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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of FremontCandidate for City Council, District 2

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Cullen Tiernan

Community Volunteer
3,006 votes (33.93%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Clean Money
  • Responsible Development
  • New Voices



I grew up outside of the Washington D.C. area in Rockville, Maryland. My mom worked in public service as a parole officer & my dad spent my early childhood working as an editor for the political magazine "Communicator." As a result of the location where we lived & the profession of my parents, I grew up in an environment where local & global politics, as well as public service, were often passionate discussions of the household.     I'm the oldest of five and as anyone from big families can tell you, it gives a strong foundation in leadership through: Diplomacy, coping with unique personalities and feeling an inherent responsiblility to care for and protect your family. It can be a huge job. When you come from a modern family, it takes all of us together to flourish as a family, just as it takes all of us working together to flourish as a community.   Even as a kid, I have been blessed with many opportunities to travel. I was only seven years when I went to Russia with my grandfather who was a travel agent. I was impressed by the vastness and unbridled energy of Russia, but I also saw poverty firsthand, and I will never forget it. Orphans running up to me with no shoes on begging me for cigarettes.       I have witnessed extreme poverty not only in Russia, but here in the United States. As a teenager, I traveled through New Mexico on my way to Philmont Scout Ranch where I saw the tragic living conditions that exist on Native American Reservations.     I also traveled to Quezon City in the Philippines during my junior year of High School. I immersed myself in a wonderful and vibrant culture and will always appreciate the extreme kindness and hospitality of the Filipino people. I also witnessed social problems there that desperately need addresssing, and what I recognized as a lack of government accountability for its citizens' welfare.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political activism started with Bernie Sandes groups in Fremont, Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose, Milpitas, Oakland, Santa Clara, Redwood City, Hayward, Union City, Newark, Pleasanton, Sunnyvale and San Lorenzo. We phonebanked, registered voters and canvassed tirelessly for months.     Through my work in Bernie Sanders' Presidential Campaign as a Volunteer Captain, I was elected by a large majority to serve as a Delegate at the Democratic National Convention from Congressional District 17.   In early 2017, I was appointed to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee by Congressman Ro Khanna to serve as his alternate.     In November of 2017, I was elected as the Chair of the California Democratic Party Veterans Caucus, where I have used my position to advocate for bringing home deported veterans, ending the American military blockade in Yemen and to bring awareness to the humanitarian crisis there. I also serve as Assembly District 20's representative to the California Democratic Party Executive-Board.   My first run for Fremont City Council was in 2016 where I was honored to be on a slate with incumbent councilmember Vinnie Bacon and Lily Mei for Mayor. I spent the least per vote of any candidate in the race, but did not manage to get a spot on the council on my first try.       I was later appointed to serve on the Human Relations Commission where I can bring my unique perspective as a veteran, a renter, and a "gig economy" worker to the table and work with my fellow commissioners to support human rights and justice.

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