Candidates

Information contained on this page is intended to provide the public information about candidates for Emeryville City Council. There are currently two (2) 4-year (full term) Council seats for election on the November 6, 2018, General Municipal Election.

The nomination period for candidates opens at 9:00 am. on July 16, 2018, and closes at 5:00 pm on August 10, 2018. If an incumbent fails to submit nomination papers by this deadline, non-incumbent candidates will have until 5:00 pm on August 15, 2018, to file nomination papers for that office.

The Candidate Guide has been prepare to inform interested parties and to assist candidates running for the office of Council Member in the upcoming City of Emeryville General Municipal Election.

Anyone considering running for these seats should contact Sheri Hartz, City Clerk, to learn more about the nomination process and other requirements related to raising or spending money on a campaign.

Nominees for office will be listed in alphabetical order until ballot order is confirmed by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. Please contact Sheri Hartz, City Clerk if you have any questions regarding the upcoming election.


For Member of the City Council

Ken Bukowski


The small size of our City creates many unique opportunities which are not being explored. I spent 40 years trying to organize the residents and businesses. I had to learn prior city administrations considered that to be a threat. The focus of the City should be to provide maximum benefits to its citizens. We don't want to look to our neighbors as the model.

I oppose the Parking Plan. We have too many people just trying to survive. What is the rush? I worry about those who don't qualify for parking permits. We became a Charter City. That empowers the people to set up our government. We have not done that?  You can't be a charter city just to collect taxes. Our city charter is at risk. We have rampant displacement. A revolving door community. If we don't accomplish tenant protections, too many will be priced out.  I am a dedicated public servant who spends most of his time helping others. I'm trying one more time to make Emeryville all it can be.


For Member of the City Council

Scott Donahue

I have lived in Emeryville for over 40 years and my wife and I reside in the Emeryville Artists Cooperative, of which I am a co-founder. I am a practicing public artist and much of my work can be seen around Emeryville. As your Councilmember for the last four years, I have committed to ensuring that artists, business owners and working families can afford to live and thrive. As Mayor, Emeryville became a “Cultural Arts District” through the State of California, highlighting our cultural and artistic diversity. Along with my City Council colleagues, I have worked to bring a Fair Workweek ordinance and an increase in minimum wage so our retail workers are treated fairly and have the ability to earn a living working in our city. As a business owner, I advocated for developing small business opportunities and making our city a destination for entrepreneurs. My priorities continue to be non-motorized transportation, pedestrian and bicycle access, public safety and protecting our shoreline. It would be an honor to continue representing you on the City Council. Key endorsers: Mayor Bauters, Vice Mayor Medina, Emeryville City Councilmembers Martinez and Patz, Emery Unified School District Trustee Barbara Inch, Emeryville POA, Sierra Club, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín.


For Member of the City Council

Dianne Martinez

As your Councilmember for the last four years, I have worked tirelessly with community members to stand up for issues that matter to working families. My proven record includes a Fair Workweek ordinance and a minimum wage increase to ensure that our retail workers are treated fairly and have the ability to earn a living wage in our city. I have advocated to solve complex problems and collaborated with my Council colleagues to maintain our quality of life. I worked with neighbors to pass Emeryville’s Measure C, a $50 million housing bond to build more affordable housing and prevent displacement. Our city is financially solvent and we have a balanced budget. Affordable housing and sound fiscal policy continue to be my top priorities, as is public transit accessibility and making Emeryville a destination for small businesses. As a parent to two Anna Yates Elementary School students and a homeowner in the Triangle neighborhood, it would be an honor to continue to represent you and to work together to bring Emeryville forward. Key endorsers include: Mayor Bauters, Vice Mayor Medina, Emeryville City Councilmembers Donahue and Patz, Emeryville Police Officers Association, Sierra Club, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Asm. Tony Thurmond.