Local East Bay Races Offer Few Surprises


OAKLAND | At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan has likely won re-election Tuesday night after fending off a brutal challenge from fellow member Ignacio De La Fuente.

In De La Fuente’s old District 5 stomping grounds, Noel Gallo cruised to victory over Mario Juarez, as did District 7 Council President Larry Reid.

In District 3, Sean Sullivan failed to hold a lead in first round votes after a preliminary run of the ranked-choice voting algorithm and falling behind Lynette Gibson-McElhaney.

Dan Kalb appears to be in line to be the next District 1 council member. He extended a small first lead over Amy Lemley to open up a four-point lead after seven rounds of ranked-choice voting.

Oakland’s city attorney race turned out to be no contest. The office holder, Barbara Parker, beat Councimember Jane Brunner, 68-31.

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | Belittled Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso has won re-election. Reynoso finished third for one of three open seats.

Annette Walker, the first place winner, and John Taylor will join Reynoso on the embattled board beset by controversy after two member chose to not seek re-election after allegations of a romantic affair.

FREMONT | Bill Harrison is the new mayor-elect of Fremont after holding off Republican Steven Cho by four points. Councilwoman Anu Natarajan finished a disappointing third with a quarter of the vote.

Eighteen-year-old Aziz Akbari finished fourth with just 5 percent of the vote.

Harrison will replace interim Mayor Gus Morrison, who was appointed to the seat following Mayor Bob Wasserman’s death last year.

ALAMEDA | The Island is on the verge of replacing a majority of its City Council Tuesday night, if Rob Bonta maintains his lead in his Assembly race. In the meantime, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Tony Daysog will join the council. It will be a return to the dais for Daysog, who served a decade ago.

If the Bonta result holds, third-place finisher Stewart Chen his in line to serve out the remaining two years of his term.