About the Club

Candidate forum

                                                       February 6, 2020

                                                          5:30 – 7:30 PM
                                                         Buttercup Cafe
                                              229 Broadway (at 3rd Street)
                                                     Oakland, CA  94612

Co-sponsored by George Democratic Club, Oakland East Bay Democratic Club, Niagara Democratic Club, Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), and Black Young Democrats of the East Bay.


The tentative schedule is shown below.  Candidates for all offices will be given two minutes to explain their political positions and why they deserve our support.  This will be followed by questions with a one minute time limit for each answer.  If candidates are unable to attend, they may designate a representative to speak in their place.


5:15 PM –   Meet and greet

5:30 – 5:40 –  Discussion of Ballot Measures and Initiatives

5:40 – 5:50 –  Superior Court Office #2 – 3 candidates

5:50 – 6:05 –  Alameda County Supervisor District 4—2 candidates

6:05 – 6:20 – Alameda County Supervisor District 5 – 2 candidates

6:20 – 6:30 – Alameda County Board of Education—Area 2—2 Candidates

6:30 – 6:50 Top 3 – 4  Presidential candidate representatives

6:50 – 7:20 Democratic Central Committee

15th AD—18 candidates for 8 positions

18th AD—28 candidates for 11 positions

7:20 – 7:25—  State Assemblymembers Bonta and Wicks (running unopposed)                                           State Senator Nancy Skinner—(running unopposed)

7:25 – 7:30—Voting and election of JGDC Club officers



The John George Democratic Club is based in Oakland/Berkeley, California, USA and was founded in 1989. Our goal is to keep the progressive spirit of John George alive. John was the first African-American elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. For over 30 years John George worked tirelessly to improve the plight of people of all races and cultures, seeking peace and justice from West Oakland to South Africa. The Club was founded shortly after he died.

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Club Goals:

  • Promote and perpetuate the ideals espoused by John George
  • Build an ongoing electoral vehicle for both progressive candidates and issues in the East Bay.
  • Work within the Democratic Party to influence its policy regarding the concerns and rights of those who have been historically disenfranchised.
  • Provide a forum to stimulate interest in governmental affairs and other issues of interest to the membership.
In 1978, John George was the first African American elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.  He served for over 10 years as the voice of conscience on the Board, emerging as the leading proponent of the health care, welfare, and workers’ rights of all County citizens. He was an early activist in the struggle for civil rights and affirmative action.  He was also a long-time leader in the local Anti-Apartheid movement.  The John George Democratic Club was founded in his memory and in an effort to keep his voice and vision alive in the Democratic Party.



Co-chairs – Sandra J. Johnson and Walter Riley

Recorder/Newsletter Editor – Jack Lucero Fleck

Treasurer – Phyllis White Ayanruoh

Parliamentarian – Robert Raich


Political Action – Paul Cobb

Program & Ed. – Laurie Soman

Membership – Sandra J. Johnson

Please let us know if you would like to join us on the steering committee!

John George Democratic Club * P.O. Box 18802* Oakland, CA * US * 94619 

Email:  jgdc@igc.org   FPPC# 1300471

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   Join us for the Club’s 30th Anniversary:

“Passing the Torch: Democracy is a Constant Struggle”

  John George 7th Biennial Social Justice Awards

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Noon – 2 PM

Everett & Jones BBQ–2nd & Broadway–Oakland


  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee, 
  • Wilson Riles, Jr.
  • Vukani Mawethu
  • Daniel Phoenix
  • Youth vs. Apocalypse

For more information, please click here and/or call Jack Lucero Fleck at 510-436-7682

Refreshments Served



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