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A look at candidate endorsements – Business

I think that a good way to gauge how a candidate will perform in any aspect of their job is to look at whom the real stakeholders in the community are backing. I’ve been looking at the endorsements each candidate for Oakland Mayor has received, and I found the results quite striking. (Lists of endorsements are from their websites – Ron Dellums, Nancy Nadel, Ignacio De La Fuente.

**As I was writing this, I realized that it was getting insanely long, so I’m going to break this down into a series of posts focusing on specific areas of concern. See this post for my reflections on endorsements involving public safety**

Business & Entrepreneurship
One of the things I love about Oakland is the entrepreneurial energy I see and feel from people all around me. I love that our neighborhoods are home to so many small businesses, and it brings me great joy to see the way they’ve been flourishing over the past few years. (I have ambitions to start, with some friends, one of my own someday soon.) I want all these hard-working people to have the resources and the customer base to fulfill their dreams.

Ignacio De La Fuente is generally touted as the pro-business candidate, but I often fear that many people interpret that negatively, thinking that attitude benefits only giant multi-national corporations and developers rather than the citizens of Oakland. But the reality is that a pro-growth and pro-business approach to running this city is paramount to the success of the many small businesses that make our city so special.

Looking at the endorsements, I see that the small business community in Oakland agrees with me. Ignacio De La Fuente receives endorsements from leaders of the Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce, and the Korean Chamber of Commerce. Neither Nancy Nadel nor Ron Dellums has received any endorsements from such organizations.

A recent walk down 14th St. from Broadway to Lakeside revealed 15 Ignacio De La Fuente signs proudly displayed in the windows of small, mostly immigrant owner shops and restaurants. There were only 4 Ron Dellums signs, and none for Nancy Nadel.

Ron Dellums may speak sporadically about wanting 100,000 residents and workers downtown, but the people whose lives and livelihoods are dependent on those people for their customer base clearly don’t trust that he either can or intends to fulfill that vision. Why should I?


Stay tuned for reflections on endorsements involving labor, education, neighborhood groups, and other elected officials.

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