San Leandro Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak has hired noted Bay Area political consultant Larry Tramutola to run her campaign for mayor next year.
Starosciak, who represents District 4, filed with the city's clerk office Aug. 10. She will likely face incumbent Mayor Tony Santos and possibly former school board trustee Stephen Cassidy.
The addition of Tramutola is seen as a coup by some. Tramutola is one of the state's top political strategist, but is primarily recognized as a go-to-guy for tax measures. He helped Starosciak win previous campaigns for the school board and her current seat on the city council.
Like most in the rough and tumble arena of politics, Tramutola is known for his controversial campaign literature. Such a gambit could backfire in San Leandro where the electorate is typically wary of negative campaigns. Nevertheless, Tramutola is expensive and it could take serious money to introduce the virtually unknown Starosciak to the community.
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