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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of HaywardCandidate for Mayor

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Mark Salinas

Council Member
14,894 votes (42.79%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Deliver a budget so neighborhoods can count on high-quality police, fire, and maintenance services. Produce stable housing and reliable transit. Help businesses to lead in innovation and transform low-wage jobs to quality jobs with livable wages
  • Strengthen city-school partnerships and expand education-to-career pathways. Bring more accessible, safe, and fun activities for teenagers.
  • Make neighborhoods healthy, with St. Rose Hospital open and prepared to serve.



Profession:College Educator and Hayward City Council Member
Ethnic Studies, History, and Sociology Instructor, Chabot College (2002–current)
Ethnic Studies Lecturer, California State University, East Bay (2005–current)
Community Resident Engagement Specialist, CSUEB Hayward Promise Neighborhood (2015–current)
Hayward City Council Member, City of Hayward — Elected position (2016–current)
Hayward City Council Member, City of Hayward — Elected position (2010–2014)


San Francisco State University Master's Degree, Educational Leadership and Public Policy Studies (1999)
San Francisco State University Bachelor's Degree, Ethnic Studies and La Raza Studies (1997)
Chabot College Transfer Student, General Education (1993)
Hayward High School High School Diploma, General Education (1988)

Community Activities

Executive Director, The Kids' Breakfast Club (1993–current)




University of California, Riverside, Graduate School of Education, Riverside, CA

Doctor of Philosophy: Education, 1999-2004, completed all coursework and passed written qualifying exams.  Did not complete program.

Emphasis: Institutional Leadership and Policy Studies


San Francisco State University, Graduate College of Education, San Francisco, CA

Master of Arts: Education, 5/1999

Emphasis: Multicultural Education: Leadership, Administration, and Policy Studies


San Francisco State University, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco, CA

Bachelor of Arts: La Raza Studies, 5/1997

Emphasis: Behavioral and Social Sciences


Chabot College

Puente Project Student and Transfer Student


Hayward High School

Class of 1988


Current Employment


Hayward City Council Member | City of Hayward | 2010-2014 and 2016-current


Chabot College, Hayward, CA

Adjunct Instructor, Division of Social Sciences and Community Education (2002 – current)


California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA

Lecturer, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, College of Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences (2004 – Current)


California State University, East Bay Hayward Promise Neighborhood (HPN), Hayward, CA


Community Resident Engagement Specialist, (2015 - Current)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My father was a police office for 18 years and he was a Republican.  He died in 1995.  My Mom is a retired Alameda County employee and she is a Democrat.  That's the house I grew up in.  I am a Democrat and the strongest values that inform my policy decisions today are the values I learned from being born and raised in South Hayward.  My Mom and Dad taught me at an early age that service was important and helping people was what made neighborhoods better.  Leadership through service is what my parents used to tell me and that is a significant philosophical tenent that guides my academic and professional practice today.

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— October 12, 2018 Mark Salinas for Mayor of Hayward Campaign

I was born at St. Rose Hospital, raised in the Schafer Park Neighborhood, graduated from Hayward High School, and I earned a Master’s Degree in Education and Public Policy from San Francisco State University.  Today, I teach Ethnic Studies, History, and Sociology at Chabot College and CSU East Bay. I also have the honor and privilege of serving on the Hayward City Council. I am enthusiastic about our city’s growth, hopeful for Hayward’s economic prospects, and I know Hayward’s best years are on the horizon.

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