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City of AlbanyCandidate for City Council

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Peggy McQuaid

4,716 votes (36.22%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Strengthen the Albany community through civic engagement in the areas of disaster preparedness, human services, and public safety
  • Commit to environmental justice and social equity in Albany by focusing on sustainable housing and business development, sensible transportation flow, better sidewalks, streets, and sewers, and well-maintained parks and open space
  • Ensure financial stability while making sure community priorities are funded and achieved



Profession:Albany Mayor
City Council Member, Albany City Council — Elected position (2014–current)
committee member, League of California Cities Public Safety Policy Committee — Appointed position (2018–current)
Committee member, League of California Community Services Policy Committee — Appointed position (2016–2017)
member, Albany Traffic and Safety Commission — Appointed position (2012–2014)
member and Chair, Albany Arts Committee — Appointed position (2006–2012)
Albany Pool Director, Albany Unified School District (1985–2004)


Holy Names University Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (1971)

Community Activities

Board of Directors member, Albany Education Foundation (2007–current)
Board of Directors member; former President, Albany Community Foundation (2006–current)
Member; former President, Albany Rotary Club (2005–current)
Program Committee member, Albany Y (2009–current)
Board of Directors member, Albany Police Activities League (1997–current)


I was raised in Albany and currently live in the house in which I grew up. I attended Holy Names University in Oakland, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.   I worked for the Albany Unified School District for most of my professional career, serving as Albany Pool Director for 19 years. 


I was a member of SEIU Local 2015 for 18 years.



I am the Mayor of Albany having served on the City Council for 3 1/2 years, 1 as Vice Mayor and 2 as Mayor.  I represent the City of Albany on the following committees and organizations:

·         Alameda County Mayors' Conference

·         Leadership Board of Everyone Home

·         League of California Cities Public Safety Policy Committee

·         League of California Cities (East Bay)

·         AUSD/City of Albany/UC Village 2x2x2

·         Police & Fire Pension Fund Board

·         Alameda County Transportation Commission  (alternate to Supervisor Keith Carson)


Prior to joining the City Council I was on the following advisory bodies for the City of Albany:

·         Albany Arts Committee

·         Albany Traffic and Safety Commission

·         City of Albany Youth Task Force

·         City of Albany Disaster Preparedness Advisory Group

·         City of Albany Golden Gate Fields Task Force

·         City of Albany Oversight Board to Successor Agency

·         City of Albany Residential Parking Requirements Working Group

·         AUSD Measure E Bond Oversight Committee

·         League of California Cities Community Services Policy Committee


I volunteer with and have held leadership positions in many Albany community organizations, including the Albany Police Activities League, the Albany Community Foundation, the Albany Education Foundation, Albany Rotary, the Albany Y, Albany Disaster Prep Working Group, Albany Coming Together (ACT) Community Engagement Subcommittee, and the Albany Historical Society. I was a founding member of the Diverse Housing Working Group.

I served on the design and sustainability committees for the Albany Unified School District’s Albany Aquatic Center which opened in 2012 and served on the Measure E (Pool) Bond Oversight Committee for 4 years.

I was recognized as one of the 14th Assembly District’s Women of the Year in 2012. I was selected as a Women’s History Month Honoree in 2017 by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Previous awards include Association of California School Administrators, Albany Charter’s Outstanding Classified Employee 1999 – 2000; Bay Area Public Pool Operators Association Lifetime Achievement Award 2006; Albany Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year 2007; City of Albany Volunteer of the Year 2008; Uber Albany – Local Week Winner 2011 & 2012. 


Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Albany Peace Officers Association
  • Alameda County Democratic Party

Elected Officials (30)

  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • Supervisor Keith Carson
  • District Attorney Nancy O'Malley
  • Peter Maass, Albany City Council, former Mayor
  • Michael Barnes, Albany City Council
  • Chris Peoples, AC Transit Board, Director at Large
  • Dee Rosario, Director Ward 2, East Bay Regional Park District
  • Whitney Dotson, Director Ward 1, East Bay Regional Park District
  • Rebecca Saltzman BART Director, District 3
  • Joaquin Rivera, Alameda County Board of Education Trustee, Area 1
  • Sue Higgins, Oakley City Council Member
  • Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Alameda City Council Member
  • Sara Lamnin, Hayward City Council Member
  • Teddy Gray King, Piedmont City Council Member
  • Jen Cavenaugh, Piedmont City Council Member
  • Dan Kalb Oakland City Council Member
  • Dianne Martinez, Emeryville City Council Member
  • Sophie Hahn, Berkeley City Council Member
  • Lori Droste, Berkeley City Council Member
  • Paul Fadelli, El Cerrito City Council Member
  • Janet Abelson, El Cerrito City Council Member
  • John Marchand, Mayor of Livermore
  • Pauline Russo Cutter, Mayor of San Leandro
  • Chris Kelley, Mayor of Hercules
  • Lily Mei, Mayor of Fremont
  • Barbara Halliday, Mayor of Hayward
  • Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Mayor of Union City
  • Gabriel Quinto, Mayor of El Cerrito
  • Jesse Arreguin, Mayor of Berkeley

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  • Margaret and Richard Tong
  • Alice, Bob, Frank, Jack Ely
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Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Housing and Social Issues


I am a strong advocate of actions to address housing issues and strive to ensure the voices and perspectives of our diverse community are sought out.


