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

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Wendy Bloom

Registered Nurse
26,472 votes (7.78%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • As a nurse it is important for me to advocate for access to quality and affordable healthcare. Healthcare is a human right. I support a Single Payer Healthcare system.
  • Addressing the destruction of our environment is urgent. I support a Green New Deal. We need to transition to a just economy with jobs that don't increase harm to the environment.
  • As an active union leader and Commissioner on the Berkeley Commission of Labor I support improving working conditions and wages for all workers. I support union organizing in many fields that haven't been previously represented .



Profession:Registered Nurse
Staff Nurse 2, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland (1987–current)
Chair, Vice Chair, and member, Berkeley Commission on Labor — Appointed position (2015–current)
Staff Nurse 1, UCSF Langley Porter (1986–1987)


San Francisco State University Bachelor in the Science of Nursing, Nursing (1986)

Community Activities

Delegate, Alameda Labor Council (2013–current)
Shop Steward, Nurse negotiator, Chair of Nursing Practice, with the California Nurses Association at Children's Hospital Oakland (1989–current)
Assembly Delegate AD 15, California Democratic Party (2008–current)
Eboard leader from Assembly District 15, California Democratic Party (2015–current)
member, past membership chair and Coordinating committee member, Wellstone Democratic Club (2008–current)


I graduated from San Francisco State with a Bachelor in the Science of Nursing in 1986. I have been a Registered Nurse at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland for 33 years. I have primarily cared for children and some adults with cancer and blood disorders. I have been a member and leader in my union, the California Nurses Association for my entire career. I am a delegate to the Alameda Central Labor Council. I have served on the Berkeley Commission on Labor since 2015. I have been past Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission. Under my tenure we successfully raised the minimum wage in Berkeley for all workers.

I have been active in the California Democratic Party as an elected Assembly Delegate since 2008 and as the Eboard Leader for Assembly District 15 since 2015. I have been an alternate to the Alameda County Central Committee for the last 3 years. I have worked on many policital campaigns, including Tony Thurmond's Assembly and State Superintendent of Schools races. I have traveled out of state every four years to canvas for the Presidential nominee since 2004. I have also worked on numerous state proposition campaigns as well state and local races.  I am a long time member of the Wellstone Democratic Club and served some time on their Coordinating Committee as membership chair.

I raised 3 children as a single parent and now have 4 grandchildren. I have been a resident of Berkeley since 1982.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • SEIU 1021
  • Berkeley Tenants Union
  • Teamsters Local 853
  • Alameda Labor Council

Elected Officials (19)

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • BART Board President Lateefah Simons
  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Leah Simon- Weisberg
  • Assemblymember Buffy Wicks
  • Berkeley Mayor Jesse Areguin
  • Berkeley Council Member Rigel Robinson
  • Oakland City Council Member Rebecca Kaplan
  • Oakland City Council Member Dan Kalb
  • Alameda City Council Member Malia Vella
  • Alameda City Council Member Jim Oddie
  • El Cerrito City Council Member Rochelle Pardue Okimoto
  • El Cerrito City Council Member Gabriel Quinto
  • Peralta College Trustee Karen Weintstein
  • Berkeley School Board Member Ty Alper
  • Alameda School Board Member Gray Harris
  • Berkeley City Council Member Ben Bartlett
  • Berkeley Council Member Kate Harrison

Individuals (10)

  • Brandon Baranco
  • Jim Araby UFCW Local 5
  • Mike Hennebery Teamsters Local 853
  • Executive Director SEIU 1021 John Stead-Mendez
  • Mary Nicely
  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
  • Pamela Drake
  • Gabriel Haaland
  • Executive Secretary-Treasurer Alameda County Labor Council Liz Ortega
  • Martha Kreeger

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have been an activist all my life. My parents raised me to believe that committment to your community was of utmost importance. I believe that in order to show that committment you must take action. In my workplace as an active union leader, a shop steward and the Chair of a Nursing Practice Committee I help empower other nurses. It is important to use one's voice to advocate for those that cannot advocate for themselves. I recently organized a rally at my hospital for a patient that was threatened with deportation. I helped pass legislation in Sacramento with a group called Vacinate California which requires vaccines for school attendance. I worked for several years on legislation to support funding for patients in California with Sickle Cell Anemia.

So my philosphy for politics is that all politics in based on building relationships with those in your community who want to lead on issues. Those leaders can be elected or community members with common goals. We have to work with those we don't always agree with to get things done. I have worked on campaigns for leaders that have lost and have gone on to build a relationship with the then winning candidate. I am a pragmatic person and understand that if I want to pursue certain aims I must keep my eye on those and not burn any bridges. I feel it is crucial to be ethical and behave in ways that honor my family and community.

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