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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

Contra Costa CountyCandidate for Auditor and Controller

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Ayore Riaunda

Navy Reservist/Controller
36,551 votes (20.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Competent, fair, and compassionate service to fellow Contra Costa residents and everyone
  • Prudent, transparent, and progressive accountability and management of our financial and all other resources
  • Better customer service, earn and defend your trust by enabling better, more diverse, and optimum services and a stronger safety net



Profession:Auditor Controller Reservist Labor Leader Veteran
Certified Government Financial Manager, Controller, Combat Logistician, United State Navy and Contra Costa County (1997–current)


Montclair State University Master of Business Administration, Finance (1990)
Andrews University Bachelor of Business Administration, Management & Accounting (1986)


  • Master of Business Administration, Montclair State University, New Jersey, 1990.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Andrews University, Michigan, 1987.
  • Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), Association of Government Accountants, 2004.
  • 33 years of professional fiscal management experience
  • U.S. Navy Officer -Financial Manager and Combat Logistician
  • U.S. Army Commendation Medal
  • U. S. Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 
  • Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist
  • 4 Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medals
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • 5 other Navy Medals

A military veteran and Navy Reservist with the required knowledge and 33 years of professional fiscal management and best practices experience that will enable me to be a highly effective Auditor-Controller, I will ensure that the County administration is efficient and gets you the maximum return for your money by providing fair, equitable, and diversified services to all residents .  For over 21 years, I have performed high level accounting, budgeting, planning, auditing, and financial reporting  for you in the County's largest department and will be the first ever minority elected to Contra Costa County executive office, since over 167 year of County existence. 

Being a progressive, labor union leader and treasurer, and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), I have worked hard to improve my community and world through many socially-minded efforts, including:  auditing for Adventist Development and Relief Agency (a global non-profit organization);  co-directing a non-profit organization set up to provide housing and education to homeless children;  over 21 years of military service at home and abroad providing combat and joint logistics and religious, morale and welfare support services to civilians and service members during combat, peacetime, and humanitarian operations;  and working for various community projects and activities in both Contra Costa and Alameda counties over the years (including poll worker, tax return preparations for low income residents, and numerous local church community outreach programs and labor actions).

Was a full time worker and student while acquiring a Bachelor of Business Administration degree,  pursuing additional  studies in Michigan and a Master of Business Administration degree from New Jersey, without any financial aid or loans   Bay area resident for 26 years.

I know how to get funding to increase needed services in our County. Working with other financial managers from other Counties and the State, I helped channel more than $300 million of additional funding for much needed Behavioral Health Services in Contra Costa County and ensure approximately $40 million of continuous additional annual funding.

I hope my actions speak for themselves, and if elected, I will keep the public trust as a good steward and do everything possible for the financial health of our County.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • West County Democratic Club
  • El Cerrito Democratic Club
  • Several Democratic Clubs and elected officials

Organizations (1)

  • Contra Costa County and California State Democratic Party Central Committees

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

A progressive endorsed by honorable voters, County and State Democratic Parties, Democratic clubs and elected officials.

The Democratic Party of Contra Costa and the State Democratic Party encourage everyone in Contra Costa County to support me, their endorsed candidate, because I reflect the values of the California Democratic Party’s 2018 Platform which includes excellence in education from pre-school through college; universal, affordable health care; gun violence prevention; protecting California’s natural resources, air, and water through the use of renewable sources of energy; and continually developing innovative measures to counter global warming and pollution. We draw strength from our diversity, and we believe that peace, justice, and security for all requires strong civil justice protections and an open and transparent government. I would like to be your voice.


Videos (5)

— May 1, 2018

Riaunda discusses the issues facing the office of the Auditor-Controller and how he is the one best qualified to bring the much needed changes.

— May 20, 2018 Discuss Issues
— May 3, 2018 Discuss Issues
— May 3, 2018 Discuss Issues
— May 3, 2018 Discuss Issues

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