About the Club

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 Johnson Simon 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 Johnson Simon

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

Endorsements for November 6, 2018 General Election — Please see our December 2018 Newsletter to see how we did in the November elections.

Berkeley School Board:  KaDijah Brown and Julie Sinai

Berkeley City Council District 1: Igor Tregub

Berkeley City Council District 4:  Kate Harrison

Berkeley City Council District 7: Dual Endorsement—Rigel Robinson and Cecelia “Ces” Rosales

Berkeley City Council District 8: Lori Droste

Berkeley Rent Board:  Soli Alpert, James Chang, Paola Laverde, Maria Poblet

Berkeley Auditor:  Jenny Wong

15th Assembly District:  Jovanka Beckles

Oakland Mayor:  Rank 1:  Pamela Price; Rank 2: Cat Brooks

Oakland School Board District 4:  Clarissa Doutherd

Oakland School Board District 6:  Shanthi Gonzales

Oakland City Auditor:  Courtney Ruby

Oakland City Council District 2:  Nikki Fortunato Bas

Oakland City Council District 4:  Rank 1:  Sheng Thao;  Rank 2:  Pamela Harris

Oakland City Council District 6:  No endorsement

BARTDistrict 4: Robert Raburn

Peralta Community College District

      Area 3: No Endorsement

      Area 5: No Endorsement

State Propositions

Proposition 1: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond  YES

Proposition 2: Homeless Housing Bond  YES

Proposition 3: Water Bond  NO

Proposition 4: Children’s Hospitals Bond x YES

Proposition 5: Property Transfer Tax Changes  NO

Proposition 6: Repeal Gas Tax  NO

Proposition 7: Daylight Savings Time  NO

Proposition 8: Kidney Dialysis Clinics  No ENDORSEMENT

Proposition 10: Repeal Costa-Hawkins/Rent Control  YES

Proposition 11: Private Sector Ambulance Drivers  NO

Proposition 12: Confinement of Farm Animals  YES


Peralta Community College District Measures

E: College District Parcel Tax Renewal  YES

G: College District Bond Issue  YES


City of Berkeley Measures

O: Affordable Housing Bond  YES

P: Transfer Tax Increase  YES

Q: Rent Stabilization and Evictions Law Changes  YES

R: Advisory Measure for City Vision 2050  YES


City of Oakland Measures

V: Marijuana Business Tax Amendments  YES

W: Vacant Property Tax  YES

X: Property Transfer Tax Increase  YES

Y: Eviction Limitations Amendments  YES

Z: Hotel Employees Minimum Wage  YES

AA: Education Parcel Tax  YES


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