As the dynamics of the presidential election begin to take hold, it's becoming increasingly clear that East Bay Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker's fate will rest with The Donald. The 16th Assembly District only slightly favors Democrats and includes a clear majority of Republicans and independents. And even though Baker reported $990,000 in campaign cash through the June 30 reporting period, as opposed, to Democratic challenger Cheryl Cook-Kallio's $205,000 reserve, the makeup of the district is going to present some uneasy moments for the first-term Republican. Presidential elections like this one are definitely fluid. At the current time, a long string of poor performances by Donald Trump has pundits predicting a landslide for Hillary Clinton. Of course, that will likely change and the presidential campaign will again tighten up. But, if it doesn't, Baker's campaign has to be on pins-and-needles. It is very conceivable Baker could lose the November election by no fault of her own, but only because Trump cannot control his message and keeps Republicans and moderates at home while energizing Democrats to vote for the first woman president in U.S. history. That favors Cook-Kallio.
Lena Tam served on the Alameda City Council
for two terms ending in 2014.
Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney
is receiving a lot of interest from a number of low-level
opponents as the filing deadline approaches.
HERE AND THERE A representative from Rep. Mike Honda's campaign said Wednesday they will open a new campaign office soon in Newark...Candidate forum and debate season will soon be upon us. Voters in Oakland will have a one-stop shop for hearing about candidates from all five open city council seats on Aug. 25. The Alameda County Democratic Central Committee said it will host a candidate forum at the Elihu Harris State Building on Clay Street. Incidentally, the forums will be hosted by the building's namesake, former Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris.