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Charlie Michelson In Oakland City Council Race Gains Fundraising Haul Of Over $90k, Pledges To Reject PAC Money

(Last Updated On: December 29, 2018)

Today, the Charlie Michelson for Oakland City Council campaign announced a total fundraising haul of over $90,000 in their most recent campaign finance report, which candidates are required by law to publicly disclose by the end of today. The campaign expects to receive an additional $15,000 from Oakland’s public financing system.

Michelson also pledged to reject contributions from special interest PACs. “For me, it’s important to be an independent voice on the City Council,” he said to supporters in a video posted on social media. “and that means that I will listen to everybody, including organizations, but I don’t want to be beholden to any particular organization because they gave me money during my campaign.”

The announcements come on the heels of other key endorsements for Charlie Michelson’s campaign in the District 4 race, including former State Senator and President Pro Tempore Don Perata, Alameda County Board of Education President Ken Berrick, BART Director Rebecca Saltzman (#2), the Oakland Builders Alliance, Oakland Chamber of Commerce, and Transport Oakland (#2).

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Oakland is in Charlie Michelson’s DNA. He’s a third generation Oaklander, born and raised here in District 4, with a deep understanding of the city and the people in it.

Charlie’s parents met as young reporters at the Oakland Tribune in 1964. He grew up in a house on Sherwood Drive and attended Thornhill Elementary, Montera Middle School, and Skyline High School. When Charlie was young, his parents divorced, his mom came out as a lesbian, and he was raised by her—a single parent—at a time when LGBTQ rights were not widely accepted.

After college, Charlie came back home and worked his way up at West Cost Ship Supply in West Oakland. Eventually, he took over the company, expanding the business during tough economic times. With his progressive entrepreneurial spirit, Charlie implemented sustainable and labor-friendly practices, and created hundreds of local jobs over 25 years, all while keeping corporate headquarters here in Oakland.

As both a board member for the East Bay Agency for Children and the Oakland Feather River Family Camp Board, Charlie dedicated his time to improving Oakland-based youth services, including trauma counseling, and increasing outdoor recreational opportunities for underserved Oakland youth. Additionally, as a supporter and funder of Oakland Promise since its inception, Charlie is proud to provide scholarships to disadvantaged Oakland youth to attend the University of California.

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