With votes at 48 precincts counted, Marie Gilmore had more than 6,700 votes, putting her in the Alameda mayor’s slot in 2011.
Alameda rivals and fellow City Councilmembers Frank Matarrese had 4,400, with Doug DeHaan in third place at 4,300.
In the City Council race, newcomer Rob Bonta picked up about 6,600 votes, while the current Mayor Beverly Johnson received some 5,700.
Councilmember Lena Tam, who’d been under investigatation earlier this year by the city, had about 5,500 votes. Thus, Tam looks poised to complete the last two years of Gilmore’s unexpired term on the council.
On the school board, newcomer Margie Sherratt had nearly 10,300 votes, while incumbent Mike McMahon had about 6,550.
So there’s a bit of the old and new in store for Island politics next year.
Yes, it is late in the election cycle — and there’s certainly been a lot to keep up with as we get set to vote for a new Alameda mayor and two city councilmembers on November 2.
But if you want to help Alameda schools improve their academic and financial standing, it’s time to make an educated vote for two slots on the school board.
The website of the Alameda Education Foundation is the place to turn: The AEF and Alameda’s PTAs co-hosted a forum for school-board candidates on October 19, and the event can now be viewed online.
Candidates Mike McMahon, Clay Pollard, James Pruitt, Margie Sherrat and Rand Wrobel participated in the discussion.
The videos are very helpful for residents who want to get to know the candidates better before casting their votes. Within the first 10 minutes or so, it becomes very clear what the priorities are for each candidate and what each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses are.
And after all the SunCal-related bickering in town, these discussions are a constructive change of pace.
Tiki Tom’s may have burned down Thursday across the estuary, but it’s still real hot on the Island.
The red, gold and black political mailers that arrived this week call attention to concerns over “red flags” at City Hall, namely Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant, aka ICM.
The mailer was put out by SCC Alameda Point LLC, aka SunCal, who is suing the city over the ending of its exclusive negotiating arrangements and development at Alameda Point.
SunCal’s also set up a website about Gallant, which doesn’t offer any new information or documents to substantiate points in its mailer.
It does point to the city’s investigation of councilwoman Lena Tam as a “personal vendetta” and asks residents to call Mayor Beverly Johnson to see how she defends the ICM.
But it doesn’t go so far as to tell voters who SunCal would like us to elect on November 2 ….
A separate mailing takes a different tack at voters: It highlights photos of a cool sailboat cruising along with no captain but flying a sail that says “leadership at the helm.”
The flyer is for Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft for City Council.
But this mailing has this blogger asking: Why hasn’t Ashcraft been more visible as a candidate before now? Has there been some media/public relations leadership missing at the campaign’s helm?
(The same can be said of some other campaigns around town, for sure …)
She’s got Neil Tam of the board of education and Billl Sonneman of the Alameda Education Foundation’s support, fyi.
In case you had not noticed, country-wide (and, too, city-wide) we’re gearing up for an election on November 4th. If, for some reason, you’re still not registered to vote, you have until next Monday, October 20th, to do so. Guy Ashley, from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, sent this how-to/FYI:
Alameda County residents must be citizens, 18 years old and not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony to be eligible to register to vote.
Voter registration affidavits are available at the Registrar of Voters office and at libraries, fire stations and post offices. You may also download and complete the registration form on our website.
Completed affidavits must be delivered to the Registrar of Voters Office at 1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1, Oakland, CA 94612 or postmarked by October 20th in order to be valid for this election. Voters can call the Registrar of Voters Office at (510) 272-6973 or (510) 267-8683 to check their voter registration status.
It also sounds like the Registrar of Voters as well is hosting a last-minute sign-people-up-to-vote event. This also from the ROV’s Ashley:
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters office will be holding a special “Midnight Madness’’ voter registration drive outside its offices in downtown Oakland from 5 p.m. to midnight on Monday October 20th. The event will occur outside Alameda County’s Rene C. Davidson Courthouse at 1225 Fallon Street, Oakland… Staff will be on hand to distribute registration forms, answer questions and receive completed forms right up until the midnight registration deadline.
There’s no excuses, really. And I haven’t heard much of what I used to hear, back there in the 1990s, “The candidates are all the same.” I think people are seeing the differences now.