2020 Candidates

Mayoral Candidates

Hakeem Brown

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Hakeem Brown
Mayoral Candidate

Occupation:
Vallejo City Councilmember / Small Business Owner

Join me in the fight to Reform Vallejo!

Coronavirus, police misconduct and financial instability threaten our economy, schools and safety. As a native Vallejoan I love our inclusive, diverse community; small-town character; military tradition, and unique neighborhoods. But City Hall fails to deliver the results we deserve.

I’m proud of my leadership to expand 911 disaster preparedness, emergency health, economic development, workforce housing, and City-School partnerships—but we have a tough road ahead. As your Mayor, I’ll fight for:

Social Justice and an Inclusive Community --where every resident is treated fairly and safely.

Reform of the Vallejo PD – I’ll hold bad cops accountable, ensure unbiased, independent misconduct investigations, and implement civilian oversight through an Office of Independent Monitor.

Ensuring Vallejo is ready for any emergency –protecting emergency medical response is my top priority. Every neighborhood deserves to be healthy/safe from disease, graffiti and dumping.

Addressing Homelessness -- so veterans, seniors, and impacted families can get back on their feet.

Join me in my fight for Reform and the “Change We Need.” Endorsed by Vallejo Firefighters, Central Labor/Building Trades councils, former Vallejo Mayor Terry Curtola, Vice Mayor Hermie Sunga, County Board of Education Member Elease Cheek, Filipina Leader Maria Bitagon, BLM Advocate A. Marie Young. HakeemBrown.com

M. Avonelle Hanley-Mills

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M. Avonelle Hanley-Mills 
Mayoral Candidate

Age: 
53

Occupation: 
Transformative Advocate

Education and Qualifications: 
My academic education and professional experience concentration, is on the advancement of community members regardless of economic, age, identity, ethnic, culture, and health condition backgrounds. Focusing on education, growth, development and dignity of families, adults and youth. With the knowledge, the success of the city’s entire demographic population, is responsible for and benefits the financial stability.

I bring to the mayoral office innovative leadership influenced by a multiplicity of viewpoints and experiences. Over two decades ago, through internationally migration, I chose Vallejo to be my home. With you, I have experienced our community’s positives and beauty, simultaneously our iniquities and challenges

My priority as mayor is to guide Vallejo’s transformation and prosperity. Elected, Mayor of Vallejo, highlighting our strengths, the city’s collective community will be guided to a round table in a culturally responsive process, addressing systemic and institutionalized inequities.

As, The Spirit of the Bay, we heal, restore, and rebuild. Let us unite to create a city and community, we all deserve and call home.

Robert McConnell

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Robert McConnell 
Mayoral Candidate

www.mcconnellforvallejomayor2020.com

It’s an honor serving you on our Vallejo City Council.

Now, I ask for your vote for Mayor because we have much to accomplish.

Vallejo faces serious financial stability challenges. Substantial police reforms
are long overdue. Our streets, youth, homeless and housing needs are neglected.

Careless spending seriously harms city finances, including a $14 million waterfront police building needing millions more to retrofit, and unsustainable pension and benefit costs for police and fire that previously bankrupted our city.

Vallejo ranks first in Northern California for police killings. Excessive force and shootings frighten residents and costs us millions. Wrongdoing is swept under the rug while a harmful police minority damages the image and respect our good officers deserve.

We must have open city government that serves and protects citizens, secures their property and never tolerates abuse of authority. I will make protecting our citizens and ending all misconduct our highest priority, working with all community groups to enact real and effective police reforms.

As Mayor, I’ll lead by the principles of CARE – Community comes first, Action to fix our problems, Reform our police department, Engage all our citizens.

Together, we must build a brighter future for Vallejo! Thanks for your support.

John B. Kenney

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John B. Kenney
Mayoral Candidate


Occupation: 
Teacher & Principal/President of School

Education and Qualifications:
As a lifelong educator, Principal/Founder and President of my own school, I've taught and trained hundreds of students, numerous teachers and partners, in America & Japan, where I met my wife, Miki. I've helped many students enter universities, &/or get placements and homestays here in America.

From 2004, I've worked protecting: All Voters, vs. voter suppression in Ohio, Florida, Texas, etc.; Marching with the NAACP in Ferguson for Michael Brown; & working with youth activists in the Sunrise Movement for a New Green Deal. I've worked for critical changes we need for America and Vallejo.

Here in Vallejo, I've helped get laws passed on clean energy and voter participation for all, and my wife is a frontline nurse in the UC system, and various hospitals in Vallejo to protect us from the ravages of COVID-19.

