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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

Alameda CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 5

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Keith Carson

Alameda County, Board of Supervisors, 5th District
67,556 votes (98.14%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing
  • Mental Health
  • Workforce Development



Profession:Alameda County Supervisor
Supervisor, Alameda County, District 5 — Elected position (1993–current)


Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Certificate, Senior Executives in State and Local Government (2003)
Stanford Law School Certificate, Principals of Pension Management for Trustees (2003)
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business Certificate, International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plan on Management Fundamentals (2001)
California State University Hayward MPA, Master Public Administration (1973)
UC Berkeley BA, Social Sciences (1971)

Community Activities

Chair, Black Elected Officials of the East Bay (2000–current)
Member, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club (2006–current)
Member, John George Democratic Club (1989–current)
Executive Committee Member and Director, California State Association of Counties (2000–current)
Director, National Association of Counties (2006–current)


Supervisor Keith Carson serves as a member of Alameda County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District of Alameda County on a platform dedicated to inclusive and accessible government. The Fifth District include the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont and large portions of Oakland, namely the West Oakland, North Oakland, Rockridge, and Montclair neighborhoods, and portions of the Dimond, Bella Vista, and San Antonio districts. Supervisor Carson works to bring together people who have a wealth of talent and creative resources to address our shared problems within numerous areas, including access to health care, ending poverty, crime, homelessness, improving business retention, and addressing the scarcity of jobs in our communities.

Supervisor Carson chairs several Alameda County committees and organizations including the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA), one of the largest business organization consisting of public/private partnership serving the San Francisco East Bay. Their mission is to establish the East Bay as a world-recognized location to grow businesses, attract capital and create quality jobs. He is also the Chair of the Alameda County Budget Work Group Committee and the Alameda County Personnel, Administration and Legislation Committee. Supervisor Carson represents the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations including: the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), a 58 county statewide Board of Supervisor’s organization; the National Association of Counties (NACO); and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. He is a member of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) and the Alameda County Waste Management Authority.

Supervisor Carson is currently the Chair of the Operations Committee for the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association’s (ACERA), Vice-Chair of the Investment Committee and is a member of their Actuarial By-Laws and CEO Succession Committees. 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda County Central Labor Council
  • East Bay Young Dems
  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (1)

Do you see the rising cost of living in the East Bay as a problem, and if so, what solutions do you propose?
Answer from Keith Carson:

Yes, I do.  This year I will be co-championing the passage of a countywide housing bond to help meet some of the funding needs in order to develop truly affordable housing.  

We know that unemployment rate in Alameda County is below the state and national average at 4.3% but we also know that doesn’t apply to all members of our community, it is critical that even though the economy is in good shape now, we don’t forget the historically unemployed in or community who need specialized and intensive workforce development services in order to enter the work force. This must be a partnership with the County, our educational institutions, businesses and organized labor to train those who have been thehardest to serve in the careers that are available today.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As your County Supervisor:

  • I hope to make it easier for the residents to learn more about the District and other County Services;
  • I will keep the residents of District 5 more informed about relevant issues - political, economic, and social - that impact the residents of our District; and
  • I want to hear your ideas about what is working and what you think would make our communities better.

I will continue to work to bring together people who have a wealth of talent and creative resources to address our shared problems in our communities including access to health care, ending poverty, homelessness, crime, improving business retention, and employment.

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