Tony Daysog raised only a fraction of the money some of his opponents in the City Council race did. So he decided to invest some sweat equity into his campaign, knocking on doors all across the Island. The strategy appears to have paid off for the urban planner and former City Councilman, who will be returning to the dais after securing a second-place finish in Tuesday’s contest.

“I’m kind of surprised,” Daysog said of the results late Tuesday. “But I guess all the door knocking really paid off.”

Updated at 1:03 a.m. Wednesday, November 8 to reflect full precinct count

School board Trustee Trish Herrera Spencer led a pack of eight candidates to keep her seat despite robocalls that questioned her record.

With nearly all of the precincts counted, Spencer had taken 9,966 votes, or 21.34 percent of the ballots cast and counted. Barbara Kahn, an 83-year-old retired social worker who recently rekindled her activism on school issues, was in second place with 7,907 votes or 16.93 percent of the ballots cast.

Alameda Health Care District Board incumbents Mike McCormick and Jordan Battani beat challengers in a Tuesday night race that may determine the future of Alameda’s only hospital. The hospital lost approximately $1.9 million this fiscal year despite bringing in more than $6 million in annual revenue from a parcel tax approved by voters in 2002, and its financial sustainability is uncertain.

With all but provisional votes counted, McCormick earned 9,661 votes, over 35 percent of the total votes cast in the race. Battani came in second, with 6,634 votes, followed by Tracy Jensen, who received 5,827 votes and Leland Traiman who got 2,129.

Alameda’s teacher and firefighter unions have opened their checkbooks for local candidates over the past several weeks, spending more than $30,000 on campaign literature and lawn signs for the candidates they support, newly filed campaign disclosures show.

Voters who are deciding on a new state Assembly rep for Alameda this fall are facing a choice between two self-styled progressive Democrats whose stances on major issues are nearly identical. But interviews, candidate forums and questionnaires for local Democratic organizations reviewed by The Alamedan revealed some key differences between Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta and Peralta Community College District Trustee Abel Guillen, who are running to replace a termed-out Sandré Swanson.

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The Alameda Democratic Club’s mission in 2012 is to “re-elect President Obama and other Democrats.” But on Wednesday night, the group turned its sights toward the contest for Alameda City Council. Five Council hopefuls presented their platforms to a full room at Alameda Hospital, responding to questions prepared in advance by moderator and club president Jim Oddie.

Updated at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, August 28

City Councilwoman Beverly Johnson officially announced Tuesday that she’s ending her bid for a fresh term on Alameda’s City Council. Her announcement follows an 18-year career in local politics marked by a bevy of fresh development and revitalization of the downtown core.

Below are candidate statements for all nine candidates for three open school board seats. Statements from City Council candidates are here, and the ballot statements from Health Care District Board candidates are in the preceding post.

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Candidates for Alameda's City Council, Board of Education and Health Care District Board of Directors have submitted statements for the November ballot pamphlet. Here's what your City Council candidates had to say about themselves; we'll have statements from candidates for the Board of Education and Health Care District Board on Friday.

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