Dan Siegel

ELECTION 2014 | OAKLAND | MAYOR | In a mayoral race lacking a pure progressive candidate, civil rights attorney Dan Siegel will formally announce Thursday his run for Oakland mayor.

Siegel will make his announcement near Oakland City Hall Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., he told supporters. He enters a growing field opposing Mayor Jean Quan’s re-election this year, including, Councilmember Libby Schaaf, Port of Oakland Commissioner Bryan Parker and university professor Joe Tuman.

On New Year’s Day, Siegel more than hinted at his long-rumored interested in the mayor’s office when he tweeted, “My New Year’s resolution is to become mayor of Oakland. Let me know if you will help.”

Like nearly every candidate in this race, Siegel possesses some professional ties to Quan. The outspoken progressive served as a legal aide to Quan early in her current first-term before abruptly quitting in protest of her handling of the Occupy Oakland protesters encamped at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Early last year, Siegel spoke critically of the city’s decision to hire William Bratton as a police consultant and worked recently with inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison who protested state budget cuts with a lengthy hunger strike.

The addition of Siegel to the race likely fills a gaping hole on the far left of the race’s political spectrum. Although, Quan can reasonably be labeled a progressive, her tough stances, for instance, against Occupy, represents a considerable black mark on her liberal credentials. Meanwhile, Schaaf, Parker and Tuman strike more moderate stances, primarily on the issue of public safety.