Abel Guillen

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 2 | Abel Guillen is in a tough race in Oakland’s District 2. But, this week he gained the support of the current occupant, Council President Pat Kernighan.

“Abel Guillen is the right person to tackle the challenges we face in Oakland,” Kernighan said in a statement. “I enthusiastically support Abel to continue my work on behalf of District 2.”

Kernighan announced her retirement last December after over nine years on the Oakland City Council. She has spent the past year as the council president.

Pat Kernighan

The announcement is another in a line of high-profile Oakland endorsement received by Guillen, who currently serves as a trustee on the Peralta Community College Board. Previously, he received official support from Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan.

Nonetheless, winning the seat will not be easy. During recent candidates forums, other District 2 candidates have been impressive, notably, former local television anchor Dana King and Kevin Blackburn, a veteran of 10 years at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.

Others in the race include community activist Andrew Park and Sokham Mao, a member of the city’s Citizens Police Review Board.