We Endorse Sheng Thao for Oakland City Council District 4!



East Bay Express
endorses SHENG THAO as their TOP choice: 
“But we think one stands above the rest: Thao...Thao was the most prepared council candidate we interviewed this fall. Her command of the many issues facing Oakland is impressive, and we think she could step into the job and be successful on Day One.” 
Click here for the full article. 

Letter: Thao a dynamic addition to Oakland government

Click here to read long-time District 4 resident, Denise Bostrom's letter that was published in the Mercury News

Click the picture to hear why Daniel Swafford, Executive Director of the Montclair and Laurel Business Associations, endorses SHENG THAO for Oakland City Council District 4. 


International Association of Firefighters Local 55

"Oakland firefighters endorse Sheng Thao for Oakland City Council District 4. We know
Sheng is the right choice when it comes to public safety and standing up for working families.
She has the experience and the know-how to get results for District 4 and for Oakland."





"On behalf of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte (PPAMM), I am pleased to inform you that we have endorsed your candidacy for the November 2018 General Election as ranked #1. The endorsement is based on your stated and proven commitment to our mission and your 100% score on our 2018 General Election Candidate Questionnaire."




National Union of Healthcare Workers

"The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) is proud to endorse Sheng Thao for
Oakland City Council. She is a dedicated public servant with the experience to bring effective,
progressive leadership to Oakland and advocate for the residents of District 4."

- Sal Rosselli, President





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Elected Officials


 Endorsed by Districrt Attorney - Nancy O' Malley




“I'm honored to support Sheng Thao for Oakland City Council, District 4. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to work with and get to know Sheng. She is capable, smart, committed and hard working. Sheng shares my vision and values for a more prosperous and positive future for Oakland and it is with great enthusiasm that I endorse her. I encourage you to vote for Sheng, she will work hard for Oakland.

— Hon. Rob Bonta Assemblymember, 18th District





“I am proud to endorse Sheng Thao for Oakland City Council. Her years of service in City Hall and her commitment to progressive action will help move Oakland forward. She knows that regional collaboration is essential in addressing Oakland’s critical challenges. I look forward to working in partnership with her."

— Berkeley Mayor Hon. Jesse Arreguin 








“I am both honored and excited to support Sheng Thao's candidacy for Oakland City Council District 4. Sheng understands that success requires consideration of the full needs of our community. Just as today’s schools must meet children’s social, emotional, and academic needs, today’s City Council must meet the needs of its residents. In the time that I have worked with Sheng, she has been committed to attaining the best for Oakland families and creating a safe environment that will support their children. She has dedicated herself to Oakland and I know that as District 4’s City Councilmember, she will continue to work hard to serve District 4 families and Oakland

— Hon. Aimee Eng Oakland School Board President




"I have worked with Sheng Thao throughout the years on various Bay Area regional issues, including transportation, her strong work ethic and experience is an asset to Oakland and District 4. She is an effective leader, results driven, and I am honored to endorse her for Oakland City Council, District  4."

— Mayor of Fremont, Hon. Lily Mei

"Sheng Thao is dedicated to serving the needs of the community, and has the experience to be an effective representative from day one. Her combination of work in City Hall and volunteering in community organizations have prepared her well to be
an excellent City Councilmember."

— Hon. Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland Councilmember At-Large


Hon. Noel Gallo, Oakland Councilmember Hon. Kris Worthington, Berkeley Councilmember
Hon. Scott Haggerty,Alameda County Board of Supervisor Hon. Chris Peeples, AC Transit Board of Director, At-Large
Hon. Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Peralta College Board of Trustee, Area 4 Hon. Dee Rosario, East Bay Regional Parks Director, Ward Two
Hon. Henry Chang, Former Oakland City Councilmember At-Large  Hon. Rich Tran, Mayor of Milpitas
Hon. Benny Lee, San Leandro Councilmember Hon. Ken Chew, Former Mayor of the Town of Moraga
Hon. Stewart Chen, Former City of Alameda Councilmember

Hon. Kathy Chao Rothberg, Former Mayor of San Pablo

Fiona Ma, Board of Equalization

Community Organizations

 Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, #1 Endorsement

"The Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club is proud to endorse Sheng Thao as our
#1 choice to represent District 4 in the Oakland City Council. She honors the values of the late
Paul and Sheila Wellstone, and their diligence to empowering the community. Sheng has the
experience and determination to not only be an effective leader, but a progressive
advocate dedicated to the betterment of District 4 and Oakland."


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Community Members

Letter to the community, by John Prestianni
Shortly, we will be voting into office the next Oakland District 4 city council member. (Our neighborhood is in District 4). I have personally met several candidates in order to learn more about them and how they would represent us. I am voting for Sheng Thao as my first choice. Here is why:
Sheng Thao (her website is shengforoakland.com ) is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and has committed to put the interests of us, her constituents, first. She has an impressive list of endorsements from elected officials in Oakland and in the Alameda County region who are familiar with her work. The Sierra Club and major labor unions including nurses and firefighters have endorsed her. Working in the at-large city council person's office for the last five years, including currently as the Chief of Staff, Sheng knows how City Hall functions and how to get things done. She has worked on Oakland’s budget and other matters, successfully obtaining buy-in from the rest of the city council. Many neighbors and I met with Sheng at a house meeting in our neighborhood, and learned that she knows the issues that impact our safety, homes, and quality of life. Sheng demonstrated extensive knowledge about Oakland police services, and fire prevention, sewer, and street maintenance. Sheng can start from day one to serve the residents and many businesses in District 4.
She would make an outstanding, dedicated addition to the Oakland City Council as representatives for our District 4, and I urge you to join me in voting for her. 


John Prestianni

Rev. Gregg Brown:

"It has been evident that Sheng Thao has a heart for Oakland and I am honored to support her as the Oakland City Council member of District 4. I believe in her capacity as a leader, a mother, and Oakland resident to serve her fellow community members. She continues to work hard to address the rising homelessness and housing crisis in our city. With her experience in City Hall and commitment to the betterment of Oakland, Sheng Thao will be an exceptional City Council member."


Bobbie Bond, Chair of Laurel/Redwood/Leona Heights Neighborhood Council Preston Turner, Chair of Melrose High Hopes Neighborhood Council
Richard Cowan, Past President of Redwood Heights Association Vince Crudele, Vegetation Management Supervisor
Cal Stanley, President of Boys and Girls Club of Oakland Robert Brackins II, Co-founder of 100 Black Men, Oakland Chapter 

Steve Lowe - MMA Bravo Zulu, LLC, Small Business in Dimond District

Jose Chesmore - Board Member at Trees for Oakland
Terrence Dwyer - Reverend at Kaiser Foundation Hospital Laurie Earp - District 4 Constituent 
Hiroko Kurihara - Manager at Lao Family Community Development Inc. Annie Lam - Founder of API Mobilize
Rita Xavier - San Pablo Planning Commission Chair Greg Chan
Rev. Allen Buford Rev. Debra Avery
Margaret Cunningham Kit Vaq

(partial list)

*Organization listed for identification purposes only. Does not represent an organizational endorsement.

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