Our daughter, Rebecca | Kaplan for Oakland

Our daughter Rebecca has been a leader since day 1.

At age 4, she insisted on riding her bike – on her own – to get to preschool. At age 5, Rebecca was teaching her little sister how to read. By the time she was in high school, she was already standing up for people without a voice. She’s compassionate, has boundless energy and a sincere dedication to justice. And she’s sharp: she went to MIT for undergrad, Tufts for a master’s in Urban & Environmental Policy and attended Stanford for law school. After working as a housing rights attorney, she chose a career in public service.

She’s represented all of Oakland as an elected official for over a decade, and we couldn’t be prouder.

Rebecca is running for mayor to put Oakland first. In Tuesday’s election, we hope you’ll put her first (on your ballot).

As parents, we’ve watched Rebecca selflessly stand up for others her entire life. At MIT, she successfully led her peers in movements to get her school to divest from the then-Apartheid South Africa and got sexual orientation nondiscrimination policy on campus. And standing up for justice hasn’t always been easy. She came out in high school – it was 1986 and her school’s student body was very conservative. In college, her dorm room door was set on fire. But our daughter is fiercely resilient. In 2008, she became the first out lesbian elected to the Oakland City Council. And this summer, with same-sex marriage now legal, she married the love of her life.

Our daughter Rebecca isn’t just smart and compassionate. She’s also an incredibly hard worker.

As your councilmember, Rebecca has fought against devastating cuts to public safety. She’s successfully secured funds to create local jobs and improve transit. And she’s been a tough negotiator on Oakland’s behalf, successfully helping to save the Oakland A’s.

And she understands the complexities of governing effectively. She’s the only candidate for mayor who voted against the police layoffs, and she’s also the only candidate who’s introduced legislation to expand local hiring in the Oakland Police Department. She knows that improving trust will reduce crime.

Rebecca has always been a leader, so take it from us: as mayor, Rebecca Kaplan will provide strong leadership for Oakland’s future.

On Tuesday, November 4, we hope Rebecca will have your support. And if you have an hour to give, we hope you’ll sign up to volunteer or contact Lia Schallert on her team at (510) 463-4WIN.

Sincerely,

RON & FAITH KAPLAN

P.S. Want to get to know Rebecca better? Watch this short video.