August 13, 2012

Candidate Statements From 2012 District 4 San Leandro City Council Candidates

San Leandro City Council candidates may submit a 200-word candidate statement that will be mailed to voters with the sample ballot. In order to submit a statement, the candidate must submit the estimated $1,400 fee with the San Leandro City Clerk.

After David Erlich notified the San Leandro City Clerk that he was withdrawing his candidacy on Friday, August 10, 2012, there are four candidates for the District 4 seat. The candidates are former Planning Commissioner Chris Crow, Senior Commissioner Darlene Daevu, Justin Hutchison, an Executive Team Leader at Target, and Personnel Relations Board Member Benny Lee.

The deadline for the candidate statements was Friday, August 10, 2012, and candidates have until 5pm today to withdraw their statements:

Chris Crow, Business Consultant

As the economy recovers, San Leandro continues to compete for jobs, revenue, and a better quality of life for its citizens. Our City Council needs fresh energy, innovative ideas, and a modern perspective to navigate the economic and social challenges of the 21st century.

I am a graduate of San Leandro's Leadership Program and serve in the San Leandro Education Foundation, the San Leandro Sports Foundation, Rotary Club of San Leandro, Relay for Life, and the Measure M School Bond campaign, in addition to volunteering countless hours in our public schools. These efforts have led to new funding, improved assets, and a better perception of our community. As a former member of the Planning Commission I have a keen understanding of the various processes that occur within our city and have experience collaborating with others to make tough and important decisions.

I have tremendous pride in our city and our people. Growing up and living most my life in San Leandro have shown me what great things our community can achieve. As your Council representative, I will work tirelessly to expand our business base, improve city services, and champion a quality of life for San Leandrans second to none. Please visit for more information.

Darlene Daevu, Business Professional

A homeowner with a vested interest and goals to keep San Leandro a nice place to live.

As a public servant since 1987, I have labored for public safety in Criminal Justice and I presently work in Public Health, Cultural Competency. Today's world demands representatives who value diversity and recognize its impact on strength based policy making. I possess inclusionary vision, dedication and work experiences to achieve our goals of safety, economic stability and affordability.

My private sector experience includes financial planning, private fiduciary and residential property landlord. Armed with graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, as well as public and private sector business experiences, I'm empowered and qualified to represent our community.

Since my appointment as Senior Commissioner, I have been working to develop a community driven strategy to prevent violence and increase safety. We have a moral obligation to assist seniors not only because it is the right thing to do, but also to demonstrate our gratitude for their civic engagement and tax contributions to our City.

In these recessionary times, we are in need of reasonable, reliable, hard working spokesperson to put forward our concerns. Therefore, I am humbly requesting your 1st or 2nd choice vote.

Justin Hutchison did not file a candidate statement.

Benny Lee, Statewide Non-Profit Technology and Financial Manager, City Commissioner, Homeowner's Association President

We can make San Leandro better and I will do my part to bring positive changes. My wife and I raised our child here and now that he's in college I have more time to give back to our community.

While serving as City of San Leandro Recreation and Parks Commissioner, Personnel Relations Board Member, Homeowner's Association President, Asian Community Cultural Association President, and volunteer I've spoken with many of you and share your concerns and hopes.

Public Safety is our top priority and above all else I will make sure that neighborhood policing and our firehouses remain fully staffed. With San Leandro leading the way in new technology, we can attract new businesses, increase shopping choices and bring good new jobs to San Leandro so we can turn commute time to family time.

The city runs on your tax dollars and with my financial expertise I will make sure your money is spent wisely. My long-term goals are to fully restore library cuts, fix our roads, and make sure city services are accessible to all community members. I support schools and will work to increase cooperation with our school districts.

Please vote Benny Lee for San Leandro City Council - District 4.

The election will be held on November 6, 2012. This will be the second San Leandro election to use ranked choice voting (also known an instant runoff). The last day to register to vote is October 22, 2012.

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