Wilma Chan is the clear winner of the primary race for the District 3 seat on the Board of Supervisors, but is it enough to avoid a November runoff? It appears Chan, with 55 percent of the votes cast, will make a triumphant return to the board's chambers next year. Just over 58 percent of precincts reporting.
Chan's victory Tuesday night came decisively as precincts from every corner of District which encompasses part of Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro and San Lorenzo, went her way. Chan was able pull voters out of Alameda and cajole important San Leandro residents worried by the fate of their community hospital still up in the air to her column.
So, yes, Wilma, you can come home again. Chan spent six years at the supervisor's chambers until leaving for the assembly in 2000, when she appointed Alice Lai-Bitker to her seat. Ten years later, Lai-Bitker is retiring and Chan is back.