In case you have missed the influx of campaign mail and sprouting of campaign signs, San Leandro voters will elect three Councilmembers on June 3, 2008. The field of candidates includes just two incumbents, because Surlene Grant is being forced out by term limits. San Leandro is unique because although each Councilmember represents a certain district, the entire city votes for one candidate in each district.
District 2 candidates Ursula Reed and Charles Gilcrest held fundraisers on May 10 and May 12, respectively, that featured high-profile guests. For Reed, it was actor Danny Glover while Assemblymember Alberto Torrico was a speaker at Gilcrest's fundraiser.
All District 2 candidates and District 6 candidates Jim Prola and Estelle Clemons have sent out the first round of mail directed at absentee voters. Consistent or newly registered voters can expect more mail to arrive this week.
If you're unsatisfied with the information provided by the candidates' flyers, you can check out the candidates' answers (except for Wafaa Aborashed) to questions asked by the San Leandro Community Action Network. The candidate's web sites for Charles Gilcrest, Linda Perry, Ursula Reed, Joyce Starosciak, Wafaa Aborashed, Hermy Almonte, Estelle Clemons, and Jim Prola are generally light on specifics. Even less information is generally provided by the candidates at the respective sites for Ursula Reed, Joyce Starosciak, Hermy Almonte, and Jim Prola at SmartVoter.org.
Previous articles showed the candidates describing their vision for San Leandro, what the candidates will do about the Marina, and the candidates describing specific issues on which the voters may base their decisions.