Why I'm Running


Over the last 16 years, I’ve worked with you and our community to achieve the vision for Alameda that we all want. Fighting for an inclusive and vibrant Alameda, together, we’ve made a lot of progress.

For anyone involved in local government policymaking, there comes a point where you reach a fork in the road: will you be most effective inside or outside City Hall? After spending the last few months weighing this decision with my wife, Jen, I want you to be one of the first people to know:

I am running for Alameda City Council in the November 2018 election.

On the Alameda City Council, I want to continue to make progress on our accomplishments: increasing the availability of affordable housing, stabilizing housing costs for renters, improving transportation services, and protecting our walkable and bikeable neighborhoods.

I have served as Alameda’s Planning Board President, Transportation Commission Chair, Sunshine Task Force Vice-Chair, and Economic Development Task Force Chair:

  • Co-authoring rules requiring all new developments to pay for transportation services that reduce traffic impacts;
  • Writing the city’s open government and transparency rules that provide greater access to public decision-making than required by State laws; and
  • Creating a strategy to support Alameda businesses and grow jobs.

And in my capacity on the Alameda Point Collaborative Board, I fought for housing and services for formerly homeless families, veterans, and victims of domestic violence.

We’ve worked together through the years building consensus solutions and bringing our community together. That’s why I’ve already been endorsed by respected leaders like Assemblyman Rob Bonta, BART Board President Robert Raburn, and AC Transit Director Elsa Ortiz.

Please, consider a contribution of $500, $250, $100, or $50 today. Early donations will help us gear up the campaign we need to compete and win. They also ensure I can spend my time talking to voters instead of raising money!

My record is clear: Fighting against bullying and hatred, saving Alameda’s historic street trees, and expanding public access to our waterfront, I’m working to make Alameda an even better place to live. With your support, I will be ready on Day 1 to be the thoughtful and effective City Council Member that Alameda needs.

I’ve been a watchdog and a fighter, a reformer and a bridge builder. But most importantly, I’m a dad who wants to create the best possible Alameda for all families, both those here today and those in Alameda’s future.

Join this campaign today with a contribution.

Also, would you be willing to endorse my campaign? It’s a quick and easy way to help us build momentum and even greater grassroots support.

I promise you: I will be the responsive and dedicated Council Member every Alamedan deserves.

With thanks,
John Knox White
Candidate, Alameda City Council

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