Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will seek second term

Four more years? Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

OAKLAND
After two high-profile scandals involving public safety, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Monday that she is running for a second term. And it appears she plans on running a campaign not on her own record as mayor, but against the target of all Oakland progressives, President Trump.

Schaaf announced her bid re-election Monday with a new campaign website. Notably, it does not feature the mayor’s visage, but the text-based site, primarily a vessel for donations at this point, quickly mentions Trump.

“With Donald Trump in the White House, it is more important than ever that we double down on the things we believe in,” Schaaf says in the statement. “As your mayor, that means making sure that government serves the needs of all people equitably, and that we continue to protect our residents and lift up diversity in all its forms. While we continue to fight for our values it must be our business to make our city work. That means filling potholes, reducing crime, educating our youth and improving the delivery of basic services.”

In hindsight, there was a hint over the weekend to Schaaf’s focus on galvanizing Oakland progressives to support her re-election. In a social media post on Friday, Schaaf tweeted “Every day it gets worse,” in response to an executive order affecting Planned Parenthood.

In 2014, Schaaf faced 15 other candidates, including then-incumbent Mayor Jean Quan, in a long and grueling campaign. Schaaf ultimately easily outlasted all of them.

Her bid in 2018, though, should be less difficult and feature fewer competitors. Although Schaaf has faced criticism over her handling of the Oakland Police Department scandal involving an underage sex worker named Celeste Guap and the deadly Ghost Ship fire last December, her popularity remains strong.

And although there are not any known challengers to her re-election, Schaaf’s campaign will likely be in fundraising mode for the foreseeable future. Schaaf’s 2014 campaign committee raised a substantial $300,800 last year. All but, $2,685 paid down debts.

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