August 9, 2010

Field Set for San Leandro City Council and Mayor Races

With the deadline for filing passed, the field of candidates for San Leandro Mayor and City Council is now set.

Incumbent San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos faces a challenge from former San Leandro School Board trustee Stephen Cassidy, Sara Mestas, John Palau, and San Leandro Councilmember Joyce Starosciak. Perennial candidate Lou Filipovich had taken out papers to run but failed to submit them before the deadline.

Palau is a newcomer to the race, having taken out papers to run just two days before the filing deadline. Santos was elected in 2006 after defeating OB Badger in a run-off election.

In District 1, incumbent Michael Gregory faces a challenge from former Oakland School Board member David Anderson. Gregory was first elected in 2006.

District 3 incumbent Diana Souza will not face an opponent and will not appear on the November ballot. Souza was elected in 2006 after a run-off election with Julian Polvorosa.

In District 5, where two-term Councilmember Bill Stephens is termed out, San Leandro School Board member Pauline Cutter will face off against Human Services Commissioner Corina Lopez. Ted Kai, who had previously taken out papers to run, did not complete his filing by the deadline. Stephens did not face an opponent in 2002 or 2006.

The election will be held on November 2, 2010, and will be the first time that ranked choice voting (aka instant runoff voting) will be used in the City of San Leandro. The deadline to register to vote for the November election is October 18, 2010.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at August 9, 2010 7:19 AM | TrackBack
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