Johnson declares candidacy for supe seat
“I am running because I feel I am the best prepared to tackle many of the serious problems facing the people of District 3 and the county as a whole,” Johnson was quoted as saying in a press release announcing her candidacy that was released Thursday afternoon.
A native of Alameda, Johnson is completing her second term as mayor this year and had served as a term as a City Council member and did some time on the Planning Board before that. The onetime Alameda County prosecutor (now in private practice) also serves on a bevy of regional boards and is the current president of the Alameda County Conference of Mayors.
Johnson will head to the June 8 primary for the seat with endorsements from state Senator Loni Hancock, D-Oakland; state Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda; and former state Senate President and native son Don Perata.
Johnson said in her release that her first priority if elected to the seat would be to find a way to keep San Leandro Hospital open.
Her campaign officially kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Blue Dot Café, 1910 Encinal Avenue. Johnson’s campaign website is here.
Johnson enters a field for the District 3 supervisor seat that includes City Councilwoman Lena Tam, who has earned Lai-Bitker’s endorsement; and former supervisor and state Assemblywoman Wilma Chan. Former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young has also reportedly thrown her hat in the ring for the seat.