Election 2014

Last week, we offered you our quick takes on your candidates for mayor and City Council. Today we’ve got part two of that story, with a rundown on three candidates for two school board seats and also, the Measure I school bond.

The winners of the school board contest will be charged with helping pick a permanent superintendent, overseeing the continued implementation of new Common Core educational standards and a new funding formula, considering a replacement parcel tax in advance of Measure A’s 2018 expiration and, if it passes, overseeing Measure I bond-funded school facility fixes.

Election Day is Tuesday, and if you're looking for information on Alameda races, you've come to the right place. The Alamedan has assembled a comprehensive guide to local races, and you can check out all our information on our Election 2014 page.

Here's a table of contents:

Candidate questionnaires
Candidate videos
Candidate profiles: Mayor's race
City Council race
School board race
Alameda Health Care District Board race
BART and AC Transit board races
Alameda County schools superintendent race
Measure I school bond
City candidate forum: Story, video, tweet by tweet
School board forum: Story, tweet by tweet
Campaign finance stories: October 8, October 9, October 27
Campaign Column blog posts

Over the past several months, The Alamedan has put together a comprehensive body of information about your local candidates and ballot measures. But with Election Day looming in just a few days, we know your time is running short. So we’ve decided to offer the quick-and-dirty take on candidates for mayor, City Council and school board, and on Measure I, the local school bond. To get the scoop in short form, read on; for more detailed information including profiles and candidate videos, questionnaires, campaign finance stories and more, you can check out our Election 2014 page.

City Councilman Stewart Chen has taken the lead in Alameda’s campaign money race, newly released donor disclosure documents show.

Looking for information on California propositions and state candidates on the fall ballot? The folks at KQED News and The California Report have put together a handy (and embeddable) guide explaining the half-dozen state propositions on the ballot and offering the quick and dirty on candidates for eight statewide races, reproduced here with their permission. You can get more information on off-Island races on KQED News's California Election Watch 2014 web page.

Two experienced administrators are vying to take over an office that makes few headlines but provides critical services to the Alameda County public education system and local schools.

A late campaign finance filing shows Councilman Stewart Chen has raised almost as much as the top city candidate for office this this fall.

The donor list, which was due Monday but not filed until midday Wednesday, showed that Chen has taken in $34,024.70 in support of his re-election bid this year and spent about $9,500, leaving him with $28,140.15 to fund the remainder of his campaign.

Chen is running against Jim Oddie and Frank Matarrese for two council seats. So far, Oddie has raised a few hundred dollars more than Chen – $34,294.31 – while Matarrese has taken in $10,472.06.

Mayor Marie Gilmore has out-fundraised challenger Trish Spencer by a five-to-one margin, just-released campaign finance disclosures show, though City Council candidate Jim Oddie appears to have raised more money than any city candidate.

Here's what we know so far.

If you're an absentee (AKA vote-by-mail) voter, Monday marked the first day you could turn in your ballot for this fall's election. If you need to know more about any of the candidates or local issues before you, we've got it all on our Election 2014 page.

Two attorneys with a history of engagement in local politics are squaring off in the mayor’s race this fall. Here's our in-depth report on the candidates.