Chan Adds Lai-Bitker’s Blessing

CHAN AGREES TO CONTINUE SUPES SOCIAL PROGRAMS

SUPERVISOR – DIST 3Earlier today, outgoing Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker officially endorsed Wilma Chan to replace her on the board. Lai-Bitker’s office released this statement:

I have decided to endorse Wilma Chan to succeed me as Alameda County Supervisor for District Three. I am pleased that Wilma has agreed to continue my initiatives, such as universal Mental Health access for students in San Lorenzo, Health Services at San Leandro High School, my workforce initiative for assisting immigrants to return to their health care professional careers and a Youth Center for Chinatown. I think Wilma has the experience and commitment to achieving success on the issues that are important to my district.

Chan held the seat from 1994-1999 before election to the state assembly. She appointed Lai-Bitker, then a little-known member of her staff, as her replacement on the board in 2000.

Lai-Bitker announced last December she would not seek re-election this year citing stress and a desire to spend more time with her family. Lai-Bitker previously endorsed Alameda Councilwoman Lena Tam for the seat before she dropped out of the race last month.

Chan is facing Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson and Oakland businessman Harold Lowe in the June 8 primary.

-STEVEN TAVARES 

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