Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb

Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb made official what just about everyone in East Bay politics has known for months. He’s running next year for the 15th Assembly District seat.

“All through my career, I have dedicated myself to solving big problems by bringing folks together with determination and in good faith,” said Kalb. “Our leaders must get creative to tackle our toughest problems with innovative solutions. I know I can do that in Sacramento because I’ve done it time and time again on the City Council and throughout my career.”

Wonky and sometimes appearing aloof, Kalb nonetheless, has become one of Oakland’s most effective councilmembers since his election in 2012. He backed the creation of a civilian-led Oakland Police Commission, overwhelmingly backed by Oakland voters last year, and led the push for giving the Oakland Public Ethics Commission, more power and financial support to root out corruption.

Kalb’s interest in running for the Assembly first surfaced publicly in early March when after filing an intent to run for the seat he inadvertently suggested on Twitter that current 15th District Assemblymember Tony Thurmond was thinking to run for another office.

In response to news of Kalb filing, he tweeted, “Assemblymember @TonyThurmond doing a great job for #AD15. Only filed [Form] 501 just in case of vacancy.” In April, Thurmond announced his run next year for the state superintendent of public instruction.

The potential high-profile June 2018 primary in the 15th District includes four candidates who have officially announced their candidacies or filed intent to run with the state secretary of state’s office. The 15th District primarily includes Richmond, Berkeley, and North Oakland.

In addition to Kalb, Richmond Councilmember Jovaka Beckles and political consultant Buffy Wicks have announced, while East Bay Municipal Utilities District Board Director Andy Katz has filed an intent to run.