September 10, 2012

Demos Endorse Prola; Police Endorse Lee, Prola and Reed

San Leandro District 6 City Council candidate Jim Prola was endorsed by the Democratic Party on September 8. Prola is running for re-election against San Leandro School Board Vice-President Hermy Almonte.

Prola, along with District 2 candidate Ursula Reed and District 4 candidate Benny Lee, was on the consent calendar for the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (ACDCC) meeting, but Reed and Lee were pulled from consent and candidates Morgan Mack-Rose and Chris Crow were nominated. That means Reed, Mack-Rose, Lee, and Crow will be interviewed by the ACDCC at its September 15 meeting. In order to receive the endorsement, candidates must receive at least 60% of the votes cast.

Although City Council races are non-partisan, the Democratic Party endorses candidates because once elected, some Councilmembers seek higher office, like current California State Senator Ellen Corbett and former California Assemblymember Johan Klehs.

In 2008, the Democrats endorsed Linda Perry in District 2, Joyce Starosciak in District 4, Jim Prola in District 6, and Mack-Rose when she campaigned for the San Leandro School Board.

According to San Leandro Police Officers Association (POA) President Mike Sobek, the POA has endorsed Ursula Reed in District 2, Benny Lee in District 4, and Prola in District 6. Sobek said that the endorsements were based on how well the candidates understood issues important to the POA and whether the POA believes that the candidate can win. When asked whether pensions were discussed, Sobek acknowledged that pensions were one issue of concern to the POA, but also said that the POA is not opposed to pension reform. The City of San Leandro is one of only four cities in Alameda County that pays the entire employee portion of the pension contribution.

District 2 candidate Dan Dillman and District 4 candidate Justin Hutchison were not interviewed for the endorsement because neither contacted the POA, according to Sobek.

In 2008, the San Leandro POA endorsed Charles Gilcrest in District 2, Joyce Starosciak in District 4, and Jim Prola in District 6. Unlike the Demoratic endorsement, the POA endorsement comes with a contribution to the candidate's campaign in 2008, that was $300.

The police employee contracts expire at the end of the year and new contracts are one of the items being discussed during a closed session meeting today.

The election will be held on November 6, 2012. The last day to register to vote is October 22, 2012.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at September 10, 2012 6:22 PM | TrackBack
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