An unexpected election twist?

There’s no love lost between the San Leandro Teachers’ Association and district Superintendent Christine Lim, whom the association now and in the past has accused of trying to influence elections in favor of “rubber stamp” trustees who will endorse Lim’s programs and budgets.

But, this tactic — in support of two challengers running against two incumbents on Nov. 4 — could fizzle with an off-the-record tip that Lim is among six finalists for the job of New Haven school district superintendent.

Reportedly, Lim has informed her staff and San Leandro trustees that she is a finalist for the top post in the 13,000-student New Haven school district serving Union City and south Hayward. On Wednesday, New Haven representatives are visiting San Leandro to learn about Lim’s leadership. On Saturday, two finalists are expected to meet with the New Haven board, and an appointment could precede November’s election.

Lim has headed the 8,700-student San Leandro district since 2003.