Election Season Has Arrived

Filing papers available at city hall

Candidates for office in Alameda County who want their names on the Nov. 6 ballot have until Friday, Aug. 10, to file nomination papers. The deadline is Thursday, Aug. 9, for races in the city of Alameda because city hall is closed on Fridays. Filing papers became available Monday.

Nine, perhaps 10, Alameda seats are on the line: nine current seats expire in December; and one might be vacated if the candidate moves to the state level.

These include two (maybe three) seats on the city council, three on the school board and two on the hospital district board. In addition the city auditor and city treasurer's seats will become available.

Races are on tap to fill seats currently held by Councilman Doug deHaan and Councilwoman Beverly Johnson. Vice-Mayor Rob Bonta's seat could also become vacant if he wins a seat in the California Assembly. If Bonta claims the Assembly seat the third-place vote getter in the city-council race would fill the vice-mayor's seat, which expires in December 2014.

The terms of school board members Ron Mooney, Trish Herrera Spencer and Niel Tam all expire in December. A pair of seats on the city's hospital district board will also open up as seats belonging to current board president Jordan Battiani and J. Michael McCormick expire. City Auditor Kevin Kearney and City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy's terms also expire this December.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District director's seat that represents Alameda will also expire in December. Doug Linney currently holds that seat. The at-large seat on the AC Transit board of directors, currently held by Chris Peebles, is also up for grabs.

Doug Siden's term as an East Bay Regional Park District's board member will also expire. Siden represents Alameda on the board.

On the state level Bonta will face fellow Democrat Abel Guillen in a run-off election for the 18th Assembly District. Bonta received more than 36 percent of the votes in the June primary election. Guillen garnered 28 percent of the vote in June.

Incumbent State Senator Loni Hancock ran unopposed for the Ninth State Senate District seat in the June primary. In November Hancock, a Democrat, will run against write-in candidate Mary Catherine McIlroy from the Peace & Freedom Party. McIlroy received 768 of the June votes for the state senate seat.

On the national stage, the incumbent member of the US Congress Democrat Barbara Lee will face independent challenger Marilyn M. Singleton, who received 11 percent of the vote in June: Lee received 82 percent. In a shuffle on the Congressional stage that will take effect January 2013, Lee's Ninth Congressional District will include Alameda. The Island City is currently in Congressman Pete Stark's 13th Congressional District.


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