How to Run for Oakland City Council

By Tia Katrina Taruc-Myers, Law Center Director of Legal Education

Earlier this month, we hosted a Policy Cafe and Teach-In about How to Run for Oakland City Council.

Mari Rose Taruc and Noni Session shared their experiences running political campaigns for Oakland City Council seats, and the Law Center provided a step-by-step guide to running for office. Fun fact: you only need 50 people to sign a nomination petition to run for City Council! 

Check out the recording below to get the tea on:

  • How to secure endorsements,
  • Exclusive tips on campaign marketing, fundraising, and outreach, 
  • How to handle horrors of campaign management like a seasoned pro.

Policy Consultations

This event is part of our Transformative Policymakers project, and it’s modeled after our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, which provides donation-based legal advice for the community. Similar to our Legal Cafes, after the teach-in, participants have the opportunity to seek advice from the presenters. But instead of receiving legal advice, the participants receive policy-related advice!

So, after their presentation, Mari Rose and Noni held a 2-on-1 policy consultation with Chris Chew, a founding member of the worker-owned signature gathering firm Cooperative 4 the Community! Chris was inspired by the presentation to consider running for office and had questions about where to start.

Here's a photo of the terrific trio scheming to transform the political landscape in Oakland. 

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