350 Bay Area Action Endorses Climate Champions in Local Races 

The current flurry of wildfires across California and the West Coast is highlighting the need to combat climate change. Now, more than ever, we need all our elected representatives to prioritize climate solutions, and environmentally and socially just policies. These include: replacing fossil fuels with clean energy; creating resilient, healthy communities with affordable, energy efficient housing; promoting walkable and bikeable neighborhoods; and pushing for a just transition to good green jobs.  

Many voters want to help elect climate-friendly candidates, but have found it difficult to identify the true allies of a livable environment. Too many candidates say nice things about the environment during their campaigns, then sell out to fossil fuel interests and heedless development once they’re in office. 

To help change this, we at 350 Bay Area Action are announcing our first-ever endorsements for political offices across the Bay Area. Our Electoral Committee looked at the accomplishments in office, educational and work histories, and policy positions of current and aspiring officeholders. We also used responses to a survey we sent out and forward-looking commitments of scores of current and aspiring officeholders. 

We are excited to endorse the following outstanding climate champions!

First, City Council candidates: 

Berkeley City Council
District 2:

Cheryl Davila

Oakland City Council
District 1:

Dan Kalb 

Petaluma City Council
At Large:

Brian Barnacle

Petaluma City Council
At Large:

Dennis Pocekay

From Dennis ...

I’m Dennis Pocekay, a retired Environmental Medicine physician, running for Petaluma City CounciI.  I am endorsed by Sonoma County Conservation Action and the local Green Party. 

If elected, amongst my first actions will be to fully fund our Climate Action Commission, because climate and climate justice should impact EVERY Council decision.

We need to ban natural gas, reduce power consumption, subsidize clean power, stop building in environmentally sensitive areas, and get gas-powered vehicles off the roads. 

Please go to PocekayforCouncil2020.com to sign up for texting, phone calls, our e-newsletter, or to request a yard sign.

Richmond City Council
District 5:

Gayle MacLaughlin

San Ramon
District 1:

Luz Gomez

From Luz ...

Here are some of my climate/environmental proposals:

  • Create a Sustainability Commission to update and ensure implementation of the City’s next Climate Action Plan.
  • Upgrade San Ramon’s municipal electricity to 100% renewable energy through MCE’s “Deep Green” program.
  • Lead a resident “Go Deep Green” campaign with Sustainable San Ramon/Sustainable Contra Costa to encourage residents to enroll in the 100% renewable energy option with MCE.

We’re looking for volunteers to make calls and/or “walk and drop” literature. Contact us at: https://www.luzforsanramon.com/volunteer

Walnut Creek City Council
At Large:

Kevin Wilk

From Kevin ...

During my first term on Walnut Creek City Council, I led the council in adopting 100% clean energy power for ALL city owned buildings. I also led the city in updating our Climate Action Plan for 2030, and making it one of the city’s top 4 priorities.

My seat on the County Connection transit system led to an approval for the 2nd all-electric bus route within the city. I currently sit on the League of California Cities Environmental Quality Policy Committee, helping guide legislation for reducing waste and increasing ways to combat climate change.

Walnut Creek City Council
At Large:

Cindy Darling

From Cindy ...

I have a long track record of public service, environmental advocacy, and community leadership. I have fought for Walnut Creek from protecting open space and revitalizing downtown as Chair of the Walnut Creek Planning Commission, to protecting our Bay and wetlands as Oversight Chair of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority.

I want to help Walnut Creek continue to lead on climate change. Our city must continue to bend the curve towards sustainability for our children’s future. If you’d like to help with block walking or text banking, you can volunteer at www.cindydarling.org.

Candidates for County Board of Supervisors:

Alameda County Board of Supervisors
District 1:

Vinnie Bacon

San Francisco Board of Supervisors
District 11:

John Avalos

Please read up on these candidates. And also please donate; volunteer; spread the word to friends; and, most importantly, vote for the candidates in your district(s). 

In addition to Bay Area endorsements, at a national level, we have launched our campaign to help get out the vote in swing states: Go Green. Vote Blue. Join us!


Our Electoral COmmitte: Seeking Climate CHampions!

We endorse only candidates who:

Pledge NOT to take contributions from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, and PACs

and have a record of support for:

Fast and just transition to 100% clean energy and fuels

No new fossil fuel projects/infrastructure,
and phase out existing uses of fossil fuels

Climate equity for those hardest hit by the climate crisis

Our 2020 Electoral Committee