Oakland and Alameda County Races Heat Up
KQED's Cy Musiker spoke with Kim Geron, chair of the political science department at California State University East Bay, about interesting races in Oakland and Alameda County to watch on Election Day.
In Oakland, longtime City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente has represented Oakland's Fruitvale District for 20 years. He's challenging one-term incumbent Rebecca Kaplan for Oakland's at-large council seat. Both candidates claim they're best suited to solve the city's soaring homicide and crime problem.
For the seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Richard Valle, a former Union City councilman, is the incumbent. But he was just appointed earlier this year to replace Nadia Lockyer, who resigned because of drug and alchol addiction. Valle has a major challenger for the seat -- Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, who pleaded no contest to a charge of shoplifting last summer.
And in District 18, including all of Alameda and much of Oakland and San Leandro, Assemblyman Sandre Swanson is termed out. The two candidates are Peralta School board member Abel Guillen and Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta.