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Stiff competition in Oakland’s school board races

Two years ago, I wrote about how few people were running for school board in Oakland. It’s much different this year. Below is a list of 13 candidates that have announced at some point that they were running for seats 1, 3, 5, or 7. I’ve learned of a number of new candidates since my blog post in late May.

Friday, Aug. 10 is the filing deadline. You can see for yourself who’s supporting whom and who’s filed on the City of Oakland’s online campaign portal. If you want to see all the filings, select “search filings by date.”

District 1: Incumbent Jody London is running for re-election against Thearse Pecot, who sued the district this spring, saying the district’s school closure policies discriminate against poor, minority children.

District 3: Incumbent Jumoke Hinton Hodge and challengers Vicente Cruz, Richard Fuentes and Sheilagh Polk.

District 5: An open race between Roseann Torres Cindi Reiss and Mike Hutchinson, another vocal school closure critic.

District 7: Incumbent Alice Spearman is being challenged by James Harris and former OUSD student-trustee Christina Jiang (Skyline Class of 2007). Mieko Scott also announced, on Twitter, that she would run, and it says so on her bio, though I haven’t found any campaign material for her.

Am I missing anyone?