Decision 2010: Open season
This coming Monday, July 12 marks the opening of the filing period for candidates interested in running for mayor and two open City Council seats in November. Nomination papers will be available in the City Clerk’s office, which is Room 380 at City Hall, and anyone who is a registered voter in Alameda can run.
The deadline for filing the papers is August 6, though that deadline is extended until August 11 if an incumbent chooses not to run for his or her seat again. Mayor Beverly Johnson is termed out of office this year, as is Councilman Frank Matarrese.
Lena Tam is running again for her open council seat, and Alameda Health Care District Board trustee Rob Bonta has also announced plans to make a council run. Three members of the current council – Marie Gilmore, Frank Matarrese and now Doug deHaan – have said they intend to run for mayor, as has former City Councilman Tony Daysog.
Johnson said she hasn’t decided yet whether she will run for one of the open council seats, as has been widely rumored.
DeHaan’s wife, Gail, sent this e-mail to friends to let them know her husband’s campaign announcement was coming:
You may have heard a rumor that Doug deHaan is running for mayor in the November election. The rumor is correct, but the official announcement will be forthcoming in the next two or three weeks. Our family is behind Doug one hundred percent. We realize that Alameda deserves a leader with integrity, intelligence, commitment, and most of all, an individual that has always wanted the best for our city. As in the past, Doug will run a grassroots campaign. Meaning he is not indebted to any developers or special interest groups for funding. It’s the hard work of the voters that make a campaign successful. Doug completely supports campaign financial reform (a limit on individual campaign contributions). As many of you know, he has always been pushing for campaign reform. Voters should ask why any public official would be against campaign reform. There is no question that you can trust Doug to provide strong leadership and guide our city in the right direction during the next four unprecedented critical years facing Alameda. Your support would be greatly appreciated!
PARADEGATE UPDATE: As political outrages churn through this city with the speed of approaching hurricanes, it seems like an eternity since the Fourth of July Parade this past Sunday, and the controversy that surrounded that, eh?
Local candidates made some interesting and even entertaining choices about how to handle the Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade committee’s decision to bar local candidates from offering campaign messages in the parade, in the wake of a City Attorney opinion saying they had the legal right to do so.
Hospital board trustee Rob Bonta papered over the “for council” part of his campaign signage with what looked like construction paper, leaving “Rob Bonta City” for parade-watchers to take in. Former councilman Tony Daysog pasted a list of his accomplishments to the side of his parade vehicle, and Vice Mayor Doug deHaan announced his mayoral bid with signs along the campaign route.
The controversy might have stopped there, but for an interview Mayor Beverly Johnson gave to CBS5 in which she claimed the parade committee asked for City Attorney Teresa Highsmith’s opinion on the matter. We talked to Highsmith last week, and she said a member of the council who she wouldn’t name had asked for the opinion, though “the parade committee wanted to know also.”
She said the unnamed council member – who was unhappy they didn’t get a clear, yes-or-no answer – was concerned the city could get into trouble over campaign signs in the parade because the city donated money for it.
We spoke to Johnson last week, and she said she wasn’t the person who asked for the opinion. (Councilwoman Marie Gilmore, who is running for mayor, issued a statement last week saying she disagreed with it.) Johnson, who is termed out of her seat this year, defended the ban, though.
“This is an event for the community. If they want to have a (campaign) event, they can have an event,” Johnson told us last week. “I think that’s okay not to allow the parade to be a big campaign.”