Benny Lee made his candidacy for the District 4 San Leandro City Council seat official today by filing paperwork with the San Leandro City Clerk's office. Lee had announced his intention to run for the seat in January 2012.
Lee joins Darlene Daevu and Chris Crow in the race for the seat currently held by Councilmember Joyce Starosciak, who will be termed out of office this year. Crow initially filed to run for the District 2 seat held by Ursula Reed, but filed to run for the District 4 seat on May 4, 2012, after moving to a house on Fleming Street.
Like Daevu, Lee was appointed to a commission by Mayor Stephen Cassidy. Less currently serves on the Personnel Relations Board and was previously appointed to the Recreation and Parks Commission in March 2007. He also serves as President of the Heron Bay Home Owners Association and the Asian Community Cultural Association of San Leandro.
Lee is registered as decline-to-state.
Meanwhile in District 2, Bal Theatre owner Dan Dillman filed to run for Reed's District 2 seat on June 21. Reed filed June 25 to run for re-election. Dillman has been battling the City of San Leandro on permitted uses of the Bal Theatre and was recently convicted of resisting arrest, battery upon a peace officer and interfering with an investigation for a 2010 incident. Dillman is appealing the conviction.
In District 6, Councilmember Jim Prola has indicated that he will run for re-election, but nobody has filed any paperwork yet to run for that seat.
Reed is a registered Democrat and was elected in 2008, defeating Linda Perry in a runoff election. Until recently, Dillman was not registered to vote in San Leandro.
Term limits enacted by voters in 1974 prevent Starosciak from running for a third consecutive term.
The election will be held on November 6, 2012, and will be the second time that ranked choice voting (RCV)/instant runoff will be used for San Leandro elections.