Assembly District 17 Candidates
A 30-year community and labor organizer, John served two terms as District 11 Supervisor, prioritizing, housing, transit, public safety, and parks. As a housing justice organizer with the Council of Community Housing Organizations, he fights for affordable housing for workers and their families.
Vick was the first openly non-binary, gender-queer person elected in San Francisco and serves on the City College Board of Trustees. A survivor of abuse, raised in low-income housing, and a product of public schools, Vick has always prioritized helping others, serving as an interpreter for aspiring citizens, a tutor for ESL students, and a mentor for survivors of sexual violence.
As a Supervisor, Jane was known for groundbreaking initiatives like free City College, raising the minimum wage, and authoring the nation's strongest tenant protection law. She was the CA Political Director for Bernie Sanders and now serves as CA Director for the Working Families Party and on the board of Close the Gap California working to achieve gender balance in the state legislature.
Michael is dedicated to uplifting the AAPI and LGBTQ+ communities. Renowned for his drag persona Juicy Liu, he organized Queer Lunar New Year events. Notably, he led LGBTQ+ March for Asian Lives and established Queer and Transgender Asian and Pacific Islander (QTAPI) Week recognized statewide.
Sydney is a parent, devoted union nurse, and workers' rights champion. Serving in various roles—delegate at the San Francisco Labor Council, steering committee member at the California Working Families Party, and executive board member at the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club—Sydney has been a tremendous advocate for an inclusive and progressive San Francisco.
Patrick is a husband, father of three, and 2nd generation San Franciscan. He serves as Recording Secretary for UA Local 38 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union where he's been active for 30+ years. He has supervised the SF Water Department for over 20 years and is committed to building a Democratic Party that is a voice for working families.
Peter is a dedicated LGBTQ+ activist and climate justice advocate. He currently serves as a Vice Chair on the SF Democratic Party where he prioritizes affordable housing, public school investments, and evidence-backed public health solutions. Peter, a staunch opponent of big corporations, aims to make San Francisco's Democratic Party a party for working people.
A 3rd generation San Franciscan with deep roots in the Chinese community, Jeremy is dedicated to serving low-income communities at Chinatown Community Development Center. Managing over 1,400 units of affordable housing, he witnesses the challenges faced by marginalized groups daily. On the SFDCCC he aims to be a voice for immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and working families.
Joshua Rudy Ochoa
Joshua, a 24-year-old activist and renter is a champion for progressive causes. As a student at SF State, he led student initiatives like raising the campus minimum wage to $15/hr. He currently serves as a Community Partnership Specialist at the San Francisco Youth Commission working to engage young people in politics and addressing working-class issues.
Adolfo is a 20 year educator, student and counselor at City College of San Francisco and SF State. He supported low-income students as chair of Educational Opportunities & Programs and has been a tireless advocate for expanding the educational opportunities for his students, including starting a new Native American Studies course.
Gloria serves on the SF Reparations Committee and on the SF Democratic Party where she chairs the Black Lives Matter Committee. As a formerly homeless veteran, Gloria knows that our government is failing those who need it most, and she has dedicated her career to fighting for the most vulnerable in our city.
Kristin has been a union activist since 2000. As San Francisco Vice President of SEIU 1021, Kristin has fought alongside her members for livable wages, safe and fair working conditions, and to secure good, union jobs for thousands of San Franciscans.
A retired City College educator and former AFT 2121 President, Anita’s activism started at SF State where her student strike resulted in the founding of the College of Ethnic Studies. She currently serves as a City College Board of Trustee and she champions education and community empowerment, particularly for Latinx communities.
Sal has spent 40 years empowering healthcare workers to improve their jobs, their families’ lives and the care they provide their patients. As President of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, Sal worked to save St. Luke’s Hospital and fought for the nation’s strongest mental health parity and access to care laws.