Jean Quan is thinking about a comeback

Jean Quan, right, as a council member in 2011
at a protest for Oscar Grant. Insiders says she’s
thinking about a return to the council in 2016.

OAKLAND | 2016 | Granted, it’s early. But Oakland’s 2016 election season is quietly taking shape and surprisingly loaded with intrigue, including the possible return of ex-Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to vie for Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan’s At-Large council seat and a potential challenge to Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney by former longtime West Oakland Councilmember Nancy Nadel.

In addition, veteran Councilmember Larry Reid may retire next year and there could be a rush to fill his East Oakland’s District Seven seat. Also, former Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker is set to give Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley his strongest challenger yet, making him the most credible threat to a sitting county supervisor in more than two decades.

Speculation about whether Quan might take on Kaplan in 2016 began almost immediately after the pair finished third and second last year, respectively, in the Oakland mayoral campaign behind Libby Schaaf. A stat often offered by Quan supporters is the 1,100-first-place-vote advantage that Quan had over Kaplan in that race. However, Kaplan ended up in second place after the ranked-choice tabulations, thereby indicating that she has stronger overall support among city voters.

Other 2014 mayoral candidates may also be eyeing a chance to challenge Kaplan. Parker said some community groups urged him to run for the At-Large council seat. And Joe Tuman, who finished fifth in the 2014 mayoral race, may consider a run as well. But Kaplan appears to be taking Quan’s potential challenge the most seriously, sources said. In an interview, Kaplan said she’s focusing on the many challenges facing the city. “It’s not just about her,” Kaplan said of Quan. “It’s about all the work to be done in Oakland.”

For Kaplan, facing a reelection battle against a former colleague with extensive experience is nothing new. In 2012, Kaplan soundly defeated former Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente for the At-Large seat. “This situation is not particularly shocking given what happened last time and voters are going to have to make a decision on where we are as a city,” said Kaplan. “We have a major housing crisis and someone has to do something about it.”

A close supporter of Quan’s previous campaigns said the former mayor’s interest in the At-Large seat is due in part to a perception that Kaplan is not hardworking. “I think Jean would be happy if this made Rebecca be more productive,” the supporter said, adding that “Jean still thinks she has something to offer city government.”…


4 thoughts on “Jean Quan is thinking about a comeback

  1. By MW:

    In regard to the post of 12:22, it is true that Jean Quan has undeniably proven that she: one, is an extremely long way from intelligent, two, also totally lacking In common sense; and three, is also a total clown, and that even regularly falls asleep at public meetings in which official business is being discussed.

    However based on the standards of Bay area politics, such items might not be negatives as far as winning an election, and in fact might even be a plus. since Bay area voters seem in love with the idea of regularly voting for the most extreme clowns and idiots.


  2. By MW:

    That Jean Quan might be returning to public life is some of the best news I have heard in ages.

    More specifically, and as every single year Bay area politics turns into more of a cabal and circus of clowns, jokers, demagogues, charlatans, incompetents, and idiots, based on such “standards:” Jean Quan would be absolutely perfect to rejoin the show.

    And I remember the time when she was still mayor that she accidentally got into the wrong car, specifically a total stranger's car that she confused with her own car. It is a shame that the driver of the car she accidentally got into was not going to some place far away, and such as for instance a one way trip to New York or Boston. In that case we might have been permanently rid of her, and unless someone had been foolish enough to send her the money to come back to Oakland.


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