People-Powered Progressives

Candidates for Democratic Central Committee

Voting begins Feb 3 • Election Day March 3

Candidates from AD 20

(Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Fremont, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Sunol, Union City)

Vote for All 6

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

Endorsements for AD 20 candidates

Vanessa Sadsad

Community Organizer

Vanessa Sadsad was born and raised in Union City to a Filipino father and Mexican mother. Now more than ever we need a truly transparent party that amplifies the experiences of our most underrepresented communities. As the most diverse county, it is our duty to be party that works for its people of color, working people, queer and transgender people, and undocumented people for equitable policies. A party free from corporate interests. It is our duty to fight for racial, economic, and gender justice for all.

Melissa Shuen-Mallory

Legal Assistant

Melissa is a bold progressive who believes in fighting the revolution from inside the house. Melissa is committed to fighting for more transparency and diversity within the Democratic Party. Melissa has been serving their community as the Chair of Union City's Human Relations Commission and also as the Chair of Southern Alameda County Progressive Democrats. Melissa is a strong believer in social justice, climate justice, healthcare as a human right and protecting the dignity of every human being.


Barisha Spriggs


Barisha is an Elected AD 20 California Democratic State Central Committee Delegate, an Associate Member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, and has been an active member of our community. It is important to create healthy connected communities and pass smart policies so all working people have a voice. Barisha believes that it is important to create healthy connected communities and pass smart policies so all working people have a voice. Her top priorities are affordable housing and renters rights; fair development; good jobs; finding an accessible pathway to cityhood for 140,000 unincorporated residents in AD20; social and economic equity.

Vinnie Bacon

Incumbent / Fremont City Councilmember

Vinnie has been a Fremont City Council and Central Committee member since 2012. As a progressive, environmentalist Democrat, Vinnie has always refused corporate/developer campaign contributions. As a Council member, he has fought for more affordable housing and against poorly planned development. He has brought referrals for rent stabilization, minimum wage, and Proposition 13 reform. As a Central Committee member, Vinnie has not been afraid to fight against the entrenched establishment. He wants to bring real change to the Democratic Party.

Frank Burton

Retired Family Therapist

Frank formed a MoveOn Council, then was appointed as a Regional Organizer, then Lead Regional Organizer. Frank successfully fought fracking in Alameda County and a gun club in a regional park, and was appointed to the Steering Committee leading to an active Community Choice Energy operation in Alameda County. Frank was appointed in 2017 to Hayward’s Task Force to revise the nineties-era Anti-Discrimination Action Plan, and also co-chaired its Subcommittee on Community-Police Relations.

Cullen Tiernan

Communication Specialist

Cullen is a Human Relations Commissioner in the city of Fremont. He is an Iraqi War Veteran who is now a peace activist, UVA Graduate, and Congressman Ro Khanna's former Delegate to the Central Committee. Cullen pledges to serve with the same bold energy that led him through nine honorable years in the Marines. Cullen believes we need a Democratic Party that is committed to working through grassroots funding, that we must support housing stabilization, forward thinking education plans and green energy infrastructure that addresses our climate crisis.

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