Shelia Young Won’t Run for San Leandro Mayor; Will Seek Oro Loma Seat, Instead

SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | Following San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s decision not to seek a re-election and an early list of unsatisfying candidate, Shelia Young, the city’s former mayor had been contemplating another run this year. However, she ruled against running for mayor Monday in favor of a third attempt at winning a seat on the Oro Loma Sanitary District Board of Directors.

“I will not be running for mayor, even though my heart is still there,” said Young, who served two terms as mayor. “I do not have the same conviction to run for mayor as I once did, although I still believe it is the most important and influential opportunity to bring detailed opportunities to San Leandro.”

Young first won election to mayor in 1998 and won re-election four years later. She still maintains the title, mayor emeritus. In both 2010 and 2012, Young narrowly missed winning a seat on the Oro Loma Sanitary District Board.

This year, the Oro Loma board, which is notable for being one of the oldest in the East Bay (a majority are in their late 80s and almost entirely white males), has three seats up for grabs this November. The special district oversees sewers, solid waste and recycling services for over 135,000 residents in San Leandro, Hayward and unincorporated Alameda County.

Meanwhile, the list of San Leandro mayoral candidates include Councilmembers Diana Souza, Pauline Cutter and local theater owner Dan Dillman.

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