Begins Campaign with Strong Endorsements from Labor and Progressive Leaders
August 12, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Oakland, CA)—Oakland City Councilwoman At-Large Rebecca Kaplan filed her paperwork Friday and announced a diverse group of endorsements today as part of her re-election campaign to the Oakland City Council at-large seat.
Early in the campaign, Kaplan already has the endorsements of State Senator Loni Hancock, former Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, the Sierra Club, SEIU Local 1021, the California Nurses Association, and the Building and Construction Trade Council of Alameda County.
“We support Rebecca Kaplan for Oakland City Council. We trust her to be a principled champion for workers and residents of the City of Oakland,” remarked Kimberly Moses, SEIU 1021 Chapter President.
The California Nurses Association is proud to support Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan for re-election this November. We have worked together to fight for a safer and healthier community, and we need her voice on the Council,” said Martha Kuhl, RN., Children’s Hospital Oakland, California Nurses Association, Treasurer.
“From a housing crisis to the need to build trust between community and police, to protecting hard-hit communities from toxins, to improving our transportation, this is an important time for Oakland. I continue to work hard to protect and strengthen the elements that make Oakland a vibrant city,” said Kaplan. “I am honored to have the endorsement of so many leaders and labor and community organizations.”
Kaplan has been a leader in two of the highest profile issues in Oakland over the past few months. First, she is a leading voice in the effort to reform Oakland’s embattled Police Department. Kaplan submitted a proposal to the Council to improve Department’s hiring practices addressing under-representation of women, LGBT people and people of color, and increase hiring of people from Oakland. She joined a broad coalition of community members to fight for a strong independent Community Police Commission.
Kaplan introduced a renter protection measure, unanimously approved by the Council, which residents will vote on in November, to help prevent the epidemic of displacement and excessive rent increases.
“Rebecca has dealt with the housing affordability crisis by passing a renters’ protection measure, worked to help clean the air throughout the Bay Area and fought to stop coal handling and shipping in Oakland. She is providing the leadership that will move Oakland forward in the right direction.,” noted Andy Katz, member of the North Alameda County Sierra Club Executive Committee.
Kaplan, who is Oakland’s first openly-LGBT elected official, has worked as an attorney, Hebrew Bible teacher, and State Legislative Aide. She holds leadership positions in the Bay Area, as Chair of the Alameda County Transportation Commission and member of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board.