BOARD OF SUPERVISORSSources including a local city councilman tell The Citizen state Sen. Ellen Corbett is seriously considering a run to replace Alice Lai-Bitker on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.
In addition, Corbett will meet Wednesday with Alameda Councilwoman Lena Tam, according to a source close to the situation. Tam recently announced she would run for supervisor and was endorsed by Lai-Bitker over former assemblywoman and predecessor Wilma Chan. Former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young and Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson are also in the race to represent District 3.
After a panel discussion on higher education with college students at Cal State East Bay Tuesday night, Corbett gave a terse “no comment” to the rumor that has recently become more widespread among local pols.
In a phone conversation with Corbett, she said many have spoken to her about making the move to the supervisor’s chambers, but she has not made a decision. The deadline for candidates to declare their intentions to run for the June primary is Mar. 12.
A move by Corbett to replace Lai-Bitker, who announced last month she would not seek re-election, would jumble a slew of local races with a number of politicians scurrying for position (Read here about the “Corbett Effect.”) Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, for one, would likely forego running for re-election and move to replace Corbett in the Senate.
Some have questioned Hayashi’s fundraising push during the last six months since she has no viable opponent as an indication she is looking at higher political aspirations. Beyond that, there are too many permutations to mull regarding the assembly seat possibly now up-for-grabs along with its effects on local city council races.
While a seat on the Board of Supervisors may appear to be a step down from the state Senate, the move to Oakland is actually more lucrative than the senate and, without the presence of term limits, far more politically stable.
Many of the sources who spoke of Corbett’s interest in the supervisor’s job, though, also said they were surprised of her interest believing she had aspirations for state-wide office, possibly as secretary of state or attorney general. Corbett currently chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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