People-Powered Progressives

Candidates for Democratic Central Committee

Voting begins Feb 3 • Election Day March 3

Candidates from AD 18

(parts of Oakland, San Leandro, Alameda)

Vote for All 11

This list is in the order they appear on the ballot.

Endorsements for AD 18 candidates

Victor Aguilar, Jr.

San Leandro City Councilmember

Victor serves as on the City Council in San Leandro. He had previously held a seat on the School Board for San Leandro Unified School District. He moved to San Leandro in 2011 with his husband Dr. Nolan Quinabo. He is a Senior Account Executive at Veritext Legal Solutions and holds a BA in Political Science. He serves on the Board of the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club and is President of the Floresta Neighborhood Association and the Lavender Seniors of the East Bay.

Royl Roberts

Diversity Program Director

Royl is an Oakland resident and serves as a Commissioner on the Alameda County Human Relations Commission where he is the Housing and Homelessness Subcommittee Chair, the City of Alameda Disaster Council, the Oakland- Violence Prevention Committee, and is on the Board of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center. He holds an MBA and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) with a Specialization Certificate in Business Law. Currently, he works as a Director of Employee Relations and Diversity Programs, helping individuals get through difficult interpersonal issues, solve complex problems and manage risk while promoting safety.


Howard Egerman

Union Safety Representative / Veteran

Howard is a long-time resident of East Oakland and member of the Oakland East Bay Democratic Club. He has served as President of the OEBDC for many years. Howard is a proud US Navy veteran with 50 years of federal service. He has spent decades representing SSA workers nationally as a American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National Health and Safety Representative. Howard also works every day to provide assistance to veterans and returning citizens to receive benefits they need to survive in the Bay Area. He is currently serving his fourth term as the Secretary of the California Democratic Party Senior Caucus and was recently appointed to the CDP’s Affirmative Action Committee. Howard is a member of the Alameda County Central Labor Council Executive Board, an elected member of the Board of the Golden Age Senior Center and an associate member of the Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee.

Guillermo Elenes

Incumbent / Tenants’ Rights Organizer

Guillermo D. Elenes is a veteran statewide tenants' rights and community organizer. Guillermo has worked against displacement in the Bay Area with both Tenants' Together and the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE). From the foreclosure crisis in Los Angeles to the housing emergency in the Bay Area, Guillermo has been present when the community was in peril. He has dedicated his time to social justice, and has always been present to speak up for those in society that are not able to do so for themselves. First elected to the Central Committee in 2016, Guillermo is on a mission is to push forward an agenda of progressive reform in the Democratic Party.


Iris Merriouns

Labor activist

Iris Merriouns currently serves as Staff to Oakland’s Vice Mayor. In her long career at the City of Oakland, Iris has also served as Special Assistant, Policy Analyst and Chief of Staff to the Vice Mayor. Iris chairs the Board of Youth UpRising, focusing on career, education, health and wellness support for young residents of East Oakland, while building systems change and community economic development. Iris is also the Vice-President of the local A&W Chapter, IFPTE Local 21, advocating for fair wages and working conditions for City workers. In the last year, Iris has represented the Oakland East Bay Democratic Club as an Associate member of the Central Committee.

Jose Carlos Moreno

Fulfillment Team Member / Tenant Organizer

Jose is a lifelong resident of Alameda County; he graduated from Cal State East Bay with a degree in Political Science. He has been an active member of advocacy groups such as Students for Quality Education in college involved in awareness campaigns, rallies, and lobbying in the state capitol. Jose is currently actively involved in organizing tenants locally with Our Revolution San Leandro both for the formation of tenant unions as well as to pass a rent control initiative.


Pamela Price

Civil Rights Attorney

Pamela Price is a survivor of the Ohio juvenile justice and foster care systems. Pamela graduated from Yale College and Berkeley School of Law where she earned a J.D. and a Master’s degree. In June 1991, she founded her own firm in Oakland. Every year since 2004, Price has been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by SF Magazine. In 2017, Assemblymember Rob Bonta and the California Legislature honored her as the Woman of the Year for Assembly District 18. First elected to the Central Committee in 2016, Pamela has fought for an agenda of progressive reform in the Democratic Party.

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Andrea Luna Bocanegra

Artist, Community Organizer and Activist

Andrea is a daughter of an immigrant and parent of a child with a learning disability. On the Central Committee, Andrea will fight for Universal Healthcare, Medicare for all, Housing and Tenant Rights, Protections for Immigrants, Justice Reform, Tuition-Free College and trade school and Environmental Protection Policies. Andrea is the chair for the Toler Heights Neighborhood Association in Oakland, District 7, is on the school board of St. Bede Catholic School, Hayward, and is on the board of the City of Hayward’s Chamber of Commerce. She was a translator and advocate for Spanish-speaking farm workers in Salinas.

Henry Gage III

Police Oversight Attorney

Henry Gage III is an attorney specializing in police oversight and public safety policy. Henry serves on the City of Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission and will join the Oakland Police Commission in October 2019. Henry also serves on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Police Accountability, an Oakland-based nonprofit that works to support community oversight of the Oakland Police Department.


Austin Tam

Disability Advocate

Austin was a leader in the 2018 "NO on K Campaign" supporting renter's rights in Alameda. Austin is Chair of the Asian American Committee for the Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC) in Alameda County. In 2018 Austin received the "Unsung Hero" award POCC and the "Social Justice Champion Award" from Assemblyman Rob Bonta.

Marchon Tatmon

Homeless Housing Advocate

Marchon Tatmon is an Oakland native who graduated from the University of Tulsa and earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration. For almost 20 years, Marchon has worked to lift up community, including 9 years as a volunteer at the Ira Jenkins/Brookfield Recreational Center in East Oakland. As an administrator with Building Futures in the East Bay, Marchon housed nearly 200 homeless families in the past 2 years. He is a certified domestic violence counselor and serves as a commissioner on the City of Oakland’s Budget Commission. Marchon currently works as an advocate for unhoused people in the SF/Marin County Food Bank’s Government Affairs division.


Voting by mail begins February 3, 2020. Election day is Tuesday, March 3.