January 5, 2010

Alice Lai-Bitker Won't Seek Re-Election in 2010

Alameda County District 3 Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker announced today that she will not seek re-election in 2010. Lai-Bitker represents San Leandro, Alameda, San Lorenzo, and parts of Oakland, Ashland, and unincorporated Alameda County.

Lai-Bitker was appointed District 3 Supervisor in 2000 as the anointed successor to Wilma Chan. Lai-Bitker won election to the seat in 2002 and re-election in 2006.

Possible successors include her current Chief of Staff, Shawn Wilson, who is reportedly already seeking endorsements, former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young, who lost to Lai-Bitker in 2006, current Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson, and, ironically, Wilma Chan, who ran for Don Perata's Senate seat and lost in June 2008.

The complete text of the press release is below.

Third Supervisorial District ● County of Alameda

Representing the communities of Alameda, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, portions of Ashland, and the Chinatown and Fruitvale Areas of Oakland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Shawn Wilson

January 5, 2010 510-272-6693

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ALICE LAI-BITKER NOT TO SEEK RE-ELECTION

Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker announced today she will not seek another term as County Supervisor in 2010. Currently the President of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, she has represented District 3 since December, 2000.

Lai-Bitker has been a strong advocate for children, working families and seniors. She has fought for access of health care for the uninsured, championed increased services for sexually abused children and domestic violence victims. The Supervisor has committed to making government work by initiating projects and programs that provide services in a more efficient, fiscally responsible and streamlined way, such as in the area of eligibility of health insurance and mental health services for at-risk youth.

Supervisor Lai-Bitker has worked tirelessly to promote new economic development for San Lorenzo and will continue to work on these projects while winding down her very successful tenure on the Board.

"I am honored to have served the County and District 3 for the last nine years," Lai-Bitker said. “By the time I complete my term, it will be a decade of service." "I have been part of a great many things that have happened in the County. It's been a real privilege, but it's time to move on and allow someone else the opportunity to serve. I look forward to working with my successor to fully implement the many programs that I have started over the years."

Supervisor Alice Lai- Bitker chairs the Board's Health Committee, Unincorporated Committee, and serves on the Social Services Committee. On the regional level, she chairs the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority, serves on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, co-chairs the Oakland Airport Community Noise Forum, and serves on the Board of Bay Area Partnership.

Alice Lai-Bitker represents District 3, which includes Alameda, San Leandro, parts of Oakland, and the unincorporated communities of San Lorenzo, Hillcrest Knoll and part of Ashland.

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