Information contained on this page is intended to provide the public information about candidates for Emeryville City Council. There are currently three (3) 4-year (full term) Council seats for election on the November 3, 2020, General Municipal Election.

The nomination period for candidates opens at 9:00 AM on July 13, 2020, and closes at 5:00 pm. on August 7, 2020. If any incumbent Council Member does not submit nomination papers by this deadline, non-incumbent candidates will have an extension until 5:00 pm. on August 12, 2020, to file nomination papers.

The Candidate Guide has been prepare to inform interested parties and to assist candidates running for the office of Council Member in the upcoming City of Emeryville General Municipal Election.

Anyone considering running for these seats should contact Sheri Hartz, City Clerk, to learn more about the nomination process and other requirements related to raising or spending money on a campaign.

Nominees for office will be listed in alphabetical order until ballot order is confirmed by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. Please contact Sheri Hartz, City Clerk if you have any questions regarding the upcoming election.

Green Blue Curve

For Member of the City Council

John J. Bauters

Occupation: Emeryville City Councilmember / Justice Advocate
Age: 40

As your Councilmember, I have worked to make Emeryville a more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive community. I have been a progressive leader on important local issues, including affordable housing, active transportation, environmental stewardship, economic development, and social justice. I championed our local affordable housing bond to build homes for low-income seniors and working families who need an affordable place to live; partnered with Oakland to open a homeless shelter with wraparound services for families with children; have been a regional leader in addressing our climate crisis; introduced policies that have protected residential tenants and small businesses; spearheaded the effort to eliminate city contracts with companies sharing data with ICE; and held weekly town halls with the community. My commitment to creating a just and equitable community runs deep – I have over 15 years of combined professional experience as a legal aid attorney representing vulnerable populations and as an advocate fighting to replace the school-to-prison pipeline with investments in community-based education, health, and social services. With your support, I commit to continuing this work, advancing our shared values, and making people-centered decisions at city hall. Learn more at:

Green Blue Curve

For Member of the City Council

Ally Medina


It has been my pleasure to serve as a Councilmember for the City of Emeryville over the past four years. I have worked to uphold strong labor standards, bring affordable housing to Emeryville, and provide safe transportation options for our community. I am seeking another term to continue to make progress on those issues and to find ways to help those in our community who most need it during an unprecedented global pandemic.

I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving as a member of the City Council and humbly ask for your vote on November 3rd.

Green Blue Curve

For Member of the City Council

Christian Patz

Mayor, Educator

As your Mayor, I have collaborated with our community and fellow council members to help Emeryville navigate 2020. My experience and track record will help the city navigate the economic uncertainty we face in the next few years. I will continue to maintain the city’s balanced budget and ensure funds to cover liabilities.

My record includes defending the minimum wage to ensure that Emeryville workers are paid fairly, working with the voters to pass Emeryville’s Measures C and F, a $50 million affordable housing bond, and a sales tax for childcare and public safety. As a council, we passed an eviction moratorium and set aside funds for people impacted by the stay at home orders.

As Emeryville has grown, I have advocated for not only affordable housing but family-friendly development, not just more studios. My priorities continue to be housing, fair employment, community engagement and activities, environmental responsibility, and, responsive public safety.

It has been a privilege representing you on the City Council and look I forward to what we can accomplish next. Go to for more information and endorsements. New frustration-free packaging.