Former Oakland Jean Quan and Oakland At-Large
Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan.
OAKLAND | Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has been keeping quite a high profile over the past six months or more.
Since losing re-election to Libby Schaaf in November 2014, Quan has been part of the vocal opposition to the proposed plan to ship coal through the city’s port and has repeatedly raised the issue of Oakland’s affordable housing crisis in her monthly online newsletter.
Her continued involvement in Oakland has many political insiders suspecting Quan will mount a serious challenge to Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan’s at-large seat next November.
While handing out anti-coal literature to delegates at last weekend’s California Democratic State Convention in San Jose, Quan sidestepped the question of whether she will run for the council seat.
“Retired Jean is the same as when I was in office,” said Quan. “I’m always going to be involved in Oakland.”
But when pushed further about her interesting running for Kaplan’s seat, Quan could not resist taking a jab at her former mayoral campaign rival.
“I think Rebecca thinks I’m running. Seems like it’s making her work harder, which is good” said Quan. “You know, Rebecca has always been kind of a lazy legislator.”
The sentiment should sound familiar. Over the past few months, many of Quan’s supporters have privately issued the very same criticism portraying Kaplan as work-shy.
As the Oakland council races begin to take shape over the next few months, keep an eye on whether this becomes Quan’s vessel for attacking Kaplan, if the former mayor indeed enters the race.