Former Councilman Daysog running for mayor
The body count – err, candidate count for the mayor’s race has risen to four, with former City Councilman Tony Daysog’s announcement on Wednesday that he’s throwing his hat in the ring.
“I am announcing my candidacy for the Office of Mayor of Alameda. I will make a formal announcement in 10 to 14 days,” Daysog announced to his 21 Twitter followers on Wednesday afternoon with a link to a campaign website.
Daysog’s site says he wants to broaden access to City Hall; create a transit-oriented, mixed-use development at Alameda Point and place the city on a path to fiscal sustainability. A separate e-mail that was forwarded to The Island said Daysog would focus on planning-related issues across the Island, not just at the Point.
Daysog sat on the City Council from 1996 to 2006, and served as the city’s vice mayor from 1998 to 2000 and 2002 to 2004. He has a master’s degree in city planning from the University at California, Berkeley and works for a Walnut Creek-based economic development consulting company.
Daysog also runs a local blog site touting the merits of the city’s West End and has been a frequent commenter on local issues.
He could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday night regarding his announcement.
Daysog’s announcement makes him the fourth person to formally enter the mayor’s race. Councilwoman Marie Gilmore was the first to declare she intended to run, followed by former Councilman Hadi Monsef and current Councilman Frank Matarrese.