The amazing race
The race for the mayor of Alameda may see four of our current city council members vying for that office. Doug deHaan, Marie Gilmore, Frank Matarrese and Lena Tam all may be candidates in the 2010 election. Some have announced their intention to run, some are planning to do so. Lena Tam will not officially enter the race until the end of the year. Incidentally, all four of the potential candidates are members of our club … Should make for an interesting year.
Outgoing Mayor Beverly Johnson terms out of office in December 2010.
I sent out a quick e-mail to see who’s official. Sounds like Lena Tam is definitely in the running, Marie Gilmore is looking into it, Doug deHaan is just trying to get through the next several months and Frank Matarrese is … traveling for work.
“It could make for a very interesting election,” Gilmore wrote. “With so much going on, Alameda needs a strong mayor. I’m in the process of putting together a committee to explore whether there is support for me in this race.”
Lena Tam forwarded a fairly comprehensive statement on her plans to run. Per Tam:
Several of my supporters in Alameda, including those active in the City of Alameda Democratic Club, have encouraged me to consider running for Mayor. As a Democrat and mayoral candidate, I can push the political discussion at the local level where we can make lives better for our residents. I think it’s important to take leadership, sometimes in the face of visceral and vitriolic commentary, to do what is right for the community – to protect our hard working families, the environment and those underserved in our community. In these tough economic times, it means making the most of every public dollar, working collaboratively with our labor unions, non-profits and businesses to look at real opportunities for progress in Alameda. I am optimistic about Alameda’s future, and believe there are ways to ‘grow the pie’ to support city services while improving our efficiencies. As a councilmember, I continue to be a strong advocate for good government and one who makes judgments that keep the city safe, clean and sustainable. I believe the city’s next mayor will have to find ways of providing opportunities for current and future residents.
DeHaan said he thinks it’s premature to comment. He said he needs to focus on the issues the city has right now, particularly on development out at Alameda Point.
Matarrese e-mail back to say he was traveling in the UK for work.
Incidentally, the newsletter also says that the club’s president, Rob Bonta, who, like Tam before him, sits on the city’s Health Care District Board, is planning a run for City Council. Interesting year, indeed.