ASHCRAFT, DAYSOG LEAD COUNCIL RACE; SPENCER, TAM APPEAR TO HANG ON TO SCHOOL BOARD SEATS

ASHCRAFT, DAYSOG LEAD COUNCIL RACE; SPENCER, TAM APPEAR TO HANG ON TO SCHOOL BOARD SEATS

Michele Ellson

Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft was leading a field of seven candidates for one of what will probably be three seats on Alameda’s City Council on Tuesday.

With 86.67 percent of precincts in plus a slew of early ballots, Ezzy Ashcraft was leading the council race with 7,669 votes, or 25.12 percent of the vote. Former City Councilman Tony Daysog appeared poised to join Ezzy Ashcraft on the council with 5,461 votes, or 17.89 percent of the total count.

Alameda Health Care District Board member Stewart Chen was running a close third, with 17.08 percent of the vote, or 5,213 votes. If Vice Mayor Rob Bonta maintains his lead in the race for Sandré Swanson’s Assembly seat, Chen could replace Bonta on the council.

Meanwhile, Trish Herrera Spencer appeared poised to keep her seat on the Board of Education, leading that race with 9,119 votes, or 21.32 percent. Eighty-three-year-old Barbara Kahn was in second place with 7,157 votes, or 16.73 percent, while incumbent Nielsen Tam, a retired school principal, was in third, with 13.77 percent of the vote, or 5,889 votes.

A pair of incumbents also appeared poised to keep their seats on the Alameda Health Care District Board, with J. Michael McCormick earning 35.47 percent of the vote counted so far, or 8,935 votes. Board President Jordan Battani was in second place with 6,143 votes, or 24.39 percent.

If Chen moves to the City Council the hospital board will need to select a new member to replace him.

With about 56 percent of precincts reporting, Bonta was leading Abel Guillen for the Assembly District 18 seat representing Alameda, Oakland and San Leandro, capturing 52.08 percent of the votes counted by 10:30 p.m. Tuesday compared to 47.92 percent for Guillen.

City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy and City Auditor Kevin Kearney both ran unopposed and cruised easily to another term Tuesday.

Measure D, which would require a vote of the people to sell or trade city park land, was winning handily Tuesday, with 78.16 of the voters casting ballots or 14,279 offering a yes vote on the measure and 21.84 percent of voters, or 3,990, saying no.

Tax measures for the Oakland Zoo and transportation were failing by slim margins late Tuesday with a little over half of precincts counted.

More to come.

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Al Wright's picture
Submitted by Al Wright on Tue, Nov 6, 2012

Thanks, Michele. Great job by The Alamedan during this election cycle.