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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 15 Alameda Portion

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Michael Barnett

Member, Central Committee, 15th Assembly District
21,599 votes (6.35%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ending homelessness. Housing is a right. Need new permanent supportive housing to eliminate chronic homelessness. case management, healthcare and social services for homeless people.
  • Health care is a human right. In agreement with the California Democratic Party, support legislation to create and implement a publicly-funded healthcare system that provides comprehensive, universal coverage for all Californians.
  • Global warming is a crisis. We need a comprehensive energy security and climate protection law calling for full decarbonization of the economy running on net-zero emissions by 2050, creating millions of good jobs.



Profession:PhD Scientist & Educator. Exec Board CA Dem Party
Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1984–current)
Member, Executive Board of California Democratic Party — Elected position (2006–current)
Member, Democratic Central Committee, Alameda County — Elected position (2006–current)


University of Chicago Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Physics (1972)
Antioch College BS, Physics (1966)

Community Activities

Founder and Vice President, Contemporary Physics Education Project (1987–current)
Founder, QuarkNet Educational Project (1993–current)


I am a PhD Scientist and Educator at a major national laboratory.  I have been recognized as a Fellow by two prestigious scientific organizations.  Vital to my political work is my analytic experience as a scientist.

I am a Member of the CA Democratic Party Executive Board.  I have served on its Platform Committee, where I wrote major upgrades to the Criminal Justice plank and the Education Plank, making both far more thoughtful and progressive.   Much of the Criminal Justice plank that I wrote has been enacted into California law and appears in the Sanders/Warren platforms.

Many years of contributions:

--  Worked with John Lewis against voter suppression.

--  California Democratic Party Resolutions Committee  (past).

--  Delegate to the Democratic National Convention for Obama.

--  President of the Lamorinda Democratic Club for five years.

--  Past Co-Chair of Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • California Controller Betty Yee
  • Congressmember Eric Swalwell
  • Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin

Organizations (5)

  • John George Democratic Club
  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
  • Berkeley Tenants Union
  • Rockridge Resistance
  • Berkeley Democratic Club

Elected Officials (22)

  • Congressmember Jerry McNerney
  • Berkeley City Council member Sophie Hahn
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • Former State Senator and Berkeley Mayor Loni Hancock
  • Assemblymember Buffy Wicks
  • Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
  • Berkeley City Council member Ben Bartlett
  • Oakland City Council member Loren Taylor
  • Oakland City Council President, Rebecca Kaplan,
  • Berkeley City Council member Lori Droste
  • Berkeley City Council member Rigel Robinson
  • Oakland City Council member Dan Kalb
  • Oakland City Council member Sheng Thao
  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • West Contra Costa Unified School Board member Mister Phillips
  • El Cerrito City Council member Gabriel Quinto
  • Albany former mayor Marge Atkinson
  • SEIU UHW (Doug Jones, Political Organizer at SEIU UHW)
  • Berkeley City Council member Kate Harrison
  • DNC member Andrew Lachman
  • DNC member Michael Kapp
  • DNC member Susie Shannon

Individuals (3)

  • CA Democratic Platform Committee Chair Howard Welinsky
  • CA Democratic Environmental Caucus Chair RL Miller
  • CA Democratic Veterans Caucus Chair Jyllian Molina

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I bring a visionary, progressive stance to issues such as:  criminal justice, global warming, income inequality, affordable housing, homelessness, immigration, diversity, gun control, peace, pro-choice, civil/human rights, education, workers’ rights etc.  I have been a strong labor supporter throughout my life. 

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