JOHNSON PULLS PAPERS FOR COUNCIL RUN
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.