“Abel Guillen is the right person to tackle the challenges we face in Oakland,” Kernighan said in a statement. “I enthusiastically support Abel to continue my work on behalf of District 2.”
Kernighan announced her retirement last December after over nine years on the Oakland City Council. She has spent the past year as the council president.
Nonetheless, winning the seat will not be easy. During recent candidates forums, other District 2 candidates have been impressive, notably, former local television anchor Dana King and Kevin Blackburn, a veteran of 10 years at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.
Others in the race include community activist Andrew Park and Sokham Mao, a member of the city’s Citizens Police Review Board.