For well over a decade, Debony Wade II has been a regional leader for working families, delivering results on transportation, economic development, and sustainable planning.

A former aerospace worker, legislative staffer, and now representative for public employees who serves on the professional staff for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Debony earned the trust of his neighbors in Long Beach and was elected to the City Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016 and 2020. As he and his wife, Daysha, raised their two sons in Uptown Long Beach, Debony has brought together community members, unions, and local small businesses to get things done that improve quality of life for residents across the region while protecting taxpayer dollars. Debony will continue to be a champion for good jobs and a strong economy, improve livability in our state, and help lead us to an equitable future. As our representative in Sacramento, Debony will work to expand the quality service and representation that we deserve.

Debony represented Long Beach on the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, which consists of 27 cities in Southeast Los Angeles County, focusing on improving transportation, air quality, housing, and economic development. As President of the Council of Governments, he was at the forefront of regional improvement including the I-710 Corridor Project, the Climate Action Planning Framework, and regional approaches to address homelessness. Debony also served on the League of California Cities Board of Directors.

In Long Beach, Debony serves as Chair of the Budget Oversight Committee and serves on the City Council’s State Legislation Committee, Public Safety, Housing and Neighborhoods, and I-710 Oversight Committees. He took the lead to start several city programs like the annual Back to School Summer Blast that provides free backpacks and school supplies to more than 1,000 local kids and the “Share Your Heart, Share Your Home” event which promotes fostering and adoption.

Debony established a Senior Advisory Committee and worked with them to create an innovative program to provide free enrichment activities for hundreds of seniors at the Expo Arts Center twice a week. He’s made a priority of developing new parks and open space in underserved communities, including C. David Molina Park, the second phase of “Pops” Davenport Park, and the recent opening of the new DeForest Wetlands, 34 acres of trails and open space along the LA River.

On the City Council, Debony represents the Long Beach communities of Bixby Knolls, Los Cerritos, and North Long Beach. He’s been a leader in authoring and passing government reform measures to increase transparency, establishing an ethics commission and preventing politicians from drawing their own district lines. And he’s worked to take guns out of the hands of dangerous domestic abusers, fought to increase funding for parks and open spaces, and secured resources to address the homelessness crisis.

Now, Debony is running for the open, redistricted 69th State Assembly District—which covers most of Long Beach, including Bixby Knolls, along with Signal Hill, part of the city of Carson, and Catalina Island—to bring his regional experience, representative work ethic, and passion for bringing people together to solve problems to Sacramento, extend economic opportunities to every neighborhood, strengthen education, and secure our region’s future.