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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jean Quan is mulling a comeback

Jean Quan
OAKLAND
As far as second or third acts go, this would be quite a stunner. Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is mulling a run for the open 15th Assembly District seat being vacated next year by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, according to sources with knowledge of her inquiries.

In recent weeks, Quan's husband, Dr. Floyd Huen, reached out to a member of Thurmond's inner circle and acknowledged his wife's interest in running in next June's primary, sources say. Quan also put out feelers to others in the East Bay politics, they say.

One of Quan's long-time supporters acknowledged this week that Quan was mulling a run for the Assembly, but added they believed those discussions occurred months ago and that she would not go through with a possible comeback to East Bay politics.

Although Thurmond only announced his decision in April to forego a third term in the Assembly for a campaign for the state superintendent of public instruction, many East Bay political insiders we're well aware of his intentions as early as late last year.

Currently, there are four candidates who have filed an intent to run in the 15th District that covers Richmond, Berkeley, and North Oakland. They are Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb, Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles, political consultant Buffy Wicks, and East Bay MUD Board Director Andy Katz.

A number of other candidates including Emeryville Mayor Dianne Martinez and Berkeley school board member Judy Appel are reportedly interested in joining the race.

But the addition of Quan would instantly make her the most well-known candidate in the field, although, also the most divisive. Quan's decades in public office includes stints on the Oakland school board, the City Council, and four years as mayor from 2010-2014. 

Quan's tenure as mayor though rankled progressives for her crackdown on Occupy Oakland, while also upsetting members of the business community who believe she didn't do enough to protect the city was continuous and sometimes violent protests. Quan's administration also suffered from the ravages of the Great Recession and eventually lost her bid for re-election to Libby Schaaf.

On Monday night, Quan attended the Oakland City Council's special budget meeting and offered her opinion on how to best handle the police department's expansive budget. but not before the city clerk harangued her over whether she had submitted a speaker's slip beforehand.

5 comments:

  1. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. No!

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  2. By MW:

    Obviously Bill Lockyer had wanted for his wife, in other words Nadia Lockyer, to eventually become a member of the state legislature, and his arranging for her to become a member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and which included him spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on her election campaign, was to be just a mere stepping stone on a path to get her into the state legislature, and then maybe some day even into the US Senate.

    (And it was only that her extreme craziness, and contributed to by her drug addiction, becoming public that destroyed the elaborate plan of Bill Lockyer to get his mentally retarded wife eventually into still higher offices,

    But just think how neat that would have been to have two mentally retarded clowns, in other words both Jean Quan and Nadia, in the state legislature at the same time.

    However in one way Jean Quan is "much better" than Nadia. In other words, Jean Quan is such a natural total idiot, that therefore, and unlike Nadia, she does need drugs to reach Olympic gold medal levels of craziness and mental retardation.

    While originally I was going to suggest to Jean Quan that she get the job of head clown with Ringling Brothers' Barnum and Bailey Circus, however since that circus is closing down, agues we could arrange for her to become one of the Democrats and "liberals" in the California state legislature.

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  3. If this is the final field of candidates, then Quan has a good chance. I doubt that.

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  4. WHYyyyyyyyyy....???

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  5. Being "well known" could be s double edged sword

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