In these perilous times, I vow to help make Our Vallejo a more prosperous, safer, and more caring community, & bring jobs, jobs, jobs to rebuild Vallejo.

With your help & vote, we can make a better Future for Our Vallejo.

On November 3, 2020, I respectfully ask for your vote.

Cornisha Williams-Bailey

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Cornisha Williams-Bailey 
Mayoral Candidate

Endorsed: 
Solano County Republican Central Committee

Age:

37

Occupation: 
(17 years) Social Service/Probation; Business Contractor/Operations Management

Education and Qualifications: 
Filipinos, Latinos, Blacks, Whites... Vallejoans! Patriotism/ Neighborly Love is imperative. We are one.

My Experience: 
Government/ Business; Social Services; Education; Probation; Prison Ministry; Behavioral Health/ Wellness; Haiti Missionary, Neighborhood Watch, Operations/ Case Management; Mentoring; Event Planning; Career/ Job Development; Data/ Surveying; Mass-Production QC; Community Relations/ Advocacy; UI/ Benefits; Life-Skills Training...

Priorities: 
Safety; Economic Surplus, Endless Resources/ Opportunities; Small Businesses; Jobs; Parent/ Teacher/ Community School-Relations; Preserving/ Redeveloping Racial-Nuclear-Traditional-Family-Cultures; Veterans; Progression

Against: 
Marxism; Corruption; Violence

City Council/ Opponents, history of: 
Gentrification Planning, Poor Contract/ Money Management, Bankruptcy, Foreclosures, Mare Island dismantling...Hurt: Community, Businesses, Youth at sideshows (whom they lock up, yet claim “BLM”)...

I pledge allegiance to the American Flag w/ its faith and freedom. I’m an American Dreamer; former foster youth who started a business at age 21 & became Contractor of America’s leading Social Services Agency in Oakland’s, Alameda County. It’s an Honor / Blessing to: Serve, Fight for, Build Vallejoans (up)...

God Bless Vallejo:  America’s Dream

Plans & Opponent/ Facts: 
www.mayorcornisha.com

Pre-TownHall: 
Sunday, October 18, 2020, register at, www.MayorCornisha.com

Ideas or Questions:

707-200-1082

MayorCornisha@gmail.com

P.O. Box 4194, Vallejo, CA 94590

 

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District 1 Council Candidates

L. Alexander "Alex" Matias

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L. Alexander "Alex" Matias
District 1 Candidate


Age: 
31

Occupation: 
Nonprofit Management

Education and Qualifications:
Vallejoans deserve a city that works for all of its residents. A Vallejo that works for all is safe, has access to the essentials (food, shelter, community) needed to support individuals and families, and is easy to navigate via car and public transit. Vallejo currently lacks the resources and infrastructure needed for most people to tend to their basic needs. My wife and I decided to set roots in Vallejo because it provided us with opportunities to build community and eventually raise a family. I believe that it is time for a fresh, courageous, and compassionate leadership that focuses on creating jobs and safer communities that support all of us. As the current Vice Chairman of the Code Enforcement Appeals Board, I have advocated for our city to have flexibility for our working families--especially those living on fixed income. I will continue to advocate for safe communities, support job and business growth, and make Vallejo a great place to live as District 1’s representative on the Vallejo City Council. The time is now for A Vallejo for All.

Rozzana Verder-Aliga

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Rozzana Verder-Aliga
District 1 Candidate


Occupation: 
Councilmember/ Senior Mental Health Manager & Licensed Marriage Family Therapist for Solano County Behavioral Health

Education and Qualifications: 
Doctorate/ Master’s degrees, Counseling Psychology; Bachelor’s degree, Music Education

I’ve been a Vallejo resident for 39 years, married to US Marine Corps/Army Veteran, Nestor Aliga, with three sons. As a public servant/mental health professional for 25 years, I’m dedicated to serving youth, families, seniors, and veterans.

I’m an active member of Soroptimist International of Vallejo, Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Filipino Community of Solano County, and Fighting Back Partnership.

During my tenure, Vallejo has made significant progress. I supported initiatives to: implement police reforms with greater accountability/ hiring community service officers with mental health crisis intervention experience; decrease blight through Neighborhood Law Program; create jobs by streamlining business permitting processes; balance budget with $14 million reserves; approve Nimitz Group/Southern Land Company development at Mare Island; pave roads; fund arts, youth, homeless programs; collaborate with schools and approve Vallejo's General Plan with broad community participation. Plans are underway for Solano 360 and Vallejo Waterfront to continue boosting Vallejo’s economy.

As we face unprecedented challenges, we need to work together. With your support, I’ll prioritize maintaining financial stability, public safety, creating police oversight commission, economic development, youth/senior/ homeless programs, school partnerships, proactive recruitment/diversity in hiring practices, and building community trust. My experience, passion, courage, and leadership will continue moving Vallejo towards prosperity. I humbly ask for your vote November 3. Thank you. www.verder-aliga.org

Vernon Williams III

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Vernon Williams III
District 1 Candidate


Age: 
45

Occupation: 
Entrepreneur

Education and Qualifications: 
My credentials include: Graduate of Fairfield High School; Colorado Technical University graduate with a BS in Criminal Justice, minor in Organizational Leadership; Vice-Chair of Vallejo Sister City Commission.

I am running for District 1 Councilmember to create a foundation that springboards us into the future as a city. A foundation built on economics, data, ideas, beautification, innovation and possibilities. A foundation whose cornerstone is creating an ecosystem of opportunities for our youth.

As a community-based executive, I hear and see directly the impact of our city leadership’s decision making over the past 10 years. No substantial economic growth. No increase in livable wage jobs. Increase in crime and public nuisance. Divisive leadership. Very few youth activities. Our city is suffering. It is going to take new ideas and new approaches to service, with an entrepreneurial mindset to springboard District 1 into the future.

If elected, I commit to listening to the needs of my constituents. I commit to working collectively with my council colleagues to recreate the image of our city. An image that we can all be proud to call our home. Thank you for the opportunity to earn your vote.

District 3 Council Candidates

Mathyas “Louis” Habte Michael

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Louis Michael
District 3 Candidate

Occupation: 
Community Organizer

Education and Qualifications: 
American Canyon High School and MidAmerica Nazarene University graduate with a B.A. in communications and a minor in psychology.

As a community organizer, I have been involved in recent actions and efforts around issues that the City is currently facing.

I believe in empowering the Youth through education and youth development opportunities. I will find ways that our youth could be provided the necessary tools and resources needed to fit their specific needs.

I believe in reimagined community safety. I will push for investing in programs that will address root causes of the issues in Vallejo and shifting our approach to safety to a lens of transformative justice.

I support inclusive economic development. Our city has the potential to truly thrive, but our growth must be community-informed and led to provide opportunities for communities that have been historically left out. By helping our most marginalized, we are creating a pathway for all of us to succeed.

I am running for City Council as someone who has a heart for the community and genuinely cares about our future as a city. I will approach issues by centering the voices of those who have been marginalized and disenfranchised.

Guillermina “Mina” Diaz

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Guillermina “Mina” Diaz
District 3 Candidate

Age:
53

Occupation: 
Nonprofit Director Businessperson

Qualifications:
I have lived in Vallejo for over 36 years. My three children are born and raised here, and I now have a grandson that is also calling Vallejo home.

I have worked over 25 years for three different counties and retired as an Employment Case Manager from Contra Costa County in 2017. I am also the founder and director of a local nonprofit that serves our residents in the areas of advocacy, community responsibility, and social awareness. Currently, I am also a realtor.

When elected I will address community concerns by keeping an open line of communication and transparency with our residents. I will also concentrate on the city’s infrastructure and encourage new businesses to invest and establish themselves in our city, which will create the jobs and revenue needed.

I believe that to move Vallejo forward, we must maintain fiscal stability and a sustainable city budget. I am strong and capable of making hard decisions that will benefit our city.

Collaboration between the city, businesses, non-profits and residents is imperative if we are to create a safe, thriving community where everyone is equally represented. A united community is a prosperous community.

I’d be honored to earn your vote. www.minadiaz2020.com

District 6 Council Candidates

Cristina “Tina” Arriola

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Cristina Arriola
District 6 Candidate


Occupation
Executive Assistant

Education & Qualifications: 
Adopted and raised in South Vallejo, the 
southernmost portion of District 6, I attended the College of Marin and the American Conservatory Theatre before teaching throughout San Francisco and Oakland. I eventually became an executive assistant for an agricultural business for over 20 years. It has always been my mission to work with youth and outreach programs focused on the improvement of communities and neighborhoods. My desire is to bring a voice to City Council for District 6 related to the long standing food desert resulting in a lack of healthy and nutritious options available in some neighborhoods. I currently provide a Pop Up food distribution of fresh food, weekly, in District 6 as a gateway to garnering a mid-week farmers’ market. I am teaming with locals to find creative and innovative ways to address the needs of youth in this “new norm” of distant living and learning. Lastly, my goal is to improve safety and ensure better police response to crime faced by our District 6 and Vallejo at large, and in order to accomplish this, I will need your help. I humbly ask for your vote.

Helen Marie “Cookie” Gordon

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Helen Marie "Cookie" Gordon

District 6 Candidate

Statement of Qualifications: None

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