Trish Spencer

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda voters have narrowly elected schools trustee Trish Spencer as their mayor in a stunning electoral upset, effectively abandoning a dozen years of progressive, pro-development leadership in favor of a populist mayor who has promised to slow development of the Island.

Mayor Marie Gilmore conceded the Alameda mayor's race Wednesday at a press conference in front of City Hall, saying she will not seek a recount of votes cast in the super-close race.

Updated at 10:34 a.m. Monday, November 10 in BOLD

Mayoral challenger Trish Spencer extended her lead over incumbent Marie Gilmore on Sunday, a shift that may close the door on Gilmore’s chances of keeping her seat.

Spencer now leads Gilmore by 127 votes, more than double the 58-vote lead she held when results were released Saturday. That’s after 863 additional Alameda votes were counted Sunday.

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters counted about 10,000 votes on Sunday, numbers it released on its website showed. Registrar Tim Dupuis said Monday his office has another 14,000 provisional ballots to process.

Mayor Marie Gilmore edged closer to challenger Trish Spencer in the mayor’s race Friday, and fewer than 100 votes now separate the two candidates.

With an additional 5,015 Alameda votes counted, Spencer still leaders the race with 9,681 votes to Gilmore’s 9,590 votes.

Meanwhile, Alameda Health Care District Board candidate Jim Meyers extended his lead in the race for a third open seat on the board from 25 votes to 177 votes. He’s leading incumbent Lynn Bratchett with 7,032 votes compared to Bratchett’s 6,855.

Counting is expected to continue over the weekend, though it’s unclear how many more Alameda ballots are left to be tallied.

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.

 
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, our 60-second news review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

Alameda police have arrested two men in connection with a string of apparent arson fires that took place within a seven-block radius on and around Park Street Sunday morning. But friends of one of the suspects in a string of early-morning fires Sunday are expressing disbelief he was involved in starting them.

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.