Mills College to Host District 6 Oakland City Council Debate with All Five Candidates

Oakland, CA—September 12, 2018

image of candidatesMills College will host a debate with all five candidates running to represent District 6 on the Oakland City Council.

The one and a half hour debate will be held in the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business and Public Policy on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 7:00–8:30 pm. Mills College President Elizabeth L. Hillman will serve as the moderator.

The five Oakland City Council candidates are Desley Brooks, Natasha Middleton, Marlo Rodriguez,Loren Taylor, and Mya Whitaker.

The public is invited to attend this event where they will have the opportunity to meet the candidates, hear their position on Oakland’s most pressing issues, learn how they plan to improve District 6, and pose questions to each of the contenders.

The City Council is the legislative body of the City and is comprised of eight Councilmembers. One Councilmember is elected at-large, and the other seven Councilmembers represent specific geographic districts. All Councilmembers are elected to serve four-year terms. Each year the Councilmembers elect one member as President of the Council and one member to serve as Vice Mayor. The City Council has no administrative powers. It is the role of the City Council to:

  • Make City policy and give general policy direction to departments through the City Administrator or Mayor.
  • Vote on ordinances and resolutions.
  • Adopt a biannual budget.
  • Appoint Board and Commission members after a 90-day vacancy.
  • Serve as the Redevelopment Agency Board of Directors.

Debate Details:
  Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Time:  7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location:  Mills College 5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, Ca
Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business and Public Policy
Gathering Hall, Room 101
Parking:  Richards Lot at the front entrance to the campus

About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women and self-identified women with graduate programs for all genders. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 382 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit