Tuesday, April 10, 2018

As embattled ALCO Sheriff Ahern runs unopposed, critics search for a write-in candidate

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern
at a town hall last summer in Hayward
where he faced considerable criticism.
--ELECTION 2018--
Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern has long dismayed East Bay progressives because of his deference to ICE, his support of Urban Shield, and instances of abuse by his deputies, among many gripes.

But despite being the target of so much animus among local progressives, they have found it immensely difficult to not only find a credible candidate willing to challenge him at the ballot box. This election season is no different.

Ahern is running unopposed in the June primary for the fourth time since he took office in 2006 following the retirement of his predecessor, the late Charlie Plummer. Perennial factors that tend to dissuade challengers for sheriff include a prerequisite background in law enforcement and the perception any police officer daring to run against the incumbent sheriff runs the risk of ruining their career.

But some local activists believe they might be able to register their discontent with Ahern by running a write-in candidate this June.

The notion was first posed by Oakland activist Pamela Drake last March. Also a member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, Drake initially proposed on her blog that a symbolic write-in candidate, she named, "MX N.O. Confidence," should challenge Ahern.

Following reports that residents of unincorporated Alameda County appear to be strongly pushing back at Supervisor Nate Miley's directive to have the sheriff's office take over operation of the Ashland REACH Youth Center, Drake told the East Bay Citizen that she and her progressive colleagues might change their strategy.

Instead, Drake believes a true write-in candidate who holds antithetical attributes and views to Ahern--possibly a woman or minority candidate in mid-to-south county--is a better fit to possibly inspire no-confidence in the sheriff. At minimum, an outlet for some progressives to register their disenchantment with Ahern and his policies.

A prospective write-in candidate has not yet been found, but Drake and her progressive activists still have time. While anyone can simply write a name on the ballot, only write-in candidates who have registered two weeks before June 5 primary election will actually be counted the county registrar's office.


  1. By MW:

    Obviously anyone who wants to run against Ahern, or any other person who is an incumbent and/or bigshot, has the right to do so, and from any and all perspectives, and including legal, Constitutional, and any and all other perspectives.

    Still furthermore, the Bay area, and especially its upper ranks, is composed of great liberals totally committed to protecting and furthering enlightenment, human rights, and workers' rights.

    Certainly such wonderful creatures would not even think of attempting to blacklist from employment and/or destroy the life of anyone who exercised his basic legal, Constitutional, and human rights.

    So therefore anyone who wants to challenge Ahern, or any of the other Bay area's bigshots, can do so with one-hundred percent total confidence that neither Ahern, and nor anyone else, would retaliate against him for exercising his legal and human rights.

    In fact me emphasize, we reside in the San Francisco Bay area, in other words the world's capital and headquarters for the very phoniest of big windbags who pretend to believe in free speech and human rights.

  2. If these advocates hate the Sheriff so much then find someone to run against him. The problem is these people flat out hate law enforcement so they won't be able to find someone who is qualified.

    There is A LOT more to this County that just Oakland and the Board of Supervisors keep caving to a fairly small group of anti law enforcement people.

  3. The Sheriff's Office does need new leadership. When you try to run against one of the incumbents they get the DA to try to charge you with felonies any way they can. Face it. Alameda County is what the Brits would call a "Rotten Burrough". It's so full of corruption that corruption is the law. A good write in would be LaDonna Harris. She only got in trouble over a probation because she was trying NOT to be corrupt. She is a strong candidate.