DOWN BALLOT: Oct. 28, 2014, 7 Days Until Election Day

Sen. Barbara Boxer backs Schaaf.

OAKLAND MAYOR Councilmember Libby Schaaf received another high-profile endorsement Tuesday, this time, from U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Earlier this month, Schaaf’s former boss, Gov. Jerry Brown, backed her campaign…Meanwhile, on Sunday morning, Parker received the support of former NAACP President Ben Jealous. The San Francisco Chronicle says a surprise announcement scheduled by Parker’s campaign for Wednesday morning will include the endorsement of former State Senate Pro Tem Don Perata. And last weekend, the inimitable Dr. Death endorsed Mayor Jean Quan’s campaign as the best option for keeping Oakland’s sports teams in town.

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t have time to debate his challenger for the office this November, Ron Nehring, but he’s available to weigh-in on Oakland’s District 2 City Council race. The moderate Democrat said Monday he is endorsing Dana King to replace retiring Councilmember Pat Kernighan. King, a former KPIX television anchorperson, is also a moderate, but has no prior political experience. She is in a tight race with former Assembly candidate Abel Guillen for the seat.

CONGRESS DISTRICT 17 A hallmark of this election cycle has been the use of campaign web sites dedicated to negative attacks. During the primary in the 10th State Senate District, for example, Bob Wieckowski deployed MugShotMary.com and Mary Hayashi responded with BobProtectedRapists.com. With the tenor of the race in the 17th Congressional District quickly rising, the campaigns are turning to GoDaddy.com for domain names. Rep. Mike Honda released RightWingRo.com and Ro Khanna’s campaign has a web site based on the video game Pac-Man called PacMike.com

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 20 Jaime Patino is part of the new wave of Republicans in the Bay Area unencumbered by a national part still fighting social issues, such as same-sex marriage. Patino says he is clearly a supporter of the right for anyone to marry who they choose. When it comes to endorsements in Alameda County, some Democrats rarely have a choice when it comes to backing an incumbent in the party. However, Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci feels independent enough as a moderate Democrat, to endorse the Republican Patino over Democratic Assemblymember Bill Quirk. Patino is a Union City resident who also serves on the city’s Human Relations Commission.

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