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 candidates in selected races. We also used responses to a survey we sent out and the forward-looking commitments of these current and aspiring officeholders. 

Also see our News Release.


We are excited to endorse the following outstanding climate champions!

First, City Council candidates: 

Berkeley City Council
District 2:

Cheryl Davila

About Cheryl ...

Cheryl is impacting climate action far beyond city limits. As the founder and chair of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force, she is working to organize municipalities, elected officials, community-based organizations, and non-government organizations throughout the Bay Area. She will work to meet this historical moment at the level of depth, complexity and force required to intervene against catastrophic global warming.

In 2018, Cheryl’s office initiated a Climate Emergency Declaration that was the 3rd in the country and 6th in the World (now 1772+ passed and counting), and a Fossil Free Resolution, which attempts to commit the City of Berkeley to be carbon negative by 2030. Cheryl will continue this fight for climate action in her second term if elected.

Help out with Cheryl’s race at www.cheryldavila.vote.

Brentwood City Council
District 1:

Jovita Mendoza 

About Jovita ...

Jovita is fighting for the health and well-being of Brentwood’s residents. As a leader of No Drilling in Brentwood she has demonstrated tremendous skill by organizing Brentwood’s citizens to stand up and be heard.

Reading the documents, educating residents, and organizing everyone, Jovita was a lead in forcing Contra Costa County to pause the drilling project, listen to residents, and actually do their job with a real Environmental Impact Report (in progress).

She was vocal in her support for Contra Costa County to declare a climate emergency, opening opportunities for community engagement on the climate crisis and putting a just transition front-and-center.

To learn more, please go to www.betterforbrentwood.com.

Oakland City Council
District 1:

Dan Kalb 

From Dan ...
As a long-time environmental justice & climate solutions advocate, and past Union of Concerned Scientists policy director, I’m proud of my climate and clean energy leadership. 
I helped pass strong statewide greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy requirements; as an Oakland Councilmember, I led Council efforts to ban the storage/handling of Coal, divest City holdings from fossil fuel companies, and adopt a far-reaching Equitable Climate Action Plan. 
Priorities include implementing our climate action plan with an eye toward equity, enacting legislation to require all-electric buildings, and reducing VMTs through better environmentally-oriented planning.
I have well-financed opposition, so we need your assistance. Please go to www.dankalb.net to help out. Thanks so much! 

Petaluma City Council
At Large:

Brian Barnacle

About Brian ...

By a green mile, Brian has more experience in clean energy than any other Petaluma candidate.

Brian’s work has zeroed in on clean energy, including energy efficiency, solar, battery storage, electric vehicles, and microgrids. Brian has forged partnerships among public agencies, community groups, and private companies to help bring good ideas to life.

Brian advocates for:

  • Adopting a fossil fuel purchasing moratorium
  • Creating opportunities for Petaluma youth to become climate leaders
  • Affordable mixed-use development
  • Ensuring that development projects reduce vehicle miles traveled

To offer support and learn more, please visit www.brianbarnacle.com.

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 McLaughlin

From Gayle ...

I’m Gayle McLaughlin, former Richmond, CA Mayor, now running for Richmond City Council. I am endorsed by the Sierra Club, the Sunflower Alliance and other great environmental health and justice organizations.

Richmond is home to the Chevron Richmond Refinery, which is the largest point source of ghg emissions in California. When I was mayor, we made great gains by standing up to Chevron and limiting their pollution.

My priorities include developing a Richmond Green New Deal by expanding our green job training program, ending Chevron’s pollution and expanding environmental and climate action policies..

To learn more, please go to gayleforrichmond.org.

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. Go to: 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.

To volunteer, donate, endorse or post a sign, please visit my website at kevinwilkforwalnutcreek.com 

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

About Vinnie ...

Vinnie Bacon has spent decades advocating for smart environmental policy in Alameda County and the Bay Area. During his time on the Fremont City Council, Vinnie has been a champion for safe streets, affordable mixed-use development, and renewable energy. Vinnie has a proven track record of standing up to deep-pocketed developers and protecting Alameda County’s treasured open spaces.

As the first Fremont City Councilor to refuse developer campaign contributions, Vinnie blazed a trail for other candidates to put constituent priorities first. Vinnie supports Alameda County’s Green Economic Recovery Act, prioritizing sustainable jobs, a clean environment, and climate-smart infrastructure to help local communities emerge better and stronger from the current economic crisis.

Please visit bacon4supervisor.com.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors
District 11:

John Avalos

From John ...

I’m John Avalos, former District 11 Supervisor of San Francisco and former Director of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

As Supervisor and Director, I fought for San Francisco’s Employee Retirement System Board to divest from fossil fuel corporations, united the City to create the Clean PowerSF program to deliver 100% renewable power to our homes, phased out Chevron’s oil extraction operations on San Francisco-owned land, and fought to cap emissions of toxic and GHG emissions at Bay Area Refineries.

I am running to establish a Green New Deal in San Francisco to create jobs to build our City’s infrastructure for a sustainable future.

Our campaign is talking to voters every day. To learn more and to volunteer please go to avalos2020.com.

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