ELECTION ’12//ALCO SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | Sometime before Richard Valle was appointed to replace disgraced Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer in June, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi was already lurking in the background, gauging political support in advance of her likely campaign this fall. However, conventional wisdom quickly coalesced around the belief that her run for District 2 supervisor would be dead on arrival. After all, she was convicted of shoplifting last year. Just plaster her mugshot on billboards and mailers, many said this summer, and witness the final chapter of Hayashi’s once promising career.
But now suddenly Hayashi appears to have a decent shot in the race. The reason? Valle has been reticent about confronting her in public about the conviction. In addition, Hayashi has put together a string of well-honed and aggressive criticisms of Valle. As a result, what seemed impossible several months ago could actually come true on November 6: Hayashi might win this thing.