Four seats on the Oakland school board — in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 — are up for grabs in the June 3 city election, and the deadline for all but one of the seats was last Friday, according to the city clerk’s office.
As of this afternoon, six people had filed their candidate papers. District 3 (West Oakland) candidates have until Wednesday, the extended deadline, to file.
District 1, North Oakland. Currently held by Kerry Hamill
District 3, West Oakland. Currently held by Gregory Hodge
Candidates: None, although Hodge’s wife, Jumoke Hinton Hodge, says she’sdefinitely running. She has until Wednesday afternoon, an extended deadline, to file.
District 5, Glenview, Fruitvale. Currently held by Noel Gallo
Candidates: Noel Gallo (incumbent). No challengers.
District 7, Sobrante Park, Elmhurst. Currently held by Alice Spearman
Candidates: Alice Spearman (incumbent); Doris Limbrick, associate pastor of Acts Full Gospel Church and principal of Acts Christian Academy; and Beverly Williams, administrative assistant
Without running anyone’s name through the mud, tell us what you know about these candidates. Who would be the best qualified to oversee the Oakland school district? I’ll fill in details as I talk to them individually.