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New City Council, School Board Take Shape

With results in from the Nov. 6 election, it looks like Planning Board member Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, with 25% of the vote (8,364) has earned herself a seat on the Alameda City Council.

Another seat should be going to Tony Daysog, who served on the council from 1996 to 2006. He had about 18% of the unofficial vote count, or 6,016.

A third council seat may open up, if Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta holds his narrow lead over Abel Guillen to represent the state Assembly’s 18th District. Bonta now leads with 51% to Guillen’s 49% in a tight race.

If Bonta gets the seat once results are made official, council candidate Stewart Chen – with 17% of the vote (5,640) would get the third open slot.

In the race for seats on the board of the Alameda Unified School Board, two incumbents and a newcomer had secured slots in unofficial results: Trish Spencer and Nielsen Tam will return for another term; they will be joined by Barbara Kahn.

Spencer got about 21% of the vote, followed by Kahn with some 17%. Tam received about 14%.

Incumbent Ron Mooney failed to get re-elected with 9% of the vote.

Spencer was the only incumbent who had the support of the teachers’ union. Kahn also enjoyed this group’s backing.

Janet Levaux