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Oakland Pastors Endorse Loren Taylor for City Council District 6

Faith Leaders Join Oakland Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Community Leaders in Backing Oakland Native’s Campaign

(Oakland, CA) – Today, leading Oakland pastors announced their endorsement of Oakland non-profit leader and entrepreneur Loren Taylor’s campaign for City Council District 6.


“Loren Taylor has proven he is an effective servant to his community,” said Bishop Bob Jackson of Acts Full Gospel Church. “Here in Oakland, Loren leads and supports organizations that reduce health, educational, and economic disparities that plague minority and low-income communities. With Loren as our Councilmember, we’ll have a strong and ethical voice for us at City Hall.”

Bishop Jackson joined a host of other Oakland pastors and faith leaders in backing Taylor for City Council, including Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr., Senior Pastor at Allen Temple Baptist Church, Pastor Javier Ramos of Shiloh Church, Michael Raines, Director of Christian Education at Progressive Baptist Church, and Pastor Douglass Fitch, retired Senior Pastor of Glide Memorial Church and Downs United Methodist Church.

In announcing his support for Loren Taylor’s campaign, Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr., Senior Pastor at Allen Temple Baptist Church, said “Loren Taylor’s commitment to our community and his ability to deliver results will make an incredible difference for East Oakland.”

“I am incredibly humbled by this broad showing of support from Oakland’s faith community,” said Loren Taylor. “I will be a strong voice for all residents in District 6 and across our city and look forward to working with these and other faith community and local leaders to address the critical issues facing Oakland, like increasing economic opportunity, tackling homelessness, building and preserving affordable housing, and ensuring the effective and efficient city services that District 6 residents deserve.”

These Oakland pastors and faith leaders join a growing list of local leaders backing Loren Taylor’s campaign, including Mayor Libby Schaaf, former Mayor Jean Quan, Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington, and leaders from the social justice, education, health, and civil rights communities.