While Benny Lee announced in January 2012 that he was running for the District 4 San Leandro City Council seat, Darlene Daevu is the first potential candidate to file a Candidate Intention Statement and Statement of Organization, the first steps towards official candidacy.
Daevu was nominated to the San Leandro Senior Commission by Mayor Stephen Cassidy and was appointed in February 2011. Lee was also nominated by Mayor Cassidy and appointed to the Personnel Relations Board at the same time. Daevu works as an Administrative Analyst for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, is a member of the Professional Fiduciaries Association of California and has been active with the Allen Temple Baptist Church.
Daevu is a registered Democrat and has never previously run for office. She says she is running for office "because I’m willing to help our City work towards maintaining and/or improving our quality of life during these recessionary times." Daevu has a Masters in Business Administration and work experience in the public sector.
Former Planning Commissioner Chris Crow has said that he might move to District 4 to run for City Council, but his Candidate Intention Statement on file indicates that he is running for the District 2 City Council seat currently held by Ursula Reed.
The District 4 San Leandro City Council seat is currently held by Joyce Starosciak, who was first elected in February 2005 after a run-off with Mike Mahoney and was re-elected in 2008. Starosciak also ran for San Leandro Mayor in 2010 and finished third. Term limits enacted by voters in 1974 prevent Starosciak from running for a third consecutive term. Starosciak, however, may run for City Council in 2016, as indicated by her campaign committee, "Joyce Starosciak for City Council 2016."