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Mel Chiong highlights housing, sustainability in bid for District 2 City Council seat

"I want to see Livermore continue to be the thriving, welcoming and dynamic city that it is"
Travel agent and community organizer Mel Chiong is running for Livermore City Council to represent District 2.

Travel agent and community organizer Mel Chiong is one of the two qualified candidates vying for a seat on the Livermore City Council to represent District 2, which is the Northeast portion of the city including the Springtown neighborhood.

She is poised to face-off against retired educator and current Livermore Lions Club president Ben Barrientos in the Nov. 8 general election. 

"I want to see Livermore continue to be the thriving, welcoming and dynamic city that it is," Chiong said in her campaign statement.

In addition to running her own small travel business, Chiong is an active volunteer with several local organizations such as St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Livermore Indivisible, Livermore Filipino-American Organization, Census 2020 and Livermore Pride. She also currently serves on the city's General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC).

"It is exciting to be part of a committee that gives me a deeper understanding of how the City works, at the same time help plan and address issues on housing, transportation, businesses, jobs, climate change, public health, services, arts and more. This knowledge will be invaluable to me as a Councilmember," Chiong said in her statement.

According to Chiong's campaign website, her platform focuses on three key areas. The first is keeping the community connected. She envisions achieving this by supporting multimodal, accessible and reliable transportation along with fostering a sense of community and belonging through enhanced community amenities and services in District 2 and supporting and expanding accessible communication efforts.

The second key area is prioritizing sustainability by supporting strong climate action, supporting solar, wind and other green energy development and maintaining fiscal strength and resilience.

Lastly, Chiong's campaign also supports pursuing housing for all by building the 130-unit Eden Housing affordable development planned for downtown, continuing and expanding support for unhoused people and supporting and increasing opportunities for affordable housing in all Livermore neighborhoods.

"The skills that I learned at GPAC and my professional life to listen, research, and communicate will make me an empathetic, effective and caring Councilmember," Chiong said.

Originally from the Philippines, Chiong and her husband immigrated to the U.S. 28 years ago and Livermore has been their home for the past 24 years where they raised their two children who are now adults.

To learn more about Chiong and her campaign, visit


Cierra Bailey

About the Author: Cierra Bailey

Cierra started as an editorial intern with the Pleasanton Weekly in 2014. After pursuing opportunities in digital and broadcast media and attending graduate school at Syracuse University, she’s back as the editor of the Vine.
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