District 4 Candidate Forum Announced

It’s settled. A whopping seven candidates have qualified with the City Clerk’s office to run to replace Jean Quan as District 4’s representative on the Oakland City Council. In alphabetical order, they are: Jill Broadhurst, Jason Gillen, Ralph Kanz, Clinton Killian, Libby Schaaf, Melanie Shelby and Daniel Swafford.

A few months ago, the Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association had a cocktail party for the candidates to meet some potential voters, as well as one another.  Jay Ward, a member of the PPNA’s board, said that the “debutante’s ball” drew around 60 people. Ward expects a lot more for the candidate forum the PPNA is hosting on September 14 at Joaquin Miller Elementary School.  He said that the precise format hasn’t been finalized, a tricky task with so many candidates.  All of the candidates have confirmed that they’ll be there except for Daniel Swafford, said Ward.

Since that party at Monaghan’s in early June the candidates have made progress.  Take a peek, for example, at Libby Schaaf’s list of endorsements.

What: District Four Candidate Forum

When: September 14, 7pm

Where: Joaquin Miller Elementary School, 5525 Ascot Drive

District 4 Seat: Melanie Shelby

We’re pleased to introduce District 4 candidate Melanie Shelby.  She provided this material in April 2010, and will share additional information to Today in Montclair as her campaign gets underway.

New Leadership for a New Oakland

Melanie Shelby brings new leadership and a fresh perspective to Oakland’s City Council. A small businesswoman and former executive, Melanie has experience balancing multi-million dollar budgets and managing large organizations effectively. She is not beholden to City Hall political interests and with Oakland’s growing budget deficit, will make the tough decisions necessary to protect neighborhood services from cuts.

Melanie has the strong track record of successful fiscal management we need in today’s economy. She currently owns her own business and understands what it means to manage a bottom line. Previously as an executive, she managed a $600 million budget, allocating dollars to small businesses throughout California and the county with a focus on communities of color, service disabled veterans and women. She also directed a $10 million charitable giving program to nonprofits focused on K-12 education, economic development/job training, affordable housing, and emergency energy assistance. As a former Commissioner on the Oakland Housing Authority, Melanie ensured the agency’s $230 million budget was focused on housing and services for 14,000 of Oakland’s most vulnerable families.

Melanie has been able to leverage public-private partnerships to help those in need. She played a leading role in increasing federal funds for the low-income home energy assistance program by $1 billion, directing $175 million in federal dollars to California and helping thousands of Californians keep their homes warm. She also managed a $105 million tax credit investment portfolio responsible for building 3,000 units of affordable housing throughout Northern and Central California.

As a City Councilmember, Melanie will apply her thoughtful, get-it-done approach to solving Oakland’s problems, such as:

  • Focusing on Safety and Blight
  • Improving Schools and Education
  • Protecting Neighborhood Services
  • Encouraging Economic Recovery
  • Demanding Fiscal Accountability

A long-time Oakland advocate, Melanie has served on the Oakland Housing Authority and Health and Human Services Commission, Board of Directors of the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA), Education Advisory Board for United Way of the Bay Area, and is a graduate of the 2000 “Leadership Oakland” class. Melanie received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles

Her current contacts:   Visit Supporters of Melanie Shelby for City Council 2010 at www.shelby4oakland.com – 4100 Redwood Road #377, Oakland CA 94619 – melanie@shelby4oakland.com or 510-735-8803.