Candidates Line Up for City Offices; Six on Council Slate

The list of candidates for city offices continues to grow. Joana Darc Weber and Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft have announced their candidacies for city council.

The pair join Jeff Cambra, Dr. Stewart Chen, Tony Daysog and Leland Traiman as candidates for the city council seats that Councilman Doug deHaan and Councilwoman Beverly Johnson are vacating.

A third set could open up if Vice-Mayor Rob Bonta wins his bid for a seat in the California Assembly representing the 18th District. Bonta's term on the council expires in 2014; the third-place vote getter on Nov. 6 would take his seat if Bonta goes to Sacramento.

None of the six candidates has filed the papers necessary to be listed on the ballot.

Both Kevin Kennedy, the incumbent city treasurer and Kevin Kearney, the incumbent city auditor have taken out papers to run for their respective offices. Kearney became the first Alameda candidate to file papers and qualify for the ballot.

Candidates for the three open seats on the school board have also come forward. Jon G. Murphy, Michael J. Robles- Wong, Dennis Lee Spencer and Leland Traiman have all pulled their papers. They join incumbents, Patricia Herrera Spencer, Ron Mooney and Niel Tam, who have each decided to run for seats that are expiring this year.

Two seats on the Healthcare District that runs Alameda Hospital are up for grabs. Incumbent J. Michael McCormick has announced his intention to run for his expiring seat. Traiman has also taken out nomination papers for the hospital board as well as the council and school board. He may only file for one seat.


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