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Oakland City Hall in conversation: Treva Reid

Treva Reid comes from a family with deep roots in Oakland politics. Reid, the daughter of former Councilmember Larry Reid, won the District 7 seat her father held for two decades in 2020.

In an interview with The Oaklandside, Reid reflected on her first year and a half in office and the work ahead of her in the East Oakland council district she represents. She also shared her perspective as a single mother and addressed a question about her stance on abortion rights, which recently became the subject of news stories.

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  • Oakland City Hall in conversation: Treva Reid

    Treva Reid comes from a family with deep roots in Oakland politics. Reid, the daughter of former Councilmember Larry Reid, won the District 7 seat her father held for two decades in 2020.

    In an interview with The Oaklandside, Reid reflected on her first year and a half in office and the work ahead of her in the East Oakland council district she represents. She also shared her perspective as a single mother and addressed a question about her stance on abortion rights, which recently became the subject of news stories.

    Read interview

  • She had her first abortion at 19. Now, she’s defending her stance

    When the Oakland City Council unanimously voted in May to become a pro-choice sanctuary city, Council Member and mayoral candidate Treva Reid candidly mentioned her own experience with abortion — but that opened her to criticism over her own evolving position on the issue.

    Now, with the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, Reid said she felt compelled to speak out about the trauma of her experiences and how she came to be a proponent of abortion rights after once supporting an activist who regularly confronted patients outside an Oakland clinic.

    In an interview with The Chronicle, Reid said she had her first abortion at 19. Trapped in a physically abusive relationship, she had three more abortions during college — a difficult decision she said she made after worrying she would be beaten to death by her partner at the time.

    “It was scary. It was painful. It was difficult,” Reid said. “And it kept me silent.”

    “I never thought that I would run for office because of the fear and shame that I had from those decisions way back in college,” she added.

     

  • Third Oakland council member formally announces run for mayor

    East Oakland Council Member Treva Reid said Tuesday that she is running for mayor — becoming the third council person to make a run for the top job.

    East Oakland Council Member Treva Reid said Tuesday that she is running for mayor — becoming the third council member to make a run for the top job.

    Reid is a newcomer to city politics. She was elected to the City Council in 2020 and took office in 2021, stepping into the position her father held for almost 24 years. Reid said she is running because of her love of Oakland and its people, and that she leads from a “place of loving and caring for people.”

    “I am intentional in how I show up in that passion and fierce commitment and drive to make sure people have what they need and have the best quality (of) life and are able to thrive in life,” Reid said.

     

  • Mia Bonta Endorses Treva Reid for Mayor

    “I am grateful for Mia’s support, and I look forward to our continued work together to ensure Oakland is vibrant and thriving for all residents,” said Reid. Reid said Bonta has been “a fierce advocate for quality education.”

    District 7 Councilmember Treva Reid, who is a candidate for Oakland Mayor, said her campaign has received some major support with an endorsement under the ranked choice voting system from Assemblymember Mia Bonta for the November election.

    “I am grateful for Mia’s support, and I look forward to our continued work together to ensure Oakland is vibrant and thriving for all residents,” said Reid.

    Reid said Bonta has been “a fierce advocate for quality education.”

    Bonta, elected to the State Assembly in 2021, was formerly director of the Oakland Promise program and has worked for and led several nonprofit organizations focused on improving educational outcomes for low-income students.

    In 2018, Mia Bonta was elected to the Alameda Unified School District School Board, serving as Board President.