|Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and Jean Quan with A's co-owner Lew Wolff last summer.|
Port of Oakalnd Commissioner Bryan Parker was appointed by Quan in 2013. He quickly threw his hat into the ring by appealing to the city’s business groups and African American voters. The chamber of commerce and the San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Parker. Joe Tuman was the surprise fourth place vote-getter in 2010. He returns as the race’s toughest talker when it comes to fighting crime. Following the progressive renaissance in the New York City mayoral race, civil rights attorney Dan Siegel entered the race in January vowing to restore social justice and raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Councilmember Libby Schaaf then entered the race and called for fresh leadership even though she has served on the City Council since 2010. However, Schaaf highlights a string of legislative successes involving government transparency, raising the minimum wage and slowing down Oakland’s rush toward surveillance cameras in public places. Her council colleague, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, hopes to parlay her appeal following two successful citywide victories into the mayor’s office. Kaplan finished third in the 2010 mayor’s race and is credited with helping Quan overtake Perata. Polls have shown Kaplan consistently leading as the first choice among voters. City Auditor Courtney Ruby opted against running for sure re-election this year to run for mayor. Her candidacy is predicated on being the only reform candidate with a record of cleaning up Oakland city government. These seven make up the first and second tier of candidates. Meanwhile, the third tier consists of eight political newcomers.
Jason “Shake” Anderson, a community organizer and member of the Occupy Oakland movement leads this group. In one poll last September Anderson had more support than Ruby, despite having significantly less financing. Ken Houston is a contractor for one of the city’s leading construction companies who vows to literally cleaning up Oakland's streets. Saied Karamooz is a tech executive and frequent critic of campaign finance. Nancy Sidebotham is a well-known community leader who has previously run for the City Council. Other candidates include Patrick McCullough, Charles Williams and Eric Wilson. But, perhaps the most famous candidate in this race, at least nationally, is insurance broker and reputed multi-millionaire Peter Liu. Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel featured the off-beat and gun-totting Liu's views on masturbation last week in his monologue.
|Mayor Jean Quan|
PAST RESULTS 2010 General Election (First Round): 1. Don Perata 40,342 (33.7%) 2. Jean Quan 29,266 (24.8%) 3. Rebecca Kaplan 25,813 (21.6%) 4. Joe Tuman 14,347 (12.0%) 5. Marcie Hodge 2,994 (2.5%) 6. Terence Candell 2,315 (1.9%) 7. Don Macleay 1,630 (1.4%) 8. Greg Harland 966 (0.8%) 9. Larry Lionel Young, Jr. 933 (0.8%) 10. Arnie Field 733 (0.6%); (RCV Final Round): 1. Quan 53,897 (50.96%) 2. Perata 51,872 (49.04%).
Rebecca Kaplan announcing her candidacy
for mayor last June.
PREDICTION 1. Kaplan 2. Schaaf 3. Quan 4. Tuman 5. Siegel 6. Parker 7. Ruby 8. Anderson 9. Liu 10. Houston 11. Williams 12. Sidebotham 13. McCullough 14. Karamooz 15. Wilson
RCV Final Round: 1. Kaplan 2. Schaaf