Home » Island News


Submitted by on 1, August 5, 2010 – 4:55 am9 Comments

Mayor Beverly Johnson has pulled candidacy papers for a City Council run, Board of Education vice president Mike McMahon is reporting on his website.

Johnson, who is termed out after nearly eight years as mayor, served just one term on the council before moving into the mayor’s chair, making her eligible for another term.

Johnson has long been rumored to have been eying a run for a council seat, but said she hadn’t yet made up her mind about whether to run and has not made a formal announcement she plans to run. She made a bid for Alice Lai-Bitker’s soon-to-be open Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat but lost to Wilma Chan.

She joins a crowded field that includes nine potential candidates for two council seats that includes incumbent Lena Tam, Board of Education trustee Tracy Jensen, Planning Board president Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Healthcare District board member Rob Bonta, Economic Development Commission member Horst Breuer, former Alameda Journal editor and political strategist Jeff Mitchell, local businessman Adam Gillitt and Adam Trujillo.

Only Tam, Gillitt and Mitchell have filed their candidacy papers so far, qualifying them for a spot on the November ballot. The deadline to file papers is Friday, and August 11 for candidates in races with no incumbent.

So far, five people have pulled papers to run for mayor – council members Doug deHaan, Marie Gilmore and Frank Matarrese, former councilman Tony Daysog and Kenneth Kahn. Matarrese, Daysog and deHaan have all filed their candidacy papers (though Gilmore has already won endorsements form the local firefighters union and Lai-Bitker, both of whom are teaming up with Don Perata, Chan and former Mayor Bill Withrow to throw her a fundraising reception tonight).

Seven people have pulled papers to run for two school board seats, McMahon’s website shows – incumbents McMahon and Jensen; former Alameda Unified administrator Margie Sherratt; Clay Pollard, a vocal opponent of the district’s anti-gay bullying Lesson 9; local businessman Rand Wrobel; James Pruitt, who is listed as a director of labor relations; and Sheri Palmer, a parent and local businesswoman.

McMahon, Sherratt, Pruitt and Palmer have already turned in their candidacy papers; Jensen has reportedly decided not to run for the school board this time around.

Stewart Chen and James Oddie have filed papers to run for one of three open seats on the Health Care District board, as has incumbent Robert Deutsch. Chen and Oddie had applied for the chance to fill out the rest of Steve Wasson’s term, which is now being filled by Leah Williams.

More to come on this next week; in the meantime, all you political junkies can get your daily fix on the race to the races on McMahon’s site.


  • Husky Gurrrrl says:

    Doesn’t she have a day job?

    Seriously, if she gets on the city council, absolutely *nothing* will get done because she has proven herself to be a strong arm, “my way or the highway”-type politician. The council meetings and process, which are already deteriortating due to infighting as well as Johnson’s and Anne Marie Gallant’s kingdom building will only deteriorate that much faster and deeply.

  • Jon Spangler says:

    Following her several recent missteps, I was hoping that Mayor Johnson would not run for Council.

    It has been sad to realize that Mayor Johnson has failed to provide this city with the quality of leadership it so badly needs. Having once voted for her, I now believe it is in Alameda’s best interests to oppose her so that Alameda can regain its bearings and implement the truly open, ethical government that she has opposed so consistently despite her rhetoric.

  • Dave L. says:

    Johnson’s actions surrounding the Sunshine Committee and her unbelievable attempt to get around campaign finance should tell you that her time is up in politics.

    She won just *one* precinct for the supervisor race.

    Her career is thankfully over.

  • Dave Needle says:

    There is a very big prize at stake in the council race, not just the council seat for any particular candidate. That prize is the development deal for Alameda point. We need to look at the candidates position on and ties to SunCal. If the council gets 3 SunCal people, we will lose our ability to have anyone other than SunCal as the developer. One of the candidates is Jeff Mitchell and I would very much like to know his ties to SunCal. Jeff, do you work for SunCal? What are your financial connections to them. We need to know what we will be voting for.

  • ct says:

    What alternative universe does Johnson exist in for her to even think she has the remotest chance of being elected to a Council seat? She fully supported SunCal, then fully opposed SunCal without examining and understanding the facts first; she argued that the City Council should ram through poorly conceived campaign finance reform rules giving incumbents running for office an advantage and which would have allowed Johnson to transfer the remaining $10,000 from her supervisor’s race to a possible Council run; and she fails to see a need for the Sunshine Task Force Committee at a time when taxpayer dollars are being wasted on a frivolous city rebranding scheme, on an investigation based on trumped up charges in an effort to unseat a council member, on a breach of contract lawsuit brought against the City which the City seemed to invite. Johnson should do herself and Alameda a favor by sitting out this election before she turns into an irredeemable joke.

  • elliottg says:

    ct. I’d vote for Johnson long before I would vote for your candidate. “not guilty” which is what Tam seems to be going for is hardly the same thing as innocent.

  • ct says:


    But who at City Hall is really innocent these days?

  • Jack B. says:

    ct, can you clarify what you are saying here:

    >>> She fully supported SunCal, then fully opposed SunCal without examining and understanding the facts first;

    The way I remember it is she supported Suncal, then upon examining and understanding the facts she changed into an opposer. Is that what you mean?

  • ct says:

    Jack B.,

    It seems Johnson didn’t thoroughly examine and understand the Measure B initiative itself but instead relied entirely on a biased report about the initiative which was produced by City staff (www.theislandofalameda.com/2009/10/mayor-drops-support-for-suncal-initiative/) when forming her latest opinion about SunCal.

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.