resist, but to put forth bold, progressive public policy that reflects our shared values and builds a more just and equitable society.  California should be the leader in showing America what progressive governance can be.”

Wicks says she wants to lead the fight by organizing and building coalitions.

“I’m ready to work toward providing all of our families the best future possible.”

Wicks track record includes a host of progressive causes including organizing the Bay Area’s anti-Iraq War protests, working for Howard Dean, campaigning against Walmart, helping pass the Affordable Care Act, launching a national women’s economic policy initiative, and leading the California Kids Campaign to fight for more funding for public schools.

According to Wicks, the California State Legislature is at a 20-year low with women representation at a mere 22%.

“This shows how policies impact women and leadership starts by sending more women to Sacramento. We need to prioritize paid family leave, education funding for both K-12, early childhood and funding for childcare.”

Wicks supports a full 12-weeks paid leave for the birth of a new child, or care for an ill loved one. “Women are often the bread winners of the family and we need more policies to ensure a level playing field like universal childcare, fair pay and quality access to reproductive healthcare.”

Wicks plans to quickly build more affordable homes in walkable and transit oriented neighborhoods and protect tenants from displacement.

“I support expanding rent stabilization, Renters Tax Credit and the creation of a legal defense fund for those facing unfair evictions,” she said.

Wicks also supports California as a sanctuary state and says law enforcement is best used by catching dangerous criminals and not threatening to deport the undocumented. “We must reject the politics of hate and fear—our strength is our diversity.”

As a gun control advocate, Wicks was happy to have friends Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and husband, astronaut-author Mark Kelly kick off her campaign rally in February at her headquarters in Berkeley.

Last weekend at Salute Restaurant in Richmond, Wicks was supported by Richmond Mayor Tom Butt. Next week, she is scheduled to have another event with colleague Valerie Jarrett, who served as senior advisor to former President Obama for both of his presidential terms.

Wicks supporters include the East Bay Express, East Bay Times, The Mercury News, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, CA Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Congressman Ro Khanna, Assemblymember Bill Quirk, State Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember David Chiu, Assemblymember Jose Medina, Hercules BART Board Director Lateefah Simon, and Piedmont Vice Mayor Teddy King.


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  1. Jay Maxon

    18 May

    Is this an endorsement? What about the other candidates? Buffy Wicks has lived in the East Bay for all of two years! Never seen at any community function other than her own campaign, she calls herself a grassroots organizer, but she’s using tons of outside money to buy her way into local politics — and then go to Sacramento! What’s the evidence that she has any District 15 commitment other than herself? Compare her to the other leading candidates. Dan Kalb, long-time Oakland City Council member. Judy Appel, Berkeley School Board member and rights activist. Jovanka Beckles, two-term Richmond City Councilperson, endorsed by a whole raft of local organizations, officials, and labor unions, refusing to take money from corporations. Kalb has fought against coal coming through the port; Appel champions education; Beckles has been a central actor in the rebirth of Richmond, working on community policing, fighting pollution, supporting public education, embracing single-payer healthcare before it was fashionable. What has Wicks done? She’s a campaign professional landed here after she didn’t get a job in a Hillary Clinton administration. Let’s have District 15 really represented, not just serving as a springboard for an ambitious politician.

  2. June Goodwin

    18 May

    This article on Buffy Wicks seems like a p.r. piece released by the Wicks’ campaign. What gives? How could any Bay area voter with connections into the community support an interloper whom nobody knew before two years ago? Buffy’s money is huge and mostly from outside District 15, from land developers, charter school proponents, venture capitalists and millionaire politicos in the Establishment Democratic party such as John Podesta and Steve Job’s widow who is a Billionaire.

    We don’t have to think that money must control our politics! There is an answer and she’s fabulous! Jovanka Beckles has served two terms on the Richmond City Council and has been at the core of the progressive alliance that has transformed the city. She has introduced “Ban the Box” to help returning citizens, the first rent control in California for years, fighting Chevron’s attempt to not pay enough taxes, protecting the environment — all while holding down a full time job as a mental health specialist in Contra Costa County.

    The amazing thing is that Jovanka is taking absolutely no corporate money – so she will be beholden only to us the voters, not to any corporations. She’s people powered, meaning her campaign and support comes from volunteers. I know: I’m one. A lot of us are absolutely impressed by Jovanka’s charismatic ability to listen closely to people. She is personable, but we’ve also seen her stand strongly against racism and inequities and for the needy.

