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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

City of HaywardCandidate for City Council

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Elisa Marquez

Appointed Incumbent
10,420 votes (15.11%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A Safe Hayward
  • A Strong and Vibrant Hayward Economy
  • A Sustainable, Green Hayward



Profession:Probate Court Investigator & Hayward City Council Member
Probate Court Investigator, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara (2012–current)
Council Member, Hayward City Council — Appointed position (2014–current)
Commissioner, City of Hayward – Planning Commission — Appointed position (2008–2014)
Member, City of Hayward – Council Sustainability Committee — Appointed position (2012–2014)
Commissioner, City of Hayward – Human Services Commission — Appointed position (2004–2008)


California State University Hayward Masters Degree, Public Administration (2011)
California State University Hayward Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (2001)
Hayward High School High School Diploma (1996)



I am a mother, lifelong Hayward resident, homeowner, working professional and active community volunteer. I grew up in Hayward, attended local schools and earned my undergraduate and Masters degrees from CSU East Bay in Hayward. My family has owned and operated a restaurant in downtown Hayward for 50 years. As a probate court investigator, I advocate everyday to ensure that individuals’ rights are protected and upheld. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Paul Frumkin, Former HUSD Trustee
  • Kevin Dowling, Former Hayward City Council Member
  • Francisco Zermeño, Hayward City Council Member

Organizations (15)

  • Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
  • Hayward Firefighters, Local 1909
  • Hayward Police Officers Association
  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • East Bay Times
  • League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay
  • South Alameda County Young Democrats
  • Hayward Area Democratic Club
  • Hayward Mobilehome Owners Association, HMOA
  • Bay East Association of REALTORS
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • Alameda County Green Party
  • Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County
  • The Hayward Chamber of Commerce
  • Alameda Labor Council

Elected Officials (18)

  • Lisa Brunner, President, HUSD Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Annette Walker, Vice President, HUSD Board of Trustees
  • Rick Hatcher, Director, Hayward Area Recreation & Park District
  • Paul Hodges, President, Hayward Area Recreation & Park District Board of Directors
  • Olden Henson, Former Hayward City Council Member
  • Bill Ward, Former Hayward City Council Member
  • Al Mendall, Hayward City Council Member
  • Sara Lamnin, Hayward City Council Member
  • Greg Jones, Hayward City Council Member
  • Barbara Halliday, Mayor, Hayward City Council
  • Charley Plummer, County Sheriff, Emeritus
  • Richard Valle, Supervisor, Alameda Count
  • Johan Klehs, Former Assemblymember
  • Ellen Corbett, Former State Senator
  • Bill Quirk, Assemblymember, 20th District
  • Kevin de León, President pro Tempore, California State Senate
  • Bob Wieckowski, State Senator, 10th District
  • Eric Swalwell, Congressman, 15th Congressional District

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


My public service journey began over 12 years ago. I’ve served as Chair of both the City’s Human Services Commission and Planning Commission, and as a member of the City’s Sustainability Committee. As your Councilmember, I am providing leadership to improve public safety, strengthen our economic and sustainability measures, and build a 21st century library. I strive to serve with integrity, optimism and a spirit of goodwill. Your support will help me continue leading to ensure a safe community, accessible, responsive government, and a shared vision for Hayward. To find out more about my priorities, visit:

Position Papers

Working together, we can live, work, play, grow and thrive in Hayward.


A SAFE, Caring Hayward;  A Strong, Vibrant Local Hayward Economy;  A Sustainable, Green Hayward;  A Thriving, Engaged Hayward Community

A SAFE, Caring Hayward:

  • Renew Measure D, our voter-approved Utility Users Tax, which will soon expire, that today is a primary source of revenue for the City to provide essential city services—especially vital police and fire services.
  • Properly manage Measure C funding, which supports Police and Fire services.
  • Ensure Police and Fire have the support, technology and training they need to be effective.
  • Support the use of new technologies to maintain and improve community safety.
  • Support Community Policing as simply “the way we police” in Hayward.
  • Continue to improve relationships between officers, residents, youth, seniors and business owners with community forums, neighborhood alert program, Coffee with a Cop, and new technologies to address constituents’ safety concerns.
  • Recognize and celebrate “role models” that strive to achieve a More Caring Hayward Community.

A Strong, Vibrant Local Economy:

  • Position Hayward for PROSPERITY.  Retain existing businesses AND attract new investment to Hayward.
  • Advocate for a Hayward community culture and quality of life that supports working families.
  • Revise The City’s Economic Strategic Plan and expand the City’s Business Concierge Program.
  • Ensure a fiscally strong City - continue to make fiscally sound decisions.
  • Support job growth and industry expansion that help our local economy grow and thrive.
  • Continue to create new entertainment, dining and retail opportunities.   
  • Prioritize investment in infrastructure, lighting and aesthetics along Hayward’s major gateways.

A Sustainable, Green Hayward:

  • Continue to support Implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan, including annual progress reports.
  • Implement a system to track the reduction in our carbon footprint by consuming goods made in Hayward.
  • Implement a City policy to procure services from vendors, caterers and businesses in Hayward.
  • Implement City policies to promote public transportation and reduce car dependency.
  • Explore possible use of bike-share programs.

A Thriving, Engaged Hayward Community:

  • Advocate for community involvement!  (People being a part of the process creates a stronger community!)
  • Employ existing/new technologies to increase community interest, awareness, engagement and action.
  • Support a more accessible and responsive city government. 
  • Advocate for “Rediscovering Hayward” - Emphasize all of our amazing amenities, educational institutions, open space and parks, and unique community assets.
  • Strengthen public-private partnerships and collaboration, especially with HUSD, CSUEB, Chabot Community College and Hayward’s many private schools.
  • Adopt policies that enhance opportunities to live, work, play and grow in Hayward

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