D — Candidate for State Assembly, 15th District
Buffy Wicks, a Democrat, is running for an open seat in the California State Assembly from the 15th District, which covers part of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The district includes Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, and part of Oakland. The district is vacant because Tony Thurmond is running for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Born in Foresthill, California where she grew up in poverty in a trailer home, Buffy attended community college, graduated from the University of Washington and became a political organizer. She was deeply involved in both of Barack Obama’s campaigns for president where she developed and implemented an innovative grassroots organizing model. Buffy also served in the White House in the Office of Public Engagement where she was responsible for bringing stakeholders and advocates from across the country to support the Affordable Care Act and other presidential initiatives. After serving at the Center for American Progress as a Senior Fellow where she focused on women’s and family issues,, Buffy now works for the Common Sense Kid Campaign promoting policies beneficial to children.
In the legislature, Buffy would be a powerful advocate for poor children, families and high quality public education.. As someone who escaped poverty through public education, she understands the importance of world-class public schools. She will fight to ensure all schools and teachers are held to high standards. Buffy also believes everyone deserves access to high quality healthcare. In the state legislature, she would fight to ensure Medi-Cal realizes its potential to provide outstanding, cost-effective care that improves health outcomes. Buffy is also concerned about California’s growing per-prisoner expenditures, the increased use of solitary confinement in state prisons, and the Bay Area’s transportation issues and housing shortage. A progressive with credibility who will be helpful in bridging the progressive-moderate gap among Democrats in the State Assembly, Buffy has Hillary Clinton’s endorsement and is hopeful of securing President Obama’s endorsement.
Party Registration in AD15 is 66.3% Democratic, 6.4% Republican, and 23.2% No Party Preference/Decline To State, a safe Democratic seat that is a good fit for a Progressive Democrat like Buffy. Buffy will likely make the general election against a government-employee-union-backed Democrat where she should prevail in because of more moderate positioning, outstanding campaign tactics, and outstanding endorsements. If President Obama endorses her, she will be unstoppable.