Honda-Khanna: Friends for Now | Big News in San Leandro? | Quan: Huh? What?CHAPTER 14 | The number of candidates hoping to be the next mayor of Oakland has reached 17, but the potential eighteenth entrant could have the most impact. That is, if she ever makes the eagerly-awaiting decision to jump into the race.
Will Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan run for mayor or will she not has been an Oakland parlor debate for months. However, there are signs a decision is imminent. Yet, there are still attempts to attract insiders off the scent. In the last week, several City Hall insiders have said Kaplan is poised to run for mayor and, in fact, in the process of ramping up for the big announcement. Some note Kaplan’s nuptials this summer will play a role in the timing. Meanwhile, members of Mayor Jean Quan’s inner-circle claim Kaplan has told them she will sit out the race this fall.
Rebecca Kaplan can't wait much longer
to enter the Oakland mayoral race.
The only other method for Kaplan would be through independent expenditure committees. But, while those opportunities could represent large cash flows, election law prohibits campaigns from coordinating with the committees. There is also a stain associated with the unfettered expenditure committees that could be easily exploited by her opponents. We have already seen it in the East Bay’s 16th Assembly District race with Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti. Labor interests have poured over $1 million into the race on his behalf. The outpouring has allowed his moderate Democratic opponent Steve Glazer to question Sbranti’s independence from the unions. Ultimately, Kaplan has six months until Election Day and she can’t wait much longer before finally showing her cards.
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