Let the race began

Today was the first day people could officially declare their candidacy for local government races by filing papers with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters or, in some cases, at city hall. Here’s a summary of Tri-City area races for November and who’s picked up nomination papers. That means these people are thinking about running, but until they submit completed forms (aka “file them,”) they’re not official candidates.

* Fremont City Council (2 open seats):  1) Kristen Briggs; 2) Kathryn Rhyn McDonald; 3) Bill Harrison; 4) Anu Natarajan

* Fremont Unified School District (2 open seats).

* Newark Unified (2 open seats):  1) Gary Stadler

* New Haven Unified (2 open seats): 1) Jerico Abanico

* Union City Council (3 open seats): No one’s pulled papers, but Emily Duncan, of the city’s human relations commission, has had a Facebook page up since June about her candidacy.

* Ohlone College, Area 1 (2 open seats): Bill McMillin.

* Ohlone College, Area 2 (2 open seats).

Linh Tat


  1. Why doesn’t the Fremont City Council list have Ishan Shah on it? I would think he would do it on day #1.

  2. Ishan Shah and Vinnie Bacon will no doubt file soon.

  3. Bbox is this Facebook page supposed to answer my question re: Kristen Briggs? If anything, especially with the giant question mark logo, is just reinforces it (also posed by Andrew Cavette and I’m sure a few others).

  4. VOR – – not an answer, just another piece of a puzzle that might be completed someday.

    However, even from this spartan and hastily assembled (State of Alameda ??!) Facebook page, there’s a couple of things we could reasonably conclude –

    The most interesting is that just two short hours after Matt posts the above article, Ms. Briggs says “The nomination papers are in hand, and the first reporter has already called!”

    THe other is that Ms. Briggs seemingly made her decision to “run” (?) around the 16th of June . . .

  5. Bbox,

    One small, innocent correction just to give Linh credit where credit is due (because she’s a nice person…) Matt didn’t post the above.

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