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Abel Guillen is the current District 2 City Councilmember (inaugurated Jan, 2015). Prior to that, he was a Peralta Community College District trustee. Political positions here.

Contact information:

Councilmember Abel J. Guillén

His office phone number is (510) 238-7002.

City website:

1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor

Oakland, CA 94612


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In the News

10/24/2014 Labor Pours Big Money into D2 in Support of Abel Guillen
"Organized labor [Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO] is continuing to spend heavily on two City Council races, providing an overwhelming financial advantage for two candidates battling business-backed foes. Unions have spent more than $88,000 though independent committees on behalf of Abel Guillen in District2. The contracts for both unions expire next year. That is more than the $85,098 raised by his best-financed challenger Dana King. Guillen had raised $93,944 in his own campaign fund as of Oct. 18. King [has] the backing of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, but the business group so far hasn't created independent expenditure funds, which are not subject to contribution caps, to aid their campaigns."

Unions invest heavily in support of Abel Guillen's campaign for City Council. Labor Unions invest $187,117 in support of Guillen and Campbell Washington.
"Unity PAC to Elect Abel Guillen and Campbell Washington for Oakland City Council, sponsored by Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO"

East Bay Express: Labor Spending Early for Guillen and Campbell Washington
"East Bay unions have opened their checkbooks early for two liberal Oakland City Council candidates — Abel Guillen and Annie Campbell Washington — spending more than $65,000 on ads so far for the candidates, campaign finance records show. The big spending in early October — a month before Election Day — may be an indication that labor is worried about these two council seats."

Inside Bay Area: Unions Spend Freely in Oakland Council Races
"Campaign finance reports filed this week show that the Alameda County Central Labor Council and SEIU Local 1021 have teamed up to spend more than $35,000 apiece on behalf of Annie Campbell Washington in District 4 and Abel Guillen in District 2"

The result of Labor's independent expenditure has prompted the Oakland's campaign committee to lift spending limits for all candidates in District 2 and District 4 Council races.

9/18/2014 Latest City Council poll from Tagami

    King 55%
    Guillen 45%

9/10/2014 New City Council poll released today

    King 52%
    Guillen 17%
    Park 17%

9/25/2014: Dana King receivesOakland Tribune's Endorsement (1st choice) District 2: 1. Dana King. 2. Kevin Blackburn. 3. Abel Guillen. King, a retired television journalist, and Blackburn, an assistant vice present for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, emphasize that city leaders must make tough choices and develop a clear plan to address the fiscal crisis. Guillen understands the problem but demonstrates less determination to solve it. Incumbent Pat Kernighan didn't seek re-election.

9/24/2014: Dana King receives the sole Endorsement of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (OakPAC) and the endorsement of the Oakland Builders Alliance.

Fundraising: In D2, Abel Gillen raised more cash than Dana King according to reports. Abel placed first in fundraising among the 4 candidates who filed reports.

Awesome on twitter.

Abel Guillen Enters Oakland's District 2 Council Race
“I simply love this city. Oakland has played big role in my life, shaping my character and instilling my dedication to community service. Oakland’s challenges are many and varied, but the solutions lie in our neighborhoods, our communities, our schools and the people of our city. I want to make District 2 an example of how we can move Oakland forward, together and build together,” said Guillen in a press release.

Abel Guillen Showing Strong Interest in Oakland's District 2 Seat
“I'm strongly considering the race,” said Guillen. “I'm talking to community and business leaders and most importantly my family.”

Peralta Colleges Website: Abel Guillen

2012 Smart Voter Guide

2014 Smart Voter Guide

Ballotpedia Abel Guillen

After narrow assembly loss Abel Guillen runs for Oakland City Council, District 2. States Guillen, "I simply love this city," Guillen said in a prepared statement. "Oakland has played (a) big role in my life, shaping my character and instilling my dedication to community service."

Abel Guillen Oakland City Council Candidate Interview with Zennie Abraham on video

D2 Endorsements for the 2014 election:

  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
  • Chinatown business leader Carl Chan (source)
  • Deputy Mayor Sandré Swanson (source)
  • State Senator Loni Hancock
  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta (source)
  • Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (source)
  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club (source)
  • District 2 Councilmember Pat Kernighan (source)
  • District 1 Councilmember Dan Kalb (source)
  • Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Club (source)
  • Wellstone Club (source)
  • Oakland Rising- 1st choice (source)

  • Oakland Tribune Endorsement D2 (Dana King 1st Choice / Kevin Blackburn 2nd Choice / Abel Guillen 3rd Choice -source)
  • League of Conservation Voters East Bay (sole endorsement- source)

  • APA Democratic Caucus (sole endorsement- source)

  • Alameda Labor Council

  • SEIU Local 1021

  • Teamsters Joint Council 7

  • Oakland Firefighters, IAFF Local 55

  • IBEW Local 595

  • IFTPE, Local 21

  • Construction and General Laborers Local 304

  • Alameda County Democratic Party

  • Transport Oakland (source)

Colbruno pulls out to make way for Abel Guillen run