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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

East Bay Regional Park DistrictCandidate for Director, Ward 4

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Ellen M. Corbett

College Professor/Attorney
59,856 votes (55.36%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that the Park District is fiscally sound and stable so sufficient resources are available to maintain the parklands and trails, and protect threatened and endangered species and habitat.
  • Balance recreational use of parklands with habitat preservation.
  • Preserve open space and improve accessibility to the Park System.



Profession:Former State Senator and San Leandro Mayor, Professor, Lawyer, Environmental Advocate
California State Senator, California State Senate — Elected position (2006–2014)
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (1998–2004)
California State Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (1998–2004)
Mayor, City of San Leandro — Elected position (1994–1998)


UC Davis - B.S. Political Science Bachelor of Science , Political Science (1977)


Ellen Corbett is an East Bay native who grew up in our Regional Parks. She knows what our park system means to the community’s health and quality of life.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • California Democratic Party
  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Sierra Club

Organizations (5)

  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • Alameda Firefighters
  • Alameda County Central Labor Council
  • John George Democratic Club
  • Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County

Elected Officials (5)

  • California State Senator Loni Hancock
  • California State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • California Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • California Assemblymember Bill Quirk
  • Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley

Individuals (4)

  • The Entire East Bay Regional Park District Board
  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday
  • San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a child Ellen Corbett was influenced by her visits to the Regional Parks. Those visits changed her view of the world and political philosophy, making her the environmental advocate she is today.

Ellen wants to make sure all children in the East Bay have similar opportunities, to experience nature firsthand, and to learn the importance of protecting our environment, so that they can become future stewards of our parks and open spaces.  

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