The Bay Area is suffering from unprecedented lack of housing for people of all income level but especially those with low and no income.  Albany is no exception to this.  The City has entered into an agreement with Satellite Affordable Housing (SAHA) to explore building affordable housing on Cleveland at Washington.  I am thrilled with this possibility and will work hard to ensure its completion as quickly as possible and priority is given to those most in need.

Albany contracts with Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFHP) to provide services for those experiencing homelessness in our community.  Included in the services they provide are homeless outreach, engagement, case management and housing services.

I serve on the Leadership Board of Everyone Home, as well as working with the Alameda County Mayors’ Conference and other regional leaders to find real solutions addressing the needs of those living on the streets including people living in vehicles. 

Albany is fortunate to have community members who recognize needs of others and find a way to help.  The shower program at the Albany Aquatic Center is a great example of this.  I am proud to say I was involved in the very beginning building a partnership of the school district, the city, and community members to set a strong foundation for this program and now work to help with funding through a private nonprofit organization.

I supported the development and funding of the Albany Community Resource Center, which is currently located in the Albany Senior Center.  With new city staff in place and a dedicated core of volunteers, the Resource Center provides resources for a variety of services available to our community.


This year the City Council implemented a rent review program. After a long period of discussion and input from housing advocates and the housing providers, the Council agreed to this nonbinding mediation process. There are no components of rent control in this process.  I have great hope that through this process both tenants and landlords will find common ground.


Sanctuary City

I was a leader in developing Albany’s Sanctuary City policy. I am proud to be Mayor of a city that recognizes the dignity and civil rights of all of our community members and one that understands undo enforcement of immigration violations damages the public trust in law enforcement making everyone less safe.

Mayor’s Statements

During my 2 years as Mayor I have had occasion to speak out on many issues, including climate change and mass shootings.  Mayor's Statements


Mayors Against Illegal Guns


I am a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety a national organization which  promotes and advocates for common-sense laws that reduce gun violence and save lives.


Mayors For Our Lives


We believe that leaders should make it easier for our country’s youth to register, vote, and participate in our democracy.

To that end, we will dedicate resources to a community-wide day of action on National Voter Registration Day, September 25, 2018 where students will be able to register to vote at all local high schools and colleges.


I signed this pledge and worked with AUSD to enable Albany High School students to register to vote on September 25.


Health Care


With the potential closure of Alta Bates Hospital and the ongoing reduction of services provided at the Ashby Campus, Albany (and the entire region) faces a serious crisis in healthcare.  I have been working with local and regional elected officials and community leaders to prevent the closure and to explore other options for regional health care. 


Public Safety

I have encouraged and supported our police department as its members received the most up to date training in de-escalation techniques, hate crime response, and mental health crisis intervention.

I was a strong advocate for funding the crossing guard program from money generated by the Sugar Sweetened Beverage (SSB) tax passed by the voters in 2016.  I believe there is a direct nexus between children walking and bicycling to school and healthy living. 

I believe that disaster preparedness is a partnership between the City and the community. To that end, I volunteered as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor for several years and continue to work with CERT members and the Albany Fire Department to increase and improve training.  I also participate in the Disaster Prep Working Group composed of staff and community members.

I have served as a block captain, bringing neighbors together to learn about neighborhood safety.  I have participated in National Night Out events since the first one in 2007.



Climate Action


Albany has very robust climate action goals which I believe we will meet by using a multipronged approach.

Climate Action

Albany is a local leader in environmental issues. The General Plan includes additional reduction goals of 60% by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2050.  We will soon begin creating our second climate action plan to help us reach those goals. 

Albany is a member of East Bay Community Energy, bringing clean energy to both our residential and business community measures.  I am pleased to be the alternative representative to the board of directors.


I am a member of Climate Mayors and participate in monthly webinars with Mayors from across the country seeking solutions to the global climate crisis.



Albany is a walkable city and there have been many recent improvements for both bicycle and pedestrian safety.  As a member of the Traffic and Safety Commission, I supported safety measures around schools as well as other locations and helped develop policies on traffic calming.

Sidewalks all over Albany are becoming safer and easier upon which to travel.  I am grateful to the voters of Albany for approving the “sidewalk” tax which the City Council put on the ballot supporting all of our community members including children and those with mobility challenges.


I am a strong advocate for Complete Streets and will continue to work toward this model throughout Albany.  We are beginning discussions on “Upper Solano” (Masonic to the Berkeley border) Complete Streets vitalization project.



One of the primary duties of local government is to provide functional streets and sewers. I believe we need to continue examining our Pavement Condition Index (PCI) throughout the City and implement a logical and comprehensive plan to bring up our numbers. 

Many of our sewer lines are old and in need of repair.  I support continuing aggressive sewer rehabilitation in order to meet the requirements of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Consent Decree.  In 2014, the City of Albany, along with the EBMUD, and six other cities reached an agreement with the USEPA to repair and upgrade the City's sewer system to prevent sewage overflows and spills into the San Francisco Bay. 



The City of Albany and the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) have entered into a memo of understanding regarding the potential transfer of the Albany Neck and Bulb to the EBRPD).  At this time, I am participating in discussions with City and District staff and the Vice Mayor to determine next steps.


I am a frequent visitor to the Albany Water Front and am committed to improving access and accessibility to the area.

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