President Obama backs Oakland at-large council candidate Peggy Moore

Peggy Moore’s years of work for President Obama’s
campaigns finally paid off Saturday.

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | AT-LARGE |
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With just four days before Election Day, Oakland City Council candidate Peggy Moore received an enormous boost in her bid to unseat At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan–President Obama’s endorsement.

News of the president’s endorsement was first reported early Saturday morning by Politico as part of a slew of late endorsement around the country for various local down-ballot races.

Although the president’s imprimatur on an Oakland City Council race is extremely rare, in this particular case, it is not entirely out-of-the-blue.

Moore, long a foot soldier in California for Obama’s two presidential campaigns, she served as state political director for Organizing for America, the post-election offshoot of the Obama campaign. Moore currently serves as Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s senior special advisor.

In a tweet Saturday morning, Moore expressed her exuberance following news of receiving the president’s support.

Whether the late timing of the endorsement is able to move the needle in this five-person council race obviously won’t be known until Tuesday night. Most insiders peg Kaplan as the frontrunner for re-election. However, among Oakland’s five City Council races, the at-large seat is the only one that could possibly be affected by ranked-choice voting, wherein voters are asked to rank their top three choices and candidates are encouraged to form coalitions.

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