February 5, 2008

District 6 Race Grows to Four Possible Candidates

Estelle Clemons took the first step towards running for the District 6 City Council seat currently held by Jim Prola by filing a Candidate Intention Statement today. The Candidate Intention Statement is needed before Clemons can begin fundraising or paying candidate-related expenses. A quick phone call confirmed that Clemons is throwing her hat in the ring.

Clemons manages the Community Action Agency with the City of Oakland and competed against Prola in early 2007 for the appointment to the District 6 seat vacated when Tony Santos was elected Mayor. In that process, Clemons was one of six candidates interviewed for the appointment and she was one of the final four candidates. All six candidates who were interviewed said that they would run for the District 6 City Council seat in a contested election. So far, only three of those have taken steps towards becoming candidates.

Clemons joins incumbent Jim Prola, Hermy Almonte, and Wafaa Aborashed as the list of potential candidates for the District 6 City Council seat grows. The filing period begins on February 11, 2008 and closes on March 7, 2008. The election will be held on June 3, 2008.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at February 5, 2008 4:53 PM | TrackBack

Mike--what's with District 6? I'm glad to see so many candidates--I hope it's like that for the District 1 and 5 races.

Posted by: Frank Lynn at February 5, 2008 6:09 PM

After Tony Santos was elected Mayor, 12 people submitted applications to be appointed to the District 6 seat, so there is (or was) plenty of interest. All six people who were interviewed by the City Council said they would run and only three of those have taken steps towards running so far.

The other races are for District 2, where Surlene Grant is being termed out and District 4, where incumbent Joyce Starosciak will likely face no serious opposition. District 2 has at least three contenders so far, and may have more.

Posted by: Mike Katz at February 6, 2008 12:03 PM
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