Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan rolled
to victory Tuesday night.
OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |
ELECTION 2016 |
Although, there were late murmurs asserting a few Oakland City Council incumbents might face difficulty on Election Night, all five were swept to re-election Tuesday night, including a dominating win by at-large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Similarly, the quartet of school board incumbents were also returned to office.
Incumbent Councilmembers Larry Reid, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo, also cruised to victory.
But it was Kaplan’s easy win over Peggy Moore, a campaign which was largely backed by the organization and contributors of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, that proved the most surprising for its decisiveness.
Last Saturday, Moore, received the endorsement of President Barack Obama. Moore is a former state political director for Obama’s Organizing for America. But the high-profile endorsement was likely offered far too late to move the needle in the at-large race.
Kaplan, despite the use of ranked-choice voting in the five-person race, achieved the requisite majority of votes shortly after the first numbers were released by the Alameda County Registrar’s Office and maintain the lead throughout the night.
Kaplan received 53.2 percent of the vote, followed by Moore with 19.6 percent. Also-rans Bruce Quan received 16.8 percent; Matt Hummel 6.6 percent and Nancy Sidebotham registered 3.8 percent.
The result also represents a certain sense of revenge for Kaplan who suffered a bitter defeat to Schaaf in the 2014 mayoral race. Moore also serves as a special adviser for Schaaf.
In other Oakland City Council races, Reid’s won 55.9 percent of the vote to win a sixth term in office. Reid was first election 1996. Kalb also won a clear victory Tuesday night against Kevin Corbett in District 1, as did McElhaney in District 3.
Despite a concerted effort by the Oakland Police Officers Association to discredit his first term in office, Kalb received 80.2 percent of the vote over Corbett, the brother of former East Bay state Sen. Ellen Corbett.
McElhaney, who serves as the current council president, won 58.2 percent of the vote over community activist Noni Session
Some Oakland prognosticators believed Gallo, seeking a second term representing the Fruitvale, was potentially in danger of losing to Viola Gonzales, another council challenger endorsed by Schaaf, but those worries were scuttled Tuesday night. Gallo won easily, garnering 57.2 percent of the vote.
Similarly, all four of the Oakland school board races returned incumbents to their seats, but not without a nail-biter in District 5. School board trustee Rosie Torres needed four rounds of ranked-choice voting tabulation to top Huber Trenado. Torres won 52.7 percent of the vote to Trenado’s 47.3 percent in a race notable for a large influx of special interest money from groups supporting charter schools. Trenado was a beneficiary of those expenditures.
District 1 trustee Jody London won 76.7 percent of the vote against Don Macleay. Jumoke Hinton Hodge in District 3 staved off an upset from Kharyshi Wigginton after four rounds of ranked-choice tabulations, with 54.9 percent of the vote. In addition, District 7 trustee James Harris defeated Chris Jackson with 68.4 percent of the vote.