CA Democratic Renters Council - General Membership Meeting & Board Elections
We will be having our general meeting and board elections the last week of April as part of the 2021 CA Democratic Party Convention. The following candidates have filed to run for the 2021-2022 Board. Voting will be electronic using OpaVote. Ballots have been sent to all members and are due at 11:59pm on April 28. Ballots are also being sent to new members signing up right now, every couple of days.
Northern Vice Chair
Central Vice Chair
Arturo Rodriguez Leon
Southern Vice Chair
Officer at Large (2 elected, 4 if bylaws amendment passes)
Ramon Montano Márquez
For a description of the positions, please see the bylaws at https://www.cademrenterscouncil.org/bylaws
To request a ballot, fill out this form:
Introductions and Q&A with some of the candidates for Officer at Large or Northern Vice Chair. These are the only two contested elections.
Alfred Twu is a tenant in Berkeley and delegate and 2021-2022 Executive Board representative from Assembly District 15. As one of the founding board members of the Renters Council, Alfred worked on the filing of the Council's chartering documents, endorsement votes, monitoring state legislation relating to housing and tenant rights, and running the Zoom meetings. In addition to being part of the Renters Council, Alfred also is on the board of California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus and member of many Democratic clubs in the East Bay.
Northern Vice Chair
I am running for re-election because, together, we still have work to do to secure a California that we can all call home. As a founding member of the Council, I've been involved in every aspect of shaping it into the powerhouse it is today – including, after years of struggle, winning our charter with the CDP; coordinating the endorsements of over 100 candidates and ballot measures in our first-ever endorsement process; co-facilitating our inaugural CDP candidate forums; and crafting pro-renter platform planks, resolutions, and legislation that are now the positions of our Party. As a former two-term elected Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner and current CDP Resolutions Co-Chair, Alameda County DCC Vice Chair, Berkeley Tenant Union Steering Committee-member, and active member of Housing NOW!, East Bay Housing Organizations, ACCE, and Tenants Together, I’ll continue the work of connecting our Council with the grassroots. I would be honored to earn your vote!
Southern Vice Chair
My name is Andrew Lewis, and I’m running for Re-Election to be the So Cal Vice Chair for the CA Renters Caucus.
Hi, I’m Marshal - I’m an Officer-at-Large candidate and if elected, I will actively work to protect renters’ rights. I was born and raised in Berkeley, and have seen the neighborhood I grew up in undergo a significant demographic shift. A shift perpetuated by rent and leasing policies that failed to secure housing justice for some of my neighbors. As a consumer and privacy rights professional, I am ready to fight for housing justice by supporting the Renters Council Executive Board – as we work together to promote legislation that furthers and secures the tenant rights of all 18 million Californian renters.
Professionally, I have led and supported initiatives to ensure that consumers can easily and successfully exercise their rights, while helping consumers understand those rights and the options available to them. I am also a Mentor with iMentor at Aspire Lionel Wilson, a high school in Oakland and was on the Event Support team for the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign.
In 2018 I met Mari Ruiz-Perez and quickly began complementing her organizing skills with my organizing skills. Mari and Arturo welcomed me in as we created and pushed for final realization of the Renters' Council. My service includes being Campaign Manager for several ballot measures in Alameda, including the victory for the Wellness Center to house unhoused seniors (Yes on A/No on B), 2/3rds victory for the AUSD Parcel Tax 2020, and the attempt to repeal Alameda's density-restricting Article 26 in our City's Charter. I have served as the only Officer at Large for the Renters' Council and it has been the pleasure of a lifetime. My work here was cited when I was unexpectedly appointed by Assemblymember Bonta as one of his AD18 Delegates in 2021. It will be my pleasure to continue to serve. Feel free to contact me at 415-845-4343 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In an effort to prevent adding to the regional homelessness crisis, Esther Malkin founded and directs Monterey County Renters United, a group that advocates for the aggressive addition of affordable housing and for renters’ rights. She also serves on the board of the Housing Resource Center of Monterey Country.
Esther works directly with local, state & national officials advising them on a variety of housing and renter issues. This includes participating on a tri-county COVID renter assistance task force, pressuring cities to create 100% affordable housing projects, creating city renter protection guidelines & consulted with cities to develop their rental assistance programs.
Esther initiated and currently leads the #RentersVote movement which educates and motivates renters to vote & understand their political power plus holds endorsed elected officials accountable to campaign promises.
Her work of getting the voice & protection of renters into the spotlight though media and public engagement has won her the United Way "Champion for Housing Solutions" in Monterey County.
My name is Monica Madrid and I am the daughter of a Mexican Immigrant and a former Labor Union Leader. I grew up in the Silicon Valley and moved to Sacramento County to attend Sacramento State University. I was the first in my family to graduate from the University. I wanted to get involved in Politics because, growing up my father was the President of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1427 in Santa Clara. At a young age, I was introduced to the power of a Labor Union. I was inspired to get involved in Politics after witnessing my father and his union become successful in keeping Congress from cutting a day of delivery from Postal Workers. I have worked on Sacramento and Elk Grove Campaigns, worked at the California Democratic Party Headquarters, worked as Staff to an Assemblymember and I am currently a Community Organizer for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment where I work to help Renters learn their rights. I have been active in Democratic Organizations and am the Chair of the California Young Democrats Womxn's Caucus Northern Regional Director for the California Young Democrats Latinx Caucus. As a Member At Large for the California Democratic Party Renter’s Council, I would like to be a voice for the tenants I work with on Daily Basis and continue to organize and push for Renter friendly Legislation both locally and Statewide. I hope to earn your support in this election. For more information you can email me at email@example.com
Each recession that my neighbors and I survived has left gapping holes in our community as a speculative real estate market put even barely adequate rental housing out of reach for working families, compelling many to double up in tight quarters, and growing numbers to be permanently displaced.