Alameda Elections ’12: Eight candidates vying for council seats

Updated at 10:50 p.m. Thursday, August 9

Eight people will be running for two – and possible three – seats on Alameda’s City Council. The filing deadline for candidacy papers tolled at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The field includes Alameda Health Care District Board member Stewart Chen; former City Councilman Tony Daysog; former League of Women Voters president Jeff Cambra; Joana Darc Weber, a former communications director for the Brazilian city of Goiania, Goias; Planning Board member Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft; Gerard Valbuena Dumuk; incumbent Councilwoman Beverly J. Johnson; and Golf Commission president Jane Sullwold.

Voters will be selecting a replacement for outgoing Councilman Doug deHaan, who terms out of his seat at the end of this year, and they’ll decide whether to keep Johnson in her current seat or to select someone new. If Vice Mayor Rob Bonta succeeds in his effort to win a state Assembly seat, the third place finisher in the council race will take Bonta’s seat – if they earn 10 percent or more of the vote.

City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy and City Auditor Kevin Kearney are running unopposed for their seats.

Candidates for the Board of Education and the Health Care District Board have until the end of the day Friday to file their papers with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

So far, incumbent Health Care District Board member J. Michael McCormick and board president Jordan Battani have filed their papers to run again for that board, as has former school board member and current Open Government Commission member Tracy Jensen.

Incumbent school board members Trish Spencer and Nielsen Tam will run to retain their seats, in a race that as of 6 p.m. Thursday included Open Government Commission and Restoration Advisory Board member Kurt Peterson, Measure A parcel tax campaign chair Michael Robles-Wong, Dennis Spencer and Jon G. Murphy.

The election is November 6, though more than half of Alameda County’s voters will have mail-in ballots that they may submit as soon as October 8. More information on the election is available on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website.