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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of OaklandCandidate for City Council, District 4

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Matt Hummel

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Build housing security. Housing is a Human right.
  • Enact a public Bank of Oakland.
  • Police reform. Make our city safe for everyone.



Hello. Over the years I have been honored to live all over this beautiful city. I moved here in 1992 from my hometown, Stockton, into the dormitory at Holy Names College. I quickly fell in love with Oakland, at the time specifically the hills. After college I moved to the flats and lived thoroughly immersed in Oakland’s art scene by moving into the Vulcan Foundry. I learned what it means to live in community, and built my own artist collective in the original Mothers Cookie factory. After losing the warehouse to real estate speculators, I moved back to the hills in Montclair. After a few years I got an opportunity to rent an old boarding house on Telegraph, downtown, and built the Saigon Market Collective with a few friends. After ten years there, my partner and I got a house in the Laurel and I’m back where I started and first fell in love with Oakland.  

My experiences have shown me the best Oakland has to offer, and just how hard it is for so many. I've always been a renter.  I know what it's like to not have rent, or to choose between paying a parking ticket, PG&E or food. I've spent most of my adult life in the building trades and know what it means to blister your hands or breathe in too much sheet rock dust. I feel these experiences give me a point of view not represented on the City Council. These experiences do not overcome my privileged position in this society, but have shaped my perspective and have informed my approach to creating policy. I was raised in a large family with a deep connection to the Catholic faith, specifically its teachings around Liberation Theology and a deferential preference to the poor. We are all neighbors, whether we live in a tent or a house.

As Chair of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, I have been working to develop new policies that genuinely serve our people. I'm running because we need to renew our relationship with government. Oakland progressives have been “speaking truth to power”. Oakland needs to be reminded that we are the power. Government is supposed to be a tool that we the people use together, to improve all of our lives. Our whole relationship to government needs to be completely renewed. That relationship determines how we police, the kind of jobs that are available and whether our fellow citizens have to continue to sleep in tents. Unfortunately, politics and petty squabbles are getting in the way of progress. I will hold myself to a high ethical standard and will hold my peers to the same standard. This is a team job and it demands someone who doesn't need to take credit and will actually forego it if it means getting the important work done. 

I am asking you to empower me with your vote, your ideas, and your actions. Together we can build an Oakland in which we all can thrive.


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I am running for Oakland City Council because I love Oakland and I can’t stand idly by as our sisters and brothers sleep in the cold. It’s a disgrace to our shared humanity. I envision an Oakland where its citizens have housing security, aren’t unduly afraid of the police and live in alignment with nature. To tackle our big problems we must believe our institutions have the ability to fix things. Housing insecurity is rampant and meanwhile, retiree healthcare benefits are blamed for a debt of $40 million a year. The only way to squarely address climate change and our other financial challenges is to create a public bank. The bank could pay down our debt and fix our crumbling infrastructure. It could provide the funds to build the truly affordable housing Oakland needs. Further, if we want to make Oakland safe for all of us, it will mean training the police in deescalation techniques and crisis intervention. We must demilitarize our police force as well. Iknow Oakland can do better and it must. Join me in building a equitable and sustainable future for all of us. Check out my website Please consider me for your first, second or third vote. Thank you.


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