    Jovanka’s endorsements are impressive: five environmental groups, seven labor unions, 16 local regional political action organizations, San Francisco Bay View newspaper, Danny Glover, Bobby Seale, Ericka Huggins, Gus Newport and many more. Her website at jovanka.org extensively lays out her powerful history and progressive positions.

  3. Naomi Schiff

    18 May

    Is this an endorsement or a reported piece? I certainly hope you will support a candidate who is familiar with the East Bay, has local experience, has held elected office, and perhaps is a person of color. There are several to choose from!

  4. Douglas O. Ricketson

    19 May

    Wow. I wasn’t sure if I was reading a news story, an endorsement or one of the many Buffy Wicks campaign mailers clogging my mail box. The Oakland Post is an independent newspaper and is entitled to whatever editorial position it chooses to take. I would have to counter with the fact that Buffy Wicks is not the person to represent Assembly District 15. Here is why:
    Far and away, Ms Wicks has raised the largest amount of money this race(almost $650,000 individually and over $200,000 in independent expenditures.) The ability to raise money does NOT correlate to genuine grassroots support. I would invite the readers of the Oakland Post to take a moment and look at who is funding Ms. Wicks on the Secretary of State’s web site http://powersearch.sos.ca.gov/advanced.php. Quite illuminating. Where a candidate raises their money is a measurement of who they are…and to whom they are beholden. The fact that we are so focused on talking about such obscene and gaudy fundraising numbers while the state faces many crises that need to be dealt with is appalling and repellent to the already disengaged electorate. Enough on that…moving on.
    As I observed earlier, this editorial reads like one of the many Buffy Wicks campaign mailers. That being said, give Ms. Wicks the due she is owed. It is an impressive and accomplished career…outside the district. That being said if one(or their advocate) is going to bask in the adulation of accomplishment they have to face the harsh judgement of failure as well. The Oakland Post relates the many accomplishments of Ms. Wicks, but as Ms. Wicks played the role of “Bernie-Slayer”, she was part of the Democratic establishment that managed to lose almost 1000 legislative seats over the last 10 years. Our government and our hopes for what it can do will never improve unless we hold our leaders accountable. Raising large sums of money from SuperPACs and corporate donors does not foster confidence and creates an atmosphere of disillusionment and disengagement among working class voters.
    Of course, I am biased. I am a volunteer for the Jovanka Beckles campaign. I support the only candidate that has shunned Corporate donations and been endorsed by Our Revolution, the organization that was founded by Bernie Sanders and presided over by Nina Turner.
    We face an existential political crises in this country. Electing the status quo candidate to represent Assembly district 15 is not what is needed to set this state on the correct path. Jovanka Beckles is the people-powered, corporate free candidate that we need in these times.

  5. It might be useful for your newspaper to read what your competition rights. For example, here is the headline in the East Bay express yesterday with regard to Buffy wicks
    “PAC Money Invades 15th District Assembly Race
    A network of pro-charter school donors is spending big on behalf of Buffy Wicks…”
    In that same article, this candidate professes ignorance as to why she is receiving so much money from these right-wing pro charter donors. Her plausible deniability of why she is receiving so much money from major charter school proponents, who are also funding the charter school candidate running against Tony Thurmond for state superintendent of schools, is really not believable. All the more reason that voters in AD15 should vote for the corporate free candidate, Jovanka Beckles. Let us not forget that under Obama’s education secretary, we saw rapid proliferation of charter schools across the country. And, no surprise, President Obama is supporting Buffy Wicks.
    Surely you can do better in your reporting.

  6. This was the headline yesterday in your competition’s publication.
    “PAC Money Invades 15th District Assembly Race
    A network of pro-charter school donors is spending big on behalf of Buffy Wicks…”
    Her plausible deniability of why she is receiving so much money from major charter school proponents, who are also funding the charter school candidate running against Tony Thurmond for state superintendent of schools, is really not believable. All the more reason that voters in AD15 should vote for the corporate free candidate, Jovanka Beckles. Let us not forget that under Obama’s education secretary, we saw rapid proliferation of charter schools across the country. And, no surprise, President Obama is supporting Buffy Wicks.
    What I am curious about is why you have given so much attention to only one of her opponents in this article, someone with scant experience in political office. The strong record of Jovanka Beckles in Richmond who successfully took on Chevron, and fought for so many other progressive changes in that city, including police reform, is in sharp contrast to both of these opponents.

  7. Kacey Carpenter

    21 May

    I endorse and support Jovanka Beckles based on her record of progressive activism in Richard, taking on the Chevron and bringing about change in her community. She is an amazing woman and would be the ideal candidate to represent AD15!
    http://www.jovanka.org/our_revolution_s_people_powered_women

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