ELECTION ’12//ALCO SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | Union City Mayor Mark Green is telling officials in the Hayward area he will run for Alameda County supervisor this fall. It will be Green’s third attempt at the seat in two years.
Valle, Green, Hayashi
The notoriously hard-to-reach Green did not return two phone calls this week to confirm his interest in running against fellow Union City resident, Supervisor Richard Valle, who was appointed to the seat to replace Nadia Lockyer, who resigned April 20. However, sources say Green has been very open about his desire to run at recent events in and around the district. Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi has also been making the political rounds recently asking numerous local officials for endorsements. The filing period for the Nov. 6 general election starts July 16.
If the likely list of contenders holds, the inclusion of Green is a major hit to the re-election hopes of Valle, who was recently appointed by the Board of Supervisors from a field of five candidates, including Green. Most assume Green’s candidacy immediately splits Valle’s support in Union City. Green’s nearly two decades as Union City mayor is ending this year, while Valle also sat on its City Council for 12 years. Coincidentally, before the rapid downfall of Nadia Lockyer starting in February, Valle had plans to run for mayor. However, insiders say there lies growing animosity between Green and Valle. So much so that Green previously endorsed Valle’s then-mayoral opponent, Carol Dutra-Vernaci, over him.
Hayashi’s labor credentials could also neutralize Valle’s equally strong union backing, sources believe, along with growing disenchantment based upon the Board of Supervisors’ prerequisite for choosing a viable candidate to presumably face Hayashi in November, whether they, indeed, chose the right person.
One Hayward insider tells The Citizen, some former supporters of Newark Councilwoman Ana Apodaca for the Lockyer appointment, including former Supervisor Gail Steele, say the specter of Green splitting Union City, along with a favorable matchup of gender with Apodaca against Hayashi was well-known and made her the safer choice.
Regardless of the political maneuvering, Green’s credentials for the job remain impeccable. Not only has he been at the helm of a city in the district for 19 years, he has presided over numerous local and regional transportation board, including the proposed extension of Measure B on this November’s ballot. Green’s wealth of experience, though, has not translated into office outside of Union City. In fact, falling agonizingly short of his electoral goals has been a hallmark of his recent history.
During the 2010 primary for county supervisor, eventually won by Lockyer, Green’s campaign, fueled on a shoestring budget, nearly eeked into the November runoff. He fell a few hundred votes shy of topping second-place finisher, Liz Figueroa. Just this spring, Green ran for the Assembly as an independent, but again, fell just a few percentage points short of advancing to a runoff against Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk. To rub further salt into Green’s wound, on the same day his hopes for the Assembly died, the Board of Supervisors also passed him over to be Lockyer’s replacement.