OK, they have until 5 p.m. Friday to make their candidacy official, so there’s probably no need to panic just yet. But as your trusty source for Oakland school news, I feel you should know that as of a few minutes ago, not a single person had filed in any of the three Oakland school board races (Districts 2, 4, or 6).
Not even the (would-be) incumbents.
The person I spoke with at the clerk’s office said candidates often wait until the last week to tell the world that they’re running for office, but that this was pretty unusual. Maybe no one wants to be an Oakland school board member right now — and who could blame them, really?
School board member David Kakishiba and Jose Rocha, a pre-admissions counselor for Cal State East Bay, pulled papers for District 2, but Rocha tells me that because of an “unforeseen reason,” he’s no longer planning to run.
Kakishiba says he does plan to file on Friday, and that his timing was a case of “complete procrastination.”
School board member Gary Yee and Ben Visnick, a former Oakland teachers union president, have pulled papers for District 4, and board member Chris Dobbins has done so for District 6.
I’d be surprised if any of them didn’t run. Either way, I’ll let you know.